Chic and unique
ELEGANT and eyecatching – the mother of the bride is supposed to turn almost as many heads as her daughter on the big day. Getting the right outfit can be a daunting experience, but Lorraine Kerr and her team of helpful, informed staff are on hand to make everything go smoothly. Lorraine has run The Bridal Company on the south side of the city for six years and the store is now making way for Tres Chic, a fabulous collection of cruisewear, occasional wear and mother of the bride outfits. “We’re moving to bigger and better premises, and the focus will no longer be on wornonce bridal gowns, but on stunning new designer dresses,” explains Lorraine, who has been in the business for 25 years. “And we are opening on Valentine’s Day, February 14 – so romance will definitely be in the air!” Tres Chic aims to deliver a ‘one-stop-shop’ to mothers of the bride looking for stunning outfits and accessories, at affordable prices. “We found at The Bridal Company that noone was catering for the bigger lady, so we will be supplying sizes 10 to 30, from young mums to grannies,” says Lorraine.
With the wedding season fast approaching, Lorraine says this year’s look is glamorous, but not so formal as in previous years.
“The look for mother of the bride is much less tailored than it has been in the recent past, and women are looking for an outfit they can wear again, that is extremely important,” she says.
“Price is important, we don’t do big markups, and while we are not at the cheap end either, our prices are affordable.”
Lorraine explains that timeless but elegant colours and fabrics are popular again this year.
“Navy and beige, a classic colour combination, is very popular this season, and golds and silvers are in too,” she says. “Pastels remain popular, but there has been a slight shift away from them. Silks are extremely fashionable this year – very classic.”
Tres Chic will also stock a fantastic range of jewellery, hats and accessories, and offer an alteration service.
“Hats are making a comeback, particularly among younger women,” explains Lorraine. “And older women, who sometimes feel a little self-conscious about wearing a hat, are tending towards fascinators, which are beautiful and give you the best of both worlds.
“We will customise hats to match particular outfits. So, if you have a hat in a particular colour or shade and want to add feathers, for example, in a contrasting colour to pick out something in your dress, we can do that for you.”
Those individual elements can be created in other ways too.
“Of course, we also offer a dyeing service for shoes and bags, which is the perfect finishing touch.”
Lorraine and her staff aim to ensure the experience of shopping at Tres Chic is a pleasant one.
“It’s a special time, shopping for your outfit when your daughter or son is getting married,” she smiles. “We want people to be relaxed and comfortable, and to enjoy it.
“And that goes for mothers of the groom too, not just the mothers of the bride. They can often feel a little left out, but we don’t agree that should be the case, so we want to make them feel just as special.”