The mother and daughter team behind Nicki Macfarlane has been designing truly beautiful ( and award-winning!) outfits for bridesmaids, flower girls and pageboys for many years. Their exquisite designs regularly feature in leading UK bridal publications and clients include many celebrity and society brides – most notably the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Here at Aspirational Bride we were thrilled to have an opportunity to interview Nicki and find out a little more about her and her business…
Tell us about Nicki Macfarlane what inspired you to set your business up?
I was working as a freelance designer and found that I was being asked to design more and more children’s wedding outfits. In 2005, following a commission to create 22 bridesmaids’ dresses for one wedding, I decided there was a gap in the market and so the brand Nicki Macfarlane was born. My daughter Charlotte joined the company in 2009 and together we launched our first ready to wear collection.
What do you enjoy most about having your own business?
Every day is different and that’s how I like it! Having our own business means that Charlotte and I can make our own decisions, we are able to offer the best possible service to our clients and have complete freedom when designing and sourcing fabrics. It’s such an honour to be part of anyone’s wedding and we love getting to know the brides and their families in the build up to the big day.
Can you tell us a little about your training?
I learnt how to do needlework at school (I was even given a special award by The Queen Mother for my needlecraft skills aged 15!) and my mother did the most beautiful embroidery work and was a wonderful dressmaker and inspired me and taught me the importance of detail.
How do you go about creating your designs, and where do you feel your inspiration comes from?
I am constantly looking for inspiration in magazines, films, paintings and everywhere I go. Even bridesmaid dresses take touches from the catwalk, be it fabrics, colours or styling details so I like to see what’s new each season. I also take inspiration from our Brides. I speak to them about their vision, the colour of the their flowers, the feel and style of the wedding, their wedding gown and put it all together to create the perfect look for their wedding party.
Which designers inspire you?
This is difficult, as so many designers, both in the bridal industry and elsewhere, have an impact. I love the overall look of classic designers such as Dior and Balenciaga. The final inspiration has to come from the bride herself though.
What is the most unusual design you have been asked to make for a client?
We did flower girl dresses and page boy outfits for an artist to reflect her work. The dresses were white with large green spots and sashes, and the boys wore silk artists smocks and very cool trousers. They even carried artists’ palettes up the aisle. It was great fun to do and was perfect for that particular bride.
Do you have any predictions for trends in bridesmaids, flower girls dresses for 2013/14?
The colours for the next season include a range of beautiful, soft muted neutral colours which look beautiful on all skin tones. Fabrics are key again this year with amazing embroidered laces and beading – all very exciting! We’ve also introduced some gorgeous slightly less formal dresses this year so there will be something to suit every occasion.
What do you think is the most important piece of advice to give a bride as she begins to think about the design and style of her bridesmaids dresses?
I advice all of my brides to choose the style and colour bridesmaid dresses that she wants. It’s very easy to be influenced by others – the bridesmaid’s mothers or the bridesmaids themselves. Remember it’s the bride’s day and our aim is to create the dresses of her dreams.
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