Newsflash: Exclusive new work by Royal Artist Darren Baker

Sunday, 11 March, 2018

Later this month (22nd – 31st March 2018), the fabulous 508 Kings Road Art Gallery in Chelsea London presents an exclusive exhibition of the work of Darren Baker, one of the UK’s most collectable artists. In 2011 Darren was commissioned to paint HM The Queen, the painting was unveiled by Princess Anne at Westminster Abbey and since then his reputation has continued to grow and he has painted Prime Ministers as well as numerous members of the sporting elite including; Lewis Hamilton, Steven Gerrard and Amir Khan.

The new collection is a showcase of his critically acclaimed painting style and the work produced since his call to fame consisting figurative work, portraiture, still life, interiors, cityscapes and animal portraiture. He is acknowledged as one of the leading painters of the classical realism genre, his style displays the influences of both the Dutch Masters and the contemporary realist school. The authenticity of his figures causes a momentary confusion in the viewer as each nuance is conveyed with such accuracy and truth that we find ourselves questioning whether we are looking at a beautiful photograph or an extraordinary painting.

Darren is exceedingly talented but remains modest and incredibly down to earth. He is a real talent in the art world and I can only imagine that his work will increase in significant value as the years go by.For more information check out 508 Kings Road or Darren Baker.

With love

Sangeeta x

 

 

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The Seville Collection by Berta

Saturday, 3 March, 2018

As some of you know, I co-founded a luxury bridal accessory company many years ago and spent many happy years surrounded by the glow of wedding preparations, lacy gowns and sparkling accessories, so its always a real pleasure when I receive press releases about new bridal collections such as Berta’s Seville Collection. I have featured the incredibly talented Israeli designer Berta Balilti on the blog before as I love her truly artistic approach to bridal fashion.

Her collections are considered among the most praised and anticipated in the world, boasting luxurious fabrics and unique detailing and textures for her dresses. And as someone who is passionate about PR & Marketing, have always been in awe of her ad campaigns. The Seville collection shot in the tantalisingly beautiful Spanish city of the same name is absolutely breathtaking so I just had to share some images with you. And as London comes out of one of the most bitter winters we have had for many years, I for one needed desperately to see some pictures of romance, magic and a hint of the summer to come. Let me introduce you to Berta’s new 2018 Seville collection celebrating the design and craftsmanship capabilities to their max. If I were a bride to be, I would be utterly spoilt for choice! What an absolutely gorgeous collection. Check out the website to find out more about the brand.

With love

Sangeeta x

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A sparkling collaboration

Saturday, 14 October, 2017

I am delighted to feature the stunning Diamond Dust Collection: an incredible collaboration between esteemed contemporary artist Simon Claridge and legendary English photographer Terry O’Neill whose work features at the National Portrait Gallery in London and is considered one of the great British photographers of our time. He gained renown documenting the fashions, styles, and celebrities of the 1960s, and for over six decades he has photographed the frontline of fame, from the greats of screen and stage, to presidents, prime ministers and rock stars.

I first came across Simon Claridge’s work in 2008 when the art gallery near my offices in Canary Wharf invited me to attend a preview of his debut collection and was wowed by his work. My favourite piece was ‘For your eyes only’ a limited edition print, which was so  seductive, powerful and simply stunning. It was also first piece of art I had ever bought.

Over the years, Simon and I have remained friends and I have watched as his work has become even more impressive, featuring well known iconic figures and his now signature use of diamond dust in his paintings. I also love the story of how after graduating with a degree in fine art, Simon began working at an art gallery in Windsor but each night he painted, consumed by the dream of one day having his own work hanging on the walls. One morning, he decided to replace the window display with his own pieces. By lunchtime, he’d sold all of them and never had to work in the gallery again.

In this latest collection, Simon has taken iconic images from Terry’s hallowed archives and applied his signature diamond dust style which he has applied thoughtfully, to retain the essence of the original exposures and showcase the style of both artists.

I was delighted to catch up with Simon at  the launch of the new collection at the gorgeous Castle Gallery in South Molton Street in London over the summer.

My favourite piece in the collection is the one featuring Frank Sinatra on the Boardwalk in Miami, taken in 1968, on the first day of filming ‘The Lady in Cement’, as  Frank was walking from his hotel to the film set. Terry has commented that “This was the first time I ever saw Frank and I was astonished by the mere power of his presence, mesmerizing the crowd as he walked casually past.”  The story of how the picture was taken is even more intriguing. Terry had been given a letter from Ava Gardner who he had met in London, which he delivered to Frank. The letter ensured that Terry could take pictures of Frank without being pushed away by the bouncer entourage!

The collection also features icons such as Mohammed Ali, Raquel Welch and Brigitte Bardot.

I absolutely loved the Diamond Dust collection and can’t wait to see what exciting new work Simon has in store for us in the future!

With love

Sangeeta x

Note the pieces are available on paper and canvas :  Framed Silkscreen on Paper with Diamond Dust | Edition of 150 (from £995) or Framed Silkscreen on Canvas with Diamond Dust (from £2,995) – contact Castle Galleries or Simon Claridge for more information.

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Show-stopping 2016 Bridal Collection from Berta Bridal

Saturday, 28 November, 2015

I am thrilled to share with you the sensational NEW collection from avant-garde design house Berta Bridal. The S/S 2016 collection takes its inspiration from  the 18th century in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and reflects a time when women started to feel more comfortable with wearing clothing to emphasize their figures.

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Israeli designer Berta has a truly artistic approach to bridal fashion and her collections are considered among the most praised and anticipated in the world, boasting luxurious fabrics and unique detailing and textures for her dresses, which are also evident in the higher price tags, with gowns retailing on average around GBP 5,000.

The signature figure-hugging gowns are however incredibly lust-worthy and sure to create the requisite wow factor on a bride’s big day. There are so many gorgeous dresses in this new collection, I am not sure how you can pick just one though. Here are some of my top-picks:

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In order to achieve a timeless regal look, Berta has combined many new elements in some of her creations, such as beaded boleros, tulle capes, beaded cathedral veils, and detachable dramatic tulle & lace trains.

For more information and a list of stockists visit the website – Berta Bridal. Happy browsing!

Sangeeta x

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Springtime Hair TLC & Gorgeous Giveaway [Competition closed]

Sunday, 8 March, 2015

As we leave a particularly cold winter behind, Spring brings with it a renewal of spirit and eagerness to repair and restore our tired bodies before the summer. And especially for those getting married, now is the perfect time to start a special skin and haircare routine. If you have visited the Olivier Laudus boutique who will have seen we are housed within award-winning hair salon Jordan Burr in London’s West End, so  I took the opportunity to ask co-founder Glen Burr on how to ensure you have perfect wedding-day hair.

Glen’s top hair tips:

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  •  Six months before your wedding day, start to get your hair trimmed regularly to encourage healthy growth.
  • Perhaps you want to change your hair colour or style – make sure you do this well before your wedding day so you still have time to change it if you don’t like it.
  • It is a good idea to have regular conditioning treatments in the three months leading up to your wedding; these can be done in-salon or at home. Hair can become dry and brittle over winter months so some tender loving care is essential!
  • Give your hair a break from your irons, blow-dryer and hair curlers in the 3 weeks leading up to the wedding so your hair can regain its natural healthy sheen.
  • And remember to nourish from within. Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, and maybe even take a specially formulated vitamin for hair, skin and nails.

Competition time…

The lovely folks at Jordan Burr have given us a 25ml bottle of Moroccanoil® Treatment as a prize. This amazing smelling oil can be used for conditioning and styling and gives tired hair a much-needed boost.

Simply follow me @SangeetaLaudus on Twitter and RT the competition message to enter.

 

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Wave goodbye to winter and start to give your hair some tender loving care this Spring.

Lots of love

Sangeeta xx

 

Terms and Conditions

  • We will announce the winner on blog and Twitter.
  • Please email us (sangeeta@olivierlaudus.com) to claim your prize within 2 weeks.
  • The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  • The competition is open to UK residents – if you live outside of the UK we will need to charge you postage.
  • The competition ends at midnight on 11 March 2015.

The competition is now closed.

CREDITS :

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Photographer : Yoland de Vries

Hair & Make Up : Ana Ospina

Portrait shot of Glen Burr

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Getting Wedding Fit & Healthy

Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

Every bride wants to look her best on her big day and there are heaps of fast weight loss diets and boot camps out there promising amazing results. However, losing weight should also be about getting healthy and I have always believed that is most successful if it is an enjoyable process, sustainable and done within a realistic time frame.

So I was thrilled to meet and chat with London based health and fitness expert Tuomas Isaho – founder of Clay and Lime and get his thoughts on how brides could best approach their fitness goals.

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Tuomas challenges conventional and trendy training methods – his philosophy is “To train smart. To get fit, not broken.” He typically trains brides for 3 to 6 months preceding their wedding, but has found that many continue with the programme after their wedding. He has also trained a few brides and grooms together in the lead up to their big day – finding that by motivating each other they are able to achieve great results.

Tuomas’ top five tips:

1. Start moving, now. Walk 10 000 steps every day – it is the only smart and proven way to boost your metabolism – even if your date isn’t set yet. Pedometers are cheap to buy and a great way of measuring how you are doing.

2. Clean up your diet – unhealthy foods have somehow become a daily feature in our diets, and that isn’t how it should be. The bulk of your diet should be made of healthy, nutritious food. You can allow yourself two unhealthy items – not whole meals – a week.

3. Don’t diet. Conventional diets focus on quick weight loss, but they fail in one essential area – keeping the weight off – they are not about promoting health which should be the core goal. And therefore they are generally not sustainable.

4. Add resistance training into your weekly routine. Aim for 4 times a week, 25-30 min at a time. Focus on your posture to get the healthy, lean and strong look – choose exercises that work your upper and lower back, obliques (sides), bum and legs – with some rear shoulder and arm moves. I don’t believe that women should ever do press-ups and no one should ever do abdominal crunches.

5. Live by the above 4 rules – make it your lifestyle. It is how we humans were designed to live. You’ll be fit and healthy – and remember that the healthier and fitter you are, the happier you will be in the run up to your wedding day.

I was really impressed with the passion Tuomas has for what he does – he genuinely cares about helping his clients. And it is refreshing in an age where we are bombarded with the next ‘in’ way to lose weight to meet someone who is taking it back to basics – looking at what our bodies were designed to do – and with health at the heart of it.

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To find out more about Clay and Lime, see http://www.clayandlime.com/ or follow @clayandlime on Twitter.

Exclusive personal training and tailored programmes are available from 4-52 weeks.

And best of luck with creating a healthy new you!

Sangeeta x

 

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Behind the scenes of the Ellis Bridal 2014 Shoot

Thursday, 26 June, 2014

We love seeing our accessories paired with beautiful dresses and so when the lovely folks at Ellis Bridals approached us to borrow some pieces for their 2014 Blossom Collection shoot we were only too happy to help! I am sure you will agree that this year’s collection was just breathtaking.

So here is the behind the scenes low-down just for you plus a hint of what’s to come in the new season.

WD:  How was the shoot styled & where was it shot?

EB: We chose a beautifully grand building in the centre of London to shoot the Blossom Collection, its detailed walls and wonderful large windows served as the perfect frame to the designs. Being the Blossom Collection we filled the room with fresh flowers giving the shoot an almost dreamlike quality as they arced across the back wall and surrounded the model giving great depth to the imagery. Dotted around the room we also arranged a selection of handpicked antique furniture, which along with the opulent building also echoed the brands illustrious history.

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WD: What was the inspiration for the Blossom Collection? 

EB: A blossoming flower brings new life. It represents true feminine beauty and their transitory nature embodied the collection. The new designs and imagery were a real progression for us, and the blossom flower worked perfectly as a symbol of change.

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 WD: What can we expect next from Ellis Bridals next collection?

 EB: The new dresses for 2015 are very varied, ranging from slinky 1920’s numbers to glamorous ball gowns in flowing soft tulle all with the brands signature delicate detailing. The designs will have an even more clean, fresh feel to them working in a range of new fabrics and colours but still with strong romantic overtones running through it.

We can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2015!

Sangeeta x

Credits – Ellis Bridals

Jewellery featured from Olivier Laudus – Serenity earrings and Lara pearl bracelet

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WIN Your Wedding Earrings!

Sunday, 23 March, 2014

To continue our 10 year birthday celebrations at Olivier Laudus we are pleased to give away these gorgeous cubic zirconia faux pearl drop earrings. Art deco inspired, they are the epitome of understated glamour.

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To enter, all you have to do is follow us on Twitter @OlivierLaudus and RT the competition.

For more ideas and gorgeous wedding accessories for the style conscious modern bride please visit our website

Best of luck!

Sangeeta x

Terms and Conditions

  1. We will announce the winner on our blog and Twitter.
  2. Please email us (sangeeta@olivierlaudus.com) to claim your prize within 2 weeks.
  3. The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  4. The competition is open to UK residents – if you live outside of the UK we will need to charge you postage.
  5. The competition ends midnight on 27 March 2014.

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A licence to thrill..

Friday, 14 February, 2014

We love working with talented people in the wedding industry on collaborations and so when lovely dress designer Charlotte Garratt asked if we would lend some jewellery for a styled shoot to showcase her dresses we were only too happy to get involved. The shoot was at the 5 star Stoke Park Hotel in Buckinghamshire and was inspired by the glamour of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. As we were also busy with our 2014 collection photo shoot, we are unable to attend on the day, but were delighted to see the pictures of what looked like a very fun day.

Here are some of my favourite pictures from the shoot.

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Dress one by Charlotte Garratt was the Electra – a super sexy lace number with a thigh-high split and which was accessorised with some of our sparkly jewellery.

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Dress rings have become very popular with brides and the Arlene ring worn by the model and pictured below boasts a lucky clover cubic zirconia detail.

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The second dress from Charlotte’s new collection was the Kimberley which was a dreamy chiffon number which was accessorized with statement simulated diamond necklace and sparkly earrings and bracelet. With the simple hairstyle, red lippie and killer heels from Aruna Seth, not forgetting our sparkly jewels there is a contemporary luxe feel to the overall look.

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This last shot is one of my favourites from the shoot. Particularly as I write this post on Valentines Day. Sparkles and pretty flowers – works for me every time!

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You can see more pictures from this fabulous shoot over on Ultimate Wedding Magazine.

Happy Valentines Day!

Sangeeta x

Credits:

Gowns: Charlotte Garratt charlottegarratt.co.uk

Suit: Stephen Bishop Suiting stephenbishopsuiting.com

Styling: Miss Munro missmunro.co.uk

Photography: KLP Photography klpphotography.co.uk

Hair and make-up: Desire Hair and Beauty desirehairbeauty.co.uk

Jewellery: Olivier Laudus olivierlaudus.co.uk

Flowers: Stems of Beauty stemsofbeauty.co.uk

Brooch bouquet & sign: The Finer Details thefinerdetails.co.uk

Shoes: Aruna Seth  www.arunaseth.com

Models: Thomas Broad, Jennifer Jayne-stone, Natália Krajčíková

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Exclusive Sneak Peek : Our 2014 Great Glamour Collection

Thursday, 2 January, 2014

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Olivier Laudus bridal accessory collection will be available to purchase online and at our London studio from 8 January 2014. Shot at the iconic Corinthia Hotel in London, the new Great Glamour collection is all about evoking the glamour of Hollywood and the elegance of bygone eras.

Here is a sneak peek just for you! More about the full collection, the shoot and the great team behind it coming soon….

Sangeeta x

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Photography : Fiona Kelly

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