The Sporty Peplum Dress in Issue ‘E’ of Twenty6 magazine…x


The Sporty Peplum Suzannah Dress in issue ‘E’ of

The slick immaculately made silk peplum cocktail dress is styled to perfection by Charlie Anderson.

TWENTY6 is an online magazine, founded by Creative Director Matt Setchell and Art Director Tilly Hardy

Each quarterly issue pays homage to a letter of the alphabet – covering fashion, beauty, art and lifestyle.

Every issue is updated fortnightly and over time TWENTY6 will build to become a complete compendium of style and creativity, showcasing both established and up and coming image-makers, as well as inspiring new talent and unique collaborations.

Matt Setchell is an award winning art and creative digital director, with over 15 years experience within the fashion retail industry.  Originally from a visual merchandising background, he quickly moved into marketing, working across all touch points from print to digital.

Tilly Hardy is an internationally acclaimed fashion stylist and editor. Her credits include GLAMOUR UK, ELLE UK, ELLE US, Nylon, Tatler and Sunday Times Style – to name a few.   In 2006 Tilly became founding Fashion Editor of the highly respected Volt magazine.

Commercially Tilly has consulted for brands including, Urban Outfitters, Warehouse, Selfridges, Kurt Geiger and Philip Treacey.

Having both previously collaborated and consulted together the perfect partnership was born – TWENTY6.

Oxfam Wedding Auction

Celebrating the anniversary of the Royal Wedding, Oxfam will launch a unique online auction offering couples the chance to bid on exclusive items for their big day at a fraction of the retail price.

The online wedding auction will start on April 29 and run through to May 6. All proceeds from the auction go towards helping those who live in poverty around the world.

We are donating one of our bridal dresses. The Baby Love Retro Wedding Dress. Its more of an informal dress which can be piled up high with net skirts underneath.

Spotted at the Harvey Nichols Fashion Show..x

Papped at the Harvey Nichols fashion show in Dublin

and found  on the fabulous blog

We spotted our Red Kaleidoscope Fifties Dress. Well actually we were tipped off by a few Suzannah fans who recognized the dress on the oh so glamorous Anne Marie McManus in The Irish Examiner.

Anne Marie bought her Suzannah dress in the Design Centre in Dublin.

Fab Mention in Hilary Alexanders Telegraph column. Passionate about Peplums..x

Proud to be part of Hilary Alexanders ” Passionate about Peplums” column in this mornings Saturday Telegraph on-line.  The Suzannah Peplum dress is perfect for an event or chic dinner. Tailored to perfection in the UK from different weights of silk and silk organdie. The dress is packed with vintage couture charm from the 1940s with a modern day appeal. The dress falls perfectly and appropriately below the knee. If a jacket is needed , it teams perfectly with the Petal Jacket in triple silk organza…x

Hats in Vogue..x

On the glamorous subject of millinery. There is so much to say today! Inspired by Sophie Wessex this morning ( sorry to jump on the bandwagon!)…but HOW FABULOUS!?!

Here’s her link on the awesome online fashionistas daily journal,Marie if you missed it.  Jane Taylor certainly came up trumps!….

This stimulated me to say a huge congratulations to one of the milliners whom we showcase on-line at and at the Suzannah boutique: Gina Foster. Gina’s  Beroda Ivory pillbox graced the pages of Vogue this month. A stunning piece, which would actually be the perfect piece of crowning glory for any well-heeled member of society. Gina often dresses the Duchess of Cambridge. I think perhaps this could be her next?

Showcasing three milliners: Emily Baxendale, Gina Foster and Edwina Ibbotsen, the Suzannah boutique holds host to the most fabulous array of millinery this season. Some pieces have been commissioned to work with the Suzannah vintage couture style and other pieces are signature styles of  the season carefully chosen from the collections of the British milliners involved.

I also have my eyes on Piers Atkinson, whom I came across at London Fashion Week last season. His be-dazzling pieces are just such fun!

Millinery has almost become a necessity for a British wedding these days, with the cool factor for SS12 from being seen in the perfect pillbox, the  chicest  ‘saucer’ , a seventies resort hat or the most avant-garde show piece. There is certainly a style that suits each outfit and each person.

If the event or outfit that one chooses does not quite require a hat this season, my feeling would be to opt for a gorgeous fifties inspired wide head-band or vintage hair combs instead of a fascinator . The photograph below is for the cream 1950’s inspired hairband. by Emily Baxendale . Perfectly Retro.

With the new rules for the Royal Enclosure at Ascot being “a hat of 10cm diameter or more”, we feel it is time for the fascinator to take a backseat anyway and make way for some more substantial millinery, and indulge in what us British most clearly do best!

Here is our boutique’s  more”avantegarde”  favourite from Gina Foster this season. The Premier.

Fun Full Skirted Fabulousness. Retro Fifties Dress In Orange..x

I blogged about the Kaleidoscope dress in fab Orangey Red when we first showcased it at London Fashion Week for SS12.  Martha Ward had loved it, spied it and blogged about it for

Well its finally here. The dress itself has so many characteristics that it has taken a little while to launch. The fabric was woven especially for this style in Italy, the exact colour of the dress

was achieved by dying the yarns to the colour of a 1950’s ballgown. The lustre of the structured cloth shines orange, and sometimes red. It is quite difficult to describe the depth and intensity of the

vintage twill weave. I guess it has to be seen or imagined.

The structured hooped style of the skirt has been lengthened a little to fall in line with the season’s feeling for true 1950’s spirit. Each hoop of the skirt is supported by a lightweight crinoline,

which gives the fun circular shape some structure. The balance works well though, with the slightly dropped waist and wonderfully fitted bodice, the dress is without a doubt totally flattering.

The neat front placed tissue pockets, are there to add an extra ounce of charm, and are fun to move the skirt around with.

Tiny waist making ,..absolutely joyful to wear and an updated Audrey Hepburn classic, which could make you smile , glide and twirl around into the next decade and for decades to come too.

Heels are a must for this frock. It is for fun, for parties and fabulous events whichever the season.

and,..if the dress is worn to an event, for which indeed it would be perfectly placed. We recommend Alnatt by Gina Foster.


As well as being available to buy online at, and in store at our boutique in Little Venice London W9, The Kaleidoscope dress can also be found in The Design Centre in Dublin, and the Kimono boutique in Limerick, Ireland.

1950s Boudoir Dress.. perfect for rock and roll brides x

Boned, corseted and beautifully structured from Rose Quartz duchess silk satin.

The most dreamy, playful fifties inspired dress. The 1950’s Boudoir Bride

Piled high with tulle underneath…x

A perfectly playful piece to add to our collection of vintage inspired fabulousness, for brides who love a more informal dress or mini gown. Perfect

for town hall vintage wedding fun,..sunday bridal garden parties and rock & roll brides everywhere..x

Icy pastel dresses…x

Feeling so inspired by this seasons pastels…x Icy Lilac is our tone of the season. The scallop collar shirt dress is the most divine piece for any event. It’s fabulously season-less too…looking just as good with slatey opaques.

Sponsor Pippa and raise money for the charity Magic Breakfast!…x

So, as we speak, the gorgeous Pippa Middleton and her  brother are preparing for a gruelling 90km cross-country ski race in Sweden, for a fabulous charity called the Magic Breakfast.

Pippa’s story

“My brother and I are raising money for Magic Breakfast, a small registered charity that fights child hunger through breakfast clubs and delivering free breakfasts (bagels, cereal, juice and porridge) to thousands of state primary school children in the UK particularly our inner cities.”

The challenge: Vasaloppet is an annual long-distance (90km) cross-country ski race held on the first Sunday of March in Sweden between the village of Salen and Mora. It is one of the oldest, one of the longest and considered the biggest cross-country ski race in the world. Here is more information:

If you would love to sponsor Pippa, and help towards the fabulous charity Magic Breakfast, then please donate on her just giving page below: She’s already raised £6,000 and it’s rising! …

And here’s the link from Instyle showing Pippa in action!



Thank you so much everyone !…Love Suzannah x