Rene Walrus is a wedding accessory specialist with a difference, their creations are used from catwalk shows to high fashion shoots and are a favourite of stylists everywhere.
They also LOVE to make bespoke commissions.
This one simple fact will have brides everywhere grinning from ear to ear, most brides I know (myself included!) don’t want ordinarily, from our dress to our pants we want something amazing, something special, something our own. So with that in mind Rene Walrus was an obvious first choice to make my garter. I had a clear colour scheme (bet you can’t guess) and a good idea of what I didn’t want (lace be gone!) but apart from that there were no restrictions or limits…and I am completely in love with it! I didn’t even know I wanted floral until I had it, the colours are perfect and the fact that I have some matching kirby grips for my hair is just the icing on the cake.
Did I mention that one of the collections is entitled “mermaid” and is based on greek mythology ? (swoon) The Lovely Janet agreed to answer some questions for me because well I’m a nosy parker and wanted to peek inside her fabulous head.
Where do you take your inspiration from?
I love studying Haute Couture fashion and especially the detail in the embroidery. Maison Martin Margiela is my favourite couture designer.
When making the headpieces do you need to keep it quite commercial or do you find that people are looking for something more unusual?
I’m lucky that most of my clients come to me because of my bespoke designs so no two pieces are ever the same. Brides are more and more willing to experiment with colour and textures and that keeps me happy too, I’d be bored stiff if I had to make the same tiara over and over again!
Do you find it hard not to read all the wedding blogs ever all the time?
HA, yes absolutely. I’m totally obsessed with wedding blogs. My favourites are: Rock n Roll Bride for it’s quirkiness and brilliant advice, The Lane for it’s sumptuous fashion editorials and Green Wedding Shoes for it’s great styling inspiration.
Prepare yourself for this….whats your favourite piece you’ve ever designed?
Oooo, that’s a hard question but I’d have to say my favourite ever piece was a tribal inspired headdress encrusted in clear and ruby Swarovski crystals for a wedding in Morocco where the bride arrived at the ceremony on the back of an elephant. The bride wanted her headdress to be the centre of attention and it was hard to compete with that elephant but I think I managed it! **photo below from bride**
What are you planning for your next season?
Bohemian styles with soft colours mixed with cascading crystals are going to be the focus of our next collection with rose gold playing a prominent role.
Any advice for people looking to start their own business?
Go for it! There’s nothing better than waking up every morning knowing that you’re your own boss.
Thanks Janet! And if any of you are planning a wedding and are getting something from the amazing Rene Walrus make sure to comment below with photos!