Designers Blog

Window Art Dunedin... Autumn Leaves and Flowers Fallen June 01 2018

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin.

The autumn leaves and flowers fall this time of year. Beauty is found in crushed flowers, bronze petals and delicate leaf skeletons.  A muted collection pallet with emphasis on combining fabric textures for detail is exhibited. 

Features include tea rose lace hand cut and embellished onto crepe and Hand-smocking using the traditional method of embroidery stitches onto gathered fabric. 

 

 

We highlight 'Couture Design' by Beau.  A bespoke made-to-measure service offering handcrafted garments and accessories designed specifically for each individual.

  
For further information click here.

 


Window Art Dunedin... Paint the town! March 29 2018

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin.

'Paint the town!'... Dunedin said in celebration of Ed Sheeran's visit to the city and music concerts.

So creatively we did just that, creating a window to catch the eye and to inspire a couture gown 'hand painted' with abstract vision and bold colour.

 

We highlight 'Couture Design' by Beau.  A bespoke made-to-measure service offering handcrafted garments and accessories designed specifically for each individual.

  
For further information click here.

 


Window Art Dunedin... One Hundred Love Letters February 14 2018

 

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin.

'One Hundred Love Letters'... February is a the month remembered for romance.

Our window filled with one hundred love letters is a fitting tribute.
Each envelope laced with a beautiful printed insert and tea stain finish for a vintage feel.
A silk and chiffon wedding dress is detailed with hand-beading to soften perfect edges. Seams meet gentle folds and gathers in the flow of this stunning dress.
 

We highlight 'Couture Design' by Beau.  A bespoke made-to-measure service offering handcrafted garments and accessories designed specifically for each individual.

  
For further information click here.

 


Window Art Dunedin... Lace and Love November 01 2017

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin.

Lace is 'Love'... We capture the beauty and romantic story that lace tells. A soft palette of ivory hand-cut lace, blush dried flora and draped grey chiffon.  A collection of couture garments, embellished with delicate bead work, hand-frayed bound edges and appliqué.
 

We highlight 'Couture Design' by Beau.  A bespoke made-to-measure service offering handcrafted garments and accessories designed specifically for each individual.

  
For further information click here.

 


Window Art Dunedin... Couture handcrafted in New Zealand August 01 2017

 

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin.

Early blossom buds and the first peep of flowering bulbs show though the earth, whispering signs of spring. Our window captures this whimsical moment with a collection of couture garments and parasols, each embellished with delicate floral laces, bead work and draped silks.
 

We highlight 'Couture Design' by Beau.  A bespoke made-to-measure service offering handcrafted garments and accessories designed specifically for each individual.

  
For further information click here.

 

 


Window Art Dunedin... Dancing with Blue Tulle June 01 2017

 

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin.

Winter is coming and inspired by the storms ahead - Blue Tulle is draped dramatically capturing the movement and sheer beauty of this fabric.
 

We highlight 'Couture Design' by Beau.  A bespoke made-to-measure service offering handcrafted garments designed specifically for each individual.

  
For further information click here.


Window Art Dunedin... Heritage and Old Romance. July 25 2016

 

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin.

We highlight 'Couture Design' by Beau.  A bespoke made-to-measure service offering handcrafted garments designed specifically for each individual.

Our Designer has crafted a capsule collection inspired by the heritage and romance of ballet; reflecting on the intimate character of a blush colour pallet. 

  
For further information click here.

 

 


Window Art Dunedin... A Dolls House. April 11 2016

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin.

Exploring and developing concepts inspired by A Dolls House. Our journal below illustrates our journey behind the scenes to create the story for this magical winter exhibition. 

 

Let your special event tell a story.
Couture garments designed to be treasured. Made-to-measure tailoring.

Beau xx

 


Blog: A Wedding Dress Is The Ultimate Shopping Experience. (Q&A Southern Bride) February 09 2016

 

Recent posts on Southern Bride raise concern for a lack of bridal shops- they are closing left right and centre it seems. I believe there are many reasons for this and many of them probably negative. But I’d like to look at the positive and the opportunity. 

I believe there is a shift in the way we shop. Online shopping plays its part, often for convenience and as consumers we like to research the options available.  Even more exciting is the shift towards a shopping experience with a true and meaningful experience. When looking to find a wedding dress, for many of us it is something we really care about. It means a lot personally, is an iconic symbol and an expression of how we look and feel. So while you can look though the pages of the internet for inspiration there is a real need to touch, feel and explore your thoughts with a designer.

I am a wedding dress designer at Beau. The best thing about my job is meeting my clients and opening a discussion about what means the world to them. Discovering their passions and interests inspires me to design a beautiful dress to capture and enhance their unique personality. This takes time, building of a relationship and sharing laughs usually over a cup of tea or two. So it’s there I see the opportunity. An opportunity to meet you in my studio filled with fabrics and trims to play with and inspire, visit you at your home to share your space with you and see first hand what brings you joy and comfort or to meet in a cafe together to flick though magazines, immerse ourselves in the aroma of coffee and the buzz of local excitement. 

So if you are looking for your wedding dress- the one, that special dress. Spend your time with someone that will design it for you in a place that is just as memorable and inspiring. Enjoy the experience.

 

Beau xx

 


Blog: A Beautiful New Mother. (Q&A Southern Bride) February 01 2016

Late January a question from an Anonabride was posted: She has booked the wedding for April 2017 and later discovered she is pregnant…With a baby around 6 months at the time of their wedding- Postpone or Go ahead with the wedding??

Its a magical time for both parents to welcome a child in the world and a wedding is a beautiful celebration of this too. Think carefully and do what is right for you both.  
As a couture wedding dress designer I thought I could share some support.I have previously worked with new mothers quite often breastfeeding on their wedding day. 
Working with your dress designer you can discuss all issues and concerns surrounding the day and make sure your dress is designed to meet your needs as well as look fabulous.
In my experience designing a beautiful dress with functional details that allow for breastfeeding and comfort is all part of ‘getting to know your bride’ after all good design meets the needs and desires of the customer. I found the challenge is often the ever changing body shape from birth and continuing on through actively breastfeeding. But it is just that- a challenge!! Working closely together and meeting for dress fittings we can observe changes and plan, design and enjoy the journey to making a beautiful (and practical) wedding dress. 

Click below to view a Beau Couture Wedding Dress designed for a beautiful new mother. 
http://beau-couture.com/…/58858885-a-fairy-tale-and-gold-du…

The design of a low-v at the back of her dress and the side zip enabled her to slip the front of the dress over her shoulder to breastfeed during the day. Structurally designed into the dress was bust shaping and comfort so that a bra did not need to be worn. It was important to her to have a dreamy, floaty romantic lace and chiffon dress that was not compromised by the additional requirement to continue to breastfeed. Together we achieved her fairy tale wedding.

 

... A little thank you to Southern Bride for a platform to support new brides and new mothers.

 

Beau xx


Blog: The Secrets To Getting A Made To Measure Wedding Dress January 25 2016

Our favourite Wedding blogger Amanda Cookson at Southern Bride and Be My Guest recently shared our story at Beau.

Click on the link to read the full story on: 'Secrets To Getting A Made To Measure Wedding Dress'.

Extract: 
Where to start with a made to measure wedding dress?

It does not need to be as daunting as it may first appear! Deep down you know your likes and dislikes and this instinct will fundamentally help you in your decision making process. Start by having some fun! Thumb through glossy magazines, flick through online images. But don’t be too precious- rip out the pages of all that you love and create a pile of inspiration.

Contact Beau directly for further information or to book an consultation.

Beau xx

 


In the Studio: Couture Flowers January 12 2016

Couture flowers constructed by pleating and twisting cotton textiles.

Fraying the edges to soften and embellish.

Couture flowers individually hand dyed and brush painted.

Beau xx

Window Art Dunedin... A Thousand Petals. January 12 2016

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin and Guest UK Artist Amelia Poon. 

A Thousand Petals is a special display highlighting Couture by Beau.  Each flower is individually handmade and crafted by our local Designer Natasha and UK Artist Amelia Poon.


Our journal below illustrates our journey behind the scenes to create a romantic wedding exhibition. 

Enjoy the ultimate experience in boutique shopping and discover first hand a bespoke garment service. Perfect for special occasion wear or a piece to be treasured. 

Featured Garment: Bella Dress- white with ivory trim. 

Hanging: Handmade fabrics flowers in white and ivory. Selected flowers individually hand dyed and brush painted.
  
For further information click here.

 

Beau xx

A special thanks to Amelia Poon.

 


The Wedding Show Dunedin...Preens Story. August 21 2015

 

A magical event- The Wedding Show Dunedin, was held last weekend. A celebration of local business.

Our Designer at Beau worked in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners to create a stall to share the Preen's Story and Services.

Beautifully packaged the Preens Preservation Service captures a brides moment to treasure timelessly. For more information about this service click here.

A designers touch... a stunning Beau Couture Gown featured within the display. Thank you to Nicky De Carvalho for lending her much loved couture gown by Beau for the event. Click to view this gown for inspiration.
Each Beau Couture Gown is individually designed and hand crafted to the highest quality. For more information about this service by Beau click here.

 

Beau xx

Window Art Dunedin... I DO August 10 2015

 

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin. 

This month we highlight our 'Couture Garments' by Beau.  

Discover our made to measure and bespoke garment service to enjoy the ultimate experience in
boutique shopping.

Perfect for special occasion wear or a piece to be treasured.

Ask Preens DryCleaners about garment care and visit their stall at the Dunedin Wedding Show-16th August.

Featured Garments: 
Bella Tee- White with Ivory Trim
Bespoke Tulle Skirt- White
 
Bella Dress- White with Ivory Trim
Hanging: Fabrics selected by Beau.
 
For further information click here.

 

 

Beau xx


Window Art Dunedin...Wishing for Spring July 17 2015

 

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin. 

 

Wishing for Spring... We look forward to brighter days and styling layers.

Outfit 1: Florence Shirt Dress with Beau Tie. Style over trousers or leggings for a layering look.

Outfit 2: Dart Top and Skylark Trousers with Beau Scarf. Style this print with a block colour base for a look with impact!.

 

 

Beau xx


In the Studio: Handcrafted Black & Gold Umbrellas May 27 2015

Gold embellishment hand painted using a handcrafted stencil onto Umbrellas.

Marking with chalk to position the stencil.

Graphic design created in-house at Beau.

Our beautiful boutique umbrellas are available instore and online.

Available now!

 

 

Beau xx

 


Window Art Dunedin...Black & Gold. May 27 2015

 

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin. 

Gold sparkle to brighten up a winters day!

 

Outfit 1: Classic Shirt- Wheel Print and Trim Trousers. Outfit 2: Opaque Dress and Beau Neck Scarf.

Umbrellas:  Hand printed gold by Beau.

Available online and in store.

 

Beau xx


Window Art Dunedin...Designers Story. April 01 2015

 

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin. 

A month to celebrate fashion in Dunedin. iD Fashion Week a must visit!

Penelope Jacket, Trim Tee and Beau Scarf  available online and in store.

 

Beau xx


Window Art Dunedin... Beau Showcase. March 01 2015

Beau showcases collection and artwork in collaboration with Preens Dry Cleaners, Dunedin. 

A beautiful display of colour!

Tulip Dress available online and in store.

 

Beau xx

 

 


In the Studio: Sourcing Fabrics and Designing (AW2015) July 08 2014

Colour, Texture, Wool... Thinking about all things warm and wonderful for next winter.

Can hardly wait!  

 

Beau xx


Event... Beau visits The Mount Brownies! June 18 2014

On Wednesday our Designer Natasha visited the Brownies to inspire creative careers and hopefully a new generation of budding designers!

A big thank you to the girls for making us this special card!!!!

 

Beau xxx


In the Studio: Drafting New Winter Patterns (AW2015) June 05 2014

Exciting time of year.... New Winter (AW2015) designs are being realised and patterns drafted!

Studio buzzing with ideas!

 

Beau xx