Sottero and Midgley, the couture offering from the family-owned design house behind sister labels Maggie Sottero and Rebecca Ingram, is one of those bridal ranges that’s constantly evolving and the resulting, cutting-edge designs are living proof of the brand’s unwavering commitment to moving forward.
It’s never one to hem itself into a particular style bracket – just take a look at the gowns above and below. Notice any similarities? No? Exactly.
There are a few accents that scream Sottero and Midgley, a streamlined sleeve, for instance, or a statement lace, but variety is the name of the game here. It’s a philosophy that’s served the label well since it first launched in 2006, recognising the fifth-generation involvement of design director Lesley Margaret (‘Maggie’) Webster’s daughter Kelly Midgley.
“This season, we’ve dialled up the drama with luxe fabrics, glamorous embellishments and one-of-a-kind details,” Lesley notes. “Your extraordinary day calls for an extraordinary wedding gown.”
These new gowns fit that bill. When Aston, above right, landed in our inbox, we had the whole team crowding around the screen, cooing over the gem-encrusted back, an unexpected detail for such a pared-back gown to sport. Lace lovers can pop the slinky Agata, top, on their shopping lists, while Milo’s glitter tulle, above left, is guaranteed a fan club.
“Sottero and Midgley really stood out to us when we were at London Bridal Fashion Week,” says Amy of Amy King Bridal in Kirkcaldy. “The group has such a good reputation and the quality is excellent. When looking at their collections, we felt that Sottero and Midgley suited our brand the most – it’s traditional, but with a modern twist – so we decided to become a stockist.
“We were super-excited to see the new range up close in Harrogate in September and order yet more stunning gowns.”