LLG in London: The Olivier Awards with MasterCard 2012 (& a Suzannah dress)

by Sasha Wilkins on April 12, 2012 · 11 comments

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I’m thrilled that MasterCard have invited me to be their guest at The Olivier Awards with MasterCard on Sunday at the Royal Opera House: they are the equivalent of the Tonys in the UK, the most prestigious theatre awards for the most talented performers, producers, directors and  creatives in the industry, attracting the cream of our theatre talent.

Hosted by Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball, with nominees including Jude Law, Benedict Cumberbatch,  Kristin Scott Thomas, Celia Imrie & James Corden it’s going to be an extraordinary evening and, frankly, excited isn’t the word. I’m going to be Tweeting away on behalf of MasterCard on the Libertylondongirl Twitter feed, as well as posting photos on the Instagram feed, so do be sure to follow for all the action!

But what to wear? Of course there is a glamorous red carpet, but the Oliviers tend to be more cocktail dress than full length formal, so I started looked for a suitable frock to wear to the awards ceremony.

Earlier this week I had an appointment at Suzannah in Maida Vale, the eponymous boutique of Suzannah, which stocks her beautiful vintage inspired couture, from floor length formal gowns to silk tea dresses.

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She has glorious bridal wear, cocktail frocks, & day dresses.  Many of the dress fabrics are bespoke to Suzannah, and most of them are Italian. Her prints are all developed in house, using vintage fabrics as a base, and then digitally printed. Nearly everything is made in London, and she provides both a made to measure and a bespoke service, so she can offer different solutions to the pieces in her collection: a specific garment length, a simple sleeve added or removed, a bespoke wrap to match, a swatch service with other colour ideas or maybe a print variation for many of the looks.

I don’t generally do celebrity mentions on the blog, but I can tell you that she was one of the designers rumoured to be making the Royal Wedding dress, and has clients whose surname begins with M.

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I’ve loved her dresses since I first wrote about them on the blog way back in 2007 , and again I see in 2009,  so I was thrilled when Suzannah agreed to work with me on my dress for the The Olivier Awards ceremony.

Here’s the thing: can you guess which one we decided upon?

Suzannah also stocks bags and hats from small British labels that complement her designs, so I am carrying a Wilbur & Gussie clutch with the dress.  Now I just have to decide which of my shoes to wear, after I’ve been for my final fitting tomorrow afternoon at the boutique.

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The Olivier Awards is part of MasterCard’s Priceless London programme, which offers all MasterCard cardholders that register on pricelesslondon.co.uk exclusive experiences and privileged access to the very best of the capital’s music, theatres, museums, restaurants, retail, sport and attractions.

www.suzannah.com

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LondonLiaison April 13, 2012 at 03:04

Suzannah’s dresses look stunning, I love the dress colors in the first picture! Have a lovely time at the event! :)

xx
Ines

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colingilchrist April 13, 2012 at 03:22

Sasha, you are one lucky person, Suzannah is a devine wee boutique. Have fun at the Awards; already looking forward to the event snaps of you.

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Haidee April 13, 2012 at 04:36

I love the sweet sign and the clothes look adorable
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Lucy April 13, 2012 at 04:42

That green dress is fantastic! Suzannah’s boutique sounds like such a treasure trove, lucky you!

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Just Add Attitude April 13, 2012 at 05:18

What absolutely lovely dresses. I have just checked out her blog, which I found through a link in one of your earlier posts on Suzannah, to see some more of her rather gorgeous creations. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the Olivier Awards ceremony.

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Eva April 13, 2012 at 08:08

The green dress I hope – blondes look stunning in that green colour!

Enjoy!

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annemarie April 13, 2012 at 08:40

My guess: the black lace illusion dress with the sweetheart neckline and that cool thing going on with boning/circular pockets. I love it– it’s sophisticated and modern and sexy-sweet without being either too retro or girly or try-hard. Please have picked that one! (They are all lovely, of course….but….that’s my favorite one!) (Also, blonds look great in black.)

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Mhairi April 13, 2012 at 11:39

I don’t think it’s the green one because of your dare I say ample bust and the lack of Sleeves, not the red and cream because of your rosacea (although I can see you in that style), the black one with the lace around the neckline I think not because of the high neck but the skin showing through the lace may break up the high neckline and it does have sleeves. The shorter black one with the cream cuffs may do the trick, it’s shorter and has much longer sleeves than the rest but I think you will go longer to this event. Could be on to a winner with the patterned ones due to the short sleeve and v neck. I think I’m putting too much thought into this! They really all look amazing. I love the black one with the lace.

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