Long term readers will know that I have been a fan of Suzannah’s beautiful dresses almost since the very first months of the blog back in 2007. (I’d received a press release when she launched and thought her pieces so chic, so beautiful that I broke my cardinal rule and wrote about them even though I hadn’t done an appointment.
When I moved back to London some years later, we finally met, and Suzannah made me a navy blue satin and lace dress for the Olivier Awards, which I loved so much I also wore it to the Breaking Dawn premiere in Los Angeles, to Ascot, to the British Fashion Awards, and to a wedding in Napa. Her clothes make me feel like the prettiest, most elegant, best possible version of myself. She knows how to cut precisely to flatter the female body, and her colour palette is infinitely flattering, whatever your skin tone. She uses Italian, and sometimes vintage fabrics, and designs all her prints herself.
And, if you care about such things, Suzannah regularly dresses several younger members of the royal family and a host of stars from stage and screen on both sides of the Atlantic. (When I was filming a segement for Good Morning America on British fashion during the Golden Jubilee celebrations last summer, I picked Suzannah’s boutique as one of the places to cover for the show.)
If you are looking for a dress at the moment for the summer season, then I can’t recommend her highly enough. (Although, of course, her dresses are perfect at any time of the year.) She has recently moved her salon and atelier from Maida Vale to W1, on New Quebec Street (to Osman’s old studio), and is also stocked in Jaeger’s very good new second floor that stocks interesting British designers, which I wrote about here. She’s very kindly made me two dresses for this summer, and I’ll be wearing a navy blue silk Suzannah dress to Ladies Day at Ascot next Thursday, with an Edwina Ibbotson navy saucer hat.
You can buy off the peg, but her service is so personal that 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 print variation for many of the looks. And, of course, she makes ravishing wedding dresses too.
And, if you need a hat for Ascot or a wedding, then she carries wonderful pieces by Edwina Ibbotson, Gina Foster, Emily Baxendale and more. Suzannah will advise you on the right hat for the right frock, as well as suggesting the correct heel height and jewellery. Everyday she receivesemails from clients asking what shoes and what bag she would recommend to wear with the dress they’d bought from her, and she’s so passionate about helping her clients achieve the perfect look for them that she’s created Pinterest boards with outfit suggestions, (she guest blogged on the subject for me here).