What made you decide to become a couture footwear designer?
I grew up immersed in the world of fine jewellery. My mother Barbara Tipple (www.barbaratipple.co.uk
) is a multi-award winning fine jeweller. So observing the highest levels of craftsmanship, luxury and quality became an integral part of the Freya Rose design philosophy. While at art college, I discovered a passion for sculpture and textiles. My BA Honours degree in Shoe and Accessory Design incorporated both elements of design that I had an inherent understanding of and passion for. After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree from the renowned London College of Fashion, I went on to hone and perfect my design skills whilst working for high-end designers – including Gina and leading high street stores.
What inspires your designs now?
I'm inspired by my travels, period costume, jewellery, architecture and art.
Who's your favourite footwear designer?
I've always admired Roger Vivier for his attention to detail and silhouette.
Have you noticed any bridal footwear trends?
The clientele we hold is very varied, as all brides love the service and attention we provide. The one thing that links all of our brides is that they truly appreciate quality and intricate detail, so this is the highest priority when designing the accessories.
Should the bride take the wedding venue and theme into consideration when choosing her shoes?
Absolutely! Always consider the season or climate you'll be getting married in. Open sling backs are better if you're getting married in a warmer location – perhaps for a destination wedding – and peep toes are good all year round. Our Emma shoes are perfect if you're getting married on a beach as they are a flat peep-toe style, made with the finest French Chantilly lace, which makes them very breathable. It's also advisable to wear an unlined shoe if you're getting married somewhere warm.
What footwear advice would you give brides?
You should choose shoes and accessories that work with your dress. If you're wearing a gown with lots of texture or patterns it may be nice to opt for more subtle shoes with details such as pearl buttons and mother-of-pearl heels. If your dress is made from a particular material, it can be an option to design a bespoke shoe clip to incorporate it into your footwear. Choose shoes that you love. It's the biggest day of your life and the shoes will not only hold you, but your soul and spirit. Every girl feels special in beautiful heels and they can be easily stored as a memento to love and cherish.
Do you have a favourite pair of Freya Rose shoes?
One of my personal favourites is the Reiki shoe. It's such a beautiful design and incorporates so many lovely details. It's a hand-embroidered style with a mother-of-pearl heel, topped off with handmade silk flowers.
Finally, how can a bride ensure that she can walk down the aisle in her shoes with confidence?
Other than feeling amazing in her shoes, she should be comfortable! All of my shoes are designed with a perfectly proportioned silhouette and a memory foam lining. It's important to me that brides can wear their shoes all day and then dance on into the early hours! Sore feet should not be a woman's worry on her big day.
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“Every girl feels special in beautiful heels and they can be easily stored as a memento to love and cherish.”