Today I want to introduce you to Love My Dress sponsor Rene Walrus.
Janet McCrorie is the jewellery and accessory designer behind the brand based in Scotland. Recently nominated for Accessory
Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards, Rene Walrus offers stylish designs with intricate wirework and crystal embroidery, all lovingly
hand-made at their studios in Edinburgh.
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Film Copyright (c) 2011, Rene Walrus
For me, picking out the jewellery I would wear on my wedding day was a
joy. All the fun of shopping for pretty things without the pressure and
expectation involved in buying a wedding dress. It's not often you have
carte blanche to immerse yourself in sparkle, but that's exactly what
this part of wedding planning will afford you.
Take my advice and lose yourself in the world of Rene Walrus for a while. I have no doubt you'll find just what you inner magpie is searching for…
How did you get into designing wedding accessories?
'To be honest, I've always been making jewellery
and adornments as far back as I can remember, even as a kid I was constantly
raiding my mother's jewellery box and I loved dressing up. I decided to study
fine art at Edinburgh Art College, but undertook various silver smithing courses
alongside and even ended up teaching it in my summer break. After college I
started selling my designs wholesale and eventually opened the Rene Walrus
boutique in 2004.'
do you love about your work?
'I love collaborating with my brides, creating
new designs and learning new techniques. I am also a magpie, so I have
to say my all time favourite part of the job is when a new delivery comes in
from Swarovski and I tear open the crisp paper packaging to reveal the celestial
sparkle of the crystals spilling out.'
inspires you when it comes to your work? Are there any designers/artists you
'There is so much that inspires me, I'm
constantly scribbling down ideas and designs so I carry a little notepad everywhere
I go. Recently I've been obsessed with the embroidery house of Lesage in
Paris, all the haute couture designers use them to bejewel their creations on
How would you describe your signature style? What is a Rene
Walrus bride like?
'I don't have one
particular style as I love trying out new techniques in my designs. However,
there is a common theme of intricate opulence. A Rene Walrus bride is
intelligent, individual and playful with a love for the ornate.'
'Intricate opulence'… I love that. Just the words sound beautiful. As you can see from the images in this post, the Rene Walrus designs more than live up to this notion…
you provide a price guide?
range from £125 – £500 and jewellery starts from £12.99 for a pair of sparkly
sterling silver and Swarovski stud earrings.'
do you deliver?
deliver worldwide through my website but I also have a boutique in Edinburgh
where you can try on all my designs or have a bespoke piece made just for you.'
*Sigh* So much pretty! I really do wish it was acceptable for a woman
to wear a tiara to the supermarket. That way I could justify a
If this post has piqued your interest, do take a look at the Rene Walrus website to see the full range on offer. Janet has also decided to share her valuable knowledge and techniques in a series of specialist jewellery classes starting at the
end of September, in her Edinburgh boutique. Dates and subjects will be announced on
the Rene Walrus Facebook page so get over there and click 'like' for more information.
Also take a look at previous features on Rene Walrus on Love My Dress as there are some really beautiful images to be inspired by.
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