February 22nd, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
This afternoon we’re talking about sculpted columns, bold lines and architectural sweeps – but this isn’t a piece about wedding venues, oh no, it’s all about dresses – specifically, simple, fuss free-wedding gowns with clean lines and sleek silhouettes.
There’s something about a minimalist gown that, while timeless, has a simultaneous up-to-the-minute feel perfect for a fashion-forward bride. Here at Brides up North we love the edginess of a dress with less, and we’ve gathered together a whole lovely loot of unadorned beauties for your browsing pleasure.
Main post images by Cortana.
First up is Spanish designer Cortana, a label which boasts a romantic, boho vibe. We love the luxe factor of the Gala gown; a silk satin bias-cut beauty which looks slinky and effortlessly chic. The attention to detail is just stunning – that diagonal row of silk-covered buttons on the back gives us all the feels – and the thin straps feel bold and youthful and a little bit 90s-Calvin-Klein, which is always a good thing in case you’re wondering.
The Cortana collection also features the stunningly minimalist Grace with daring back and thin crossed strap detail and the silk brocade Linda, made with a touch of lurex to give a super-flattering fit and stretch. There’s also the Valentina which, quite frankly, makes my heart sing – the boat neckline! The sleek drapery! And is a strong contender in my frequent ‘What Would I Wear If I Got Married Again?’ mental debate (don’t mention that to my husband, kaythanks?)
Onwards to a Brides Up North favourite – the always-opulent Eliza Jane Howell. EJH is known for their decadent vintage designs, and so might not seem a natural bedfellow of the Clean Lines brigade. However, in Gill Harvey’s recent collections, we’re seeing subtlety, simplicity and lots of plain silk alongside the embellishment and embroidery. Belle from the Leading Lady collection is a stunner with a contemporary feel, complete with bold halterneck, textured figure-hugging fabric and a daring sheer back. Daisy from the Legend collection and Clarissa from the Debutante range are unquestionably more vintage in style but still simple and sleek, with Daisy offering the tiniest hint of embellishment and Clarissa’s floaty sleeves a great option for brides less inclined to bare. Luna from the Stardust range gets close to the fussier end of the spectrum with its frothy skirt and mini train, but the long sleeves, close fit and semi-sheer overlay is dreamily clean and sculpted.
February 8th, 2018 | Julia Braime
With the weekend almost in sight, we think it’s high time for some serious dress candy; which might just be the extra inspiration you need if you’re about to embark on your dream gown search.
Today’s gorgeous loot of loveliness comes in the form of the brand-new collection from our fabulous Sponsor Luella’s Bridal. Located in the Wimbledon Village area of London, this independent boutique not only stocks a stylish range of creations from edgy international designers, but it also produces its own line of totally dreamy dresses.
Having just launched their second collection, titled Expectations, the team at Luella’s wanted you lucky Brides Up North readers to be among the first to see these utterly beautiful gowns in all their glory. And so today we’re brining you a first look at the five stunning designs that make up the collection, while finding out about the inspiration behind these fine creations.
Here to tell us more is the lovely owner of Luella’s, Rachel Attwell…
Tell us about the inspiration behind Expectations?
rachel says: The collection is inspired by Trinidadian jewellery designer, Sarah May. The collection includes five distinctly different dresses, which have been carefully designed to match Sarah’s island pod rings, which were inspired by her original engagement ring and then her subsequent life journey. Named; Happy, Love, Dream, Believe and Abundance.
The idea behind the collection, is that each ring can be interpreted in the wearers own unique way and Luella’s felt that there was something truly special about having a ring to wear that is so personal to each individual.
As such, we felt that it was important to include an assortment of styles to reflect the essence of the rings and therefore our bride’s personality. Each dress has an element of sparkle so that even the simplest styles, still look and feel truly special.
Can you give us an overview of the styles of dresses that make up the collection?
All of the dresses have been designed by the Luella’s team and are handmade in the UK. Each has been designed to reflect our beautiful free-spirited brides and includes a mixture of simple understated and intricately beaded slip style dresses and beautiful lace and tulle gowns. There is a selection of low plunging backs, soft flowing skirts, stunning hand beaded lace and our signature pleated skirt.
What about the fabrics and colourways used within the collection?
The collection is made from a variety of beautiful silks, satins and French laces and the most exquisite selection of hand beaded appliques. We have used more than 16 metres of tulle in the skirt of one of our designs! The dresses are made in a mixture of colours ranging from soft ivories to warm cream tones and our Nieve dress also comes with a slip that can be ordered in a choice of ivory or oyster.
Talk us through the dress designs one by one…
Isla – The Isla dress is made from two layers of sumptuous silk satin in a soft ivory colourway. The bias-cut design features a low v neckline and plunging v-back which is framed with the most exquisite handmade beading in a floral design in ivory and soft blush tones. The dress also features and optional long flowing train and can be made in either off white, ivory or oyster silk satin.
January 12th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
We’re bringing you an extra post this lunchtime with details of a super-special new year offer courtesy of our wonderful Sponsor and leading British bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano.
To celebrate the start of 2018, Caroline and her team are offering brides-to-be a fantastic shopping experience at their Knightsbridge flagship store.
During appointments, brides will be able to sip on champagne as they are guided through their consultation assisted by experienced wedding stylists, who are all pros in bringing each bride’s individual big day vision to life.
And as an extra special treat, Caroline has teamed up with OMNIYA, the leading mediclinic in Knightsbridge, to offer brides-to-be a fantastic opportunity to prepare their skin and body ahead of their dream day. Quite literally the best January gift a bride could wish for!
Those who order a full-price bridal gown from Caroline Castigliano’s Knightsbridge store up until 31st January 2018, will receive a complimentary 30-minute face consultation and will also be given the opportunity to have six facials for the price of three at OMNIYA, a fantastic saving of 50% off.
To make an appointment at the Caroline Castigliano flagship store, call 0207 590 9120 or request via their website.
December 4th, 2017 | Julia Braime
We shared our Sponsor, Caroline Castigliano’s gorgeous new collection on the blog on Friday (click here to catch up) and now we’re just popping in with news of Christmas gifts from this fabulous wedding dress designer.
Caroline Castigliano are offering a seasonal sweetener with a free made to measure service worth £500 if you book your dress at their flagship store in Knightsbridge before 16th December 2017.
Do we feel a bit of festive shopping coming on ladies? Take a break from Oxford Street and try on bridal gowns exclusive to the Caroline Castigliano Knightsbridge boutique. These stunning gowns are all created from luxury fabrics and laces and handcrafted here in here in the United Kingdom.
Join Caroline Castigliano with a family member or close friend for a glass of bubbles and delicious treats as you are guided through your appointment by experienced wedding stylists who are all experts in bringing each bride’s vision to life.
To take part in this offer book your appointment at Caroline’s Knightsbridge store now on 0207 590 9120 or email email@example.com
December 1st, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We have a fabulous Friday treat in store for you today, as we’re taking a look at the stunning 2018 collection from our Sponsor and top British bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano.
We’ve long been fans of Caroline’s instantly-recognisable gowns which feature expert corsetry and classic lines for a cut and fit like no other. Thinking beyond the aesthetics, Caroline takes into consideration the architecture and movement of a dress to ensure a wow-worthy moment when the bride makes her entrance.
And yet again we’ve fallen head over heels for her latest collection, Celebrating Romance, which we shot as an exclusive for issue 09 of UNVEILED and that we are also sharing with you today. Romantic, elegant and sensual these gowns give us all the feels! There is a shape and style for all and we love Caroline’s talent in combining classic beauty with on-trend fashion elements.
So let’s hear more from the designer herself on what Celebrating Romance has in store for you lucky brides-to-be…
Can you give us a brief overview of the 2018 Celebrating Romance Collection?
caroline says: The 2018 Celebrating Romance collection features timeless designs with ultra-feminine twists, elevated textures and highly luxurious accents.
There is a light airy feel throughout the collection, with a range of silhouettes from A-line, to circle skirts and fishtails, all creating beautiful movement and a powerful but understated vision.
I have continued to build the collection around our structure and corsetry so even in the most effortless gown there is a secret hidden structure.
Where did you draw inspiration from for the collection?
The inspiration for Celebrating Romance was ultra-feminine gowns – very fluid, I just wanted to create gowns that feel light and airy but create shape and power – the collection needed to be sensual and playful yet only suggestive.
I get inspired by fashion and pick different elements that are in vogue and create these along with my signature look of classic lines – this really inspires me and keeps me excited.
Can you tell us a little about the fabrics and colourways included in the collection?
The main fabrics are guipure lace, Chantilly lace, silk georgette, satin faced organza, crepe and Mikado.
The collection comes in a colour palette of ivory with soft water colours and hints of nude foundations.
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Similarly, what details feature within the collection?
I have a number of unique features in the collection, there is a lot of layering – this creates a beautiful texture and 3D depth. I have continued with our unique stretch corset that is to die for, not only does this corset fit well but it is really comfortable. There are also new necklines – along with skirt silhouettes.
Do you have a favourite design from the collection?
My favourite gown from the new collection is Monarchy. It has a deep sweetheart neckline and I’ve moulded beautiful beaded guipure lace over the bodice, with lace trickling down the silk organza skirt.
What type of bride would the 2018 collection appeal to?
The Caroline Castigliano bride is into style, she understands fashion but is not ruled by it, she is passionate about quality and loves effortless glamour.
November 22nd, 2017 | Julia Braime
Forever a fan of a fashion-forward bride, we just love the opportunity to bring our readers exciting news of the hottest bridal collections out there – which is why we’re thrilled to be revealing details of a new designer to land at one of our Sponsor boutiques.
Leave space on your must-visit boutique list ladies, as this one is a biggie that you won’t want to miss out on. The lovely Emma Draper of LOVE Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, Cheshire, is now the proud and exclusive northwest stockist of the latest Savannah Miller collection; Avalon’s Song.
British-American fashion designer, Savannah, well-known for her label Twenty8Twelve, created with sister, actress Sienna Miller, launched her second collection in May this year at The White Gallery, London, where Emma fell whole-heartedly for the stylish bohemian designs which she knew would massively appeal to LOVE’s fashion-conscious brides who crave something a little different from the norm.
Keen to find out more, we invite Emma to the blog to give us an overview of Avalon’s Song as well as details of the stunning dress designs from the collection that she has chosen to stock at her beautiful boutique.
Images Jonny Draper/ Savannah Miller
emma says: The gowns in the Avalon’s Song collection are timeless, effortless and the ultimate in “boho-luxe” glamour but with a relaxed quality.
Drawing upon Savannah’s love of vintage styling and the wild English countryside, gowns are made in the UK in sumptuously rich and textured fabric, paired with simple, flattering lines. Detail is pulled from the bohemian style of the 1930’s and colours are soft and muted with hints of delicate embroidery, resulting in the perfect balance between romance and glamour.
Her stunning gowns are comfortable to wear, using clever design and split sizing, which is great when somebody has a larger bust and smaller hips or vice versa. Savannah has really thought about the female figure when designing her collection, perfect for brides who have comfort high on their list of priorities but without compromising style.
The dress that the collection is named after! This stunning gown features a beautiful cowl neckline which continues at the back of the dress too. We love the ingenuity of the removeable piece of lace that demurely covers the lower back during the ceremony but can be removed to reveal an alluring look for evening. It also, very cleverly, has a built-in bra so that it provides support when the back is out.
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