Charlotte Balbier

first look: ivy & pearl by amanda wyatt

June 5th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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To clear away those Monday blues we’re bringing you a huge helping of dress candy in the form of the mesmerisingly beautiful new collection from our fabulous Sponsor, Amanda Wyatt.

Aptly named ‘Ivy & Pearl’ the stunning set of designs draw on inspiration from the wild and feature oh-so-pretty fabrics and detailing, with a shape and style to suit every type of bride.

From girlie tea-lengths to flattering figure-hugging numbers and full on princess ball gowns, we’re in wedding dress heaven!

So, let’s hear a little more from the Amanda Wyatt team and take a look at the jaw-droppingly fabulous designs, one by one…

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Can you tell us about the different styles and shapes of dresses included in the Ivy & Pearl Collection?

the team say: The new collection appeals to all bride styles and includes everything from short and flirty gowns to the full romantic tulle ball gowns. There are also sleek and simple A-lines and daring low-back slinky designs.

Can you give us an overview of the fabrics used within the collection and the different colour ways? 

Pretty Chantilly laces, rich Mikado’s and satins sit alongside the finest tulles and chiffons. The 2018 colour palette is a soft palette of ivory hues and an alluring selection of champagne golds. Clean, simple and elegantly classic.

Similarly, can you tell us a little about the details featured within the collection? 

Ethereal grace meets modern day bride in the Ivy & Pearl collection as it celebrates the Amanda Wyatt signature style with a twist. Decadent beading adorns the collection alongside sleek silhouettes for the brides who desire an understated and timeless look. There are also captivating designs with intricate back detailing.

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What is the size and price range of the dresses within the collection? 

The collection is available in all sizes and prices range from £990 to £1,695.

What type of bride would you say this latest collection will appeal to? 

The new collection will appeal to all brides as it has such a beautiful array of styles that suit all brides style and personality.

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What has the feedback been like from boutiques about the collection?

They love the intricate detailing and wealth of choice in the styles available. The Zinnia gown has proved to be the most popular.

How can our readers find out more about the new collection? 

The collection will be available in boutiques from mid-summer 2017. Those wanting more information can email fashion@amandawyatt.com. Also, to keep up do date on all the latest news, follow Amanda Wyatt on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Acacia – A high neck and long-sleeved lace detailed gown which flairs out into a beautiful skirt, with a cut hole back.

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Aloe – Embracing the 1950s bridal look with a fun midi-length puff skirt, featuring a sheer lace and sequin over cover.

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first look: bohemian blush by charlotte balbier

April 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year (well, almost), as the countdown is on to British and International bridal designers unveiling their hotly-anticipated new collections at The White Gallery in London, next month.

We make no secret that this is one of our absolute highlights of the year, and we’re sure you’ll all agree with us, for what girl doesn’t love pouring over stunning wedding dresses and admiring designers’ talents in pushing creative boundaries to produce gowns that are heart-stoppingly beautiful!?

Though we can’t take you all to the FROW with us, we have a huge treat in store for you today as we’re sharing a super special preview of our Lead Sponsor Charlotte Balbier’s gorgeous new collection for 2018 – Bohemian Blush – which is set to be officially launched at The White Gallery, making this kind of a big deal!

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Perfectly girly and beautifully feminine, we are uber fans of Charlotte’s truly swoon-worthy creations and always look forward to seeing what this stylish lady has in store for us next – and we can safely say she’s outdone herself once again, as the latest offering is her best yet!

As fellow fans will know, Charlotte has embraced the boho look in her previous dress designs, but this time around she’s gone with an all-out, injecting a breezy boho vibe into the entire Bohemian Blush collection.

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Jayde

Rightly so, every bride dreams her bridal gown will stand out and be remembered forever, and in this latest collection its clear to see that Charlotte has paid the utmost attention to detail to give each gown its own unique touch and character. There is the captivating Halo gown that is handcrafted with 3D floral fabrics; the Klara gown, which embraces sequins on sheer skin, and the stunning Jayde floral gown in an exclusive print to the house of Balbier, which is topped off with a fashion-forward bow.

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All the gowns are hand-created from the finest French laces, soft flowing chiffons, layered organzas, rich Mikados and silk tulles. The 2018 colour palette introduces sweet tones of ballet pink, sugared peach, blush pinks and peach, pearled ivory and a pistachio green, alongside the classic ever-popular ivory and champagne shades.

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charlotte says: We have always created dresses for a bride who knows who she is, to be their own kind of beauty and celebrate their individuality.

This collection celebrates the free-spirited women and Bohemian spirit. I created the Bohemian Blush collection for brides to be gorgeously unique; the gowns are easy and effortless. Whether her dream day is running through a woodland barefoot or wearing a flower crown, this sassy collection will appeal to all.

I’ve fused together my two style crushes of boho and pretty to create this delicious collection.

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Sasha

If (like us) you’ve already developed a serious crush on Bohemian Blush, you will be pleased to hear that we will be bringing you more on the collection soon, so watch-this-space!

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first reveal: felicity cooper 2018 authentic luxe collection

March 14th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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We just love it when we get to share an exclusive first look at a designer’s brand new collection – and this afternoon on the blog, we are doing just that!

Prepare for some serious dress candy ladies, as we reveal a special preview of the 2018 collection from our hugely talented Sponsor, Felicity Cooper Bridal.

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The stunning label was launched by North West designer Fiona Cooper back in 2010 and has continued to go from strength to strength, with brides falling head over heels for its pretty bohemian designs that are both feminine and fashionable.

Here to introduce the latest collection with stunning imagery and video footage, is the leading lady herself.

With images by Lucy G Photography.

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What is the name of the new collection and does it have a certain theme?

fiona says: ‘Authentic Luxe’ is our 2018 collection and we are so excited to preview it here exclusively! It has a bohemian luxe vibe – the look we love the most!

Where did you get the inspiration from for the new collection?

The 2018 collection has a relaxed feel. I have taken inspiration from so many things, including interior design trends, bohemian fashion and the brides I meet.

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Can you give us an overview of the various styles that feature in the collection?

The majority of the collection is slim fitting; off-shoulder gowns and spaghetti straps play a prominent part.

And what fabrics have been used?

My usual signature fabrics; silk chiffon in both matt and shine, delicate French laces, soft draping crepe and a really quirky geometric stretch cotton.

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Do you have a personal favourite dress from the collection?

Oh, I have a few, though I think Willow and Poppy are my very favourites!

How has the new collection been received so far by those that have seen it?

Some of our stockists have had sneak previews and so far we have had an amazing response. We can’t wait to get the collection in their boutiques and to the brides!

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What type of bride do you think the new collection will appeal to?

We really think our dresses appeal to the relaxed bride, fun loving and fashion thinking bride. The bride who knows her own mind and style, who wants to be comfortable yet look breath-taking.

When and where will the new collection be available from?

The collection will be available at trunk shows with our stockists over the coming months and permanently with them from the summer. I would advise any bride wanting to try the new collection to contact their nearest stockist, book into the trunk shows and make sure the dress they want to try will be there!

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Any other news to share with us?

With the success of Felicity Cooper Bridal with our wonderful stockists we have decided to close our Knutsford boutique to enable us to concentrate fully on our brand and support our stockists. We will be hosting special events in the North West and I will be attending as many trunk shows as I can personally. Our stockist trunk show dates so far are:

Frock & Soul – 8th and 9th April

The White Yard – 1st May

Kimberley Ann Bridal Boutique – 8th and 9th July

For a full list of stockists visit www.felicitycooper.co.uk

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effortless, understated glamour: introducing caroline castigliano

January 19th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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In our line of work we’re fortunate to feast our eyes on some of the most gorgeous bridal dresses out there and a definite highlight of the year for us is viewing new bridal collections at White Gallery in London. Among the labels that we’re particularly keen to see is Caroline Castigliano, who never fails to blow us away with her beautifully feminine and effortlessly glamorous gowns. As such, we’re honoured to be adding Caroline to our fabulous list of designer Sponsors.

Having been at the forefront of luxury bridalwear for 25 years, this talented lady is certainly an expert in making brides look and feel their most fabulous for the biggest day of their lives.

Particularly well-known in the industry for her expert corsetry, Caroline Castigliano dresses are recognised for their perfect fit, clean classic lines and contemporary touches.

But that’s enough from us, let’s hand you over to the main lady herself to tell us more about her fabulous label whilst showcasing some of her stunning creations.

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Lyla

Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to work in the bridal design industry?

caroline says: I studied acting and dance at Italia Conti Drama Academy, everything in my life growing up was related to the crafts. My mother taught me to sew when I was five-years-old and by the time I was ten I was making clothes for myself. This was the best training you could ever have, thankfully my best friend also loved sewing and our idea of fun was to travel to London to shop at Liberty and purchase fabrics so we could make clothes in our summer holidays.

My career started when I was twelve-years-old and the BBC offered me a role in a television play, I started acting professionally and went on to a number of films and TV series through my teenage years.

It was only when I was twenty-two that I started to wonder what else was out there for me. I fortunately met a very successful businessman and he suggested I would be good in business. It didn’t enter my head that I would go into wedding dress design. I came up with the idea of Survival Kit, a kit of sportswear and dumbbells to travel with, they were high fashion and bright colours and I went off to New York and was really lucky as I sold it to Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus –  quite incredible for a beginner! Everything moved very fast and before I knew it I was living in Miami, designing and manufacturing active sportswear – I was the first person to come up with g-string leotards!

Once I knew my career was going to be design focussed I decided to really consider where my talents lay and it didn’t take long to realise it was in wedding dresses! And so began the brand Caroline Castigliano, I opened my first store in Esher in Surrey in 1991.

What was it that attracted you to the world of weddings and what do you love most about your job?

To design and be part of the most important day in a woman’s life is very special and I am honoured to have been able to take this role in so many brides’ lives. I love making a woman feel and look the most fabulous she ever has in her life.

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What type of bride is a Caroline Castigliano bride?

A Castigliano bride is aware of fashion but is nor ruled by it, she understands quality and cut, she is looking for a classic feel with modern contemporary inspiration for her bridal gown.

Where do you get the inspiration for your designs from?

I am inspired every day of my life, whether I am watching a 1950’s movie that inspires classic tailoring and clean styled lines, or I am at an 1800’s design exhibition or even wondering in the woods and think of magic and fairies – my mind is never far away from a new bridal gown design.

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Are there any materials in particular that you tend to use in your designs?

I love silk organza so you will always find gowns in my collection with beautifully floaty skirts – I also love silk Mikado and I use this structured fabric to create gowns with strong silhouettes – of course I also work with silk duchess satin and many different laces. At the moment I am working with layering Chantilly lace with guipure and it creates a stunning 3D effect and is very modern.

Similarly, are there are details in particular that tend to feature in your designs?

I like to create a corset in as many of my gowns as possible as it really helps a bride to stand well and walk nicely, it also effects the way she sits so ultimately has a sensational effect on all the photographs and videos taken on the big day. This being said, it also has a very flattering effect on the bride’s figure – I design the corsets to really balance the figure and extenuate a small waist – I have a number of different corsets that create different effects depending on the design of the gown – nothing will ever compare to a beautifully structured corset creating the foundation of the gown.

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Paislee

Can you give us a little overview of your 2017 ‘Love is in the Air’ collection?

Love is in the Air is all about romance and femininity. I have created a group of gowns that are corseted with a bra cup, so you get the shaping without the lingerie effect, I have moulded Chantilly lace over the base corset and then hand appliqued guipure lace over the top – it gives a stunning feminine silhouette and the lace trickles down onto the skirt.

I also designed gowns in silk Mikado with strong, deep sweetheart necklines underpinned with silk tulle to hold the deep neckline – this creates a playfully sensual feel but is really wonderful on brides with a fuller figure.

The Love is in the Air collection has all silhouettes, from full skirts to fishtails – lace to georgette – it is about enjoying being a woman – understated, feminine, glamour.

Do you have a personal favourite within the new collection?

My favourite gown in the Love is in the Air collection has to be Tertia – it is everything the brand stands for. I layered a soft mocha base with Chantilly lace and hand appliqued guipure lace to the corset, it has a circle tea coloured silk organza skirt. It says – style – modern – feminine – understated – it is truly beautiful.

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breaking the bridal rules – beautifully – introducing charlotte balbier separates

December 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We’re all about pushing wedding boundaries, thinking outside the big day box and sometimes, just sometimes, breaking the bridal rules. This is perhaps why we’re such a fan of the super-stylish Separates collection from our good industry friend and Sponsor, Charlotte Balbier.

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Daring to go where other bridal wear labels won’t, Charlotte was one of the first British designers to introduce an inter-changeable Separates range to her collections, which enable a bride to build and create her own individual big day look using slips, skirts, toppers and belts.

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Encouraging fashion-forward and free-spirited brides to throw the wedding attire rule book out of the window, the versatile range provides options beyond the traditional wedding gown and helps a bride to express their unique individuality, personality and style through their bridalwear choices.

Better still, when broken down into individual components, the pieces can be worn long beyond the wedding day – so while not conventional, they’re certainly both practical and pretty.

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Hester

This new imagery from Charlotte Balbier showcases perfectly how the Separates can be teamed for a high-impact wedding day look and then switched-up and restyled for cool and edgy casualwear.

For example, brides wanting a classic yet contemporary look for their wedding could pair the lace Cressy topper with the voluminous Piper tulle skirt, while for the boho bride the Rowe satin and lace topper and Saint chiffon skirt provide a dreamy duo. For a flirtier look, the Una thick lace topper and pretty, flared Pippa puff-ball skirt is most definitely a winning combination.

Following the big day, brides can then add their Separates to their everyday wardrobe with toppers doubling up as on-trend cropped tops and soft jackets and gilets providing classy winter cover-ups.

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Cressy & Piper

Personal favourites that would earn a place on our wardrobe wish list include the Cressida satin and lace topper, the fabulous Marabou feather Sparrow jacket and the super-soft Hester fur jacket. If Santa happens to be listening, we’ve been awfully good this year!

For more, visit www.charlottebalbier.com

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diary date: rue de seine trunk show at jean jackson couture

December 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Gals on the dress hunt, we’re stopping by this afternoon to bring you details of an exciting event being held by one of our fabulous Sponsors.

On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of December 2016, the wonderful team at Jean Jackson Couture HQ, located in the leafy suburb of Urmston, Manchester, will be hosting a Rue De Seine Trunk Show featuring the Love Spell Collection in its entirety.

There are limited places available for this exclusive event, so let’s not delay in handing over the blog to Rebecka of Jean Jackson Couture, who can give us full details, including how to secure an appointment.

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What can brides expect from the Trunk Show event?

rebecka says: The Love Spell Collection Trunk Show will feature stunning Rue De Seine designs for brides to view and try on during their appointment. They will also receive a special goody bag too.

What are the benefits of the event to brides-to-be?

It is the only time that we will have the entire Love Spell Collection in the boutique so this is an exclusive opportunity to have full access to the collection.

How many appointments are available at the Trunk Show and how long will the appointments last?

There a few appointments still available on the Saturday and Sunday and each appointment will last an hour. We ask that brides only bring two guests and refrain from wearing fake or instant tan.

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Tell us a little about the Rue De Seine collection…

The Love Spell Collection is a celebration of free thinking, bold and unconventional brides.

The inspiration for this collection ranges from the relaxed, romantic beaches of Bali to the daring and dramatic expressions of iconic trailblazers.

The collection boasts many unique and individual laces, which are designed and made exclusively for Rue de Seine. These laces have immense detail and rich textures making Love Spell a modern collection of bohemian fantasy.

Are there any particular favourites or stand out pieces within the collection for you personally?

One of my personal favourites is Blake, a slim-fitting, racer-back gown made from a heavy guipure lace featuring tassels.

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What sizes are Rue De Seine designs available in?

The dresses are available in sizes 6 to 14.

What is the price range of the Rue De Seine dresses that you stock?

The dresses range from £1,850 to £3,200, but the majority are around £2,500.

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What are you looking forward to most about the event?

We just love meeting with new brides and hearing all about their super cool weddings!

Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the Trunk Show?

It’s always good to come with a list of your favourite four to five dresses. Also, be open-minded to trying on a wild card, the result might surprise you.

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How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the events?

To book an appointment go to the ‘contact’ page of our website, or alternatively call us on 0161 748 2878.

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