December 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime
It’s Friday. Got your cuppa in one hand, bacon buttie in the other?
Excellent. Time for a bit of dress gazing…
This morning, we debut multi award-winning wedding gown designer Sassi Holford’s 2015 Collection of her esprit label, So Sassi. Perfect for the young, modern bride with a sense of fashion and her own style, So Sassi is the creation of a young design team working in a highly creative environment under Sassi’s expert tutelage.
sassi says: The collection features fresh, spirited dresses that combine exquisite silks and laces with contemporary twists – key hole backs, cut outs, sheer cap sleeves and ballerina length tulle. The dresses are handmade in our workrooms in Somerset and the collection retails from £1,100.
Our young designers understand the exuberance and style of contemporary brides and that really comes across in the collection. It’s attracted a great deal of interest from brides looking for dresses that express that sense of joie de vivre that makes a wedding day so special – and being ‘made in England’ has become a key element.
For more, visit www.sosassi.so
For more gowns and dress details, see our gallery below.
December 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime
The lookbook has just landed, and I’ve shifted a few features around today to bring Brides Up North the first look at the highly anticipated spring 2015 collection from BHDLN. Those clever people behind Anthropologie really do know how to do pretty, pretty perfectly.
Here at Brides Up North, we’re desperate to play dress up. Anyone got a spare ticket to NYC?
bhldn say: The collection, launching January 6th, features 18 new gowns and a multitude of accessories that draw upon two distinct inspirational concepts: The Painted Garden and Bon Vivant.
Gowns inspired by The Painted Garden feature sheer elements like illusion necks and backs along with intricate back details, extra fine lace and voluminous trains while those of the Bon Vivant feature delicate beading, strategic draping, soft tailoring and eye-catching embroidery.
When it comes to accessories, we see a focus on sheer fabric trims, mixed elements on sashes, freshwater pearl accents and dramatic moments created by long draping tulle on both sashes and halos. Other refined “drippy” pieces feature mixed metallics with fine embellishments along with both champagne and metallic pearls. Headpieces with carefully placed crystals have a structured and polished feel while luxurious fabrics like silk charmeuse bring an element of luminosity to sashes and clutches.
Beloved designers like Catherine Deane, Watters and Nicole Miller return with new styles that mirror the stars of previous collections while designers that are new to BHLDN like Rosa Clara, Something Blue Vancouver and Johanna Johnson bring a fresh take to the assortment.
For individual gown names and more gorgeous frocks, check out our gallery.
October 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Now, I’m a girl who loves her fashion. And bridal fashion? The best type there is.
As a result, one of the highlights of my year is always my annual pilgrimage to the capital every spring, to check out the newest collections from the big name bridal design houses as they debut their latest offerings to assembled trade and press visitors.
FROW. It’s the only way to go (dahlings).
One of the most anticipated openings in my schedule is always the suzanne neville show at the historic Tower of London. What this talented lady delivers with shape, structure and fabric is always delectable, and this season’s ‘Novello’ Collection for 2015 didn’t disappoint.
Suzanne Neville is known for creating elegant fashion forward gowns with a real wow factor. Every couture gown is beautifully hand cut and individually made in London, overseen by Suzanne herself. Frequently requested for red carpet events and television shows, the incredibly flattering dresses are always in demand.
I’m proud to share this beautiful selection of dresses with you today. The images are a selection of official shots and my iPhone candids from my catwalk-side seat back in April.
Suzanne Neville say: Modern clean lines work in harmony with clever construction, in ultimate luxury fabrics with gowns such as the satin bias cut ‘Chelsea’ and the effortlessly chic ‘Brompton’.The detail is in the cut and the design, with fabrics sourced to compliment the fall of the gown in true Suzanne Neville style. Other highlights include gowns such as ‘Grosvenor’ with its classic silk organza skirt and contrasting French lace long sleeved bodice.
For more, and details of Suzanne Neville’s stockists, click here to visit the official site.
August 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
This afternoon I’m delighted to give you an exclusive sneak peek at the impeccable new collection from one of my very favourite bridal fashion houses, Jesus Peiro. Entitled ‘Perfume’, the 90 piece collection designed by Merche Segarra takes inspiration from, and pays homage to, the delicacy, individuality and uniqueness of a fragrance.
Alongside the pieces, the brand has created its very own perfume – Jesus Peiro - to complement the stunning collection and add an enchanting touch in its 26th year.
The team say: Drawing on a scent’s precise creation, its allure and the emotions it conceives and conveys, the collection is exquisitely bold and abundant through its use of textures, the curious combinations of fabrics and the overall embellishment of each design.
Reflecting the current trend for soft, smooth and romantic silhouettes, the collection has been designed to showcase a range of volumes in a modern way. Dresses that open into full ball gowns from the waist with cartridge pleating to increase the texture of the fabric and display all the mystical grandeur of the skirt. More streamlined in terms of proportion, the cut at the hips is achieved through symmetrical pleats opening to an exaggerated flare while empire waists are made softer through lighter structures. The dramatic mermaid cut has also been given a new updated touch – all coming together to deliver a lighter, more contemporary twist on the big volume style.
Traditional ivory dominates the colour theme and is complemented by a chalk white hue, light tea, soft silver and mother-of-pearl in embroideries, fabrics and embellishments. Cabochons in stone grey crystal contrast with butter-coloured crepes, old gold and copper hues create a little vintage feel, and a touch of amber draws us back to the collection’s fragrant inspiration. The fabrics include Chantilly lace used alone and in combination with other materials to create new shapes, appearances and lines; tulle in distinct finishes, weights and hues to deliver a charming, romantic effect; and plain fabrics offer fluidity to each design.
Motifs are in line with the geometrical trend – stripes, dots and borders are balanced, whilst embellishments and embroideries are in the form of tiny motifs and crystal and metal beads.
The fragrance used to complement the collection was created by Daniel Joiser, one of the best-known perfumists of today who has developed scents for Yves Rocher, Puig and L’Occitane. ‘Jesus Peiro’ combines citric notes – lemon, oranges, Italian bergamot and mandarin from Sicily – with intense cardamom, a sweet touch of caramel and the strength of musk to offer a fresh, sparkly, elegant and contemporary scent perfect for any bride.
For more, or stockist details, visit www.jesuspeiro.com
August 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime
I’ve spent the past two days in the company of the delightful Ms Charlotte Balbier, working on a really exciting new project that we’ll be unveiling very shortly. News soon, I promise.
Charlotte is such a lovely person, and I think her beauty and grace is reflected in her gorgeous new collection of wedding gowns for 2015, which I am delighted to share on the wedding blog with you this morning.
Made even more special by the fact that this collection contains two dresses designed and worn by this newly wed for her very own wedding day (you can see Charlotte and Teddy’s breathtaking wedding just blogged over on my friend Annabel’s Love My Dress blog yesterday), I’m proud to present the ‘Iscoyd Park’ Collection.
Charlotte says: I launched my 11th Charlotte Balbier collection, ‘Iscoyd Park’ at White Gallery London in April. It has been much anticipated and inspired by my very own wedding at Iscoyd Park in December 2013.
The collection was designed with love and is close to my heart. Drawing on such personal and emotional inspiration I was more nervous than ever at the launch.
The collection has been wonderfully received by my brand partners, the bridal boutiques, the press, those most dear to me and my brides. The two signature gowns, ‘Charlotte’ and‘Iscoyd Park’ worn on my wedding day are my favourites and firm favourites with brides.
It is so thrilling and wonderful to think brides will also share the magical experience of wearing my very own wedding gowns.
The Iscoyd Park collection is made up of over twenty new gorgeous gowns in an array of styles to suit the modern day bride, her wedding and style and sees fashion forward gowns that are forward thinking sitting alongside Charlotte’s signature style and look.
The collection presents classical elegance and timeless gowns that never go out of fashion in array of styles, silhouettes, fabrics and a soft gold, pink and ivory colour pallette.
For more, visit Charlotte Balbier’s website.
July 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime
“I approach designing a dress as if I have an artist’s brush and a blank canvas in my hands; I need the picture to move and change as your eyes wander across the design, focussing on detailed embellishment along the way, and finding something new and even more intriguing on the way back.” Terry Fox
Nothing like a bit of eye candy to get your Friday off to the right start, is there?
And this is the real deal.
First seen as an exclusive sneak peek in our Designer Preview post back in April, and still as boho and beautiful as ever, Terry Fox’s truly romantic collection for 2015 encapsulates “mystical creatures of the sea and the ancient call of the Siren song”.
Terry’s range stretches from gorgeously glamorous to simply elegant, or quirky, fun and vintage. The team say “All designs are hand made in the U.K., so you are guaranteed quality workmanship and a perfect fit by a team that really care about you and your special day. We also offer a bespoke service to customize and coordinate all the wedding party to add a touch of individuality, with great finishing touches.”
Pinterest fingers at the ready ladies…
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January 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime
You all know I’m not afraid to champion a true High Street Honey when I find one, but there are high street success stories and then there’s this brand new “8” Bridal collection by Phase Eight, which has completely knocked my socks off.
When it comes to “the gown” itself, I’m usually resolutely designer all the way. But, girls, this lady might be for turning. What do you think Brides Up North, does this stunning new collection make you think about buying (quelle horreur!) off the peg? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
And could I get away with the swishy number below at my baby girl’s christening? No? Bah.
Phase Eight say: Our new vintage inspired collection matches exquisite detailing with a contemporary silhouette to offer feminine elegance and delicate charm.
Breathtaking beading and vintage inspired lace designs are expertly fitted with clever inner construction and dreamy tulle skirts for a truly ethereal feel whilst luxurious fabrics, intricate embroidery, floral appliqué and fringing add unique style to each individual shape.
November 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Tuesday’s are just the worst day of the whole week, aren’t they? I’m hoping this big fat dose of eye candy by Brides Up North favourite Sassi Holford brightens the mood. After all, who on earth can stay grumpy in the face of such pretty?!
And the best news? All Sassi’s 2014 Signature Collection is landing in wedding dress boutiques near you, right now.
Sassi Holford works with absolute attention to detail and an uncompromising eye for quality, and each season her collections are individual yet balanced, focussed yet inspiring.
The 2014 Collection defines classic elegance, achieving this with dramatic silhouettes and exquisite fabrics.
The design emphasis is on femininity: for the bodice the key lines are the elegant portrait neckline and bustier detailing. Many of the gowns offer coverage on the shoulders and arms as the trend away from strapless continues. Silhouettes should be designed to make a statement – from an impressive ball gown to a flattering column skirt with fluted hem.
During the year Sassi visits European fabric fairs and this season sees her working with a range of impressive textured fabrics in combination with soft, floating fabrics such as fine lace and embroidered tulle.
Catrina & Georgina Jacket
Sassi says: My 2014 Sassi Holford Signature Collection was conceived around my notion of modern elegance but emphasised with dramatic silhouettes and tactile fabrics. To achieve this I have consciously moved away from traditional laces to unusual, feminine laces and combined them with delicate tulles and chiffons. Though some designs are elegantly simple and rest on the perfection of their lines, I adore the styles that are exquisitely embellished with laser cut fabrics and 3D textures.This season my necklines are more demure, but contrast beautifully with a number of dramatic but feminine deep V backs (a detail that I’m particularly enamoured with at the moment).
My primary concern is to make the female form look truly fabulous. My brides are elegant, feminine and romantic. All my designs are available in the standard size range of 8 to 18 but they can also be ordered in a size smaller or up to size 28 if required.
Ida & Beatrice Belt
My gowns are handmade in Somerset by my wonderfully skilled team, and the integral corset that we put in each gown creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette and ensures a high level of comfort for the bride on her big day.
Jessica & Jemima Coat
My signature piece would be Jessica from my Signature Collection – the dress alone is a stunning silk crepe column design but it can be worn with a jacket and a sash, just a sash – just a jacket. The different looks that you can create with this dress, for a bride, are almost endless and whilst simple, they’re all so effective.
Josephine & Josephine Skirt
Visit www.sassiholford.com for more information and a list of Northern stockists.
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November 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime
So, have you got the message yet? We are hosting another fabulous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham THIS Sunday 3rd November – and we’d really, really like you to be there. Click here for all the details and to pre-register as a VIP Bride to Be.
Combining a bit of wedding dress eye candy of a Friday afternoon and showing off just how versatile this unique venue is (watch our for another real wedding from the venue this afternoon showing it looking completely different!) I’m proud to welcome Emma and Jonny of LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography, along with the brilliant Terry Fox, as they introduce Terry’s latest collection. Enjoy!
Tell us about the new collection by Terry Fox? What was the inspiration behind the collection? Which fabrics were chosen for the new collection and why?
Terry Fox HQ: The 2014 collection from Terry Fox was a particular treat – sizzling with sex-appeal and inspirational in its sheer creativity. Our couture-trained designer makes it look easy and that, perhaps, is the secret of her success; she layers fabrics and colours, patches together delicate pieces of the finest materials to create something that is always surprising and reliant on finish and texture rather than formal silhouettes.
Who would be a Terry Fox bride?
TFHQ: A Terry Fox bride knows her own mind, is fabulously gorgeous and is looking for a bridal designer as individual as them!! Let’s say ‘classic with a twist’. Terry Fox brides understand the important aspects of a dress from fit to finish.
What sizes are available?
TFHQ: All sizes, all shapes, any fit! Each Terry Fox dress is uniquely created to the brides individual measurements.
What sort of price point?
LOVE Bridal Boutique: Prices start from around £2,100 up to and around £3,000. This cost includes the dress being made to a bride’s measurements and any minor modifications to a gown. Here at LOVE we believe Terry’s dresses to be great value for money, particularly considering the dresses are made from the finest silks and laces and are created in the UK.
What is the process from finding “the one” to final fitting?
LOVE: When a bride finds her dress here at LOVE, it’s a very special experience indeed, celebrated by the bride and her family with a glass of bubbly and lots of jubilation! At this point a bride’s full measurements are taken in order to ensure a perfect dress fit and also any special requests/requirements are agreed with the bride. All Terry Fox gowns are made-to-measure for every bride. The great thing about a Terry Fox gown is that they can also be modified to suit the bride – silks are available in a multitude of colours, and dress detailing/embellishment can be tailored to the bride’s individual requirements.
After this initial order stage a bride will usually revisit the boutique in advance of her first fitting to choose any accessories she might need, and there are a wide range of Terry Fox accessories available to compliment this dress collection perfectly.
When it comes to fittings, the bride will come back into the boutique to try her personalized gown and any minor adjustments required will be made by my in-house seamstress.
Why are you so excited to stock Terry Fox at LOVE?
LOVE: When we first saw Terry’s collection down at Terry’s amazing studio in Suffolk (which is a complete treasure trove by the way and just how every girl’s dream bedroom would look!), we were completely blown away and knew instantly they would be the perfect partnership with LOVE. It is clear to see that Terry lives and breathes dresses and beautiful fabrics and that comes across with every gown she creates. Every single last embellishment, intricate embroidery and drape has been carefully thought through and just takes your breath away.
We also knew that these gowns offered our brides a more unusual dress choice, and this is something which I hear time and time again from my brides. When a ‘Terry Fox bride’ (she might not know it yet!) walks through our door her eyes light up instantly. She couldn’t figure out before what she was looking for and why she couldn’t find it… until the moment she sees this beautiful collection!
The fact that each gown can be tailor-made to a brides requirements too, with a vast colour selection of silks to choose from is something which offers a fabulous point of difference compared to a lot of other designers on offer.
This stunning collection is definitely for the bride who wants something that little bit different and to express her creativity. Her selection of dress shapes and styles is so refreshing too in a completely inimitable Terry way!
What was your inspiration for the shoot, why did you choose the venue/ styling and who was involved?
LOVE: When we saw the new Terry Fox collection at The White Gallery, there was a clear 1920′s, Art Deco feel to it which was one of the reasons we loved it so much. When we realised that the new dresses we had chosen would land at the boutique around the same time as The Great Gatsby was released in the cinema, our overall inspiration for the shoot was born.
We went to see The Great Gatsby & there was such a wonderful nod towards this era in the new Terry Fox collection that we knew we just had to base our shoot on this film.
We got in touch with Neil at the amazing Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire which is an original Art Deco venue and the concept began to come to life!
Cue a call to vintage model, Laura Norrey (we had seen her work on Facebook & knew she would be perfect for this shoot), our amazing friends Paisley Gamble (hairdresser based at Macleod Bradley) and Gemma Hallowell (Make Up Artist), Sian and her gorgeous floral creations at The Didsbury Flower Lounge and award winning photographer (and co-owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique) Jonny Draper and our team was ready! With a simple brief of creating six completely different looks in one single day!
The shoot was amazing. Since we had a small team on the day, communication was easy, everybody relaxed very quickly and we had a lot of fun.
Each look & set up worked perfectly & Neil and his team at The Bowdon Rooms could not have been more helpful. We were able to use literally anywhere we wanted and I think that is what ultimately gave us this great set of photographs.
How can brides find out more about the new Terry Fox collection at LOVE?
To find out more please contact Emma at LOVE either by phone on 0161 941 6446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LOVE Bridal Boutique will be exhibiting with Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms this very Sunday 3rd November. Do pop in and say hello, open 12pm till 4pm, completely free (because we are nice like that)!
Little Black Book
Photography – Jonny Draper Photography
Venue – The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire
Model – Laura Norrey
Hair – Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley
Make-up – Gemma Hallowell
Flowers – Didsbury Flower Lounge
August 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime
Fancy a little wedding dress hunting of a Wednesday? I thought so.
Today’s 2014 collection sneak peek comes from the king of the swinging 1950’s style skirt, the great Justin Alexander. This season, the label has added an art deco influence to their classically beautiful gowns. There’s sparkle, there’s beading and there’s lashings of lace, tulle and plenty of silk.
Even better? This is a brand with a strong Northern presence. All dresses featured are or soon will be available to try on and buy at Brides Up North Featured Supplier Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
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