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lookbook: cold shoulder

August 21st, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Hepburn - Jenny Packham

It’s not unusual for brides to expose their shoulders on their wedding day with bridal boutiques boasting numerous stunning strapless dress designs. But while fashion forward brides might like the idea of flashing a little flesh on their big day, they may well want a gown that pushes the design boundaries that bit further.

Luckily for such brides highly stylish off-the-shoulder wedding dresses crept into a number of 2014 collections and it looks like they’re here to stay as the sophisticated silhouette has been making a strong appearance on 2015 bridal catwalks.

Garbo - Jenny Packham

The lowered neckline offers a romantic and timeless look, beautifully framing shoulders and collar bones. There is a hint of sexiness about such dresses and yet they are still oh so elegant by revealing just the right amount of skin.

Better yet, fashionistas will be pleased to hear that there aren’t just one or two standard off-the-shoulder dress designs, but instead a wonderful array of varying styles, from floaty bohemian and Grecian inspired gowns to structured asymmetrical creations and dresses with dreamy draped sleeves.

Jenny Packham is particularly fond of the lowered neckline and includes a number of super stunning off-the-shoulder gowns in her collection – each with something different to offer. For brides wanting to expose their full shoulders and chest area the Hepburn dress is the perfect option. It keeps the majority of the focus at the top of the floor-length dress whilst adding just a hint of extra detailing to the waistline with a sparking bow. The Monroe dress in an elegant pink/taupe hue exposes a similar area but dares brides to step outside their ivory comfort zone. Meanwhile Billie and Garbo are perfect options for glam brides-to-be looking to add some sparkle to their attire. Both have plunging necklines and glitzy shoulder straps with added detailing in draped capped sleeves which reveal just the tops of the shoulders (often referred to as ‘cold shoulder’ dress designs).

Billie - Jenny Packham

Maggie Sottero has a number of equally attractive designs in her collection. Anna and Maurine both feature pretty cold shoulder flutter sleeves. While one dress is adorned in glistening Swarovski crystals the other is finished with fabulously feminine lace appliqués. The ultra girly June dress in playful blush pink is fit for a Grecian goddess with its floor-length silhouette and draped cold shoulder sleeves. Sottero’s Calypso dress offers a different look with its soft scalloped-edged lowered neckline framing bare shoulders beautifully.

Varying off-the-shoulder designs can also be found in Cymbeline’s current collections. Agadir is a simple slim-line design which would be well suited to brides looking for a subtle design that they can make their own with the addition of striking accessories. Lovers of lace meanwhile will fall head over heels for Habanita which features super thin shoulder straps and a gorgeous lace overlay with elegant elbow-length sleeves. Hossana’s romantic ruffles and relaxed shoulders makes it the perfect choice for bohemian brides while those wanting to make a stronger style statement on the aisle should consider the voluminous Heliante.

When it comes to bridal style statements Ian Stuart instantly springs to mind and his show-stopping off-the-shoulder designs certainly don’t disappoint. Several of Stuart’s designs, such as Evita and Frederique, are reminiscent with regal dresses featured in period dramas. Both feature portrait necklines which leave the colllar bones, shoulders and top of the chest bare. Further flesh-revealing offerings come in the form of Nightingale, Mandalay and Waikiki, each with varying detail including decorative fairytale flowers and delicate beaded lace. And last but by no means least, there is the super cute three-quarter length Sophia lace gown for fifties- style brides brave enough to bare their shoulders whilst also hitching up their hemline a little.

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the designer series: Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett

August 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

April Bloom

This afternoon I’m proud to introduce the latest collection by Sarah Barrett for Lyn Ashworth.  Sarah designs for all women, whatever size or age, and her beautiful line for 2015 is no exception.

Sarah says: My inspiration for this collection is quite simply romance.  Exquisite lace with a hint of delicate sparkle offers an air of aristocracy, while subtle pearlised metallic touches, with the prettiest of beadwork highlight tinted antique pale gold.  Soft silvers, blush pinks and serene cream tones are all complimented by the simplicity of crisp, pale, ivory tones.

This collection is a gateway to femininity, playful and romantic: capturing that hidden moment when it is just you and the man you love.  When you think no one else is watching, just the two of you in your private world!  That playful gaze!  That perfect, almost ‘peekaboo’, moment.

Ivory Vine

Billowing skirts drape and fold in beautiful soft satin organza giving a dreamy hazy transparency, the fluidity of which is almost liquid to the touch. Perfectly shaped bodices give structure under delicate overlays with the prettiest of sleeves, dramatic backs, low or high finished with button upon button.

Nipped in waistlines are emphasized by yard upon yard of fabric, tied off at the back to create bows adding further dynamics to the dress.  Finished with the prettiest of flower brooch pins in the softest shades and delicate feathers, the draping sash tails creating length and movement to the dress.  The most exquisite lace jackets create that day to evening look and the finest of soft silk tulles are used to create veils in which to compliment the collection perfectly.

The shapes and silhouettes of this collection can be changed with ease by simply adding or removing petticoats, offering the option of volume or subtle draping.

Lovers Kiss (2)

The key to a balanced life is love! Family and friends turn life into the “best thing” whatever I do am doing or achieving.

I am so excited to be launching my new Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett 2015 collection and I have a few fabulous things on the drawing board and projects to unveil next year.  Watch this space!

Lovers Kiss

Lyn Ashworth gowns retail from £1,600 upwards.

To see more (the full collection coming soon) and for more details visit the Lyn Ashworth website, Twitter or Facebook page

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eye candy: Charlotte Balbier’s ‘Iscoyd Park’ collection

August 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

Iscoyd Park

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 Balbier Collection 2014

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.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

Charlotte

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

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.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

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lookbook: ruffle it up

August 1st, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Cymbeline - Haora

While trends in wedding dresses aren’t particularly fast moving there are those classic looks that have come to stand the test of time and remain on the catwalk season after season.

One recurring trend that I’m particularly fond of is wedding gowns with romantic ruffle detailing. From large cascading layers to small, neatly formed rows of pleated fabrics – there are so many fabulous frocks to choose from.

As well as continuing to feature classic ruffle creations within their collections, designers are also updating the look each season by delivering more modern designs for fashion forward brides.

Simple or standout, designs with ruffles demand attention and offer that perfect bridal look, ticking boxes for prettiness, femininity and, of course, romance.

Many princess style gowns incorporate ruffle detailing in their voluminous skirts, but there are also more structured designs with dropped waists that equally pack a punch in the style stakes.

Cymbeline -Hossana

Here are a few of my favourites from current collections:

Maggie Sottero has some exceptional ruffle detailed designs in her collection, including Fallon. This luxurious, yet playful ball gown is sure to strike a chord with the fashion-forward bride according to its creator. Its fitted bodice, adorned with rich beading and Swarovski crystals, projects into a full skirt of irregular ruffled layers that’s bound to turn heads.

Freida, Jalissa and Miri are equally impressive Sottero designs, perfect for ladies wanting ultra girly gowns. For those brave enough to step away from traditional ivory, Kirby in beautiful blush pink is perhaps the girliest ruffle option of them all with its sensational sequined embellished frothy tulle skirt.

Alfred Angelo also has a number of soft coloured ruffled creations in his collection. The 879 dress in metallic is a subtle alternative to a pure white or ivory dress, as is style 886 in ivory/light gold. In addition to ruffles, the pretty designs feature further detailing in embroidery, rhinestones, and crystal beading sequins.

Fashionista brides meanwhile will definitely want to check out Cymbeline’s ruffle offerings. Haora is perhaps my favourite – I love the stark contrast between its plain, simple bodice and explosive dropped-hem skirt. Hilary and Holly are more classic and elegant designs though still attract plenty of attention while Hortense and Hosanna are quieter, delicate designs, featuring perfectly formed pleated tiers.

Cymbeline - Hortense

For brides in search for more structured designs, Enzoani’s Gloria and Hadiya are strong contenders. Both feature slim-line dropped waist bodices which flow into stunning layers of tulle. Haydia’s skirt is more light and playful, while Gloria’s ruffles are compact and frothy. Enzoani has also catered for brides wanting a real ruffle showstopper with its Gina dress. The dreamy creation boasts an exquisite embroidered bodice and cascading ruffle skirt for that extra wow-factor.

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lady luxe. the designer series: ian stuart bride

July 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

“Bridal gowns transcend fashion, they are a timeless representation of the brides own style and personality.” Ian Stuart

Of all the bridal catwalks I’ve seen, the ones masterminded by Ian Stuart are my favourite – colour, music, personality, cheekiness, beauty… and fabulous frocks: it’s like a very good day at the theatre.  And I love theatre. Lots.

So this morning I’m honoured to welcome a truly talented Northern export home to the pages of Brides Up North, as we sneak a peek at the marvellous Ian Stuart’s brand new collection for 2015, and hear about what makes this design genius tick.

Wedding. dress. heaven.  Right here.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

What sort of woman do you design for? 

Ian says:  My collections are always very diverse, as are the women who wear them. As a designer- you can’t put all of your energy and creativity into creating one signature look for one type of woman. We no longer live in a society where we all fit into the same shaped hole, I believe it’s my duty as a designer to celebrate this. I’m known for my dramatic and theatrical creations, because no one else has a look like this, but I also create more demure, cleaned lined and sophisticated gowns, as well as those somewhere in between. I design for all women – this is evident on our Facebook page from all of the real bride’s photos we a share.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

What were your inspirations for this collection?

I’m always inspired by the same things, because these are my passions: music, theatre, couture, films, photographers, we live in such a creative world, the supply of inspiration is endless. But I was particularly inspired by the new Pink Martini album, which is a collaboration with the real Von Trapp family. The music is simply magical. I locked myself away, put my headphones in, absorbed myself in the exquisite sounds, and allowed my mind to conjure designs that flowed from the music. The album was also the central soundtrack to my fashion show, it was my favourite to date.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

Lady Luxe, as the name suggests, is about those luxurious details. I’ve carefully selected laces, beading and applique that I think will make brides feel more illustrious than they could’ve imagined. The way a bride feels I think, is far more important than the way she looks, as it gives her that stunning glow you only get from being in blissful joy.

I always include many silhouettes in my collections to ensure that any bride can find a shape that sculpts and compliments her figure. I’d never eliminate a shape just because it wasn’t ‘on trend’. Bridal gowns transcend fashion, they are a timeless representation of the brides own style and personality.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

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deluxe couture. the designer series: nicola anne bridal

July 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nicola Anne Bridal - Duchess

Whatever your inclination – big bash, small soiree, elopement or five day wedding fest – it’s a rare bride who doesn’t get excited about her wedding dress.  I’m relishing my unique opportunity to share so many stunning (hot off the catwalks) bridal gowns with you on these pages, as the designers send me the first shots of their brand new collections for 2015.

This afternoon, it’s all about classical cuts, shimmering silks and demure elegance as I show off the beautiful new look book by Nicola Anne Bridal, and hear from head designer Nikki about her inspirations and influences.

I love my job.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Affection

Nikki says: My inspiration starts with choosing the wonderful fabrics and embellishments.Sometimes I instinctively know what I will do with a fabric and others just evolve into a shape. I am always looking for collection influence everywhere, and this can be in obscure areas, such as cloud formations!

Nicola Anne Bridal - 2015 Collection

The woman I see wearing my gowns is feminine, timeless in her styling and above all knows luxury and quality.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Beau

Our gowns are available in any size. We are able to offer made to measure and design changes as we are British Made. Our ‘Toile fit’ service is also available, which allows the Bride to make fit adjustments to a calico bodice before the wedding gown is completed.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Duchess

2015 looks set to be an exciting year for the brand. We are looking at overseas markets as we have had interest from areas of the world who see our British “design and made”label as unique and high end couture.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Empress

To see more and for stockist info, visit the Nicola Anne Bridal website.

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Look Book: The Princess Diaries

July 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Hindi - Cymbeline

Hindi by Cymbeline

Although I’m not engaged, I’ve had the pleasure of slipping into some wonderful wedding gowns due to my line of work. Like many other gals I’ve often dreamt about the style of dress I might wear, should I ever make it down the aisle. For me it’s always been a slim-line gown that I’d see myself saying my ‘I dos’ in, but I have to admit, when you step into a voluminous princess-style gown, something very magic happens.

I think it’s something to do with the pretty layers of tulle, or perhaps the detailed bodice that chinches in at the waist before projecting into a large circular skirt. Childhood perceptions may also have something to do it. I (as I’m sure many others young girls did) thought as a child that brides were a form of princess and therefore the big sparkling dress is all part and parcel.

That magical feeling I’ve experienced when donning such a dress means I now couldn’t rule it out as an option, though it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll be going all ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ on my groom. There are numerous different styles of princess gowns available; from jewel encrusted, highly detailed designs, to simple and elegant creations (similar to the gown picked by ultimate princess Kate Middleton, for her big day).

So if you want to slip into a big, beautiful gown when you get hitched, I have some suggestions of which designers to look to.

8724 - Justin Alexander

8724 by Justin Alexander

Princess perfect is one style that Justin Alexander has mastered to a tee. The 8724 design is one of my absolute favourites – beaded bodice, sweetheart neckline, tulle ball gown skirt – tick, tick, tick! For those wanting a little lace detail, the regal 8732 satin ball gown, featuring a lace and tulle overlay, is a stunning option and offers just a hint of sparkle in its subtle pearl, crystal and sequin belt. The 8712 is more Middleton with 3/4 sleeves, a lovely choice for brides not wanting to expose the tops of their arms.

8712 - Justin Alexander

8712 by Justin Alexander

Volume and layers are key to a magical gown so Alexander’s 8742 design also makes my lust list. Cymbeline is another designer with plenty of voluminous gowns on offer. Hada is the queen of the creations boasting an immense ball gown skirt. Hadny and Harmo are equally stately dresses, though perhaps slightly easier to manoeuvre in. Meanwhile, for brides who want the best of both worlds, the stunning Hindi design provides a sophisticated slim-line dress with princess-style tulle layers at the back.

Hadny - Cymbeline

Hadny by Cymbeline

Hada - Cymbeline

Hada by Cymbeline

Harmo - Cymbeline

Harmo by Cymbeline

Maggie Sottero is a front-runner in princess attire too. The Esme Marie gown is enough to make brides go weak at the knees with its fully encrusted Swarovski crystal bodice and glamorous chic organza skirt. The whimsical appearance of Roseabel is also well worth swooning over with its classic tulle ball gown creating an irresistible air of romance.

Esme Marie by Maggie Sottero

Esme Marie by Maggie Sottero

Corbin by Maggie Sottero

Corbin by Maggie Sottero

Dawson by Maggie Sottero

Dawson by Maggie Sottero

Felicity by Maggie Sottero

Felicity by Maggie Sottero

And I’ve saved the best news until last – Alfred Angelo has actually designed a Disney collection with dresses fit for every type of princess; from the Belles, Jasmines and Cinderellas among us, to the Rapunzels, Snow Whites and Ariels. For me standout designs include Sleeping Beauty 238 with fascinating fairy-tale layers, plus floral, rhinestone, crystal and sequin detail. As a huge Aladdin fan I’d quite like to be Jasmine, though I fear sourcing a magic carpet to get me to the venue may be somewhat challenging!

Are you planning on indulging your inner princess on your big day?  We’d love to know!

225 Belle - Alfred Angelo

225 Belle by Alfred Angelo

227 Sleeping Beauty -  Alfred Angelo

227 Sleeping Beauty by Alfred Angelo

238 Sleeping Beauty -  Alfred Angelo

238 Sleeping Beauty by Alfred Angelo

Cinderella -  Alfred Angelo

Cinderella by Alfred Angelo

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Delicate Femininity. The Designer Series: Ivory & Co

July 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

Following this season’s trip to White Gallery, London – an international designer bridal trade and press show which I attend yearly, gathering the best in British and international bridal design – I’m proud to showcase a selection of our very favourite collections for 2015 here on these pages.

This afternoon, Sarah, the head designer at Ivory & Co, talks us through her inspirations for the label’s soft and stunning 2015 collection.  Just dreamy.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What sort of woman does Ivory & Co design for? 

Sarah says: The bride I design for at Ivory & Co is sophisticated and elegant – the sort of bride who loves the style of the icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.  Brides who want romantic dresses with a designer look and are comfortable with something a little more unique and striking.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What were your inspirations for this collection of bridal gowns?

I worked on the designs in the new collection for months last year, sketching constantly and focusing on the styling being feminine and delicate. I took inspiration from many areas – including the romance of the Pre-Raphaelites and the romantic sweep of high fashion in the 1930′s and 1940′s (the swathes of fabric and long trains).  In the attention to detail my inspiration was fairy-tales and mythology: think A Midsummer Nights Dream crossed with embellishments of the Ancient World.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

The dress shapes for this season are flowing: whether they are full skirted or slinky they all have flowing floaty fabrics in silk chiffon or soft silk satins.  We have embellished using an array of beautiful French laces and beading in Swarovski rhinestones, real freshwater pearls and illusion sequins.  This all gives an illusion of soft decoration for a delicate and feminine look.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

Lets get practical.  Tell us about sizing and spend?

Ivory & Co make gowns in any size.  Our standard range goes from UK 0 to 18 but we can also make any size above that by request.  Brides can choose from two services – they can either chose a standard UK size or they can have our made to measure service where we make a whole new pattern block just to the bride’s individual measurements. 

We also provide a special bespoke service where we can either make bespoke changes to an existing design – or design a bespoke dress from scratch for a bride.  This service is no more expensive than buying from our collection.

Our dresses retail from between £1,000 – £2,000. 

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What does 2014/ 2015 hold for Ivory & Co?  What are you excited about?

We have just relocated to a fantastic headquarters in the gorgeous Worcestershire countryside.  We have one of the biggest bridal showrooms in the UK with over 100 dresses and over 500 tiaras and accessories. We are excited about welcoming many brides here for appointments to try the new designs – or brides can book in for a bespoke appointment with me.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What are your best things in life?

My best things in life are of course my wonderful family but I’m very lucky that I have a fabulous job that I really love.  It gives me a real sense of satisfaction when I leave the office at night knowing that I’ve made brides happy that day.  I love days when brides come to collect their dress and their faces when they try it on for the first time, especially with bespoke jobs as it is rewarding to design something unique for a bride so they can have the dress of their dreams.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

Where can Brides Up North find out more about Ivory & Co?

Brides Up North can see more about us by viewing our website www.ivoryandcobridal.co.uk  or for accessories, www.ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk.  Brides can follow us on Twitter and Facebook and we have a blog which can be reached from our websites. 

Ivory & Co supply over 500 stockists worldwide for their accessories and over 40 stores for their bridal gowns (stockist details can be seen on the website).

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The Designer Series: Christos Costarellos

July 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

Each spring, I’m excited to make my annual pilgrimage to the smoke to worship at the altar of bridal design at White Gallery, London.  If you think I sound a little enthusiastic, you’d be right: with a personal background in fashion, this is the event that I look forward to most all year.  A chance to see my favourite designers’ creations up close, catch up on the industry gossip, immerse myself in inspiration, lace, tulle and sequins.

Officially, White Gallery is one of the leading international designer bridal trade and press shows, gathering the best in British and international bridal design to preview and take to market the gowns and the gorgeous that will be landing in a bridal boutique near you next season.

Unofficially, it’s heaven.

Today, in our first Designer Series feature of 2014, I’m proud to introduce a new name to the pages of this wedding blog, a designer whose work really resonates with my own personal style.  Showing for the first time in London this April, and currently without a UK stockist (lets start the campaign now girls!) Christos Costarellos is one to watch. 

Costarellos has produced a beautiful, forward thinking collection for 2015 with influences from his Greek heritage and vintage icons.  The result?  Stunning, new-boho gowns that are totally on the fashion nail for next season.

Oh. YES.

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

What sort of woman do you design for? 

Costarellos says: I don’t think I have a specific woman ‘type’ in mind when I design my dresses, but I believe that my work combines a classical, understated elegance with bold femininity and sensuality. In that sense, I design for women who have a strong personality and are not afraid to show it!

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

What were your inspirations for this collection?

The Greek landscape, history and tradition is at the heart of each of my collections, and my new bridal collection is no exception. Lace patterns found on Greek islands are combined with lines and forms inspired by one of my favourite designers from the past, Jeanne Lanvin. The collection also pays tribute to another great couturier of the early 20th century, Charles Worth – especially his luxurious embellishments which I find fascinating

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

In order to achieve a sense of vintage allure and lightness, transparent and very fine fabrics have been used in various ways – for instance, we have used 25 meters of tulle for a single skirt so that it would appear both playful and proper. We have also used lace extensively: as a fashion house we have many years of experience in the use of lace, and our new bridal collection is really a celebration of that tradition. Our expertise allows us to combine different kinds of lace in even more daring ways, in order to get a more contemporary look. Naturally, simple lines and forms that reference Ancient Greek dresses have also found their way into this collection, as well as more luxurious silhouettes and materials such as silk organza and embroidered fabrics.

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

What does 2014/ 2015 hold for your business?

I’m really excited about how our bridal collection has been received so far – it is the first time we have present our gowns abroad and the response has been very positive. We are also presenting our pret-à-porter summer collection in Los Angeles this year, at the Fashion Forwards showroom. As usual, we will be showing our new Spring-Summer 2015 pret-a-porter collection in Paris during fashion week in September and then we will attend NY bridal week in October.

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

Where can Brides Up North find out more?

You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all our latest news, and also check out our Pinterest boards for additional inspiration and photos! On our website you can browse images from all our latest collections, as well as an updated list with stockists carrying our brand around the world.

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

Visit the Christos Costarellos website for more information (Ed: the site uses sound so if you are browsing at work, look for the mute button at button at bottom left, or disable your browser sound first).

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

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The Grace Of Lace.

June 12th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Kate Middleton Wedding Dress via Marie Claire

Image via MarieClaire.com

The Duchess of Cambridge has attracted quite a following on the fashion scene, with scores of stylish ladies eager to mirror the Princess’s elegant attire.

Without doubt her most notable style statement to date (and one she will be eternally remembered for) is her graceful lace wedding dress. Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Kate’s iconic dress featured sensational lace sleeves as well as delicate lace appliqués on the bodice, skirt, underskirt and bridal train (which measured no less than 110 impressive inches).

The media, dress designers and brides-to-be were equally captivated by the timeless creation, which has since led many fashion houses to incorporate ornate lace into their gowns. Scanning wedding dress collections online it’s difficult, if not impossible, to find one that doesn’t feature a lace design, whether it be top to toe in the popular fabric or just peppered with pretty appliqués. From structured slim-line designs to voluminous ball gown styles, there really is a lace creation to suit all.  Here our some of our current favourites.  

Lucy by Stephanie Allin

Lucy by Stephanie Allin 

Designers often use the regal material around the neckline, shoulders and back for show-stopping detail. Stunning examples of this can be found within Stephanie Allin’s ‘Look of London’ collection. Freya has wonderfully feminine lace capped sleeves and delicate open back detail while the fuller Kelly dress features the fabric in an exquisite illusion neckline.

Freya by Stephanie Allin

Freya by Stephanie Allin

Kelly by Stephanie Allin

Kelly by Stephanie Allin

For those wanting full lace sleeves – just like the princess – the fairytale elegance of Lucy is hard to resist. Being the designer genius that she is, Allin has even thought of an option for brides wanting two looks on their wedding day by pairing her simple Margot dress with Selena lace shrug.

Margot by Stephanie Allin

Margot by Stephanie Allin

Brides wanting to keep their lace look simple will also find options in Amanda Wyatt’s collection. Her chiffon off-the-shoulder Rubie dress features guipure lace trim, just on the bodice and sleeves while the soft satin Tessa dress, with a slim A-line skirt, has a touch more lace detail on the bodice and hem line.

Rubie by Amanda Wyatt

Rubie by Amanda Wyatt 

Tessa by Amanda Wyatt

Tessa by Amanda Wyatt

Ronald Joyce’s collection features more elaborate lace designs, with options to suit every size, shape and style. His 67069 creation is a particularly stunning example of a lace gown fit for a princess.

Valentina by Monique Lhuiller

Valentina by Monique Lhuiller

Sienna by Monique Lhuiller

Sienna by Monique Lhuiller

Another designer who perfects pretty lace creations down to a tee, is Monique Lhuiller. Just take a look at her 2014 Fall collection if you don’t believe me. Though spoilt for choice, I’d say Valentina and Sienna, both of which feature luxurious Chantilly lace, are standout pieces. What I love most about the collection is that it includes several short dress options for brides wanting to hitch up their hemlines – a topic I covered recently on the blog. Alessia and Flirt are equally cute options made up of re-embroidered lace for a playful yet polished look.

Alessia by Monique Lhuiller

Alessia by Monique Lhuiller

Flirt by Monique Lhuiller

Flirt by Monique Lhuiller

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