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First Look: Charlotte Balbier’s 2015 Iscoyd Park Collection

April 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

I’m really happy to welcome my lovely industry friend and colleague Charlotte Balbier to the wedding blog this morning, as I give you a sneak peek at her beautiful 2015 Collection, straight from the catwalk at last week’s White Gallery.

I’ve known Charlotte for some years now, and spent a little time with the lady herself and her lovely Mum, the fabulously talented Amanda Wyatt, on their stand at the show, watching as Charlotte unveiled her new line to assembled buyers and press.  I can absolutely vouch for this:  This is a designer who really cares.  A lot of heart goes into each and every Charlotte Balbier design, and she positively glowed as she swirled and showed her designs to the audience and discussed what made each and every one unique and special. 

And glow she might, for the new collection is an absolute triumph. 

Charlotte, you should be very proud.  Brides Up North, they’ll be landing in a stockist near you soon. Yippee!

Charlotte Balbier Wedding

Charlotte’s own wedding day at Iscoyd Park, Cheshire

The collection was designed in celebration of Charlotte and her new husband Teddy’s 2014 wedding day and is inspired by the historical and traditional setting of Iscoyd Park.  2015 marks eleven years for Charlotte at the forefront of British Bridal design, a truly amazing decade as one of the UK’s leading bridal designers.

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

The Iscoyd Park Collection is made up of over twenty gorgeous gowns in an array of styles, and delightfully includes two of Charlotte’s own wedding gowns, named ‘Charlotte’ and ‘Iscoyd Park.’ Charlotte’s designs inherently traditional but with that added extra twist for a modern gown.

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

The 2014 collection, ‘A Decade of Style’ won the Wedding Ideas Magazine ‘Designer Of The year’ award and this year is all set to become Charlotte’s most successful year to date with exciting plans and collaborations ahead.  Go girl!

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery

To find out more about Charlotte Balbier’s designs and view a list of Northern stockists, visit her website.

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Designer Preview. White Gallery 2014.

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lusan Mandongus by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Wrapping up last week’s fashion marathon as I recapped the catwalks I’d seen at White Gallery London, I thought I’d ease you into an equally fabulous (but perhaps not quite so manic from my POV) week with one last bit of eye candy… for now. 

The Designer Preview catwalk showcases a selection of gowns from twelve big name designers and due to it’s eclectic and diverse collection is always a favourite of mine. 

My take on this season is that it’s all about shape and detail – whether high fashion or big romance – as the bridal catwalks echo haute couture with high low hemlines, interesting backs, bold use of pattern, embellishment, fit and flare and florals, florals, florals.  Colours are pale and interesting – a watercolour wash of pale pink, blues and greys. 

I loved every second.  And here’s my pick of the bunch…

Lusan Mandongus by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Lusan Mandongus

A wonderful white-out that sang with style and luxury. The collection by Lusan Mandongus is vintage inspired with rich yet subtle details, incorporating different stunning features focusing on elements such as higher necklines, sleeves and peplum waist detail. 

Yolan Cris by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Yolan Cris

The Barcelona based label totally rocked it with their style setting detailed designs and rich handcrafted applications.  Daring, stylish and different. 

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Charlotte Balbier 

A Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirit who expresses her personality and individuality through her Balbier designed gown.  My favourite? Iscoyd Park, the collection’s title gown that Charlotte designed for her own evening reception. 

Anna Romysh Haute Couture by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Anna Romysh Haute Couture

Daring,different and sometimes (very seriously) barely there, these gowns raised a few eyebrows (and iPhones!) but I salute the risk taking label for putting a high fashion stamp on their collection. Avant garde meets ultimate fashion. 

Naomi Neoh by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Naomi Neoh 

For the romantics.  Naomi Neoh’s stunning skirts were dipped in a swish of pink for the prettiest wedding day look.  And you know I love pink!  The designer has taken inspiration from the glamour and romance of vintage Hollywood and her gowns are crafted from only the finest silks and French lace. 

Timeless Couture by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Timeless Couture

Just what it says on the tin: timeless, couture.  Encapsulating elegance and glamour, with a dramatic and contemporary twist.

Terry Fox by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Terry Fox 

Boho and beautiful as ever, this truly romantic collection for 2015 encapsulates mystical creatures of the sea and the ancient call of the Siren song.  Magical.

Sadoni by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Sadoni

The Nordic signature of Sadoni expresses pure simplicity and understated luxury through their flowy, feminine silk dresses. 

Ivory & Co by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Ivory & Co

Sometimes better known for their twinkling bridal accessories and tiaras, Ivory & Co also specialises in stunning silk designer wedding dresses.  I’m in love with the subtle, swishy, silky glamour of the gown above.  One to add to your dress hunt for sure. 

Brides Desire By Wendy Sullivan & Jack Sullivan Bridal

Brides Desire By Wendy Sullivan & Jack Sullivan Bridal

A unique collection from Australia’s leading designer, a new and updated take on vintage bridal style. 

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First Look: Madeline Isaac-James At White Gallery 2014

April 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Christopher Dadey for Madeline Isaac-James at White Gallery

And with that, it’s Friday!  I don’t know about you, but it’s been a whirlwind of a week here at Brides Up North HQ, with our gorgeous wedding exhibition at Nostell Priory (which seems like an absolute lifetime ago), a jam packed trip to do ‘the shows’ and catch up with the most exciting talent in bridal design in the capital, a snatched day off with my baby girl, admin, VAT returns, planning and prep for the rest of our spring season, venue scouting, social media services, a new season of Made In Chelsea… who’s got time for sleep?!

Well, this weekend, I have.  I’ve a rare weekend off so I’ll be catching up on my zees, having some lovely family time, reacquainting myself with my sofa, staying in my pyjamas and laying down some secret pins for a very, very special Brides Up North styled shoot taking place in a few weeks’ time.  Bliss. However you spend your weekend (perhaps more actively than I plan to… anyone tying the knot?!) I hope it’s just as lovely

For now though, there’s something gorgeous to impart on these pretty pages, as I recap the catwalk show from Madeline Isaac-James that Ellie and I were lucky enough to bag front row seats for earlier this week.

Designer Natalie Gladman surpassed herself with a pretty, feminine signature collection and a youthful diffusion line, Maddy, for happy, fun loving, budget conscious brides.  With accessories by friend of the blog Jane at HF Couture (and a breakdance!) this was always going to be something special. 

Christopher Dadey for Madeline Isaac-James at White Gallery

Inspired by the colour and emotion of Turner’s paintings, the new 2015 collection by Madeline Isaac-James promises hints of the softest ivories, pinks, blues and golds with exquisite pearl accents, reminiscent of a beautiful sunset over the sea… a stunning collection of beautiful gowns in sumptuous silks, finished with exquisite beaded laces delicately adorned with pearls and Swarovski crystals. 

Christopher Dadey for Madeline Isaac-James at White Gallery

Christopher Dadey for Madeline Isaac-James at White Gallery

Christopher Dadey for Madeline Isaac-James at White Gallery

Christopher Dadey for Madeline Isaac-James at White Gallery

Christopher Dadey for Madeline Isaac-James at White Gallery

Christopher Dadey for Madeline Isaac-James at White Gallery

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Dancing Through A World Of Inspiration. First Look: Ian Stuart Bride 2015 On The Catwalk

April 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

Of all the shows the Brides Up North team were privileged to attend this week at White Gallery, Ian Stuart Bride stood out for it’s energy, creativity and sense of theatre. 

This man isn’t just a designer, he’s an artist and entertainer. 

This is just a sneak peek at the first five looks that made it down the catwalk this weekend, with the rest to be revealed soon.  I can’t wait to share the 2015 look book with you shortly. 

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

Ian Stuart describes his life as dancing through a world of inspiration.  Looking through artistic eyes, he searches for moments and images of beauty each day.

Gathering these and channelling them into beautiful gowns, he creates wedding dresses that are a unique reflection of nature, music, history, architecture and humanity, each design has its own story to tell.  Within the diversity of inspiration, touches of Elizabethan, art deco and bohemian stand out, creating a spirit for 2015 that is angelic, quirky and statuesque.

Luxurious fabrics and colours help to tie all essences of the collection together, but most of all, it is the unmistakable handwriting of Ian Stuart that is conveyed as the premier trend. 

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

To view Ian’s current Frill Me! collection and an interview with the designer on Brides Up North click here, or visit the Ian Stuart website for more information and a list of Northern stockists

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First Look: The Echo Collection By Emma Hunt London On The Catwalk At White Gallery 2014

April 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Our fashion-tastic week continues here at Brides Up North, dahlings, with more exclusive updates fresh from the bridal catwalks at this year’s White Gallery, London. 

Unless you’ve been on an extreme tech detox over the last few days, you can’t have failed to notice that the online wedding industry (see our Twitter and Facebook feeds as exhibit A) is abuzz with news from the Capital about the stunning 2015 bridal collections which will be arriving in your local bridal boutiques in the very near future. 

The eye candy cranks up a notch this morning as we showcase the stunning Echo Collection by Emma Hunt London.  This is Emma’s inaugural diffusion collection and aims to be timeless and elegant with a fresh modern appeal.  Got it in one, Ms Hunt. 

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Emma Hunt London: The Echo Collection has been designed with the discerning bride in mind.  Our gowns are made entirely in Britain using the finest fabrics such as silk crepe satin, French Levers lace, silk marocaine and silk satin chiffon, and all the dresses have a pure silk lining for a luxurious finish. 

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

The overall tone of the collection is one of lightness and grace with soft, fluid silhouettes complimented with discreet structuring ad exquisite detailing such as beaded waistbands, appliqued corded lace and Swarovski accents.

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

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Excusive! First Look: Alan Hannah 2015 Bridal Collections On The Catwalk

April 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Its been a bit of a haute couture week at Brides Up North HQ.  We’ve been at White Gallery London checking out the brand new bridal wear collections from the big names in the wedding dress industry and are really excited to bring you some exclusive catwalk previews direct from the event over the next few days.  Fast fashion or what?!

I’m obsessed with Alan Hannah’s beautiful gowns, and actually wore one of Marguerite’s creations for my own wedding back in 2010 (the dress was called All The Jazz and was a blush duchess satin… swoon), so it makes sense to open play on these pages by debuting their label’s exciting 2015 collections first.

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

For their main line, as well as the perfect couture cut and execution Marguerite has some really lovely new embellishment ideas including hand painted flowers and striking textured beading.  The MiaMia line is full of verve and panache with beautiful lace and dramatic skirts with theatrical detailing.  For me, there’s something to delight every bride here – soft sparkle, lovely lace, swishing satins, structured silks and contemporary twists, but always with an integral elegance and flair. 

And to top it all off?  All Alan Hannah’s gowns are designed and made in England.  You know we like things home grown at Brides Up North!

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

^^^Editor’s pick: this blush satin gown with chiffon skirts and crystal belt detail is to die for^^^

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

The 2015 collections will be arriving in bridal boutiques near you later this year.  In the meantime, check out Alan Hannah’s current collection and a list of Northern stockists by visiting their website. 

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(Almost) High Street Honey: Alice & Olivia

April 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Alice & Olivia ZACK

I’ve spent the last three days staring at beautiful wedding dresses (two at White Gallery in London and last Sunday at our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory) and you know what?  I don’t feel like stopping anytime soon.

Yesterday after our meetings and viewings were concluded and before hopping back on the train Up North, Ellie and I headed for my spiritual home, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, for a slap up sushi lunch and a spot of browsing.  Alice & Olivia MCBAIN

One thing I was obsessed with when planning my own wedding was my “going away” dress.  You know, the fabulous frock that I would slip into as my new husband whisked me off on our fabulous honeymoon to live happily ever after (whilst our friends went back to work on Monday).  The pressure was on and dress had to be perfect – a little bit Audrey, a little bit Grace, flirty, sparkly, a nod to bridal and ever so Summer Holiday (in October).

So today, four years after our wedding (goddammit!) I found the perfect frock.  Step forward Alice & Oliva, Stacey Bendet I salute you. I seriously thought about whipping out the credit card then and there, but decided to accept that it wasn’t meant to be (for me anyway) and share my find with you actual soon-to-be-weds instead.

Alice & Olivia CLOVER

(^^^This one^^^)

Alice & Olivia EADDY

Alice & Olivia BRIT

Alice & Olivia ADELIA  

Alice & Olivia ANIKA

And whilst looking around, I spotted lots more bridal-esque pieces that could certainly make it into the shortlist for a pretty rehearsal dinner outfit, engagement party frock, special hen party piece or even to walk the aisle itself.  Ok, so a designer in Harvey Nichols ain’t exactly budget, but if we’re quibbling, fact: HN is actually on the “high street”. 

Technicalities aside, I think Alice & Olivia totally deserves the Brides Up North High Street Honey accolade.  What do you think?

I think I want to go shopping.  Now.

Alice & Olivia GORE

Alice & Olivia HILTA

Alice & Olivia PERCIE

Alice & Olivia LENA

 

. Alice & Olivia BETRICE

Alice & Olivia CHAP

Alice & Olivia FELICE

Alice & Olivia FRANCESCA

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#FROWselfie. White Gallery London.

April 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

White Gallery 2014

Normal blog service will resume tomorrow, but for now, I’m just popping in to say hello before continuing with our hectic schedule of catwalks, appointments and coffee meetings here in the smoke for White Gallery London.

White Gallery 2014

To recap, White Gallery (and The London Bridal Show across the way) is a huge trade event in the wedding industry.  Its the time when the big name bridal designers showcase their new collections to the retail buyers (your local bridal boutiques) and the press (like me!). It’s a really big deal.

White Gallery 2014

@ Ian Stuart Bride 

White Gallery 2014

@ Lusan Mandongus/ Designer Preview

I’m here to preview the pretty before anyone else, to liaise with our favourite and up and coming designers and to give you a sneak peek into the trends for 2015, and the dresses that you might be gliding down the aisle in soon.

White Gallery 2014

@ Ian Stuart Bride

White Gallery 2014

@ Madeline Isaac-James

Yesterday, as well as visiting various lovelies on their exhibition stands, Ellie and I also took in no less than three catwalk shows (and countless glasses of prosecco) for Ian Stuart, Madeline Isaac-James and the Designer Preview including the likes of Lusan Mandongus, Charlotte Balbier and Naomi Neoh.  This morning we’re off to the Tower Of London to view Suzanne Neville’s latest offering.  Its a tough life…

White Gallery 2014

@ Yolan Cris/ Designer Preview

White Gallery 2014

@ Ian Stuart Bride

The collections and creations have been eclectic, demure, theatrical, beautiful and above all, fabulous.  I’ll be sharing more soon as I launch a fresh Designer Series of interviews for 2014/15, but for now, let me just say that if you’re just starting out on your dress hunt you should be very, very excited…

White Gallery 2014

@ Ian Stuart Bride

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Wahoo! We’re Off To White Gallery London 2014.

April 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Anna Dello Russo For H&M

Image: Fashion Gone Rouge

So that’s another fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition done and dusted!  The already beautiful Nostell Priory looked the prettiest I’ve seen it yet yesterday at our fifth event of the spring season. Big, big love to all our amazing exhibitors (a truly superb selection) and gorgeous brides and grooms who supported our event.  We salute you… and hope you left feeling inspired by the talent on show and super duper excited about your big day! Hooray!

If you’ve not popped in to see us at one of our beautiful events yet – or if you have and would like to do it all over again – there’s still plenty of time this season!  Pop one of these stunners in your diary

Its a quick turnaound at Brides Up North HQ today – no rest for the wicked (I must be pretty damn wicked!) – as we were up at the crack of dawn and are already on the East Coast Mainline down to the smoke, to catch up with the fun that’s already started at White Gallery London

Recognised as one of the leading international designer bridal trade shows, White Gallery London is set to present the finest in bridal design at its sold-out forthcoming fifth edition.  Press passes in hand, Ellie and I will be joining the trade at this hunting ground for the best in British and international bridal design, previewing the gowns and the gorgeous that will be landing in a bridal boutique near you next season.

It’s one of my very favourite events of the whole year, and I can’t wait to (do a bit of schmoozing and) see what my favourite bridal designers have lined up for us in 2015.  I’m hoping for structural extravagance, sexy silhouettes and even bolder use of colour in bridal wear.  Let’s wait and see…

Over 70 leading designers will preview their new bridal wear and accessories collections at the event including Alan Hannah, Amanda Wakeley Sposa, Anna Romysh Haute Couture, Annasul Y, Augusta Jones, Benjamin Adams London, Blue Bridalwear, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Cabotine Novia by Gema Nicolas, Caroline Atelier, Caroline Castigliano, Charlotte Balbier, Charlotte Mills, Christos Costarellos, Cocoe Voci, The Couture Veil, Cymbeline, Eliza Jane Howell, Emma Hunt, Emma Tindley, Encore, Franc Sarabia, Freya Rose, Gemy Maalouf Bridal, Hadas Cohen, Halo & Co, Harriet Wilde, HT Headwear, I Love Gorgeous, Ian Stuart, Ivory & Co Bridal, Ivory & Co Tiaras, Jack Sullivan Bridal, Jenny Packham, Jesus Peiro, Johanna Hehir, Karen Willis Holmes, KatyaKatya Shehurina, Lark Bridal, Linea Raffaelli, Lou Lou, Lusan Mandongus, Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett, Maddy by Madeline Isaac-James, Madeline Isaac-James, Accessories by Madeline Isaac-James, Malis Henderson, Mia Mia, Miguel Suay, Miranda Templeton, Mooshki Boutique, Naomi Neoh, Nicki MacFarlane, Nicola Anne, Nicola Harvey Couture, Nilah & Company, Nordic Gems, Novia D’Art, Nymphi, Ozlem Suer, Parthenis, Patricia Avendano, Polly Edwards, Qiana Bridal, Rachel Simpson, Raimon Bundo, Sadoni, Sassi Holford, Sasso, Shelle Belle Couture, So Sassi, Stephanie Allin Couture, Stephanie James Couture, Stephen Yearick, Terry Fox, Timeless Couture,  Victorio & Lucchino, Watters Brides, White Ivy, YSA Makino, Yolan Cris and Zaeem Jamal. 

Then we’ll come back to tell you all about it!

We’ve seats lined up at some of the iconic catwalk shows including Ian Stuart, Madeline Isaac-James and Suzanne Neville, plus drop in appointments with our pick of the bunch.  We’re also looking forward to catching up with our friends and supporters from bespoke bridal label House Of Mookshi – based in the North East – at this their debut show.  Specialising in custom designed wedding dresses and bridal gowns from vintage inspired through to gothic, those girls have always got something fabulous up their sleeve.  

After all that, we’ll be ready for a drink (or three) and will be hitting the hard stuff with our industry colleagues at Kensington Roof Gardens for a cocktail party sponsored by Perfect Wedding Magazine and in association with the Retail Bridalwear Association.  I’ve a free pass for the evening as the hubby’s on babysitting duty back Up North, so make mine a Mojito please!

See you on the other side.  There’ll be lots of catching up to do…

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The Designer Series: Haazar Of London

March 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Camille long

This afternoon I’m proud to welcome designers Rachel and Issy of Hazaar of London to our pages.  The duo design adaptable bridal gowns that can take a bride from day to evening without the need for a second dress.  Clever and beautiful. 

Camille short back

Please introduce Hazaar of London and tell us a little about your brand?

The idea of Hazaar of London began to form when we met at the London College of Fashion while studying Costume design for the performing arts.

The concept of designing adaptable bridal gowns came from seeing our friends feeling frustrated with their long gowns by the evening, and having to change out of their perfect wedding dress and into a different, shorter dress so they could enjoy the rest of their day unrestricted. We felt that brides should be able to stay in their dream dress for as long as possible on their wedding day so we designed gowns around that concept. 

What is your style philosophy?

Our background is in historical costume design and dress making and we are continuously influenced by classic style icons and designers – some of our absolute favourites being the classic elegance of 50s Dior and icons Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. This means that our design style naturally includes elements of vintage styling, but with a modern take on what bridal wear means to brides today.

Camille with Pink Ophelia back

Tell us about the collection by Hazaar of London? What were your inspirations behind this beautiful collection?

Our Rose Blush collection is a combination of classic design and delicate detailing, with a touch of rose blush tones, creating an exciting blend of warmth and detail.

The new collection of adaptable gowns has evolved to offer our brides the chance to find their perfect wedding day look, by choosing a fusion of their favourite pieces to create their own style.

Where do you look for inspiration?

We find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. We never stop designing and are always talking about new ideas and plans for future collections.

Camille with Pink Ophelia front

What sort of woman do you design for, did you have a specific “muse” for this collection?

We design for brides who are looking for something classically beautiful with a modern twist that not only allows them the freedom to enjoy the evening celebrations, but holds a surprise for their guests and groom! We always love to hear stories from our brides about their wedding guests’ excited reactions to their change of look.

Our ‘muse’ and inspiration for this collection was classic English beauty, which is why we chose our beautiful ‘English Rose’ model for the Rose Blush shoot.

Evie long

What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

We chose flowing duchess satins and soft blush chiffons, with overlays of delicate lace and pretty beaded detail to create the pretty and feminine designs of our new Rose Blush collection. Fabric choice is very important to us and we take care to choose fabrics that will create perfect movement and structure.

Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection?  Which piece and why?

We find it hard to choose favourites as we only design gowns that we really love and talk about them as if they were people! However, Rachel is planning her wedding for 2014 and is currently besotted with our fusion of the short lace Violet dress with our duchess satin Ruby skirt.

Evie short

What jewellery would you pair with pieces from your new collection?  Why?

We are drawn towards vintage jewellery and accessories and have seen some beautiful jewelled head pieces and earrings that would work well with any of our gowns. However, accessory styling is very personal to each bride and we encourage our brides to express their individual style in every way.

Evie with Viola skirt

How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?

The names for our gowns come from the inspiration behind each collection. We named the gowns in our first ‘Grace’ collection after the names of women from Shakespearean plays. This was partly to do with our theatrical background and was a nod to historical design and British heritage. When designing the Rose Blush collection, we were inspired by natural English beauty and classic styling so we named our gowns after pretty English names.

Pearl long

What sizes are available in your gowns?  Are your pieces made to measure?

Our gowns are made to order and are available in sizes 8-18.

Pearl short

What is the process for your clients from finding “the one” to the final fitting?

We carefully choose our stockists and are fortunate to work with some fantastic boutiques who offer a very attentive and personal service. Once a bride finds her perfect gown, it is hand made to order and personally checked and finished by us before being sent to our stockist for fittings.

Pink Ophelia front

What is the retail price range for your designs?

Our gowns range from £1,500 – £2,345.

Ruby long front

What sets Hazaar of London apart from other bridal wear brands?

The adaptability of our gowns enables brides to be playful, change their look on the day and even create their perfect gown by choosing their favourite pieces. Hazaar brides can walk down the aisle looking classically beautiful and go on to enjoy their wedding reception looking equally perfect but ready for the celebration.

Ruby short

How did you get into wedding dress design – what is your story?

Wedding dress design was a natural progression for us. Throughout our costume degree and into our careers in the costume industry, we found we most enjoyed working with and designing exquisite women’s wear, ball gowns and evening wear.

We love bridal design and we believe that a wedding dress is more than just a dress. The perfect dress complements a brides’ personality and makes them feel unique and utterly beautiful on their special day, and we love being a part of that.

Is this your dream career? 

We love bridal and everything wedding related. We both previously worked in costume in the theatre, film and music industry which we did enjoy, but bridal is what we are truly passionate about.

What would “a day in the life” at Hazaar of London HQ be like?

A day at Hazaar of London is never the same! Typically we will start the day by answering emails and checking up on orders. We then decide on the rest of the day depending on what we are working towards. Earlier this year it was all about the White Gallery and now we are working on our plans for the National Wedding Show at Earl’s Court in September. We’re really excited as it’s our first major retail show and we can’t wait to meet lots of brides and showcase our unique collection of adaptable gowns.

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Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

We head to the spa at any opportunity and have been known to hold meetings in the sauna! However, when we aren’t on Hazaar duty, we tend to either spend time with the men in our lives or meet up with our friends. We also attend ballet classes (we both love ballet and danced a lot when we were younger) and we have just started doing pilates.

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How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you/ see more of your designs? 

Images of our Grace and Rose Blush collections can be viewed on our website www.hazaaroflondon.com along with stockist details. We can also be contacted by email enquiries@hazaaroflondon.com.

Do you have any Northern stockists – how can Brides Up North find them?

We are currently searching for the perfect Northern stockists for our brand. There are lots of fantastic boutiques who we would love to work with, so will hopefully be available soon! Currently, our nearest stockist is the beautiful Anais Bridal Couture in Glasgow.

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Is there anything else that we should know?

All of our gowns are hand made to order in the EU and we personally choose and check every detail of each gown. Each design is adaptable but can be made as a single gown, and although our Rose Blush collection has been designed using soft pink tones, we are happy for brides to order in ivory. We like to think that our collection is playful and offers brides the chance to customise their gown to create their perfect wedding day look – without paying bespoke prices!

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