June 7th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
We’re often asked if we love our jobs and the answer is “ab-so-flippin-lutley”, and who wouldn’t – working in a ‘happy’ industry with a whole host of talented creatives and truly loved-up couples – we’re quite literally in wedded bliss every day of the week!
A certain highlight of the year so far has to be a trip we took to Barcelona back in April for the city’s Bridal Fashion Week, to view the brand-new collections by some of the top Spanish designers – and my god, do these people know how to put on an impressive catwalk show. Forget a simple runway and rows of benches, we’re talking incredible, large-scale productions with the most amazing props, styling, models, lighting and music. And as if all that wasn’t enough – there was, of course, the dresses, which wowed to the max – giving us an exclusive first look of what’s to come in bridalwear over the coming year. So, ladies, you can trust us when we say that those of on the dress hunt are in for a real treat!
One of the most highly anticipated catwalk shows of Bridal Fashion Week is by our Sponsor, Spanish design power-house, Pronovias. Year on year this show is a huge talking point as the team raise the stakes time again to deliver a dazzling and unforgettable show – and they certainly didn’t disappoint this time round.
Held at the city’s Italian Pavilion, some 1,500 guests from around the world, including celebrities, media, international and Spanish socialites, influencers and boutique owners, gathered for the unveiling of the 2019 Atelier Pronovias Collection created around an ‘In Bloom’ concept.
With the dresses inspired by new beginnings the show set was a mesmerizingly-beautiful garden scene, complete with flourishing botanics, trailing florals and flowing trees as well as an impressive stone pavilion, arched structures and even a pretty wooden bridge over a stream-like pond.
We were already hugely-impressed, and this was without sight of a single bead or thread of silk. But then came the dresses, which wowed and delighted in equal measures, offering something to suit the dreams every bride.
Showcasing dresses with maxi volumes in dreamy princess styles; revamped yet effortlessly feminine empire cuts and A-line silhouettes; plus, gowns with simpler lines and straight silhouettes, the clever collection is said to “dress every kind of woman and enhance her beauty”.
Furthermore, the range gives brides the option to switch up their big day look with convertible designs featuring detachable and off-the-shoulder sleeves, and yokes.
August 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
nanda devi – meaning bliss-giving goddess – is the name of the amazing mountain between India and Nepal that has served as inspiration for the 2016 Jesús Peiró collection. This is where the snow princesses that Merche Segarra has imagined for Jesús Peiró go; creatures of the cold that leave a trail of frost and a glint of sparkle, splashing their delicate dresses with crystals…
Earlier this year, I was proud to be invited out to Spain to represent Brides Up North at Barcelona Bridal Week, alongside other top European and US wedding blogs. One of my very favourite collections from the week of non stop bridal fashion had to be the sensational Nanda Devi Collection from leading Spanish bridal brand, Jesús Peiró.
The Jesús Peiró collections, designed by Merche Segarra, are made for a bride who is demanding in terms of quality, who values elegance, follows new trends and who wishes to wear a bridal gown with its own identity.
The Nanda Devi collection draws inspiration from the mountains of India and Nepal and evokes goddess like comparisions – snow queens, sirens, and sun princesses. Layers of iridescence, sequins and crystal embroidery are combined with fabrics like Georgette crepe, brocade, spotted tulle, golden Chantilly and cotton guipere lace.
Ladies, prepare to swoon.
For more, visit the Jesús Peiró website.
May 15th, 2015 | Julia Braime
One of the most innovative collections at Barcelona Bridal Week had to be the cutting edge offering from US based label, houghton nyc. This super slick design house stood out for all the right reasons, from their trend setting fabrics and cuts, to their ice cool catwalk show.
Designer Katharine Polk describes the Houghton Bride collection as having a “free spirit” feel and says that she wants her brides to “feel comfortable in [their] skin.”
Speaking to US site, The Knot, Katharine says “I’ve never felt a strong inspiration for Houghton Bride, just always gone very simple and clean. This [collection] has a very strong influence, which is really cool. It’s a very loose inspiration; I have a whole board with little pieces from here and there that when you bring it all together it creates one master image – it’s the feel that translates into the collection and mentality.”
Hey, it’s Friday. Grab your cuppa and get ready for a little dress candy, plus a few peeks backstage at the show.
Got that Friday feeling? You have now.
May 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime
If you follow us over on our social media feeds, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, you’ll have been by our side for all the action coming live from Barcelona Bridal Week. I’m here as a guest of the exhibition, and it’s been an intense and fashion packed couple of days so far. I’m here reporting from the front row all week, giving our readers an exclusive first look at the 2016 collections from some very big name designers as they land. To be the first to see my favourite looks from the shows, make sure to follow Brides Up North over on Instagram – where I’m also posting live video streams from the catwalks.
Yesterday’s schedule was intense (and today’s is no different, I’m writing this from the VIP area between catwalk calls), and I was privileged to be invited to view the collections of Cristina Tamborero, Natalie Capell, Miquel Suay, Sabrina Saree, Jesus Peiro, Yolancris, Isabel Sanchis and Inmanculda Garcia, before being a guest at an incredible evening catwalk event at Palau De Pedrables, where 25 esteemed designers showed off 25 iconic looks in the gilded hallways of the Royal Palace to celebrate 25 years of Barcelona Bridal Week.
The collections were as diverse as they were beautiful, but I noted some prevailing trends in the 2016 collections. The two piece is everywhere, with belts, blouses and knits seen combined with both voluminous and sleek skirts. Grecian cuts continue to be popular, as is back detail and interesting cuts – including crop tops and thigh skimming skirt slits. Fabric wise, there’s everything to play for – with lots of swishy silk chiffon, frothy tulle layers, structured satin and fine lace. Official press shots and info will follow, but here are a few of my own catwalk candids (with apologies for the grainy quality) from each label.
Inspired by fairytales, Cristina Tamborero’s collection was pure romance. Full of elegance and imagination, these were feminine dresses with low necklines in the back, pocket detail and deep cuts on the waistline. The gowns also featured gemstones, floral embroidery and Swarovski crystals.
Sleek and soft, the fluid gowns of Natalie Capell are one off pieces incorporating vintage lace and special details into their simple silhouettes.
The Epiphany collection from Miquel Suay was flirty, fun and full of confidence. Modern boho looks worked well against super glam styles… with draping, sparkle, silk and intricate lace patterns and the models were rocking their fabulously high hair!
This fashion forward collection of bridal sarees used modern draping, colour and embellishments to create a really different cross cultural look.
The Nanda Devi collection drew inspiration from the mountains of India and Nepal and evoked goddess like comparisions – snow queens, sirens, and sun princesses. Layers of iridescence, sequins and crystal embroidery were combined with fabrics like Georgette crepe, brocade, spotted tulle, golden Chantilly and cotton guipere lace.
The 2016 collection from Yolancris is innovative and exciting, with Chantilly lace, guipure silk, organza and mohair mixing with silk tulle and silver rhinestones and pearls. With a touch of boho folk influence mixing with more elegant styling, the hemlines, cuts and finishes were both surprising and delighting.
Isabel Sanchis was all about structure, layering and surprising colour. My favourite gowns played with proportions and shape, or wrapped up the models in swathes of sensational tulle.
Fun and fabulous, with more than a touch of ranch style inspiration, the Golden Sunshine collection by Inmaculada Garcia combined loose draping and light dresses with delicate materials like organza and tulle plus lots of pearl and rhinestone detailing. A second line of gowns were more structured with precious materials like Chantilly lace and floral Damask.
May 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime
If you follow Brides Up North over on Facebook, Twitter or (especially) Instagram, you can’t have failed to notice that I’ve been getting
a leetle bit ridiculously excited about being in Barcelona as a guest of Barcelona Bridal Week (hashtag #barcelonabridalweek). I’m here all week as a VIP blogger partner of XXL Comunication, Barcelona Turisme and Barcelona Bridal Week, bringing you all the news from the front line of the couture catwalks as it lands… and maybe even a little backstage action too.
I arrived late on Monday night, and since then it’s been a bit of a Barcelona Bridal whirlwind! I was whisked straight from the airport to the grand opening of designer Miquel Suay‘s brand new flagship boutique, where a very warm welcome from the designer and his team (and their ah-may-zing gowns) awaited me, via late night tapas and a cheeky cerveza and back to my 5* lodgings in the sensational Gothic Quarter, then awoke today for a full on day of soirees and sightseeing.
I’m here with a hand picked selection of top bloggers and media partners including the Aussie stylistas from The Lane, the lovely Lindsay of Fly Away Bride, famous US bloggers Jen of Green Wedding Shoes and Ally of Inspired By This, gorgeous Elizabeth of Bridal Musings and the fantastic Yolanda of Girls on Film, representing So You’re Getting Married. Together we make quite a motley (albeit fabulously dressed) crew, and I’m enjoying exchanging tips (I think Jen from Green Wedding Shoes might have changed my life with her advice on email management), gossip and trend spotting with these amazing ladies.
If today was all about the sights; a whistle-stop tour of the fashionable and quirky Born District, a tour of Casa Batllo (the beautiful Gaudi house), an amazing seafood lunch with Barcelona Turisme at La Gavina at Port Guell, a visit to the Poble Espanyol and more glasses of Cava offered my way than on my own wedding day… then this evening was all about the catwalk.
At 6pm we headed to the Fira Gran Via for the opening show of Barcelona Bridal Week 2015, the stunning and sensational, Rosa Clara. Official press images and info will follow, but here are a few of my favourite shots. The 2016 Collection by Rosa Clara seeks to ’emphasise the essence of female beauty’. We saw crop tops, blouses (very Olivia Palermo!) knits and beaded embroidered detailing, combined with a mixture of full and slim skirts and gorgeous fabrics like silk brocade, lace, crepe, muslin, silk organza and mikado.
After a quick scrum backstage to meet with the directors of the show and see those gowns (and the beautiful creatures wearing them) close up, the team was whisked off to the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona for a full VIP tour of the hotel, it’s sumptuous spa and wedding facilities (again, more on this later), and treated to an exquisite evening meal… complete with the requisite three glasses of Cava… hic!
It seems unbelievable, but we haven’t even really got started yet. Tomorrow’s event schedule is among the craziest I have ever seen.
I have a feeling that this week is going to be one to remember, and I can’t wait to share it with you here on these pages. Between diary updates, watch the social media feeds for live coverage and all the catwalk gossip as it happens.
Ciao for now!
All images via Instagram @bridesupnorth.
May 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
A blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do.
This evening you’ll find me knee deep in summer shift dresses, cute clutch bags and the odd statement necklace as I throw a week’s worth of pretty threads into ^^^my suitcase ^^^ to take me to the FROWs of barcelona bridal week.
It’s a real honour to have been invited to Spain as Barcelona Bridal Week‘s guest to take in four days of cutting edge catwalk collections, opening parties, cultural expeditions and a rather swanky 25 year celebration.
If you are a long term reader of these pages, you’ll know that I’m ridiculously keen on my bridal fashion, and for the past five years we’ve been striving to keep you up to date with all the latest looks and trends as they break. That’s why when the invitation to head to one of the most prestigious events in the worldwide bridal calendar dropped into my inbox, I cleared my diary, pronto.
It also helped that the weather in Barcelona currently looks like this. Nice.
For the next five days, I’ll be checking out the latest offerings from (and sipping a few cocktails with) some very, very big name bridal houses, including the likes of Rosa Clara, Miguel Suay, Jesus Peiro, Isabel Sanchis, Yolan Cris, Cabotine and Cymbeline Paris.
Anyway, enough name dropping for now, as there’ll be plenty of that to come. In a special series of live-blogged features this week, I’ll be bringing you all the fashion news – and my favourites – from the front line. Watch this space – as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds, for the couture as it happens.
Adios for now, and I’ll see you in Barcelona!
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