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friendly fashion: charlotte mills launches vegan bridal shoe range

August 28th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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Having brought her fabulously cool and girly bridal shoes to the masses, we’re excited to announce that our lovely Sponsor Charlotte Mills, has now made her stunning heels an option for even more fashion-loving females with the introduction of a capsule vegan collection.

Responding to a gap in the market for stylish yet animal-friendly shoes, Charlotte has produced three of her favourite styles – George Pearl, Meghan and Chloe – in high-quality synthetic materials, which are available to pre-order now.

Keen to find out more, we’ve invited Charlotte along to the blog to give further details on the collection while also filling us in on an exciting London pop-up event taking place next month, providing a fabulous opportunity for any brides south of the border to get their hands on beautiful pair of big-day heels from Ms Mills’ wonderful collections. So, over to the talented designer herself to tell us more…

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Can you tell us how the vegan bridal shoe range came to fruition?

charlotte says: It’s something we have wanted to do for a long time. We have had brides contact us so many times asking us to offer a vegan style, as they love our shoes but would not wear a leather shoe. There are not many options out there for vegan bridal shoes and they have really struggled to find something they love, which is special, luxurious but most importantly cruelty free.

How did you go about developing the range?

Kim, who is the brand manager at Charlotte Mills and is a Vegan herself, has worked with our factory in Spain to source the best synthetic materials. It’s still very important for us to offer a luxurious product so quality and aesthetics couldn’t be compromised. The final product is beautiful and we are really proud to offer vegan wedding shoes as an option for our brides.

How do the vegan designs differ to your mainline collections?

Our leather bridal shoes not only have a leather upper, but they also feature a soft leather sole, with the famous Charlotte Mills rhyme embossed into the leather. On our vegan shoes, the upper and the soles are now hand crafted with the finest synthetic materials, with the rhyme still embossed into the soles, keeping them true to the Charlotte Mills brand.

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Which styles are included in the capsule vegan collection?

The first styles in this collection are George Pearl, Meghan and Chloe with more designs being added in 2019.

Where are the designs available from and what is the price range?

The shoes will be available to pre-order from August 2018, for delivery in September 2018. The vegan bridal range is exclusive to the Charlotte Mills website and prices will range from £230 to £260.

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look book: hue honed heels

April 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

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This season the bridal catwalks have dared brides to go beyond a traditional ivory dress, with blush, blue and even dazzling gold gowns making an appearance on the runway.

We understand however that a colourful gown, no matter how subtle, is still considered a more niche option, with many choosing to stick with a pure shade of fail-safe white. But this doesn’t mean that brides have to forgo colour altogether, as big day footwear provides an ideal area in which ladies can add a pop of pizazz and personality from any end of the spectrum.

When it’s time to get the shoe search underway, we highly advise looking to specialist bridal shoe designers who craft their creations with both comfort and style in mind – meaning you can keep your heels firmly on from the ‘I dos’ to the dance moves!

So, for those of you that crave a colour-pop, we’ve rounded up our favourite heels from the top designers in the industry, which we’re pretty sure will help inspire your choices. Ladies, let’s shop!

Main post images from Rachel Simpson.

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First up is our fabulous Sponsor, Charlotte Mills, where each shoe sole is embossed with the phrase, “Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something Blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” And yes, each left shoe includes an original silver sixpence to bring you luck on your big day. Sticking with wedding traditions, why not add your ‘something blue’ in the shape of a shoe? The April Blue peep toe sandal is delicate in pale blue with a heart design at the back and cross-over ankle straps, while the Cece Blue is a T-bar peep toe with a low block heel and an iridescent pearl blue tonal glitter bow. Ms Mills also has some fab options if you want a stand-out heel. Check out the Becky range, each with a show-stopping glitter block heel and the Eve, a court shoe also rocking a pretty, shimmering heel.

Next, another stylish Sponsor of Brides Up North, Paradox London, where you can expect to find some bold blues in the shape of the Adaline Navy and Catrina Navy. The Adaline is ideal if you want a bit of height but don’t fancy teetering on a stiletto, while the Catrina has some lovely embellishment detail. Add pizzazz with the Alandra Red, a bejewelled stiletto sure to make an entrance, or tone it down a tad and plump for the Manhattan Blush or Macpherson Blush. The Manhattan sports a chunky jewel embellishment on the strap, while the Macpherson is a beautiful sandal with a sexy strap design to flatter the foot.

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Taking a step into Rachel Simpson’s collections, the Mimosa shoe is heart-stoppingly beautiful. The soft petal design is inspired by nature – choose it in the pale mint leather, which is overlaid on metallic champagne gold leather to beautifully highlight the petal design. For a darker shade of green, look to the Olivia peep toe in luxurious velvet, which is enhanced with a luxe copper glitter heel. For your ‘something blue’, slip into a pair of Isabelle Ice Blue peep toes, with an art deco vibe and subtle metallic leather detailing, or the Valentina Cobalt – the perfect footwear for that kingfisher flash. And, if you’re looking for ruby red, check out the Bonita Red glitter courts, complete with full red satin bow.

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match made in heaven: l.k.bennett x jenny packham collection

April 12th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Certain parings just work seamlessly: gin and tonic, sea salt and caramel, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Harry and Meghan – as well as our latest duo obsession: L.K.Bennett and Jenny Packham. That’s right ladies, the British luxury high-street brand and bridal designer extraordinaire have joined forces and talents to produce a mesmerising collection of bridal shoes that we guarantee will shoot straight to the top of your wedding attire wish list!

Quite literally a power coupling, the two parties possess all the necessary skills and vision to create the finest footwear that will take you from your ceremony to your celebrations, and beyond! Trust us when we say these designs are far too fabulous to only see the light of day once.

The collection combines the aesthetic of both Jenny Packham’s and L.K.Bennett’s designs, resulting in sixteen shoe styles that have been carefully thought out to deliver not only fashionable options, but also varying heel heights, colourways and fabrics. Better still, the collection includes four chic clutch bags – a bride needs a place to keep her lippy on her big day, right?

For us personally we are 100% starry eyed over the amazing Felicity though also adore the luxe appearance of more subtle styles, such as Brielle and Ellena. The whole collection is totally swoon-worthy though as you’re about to discover with the fabulous L.K.Bennett team taking hold of the blogging reins this morning to talk us through the heavenly collab step by step…

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Can you tell us how the collaboration with renowned designer Jenny Packham came about and what you wanted the collection bring to the bridal fashion scene?

l.k. bennett say: It felt so natural to collaborate with Jenny Packham, an iconic British fashion brand that has become synonymous with red carpet elegance and luxurious bridal silhouettes. The combination of the Jenny Packham aesthetic with the timeless, distinctive handwriting of L.K.Bennett has led to a breathtakingly-beautiful collection of bridal bags and shoes; a collaboration that showcases a variety of styles and heel heights to suit traditional brides and modern romantics. L.K.Bennett x Jenny Packham brings choice, versatility and vintage-inspired elegance to the bridal scene; designs that can be worn for her big day and beyond.

What was the inspiration behind the collection?

Inspired by the leading ladies of the golden age of cinema, the collection fuses the mesmerising glamour of Old Hollywood icons Vivien Leigh and Bette Davis, with the vintage style of 1930’s Paris.

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Can you give us an overview of the styles that make up the collection?

The collaboration showcases 16 bridal shoes and four bridal clutch bags. The Dahlia high sandal is dressed with a light-catching drop crystal ‘necklace’ reminiscent of Art Deco jewels, whilst the Felicity strappy sandal features sparkling stars that will add a statement touch to understated wedding dresses. The Fern satin court, embellished with delicate crystals, is a bridal take on our bestselling design, and the perfect partner to the co-ordinating Brigitte clutch bag.

And can you tell us a little about the detailing and fabrics?

We wanted to create a collection to suit all types of ceremonies, from relaxed surroundings to more traditional settings. With this in mind, L.K.Bennett x Jenny Packham features a variety of heel heights, from 100mm to 50mm and flat options. Every bride should look and feel amazing on her big day, and the Italian nappa leather, French lace and fine satin used within the collection reflects the desire for something extra special.

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What type of bride would the collection appeal to?

There’s a style to suit every bride-to-be in our collaboration. Whether she considers herself to be a touch more traditional or a fashion-forward romantic, there’s something to please everyone.

Which shoe design out of the collection would you suggest for a bride wanting to make a statement?

Our show-stopping Dahlia sandals which are the epitome of high-octane glamour; created in the finest Italian nappa leather and indulgently designed jewels inspired by a bygone era.

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And what shoe design would you suggest for a bride wanting to keep their look traditional and elegant?

The Brielle designed in sumptuous Italian nude satin – a stylish alternative to timeless white or ivory – it’s our contemporary take on the classic bridal sandal.

What would be your top tip to brides when choosing their shoes and accessories for their big day?

To think about their personal style and the venue when choosing the perfect bridal shoes and accessories. If you’re concerned about comfort, consider switching your shoes for a bridal block heel or dressy flat after the ceremony and in time for the first dance. The ‘finishing touches’ to your bridal look should complement your style and reflect your personality.

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heels to please! the new collection by paradox london pink

February 27th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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After a wedding has been and gone the bride’s dress is often cleaned, boxed and stored, if not sold. But there are certain elements of the attire that can be worn again, including the shoes and jewellery, and so as we see it, these are areas worth spending a little extra time on.

In terms of footwear, obviously style is key, but then so is comfort – of all days, your wedding day is not one that you want to be hobbling around on. We therefore advise looking to the experts in bridal footwear who take into consideration a bride’s needs when putting together their collections. One such designer that you ladies can rely on for style and wear-ability is our wonderful Sponsor Paradox London Pink.

Boasting a broad choice of shoe styles for both the bride and her maids, there are various fabrics, colourways and details to pick from, and even the option of dying certain satin designs to complement your exact colour scheme. Furthermore, comfort technology is paramount to the designs and so all include comfort pads, memory foam cushioning and breathable lining, to keep you dancing all night long.

To fuel your inspiration, we’re taking a look at the latest collection from Paradox London Pink today and hearing more from the team on their fine footwear options…

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Can you give us a brief overview of the new collection?

paradox london pink say: The new collection encompasses a style for every occasion. Shoes that you can wear for your big day, or any day after that.

What are the main colours, fabrics and details used in the collection?

The collection sees the use of traditional bridal ivory satin with new shades of pale blues and blush. Our occasion styles come in various glitter textures and metallic hues.

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What type of brides would you say the new collection will appeal to?

The collection appeals to the fashionable bride that does not want to compromise on comfort. All our styles feature comfort padding.

Which shoe out of the collection would you suggest for a bride wanting to make a real statement?

A real statement shoe this season is Alandra, and if you really want to make a statement go for it in the red satin. It is simply divine.

And which shoe would you suggest for a bride wanting to keep their look traditional?

Radiance is a classic Mary-Jane style with a slim block heel for stability and a gentle almond toe, perfect for those wanting an elegant look. It matches vintage and modern dresses, making it a real style staple.

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What are the key considerations for Paradox London when putting a new collection together?

We always look to the upcoming fashion trends and translate them into wearable styles. We aim to make shoes that can be worn again and again, not just once on your wedding day. We are constantly sourcing new fabrics and trims to keep the collections looking fresh and on trend.

What sizes are Paradox London shoes available in and what is the price range of the new collection?

All our shoes are available in a 36-41 (3-8) and a large selection are available in a 35(2) 42(9) and 43 (10).

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What would be your top tip to brides when choosing their shoes for their big day?

Our top tip would be to choose a style similar to what you are used to wearing. Once you have chosen your dream shoes wear them around the house so that you are used to them on your feet. We do plenty of flats or sandals if you fancied changing into some dancing shoes later on in the day, though our high heels do have comfort padding, so you won’t need to kick them off at the end of the night!

What are the key trends in bridal footwear currently and what is your most popular shoe for brides?

Gorgeous trims and beautiful lace have been the biggest trend in bridal footwear and the addition of a block heel. Our current most popular bridal shoe is Indulgence, the super high platform that has the most beautiful pearl and diamond applique detail. It’s a real show stopper.

Where are Paradox London shoes available from?

Our website, which you can visit here.

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friday fabulous: jimmy choo

October 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime

 

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Well, knock me down with a feather if these aren’t the most gorgeous wedding shoes, like, ever.

Ever, ever.

Viola 110 by Jimmy Choo, £1295

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friday fabulous: aquazzura

July 28th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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What’s the use in pink without a pom pom?

Powder Puff pompom-embellished velvet pumps, £530, Aquazzura at Net A Porter

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