Charlotte Balbier

style profile: charlotte mills

July 21st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

CHARLOTTE MILLS HEADSHOT

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To brighten up your Tuesday afternoon we’re putting another wedding industry superstar under our Style Profile spotlight to find out what makes them go week at the knees in the world of fashion.

Today it’s the turn of charlotte mills, the fabulous owner and creative genius behind Charlotte Mills Shoes.

You only need to take one look at Charlotte’s stunning collection of bridal footwear to know this lady has bucket loads of style and a real eye for design. From fancy flats, to cute peep-toes and show stopping heels, Charlotte really does offer something for every bride.

As a self-confessed pink addict we find ourselves instantly connected to Charlotte and love her passion for all things cool and colourful. So let’s find out what treasures are to be found in Ms Mills’ wardrobe while getting the lowdown on her top wedding picks too! The floor is all yours Charlotte…

Charlotte Mills 9to5

Clockwise from left: Necklace from Zara| Top from Zara| Shoes from Charlotte Mills| Victoria Beckham tote from Harrods| Jeans from Topshop.

How would you describe your nine ‘til five style and what are your key work wardrobe pieces? 

For work it’s normally a nice top and skinny jeans, I keep the clothing quite simple as I love to accessorise, often with a statement necklace and a fab pair of shoes. I don’t have a lot of handbags, unsurprisingly I’m more of a shoe person! I do like big totes though, so I can fit everything in.

What would you wear for a night out drinking cocktails with the girls?

I love getting all glammed up for a girls’ night out! When travelling to the factory in Spain I came across an amazing brand called Bimba Y Lola, I just love their playful use of prints and colour.  As soon and I walked into the store their Crocodile Print Dress said ‘buy me’. I always wear dresses when I go out as I’m normally in jeans all week.  And usually team with killer heels and my fav Lush lipstick which stays on for hours!

Charlotte Mills Cocktails

Clockwise from left: Dress from Bimba Y Lola| Shoes from Sophia Webster| Bag from Zara.

If you were currently planning your wedding what would be your top picks?

I’m already married but would do it all again in a heartbeat! After seeing images of this Monique Lhuillier dress on the catwalk at NYBW I have fallen totally in love! I would have to go for peonies which are my favourite flowers and I had these at my own wedding. Betty from our collection would go really well with the gown and tie in with the sparkle.

Which celebrities’ style do you admire?

Olivia Palermo – she is all about the accessories and looks effortlessly chic every time.

What is your favourite high street store and online shopping site?

Zara is my favourite high street store, I get the majority of my wardrobe from there. If I’m shopping online I like ASOS.

Charlotte Mills Wedding

Clockwise from left: Outfits from Coast| Shoes from Charlotte Mills| Dress by Monique Lhuillier| Ring by Heidi Gibson| Flower image found on joyproctor.com.

What current wedding trends are you a fan of?

I love bridal separates and the floral gowns coming through.  They are both really fresh and different.

Do you consider yourself a trend setter or follower?

I would say a bit of both, after working in fashion I can identify trends. When I design a product I want it to fit with current trends but then give my own twist, which makes it different.

What colour features most in your wardrobe?

Pink for sure, I’m a pink addict! At least 70% of my wardrobe is pink. It makes me happy and brightens up any dreary day.

Charlotte Mills Honeymoon

Clockwise from top left: Pink bikini from River Island| Patterned bikini from Ted Baker| Shoes from Charlotte Mills| Bag from Accessorize.

What areas of a wedding would you splurge on the most?

The dress and the shoes and the groom’s attire. You will be looking back at your pictures forever so you want to remember feeling your best. It really is once in a lifetime. The other thing which is so important is to choose an amazing photographer. You cannot get those moments back and you want to remember them as if you are reliving the day every time you look at them.

Where would be your dream honeymoon destination and what top items would you pack in your case?

If I went on honeymoon now my dream destination would have to be somewhere I haven’t been before. I would love to charter a small sailing boat and sail around the Greek islands like Santorini and Mykonos.

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June 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Kitty Flats

miaooow! Possibly the best wedding flats.  Ever.

Kitty Flats, £520 by Charlotte Olympia.

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June 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Romantic, rose gold (this year’s hottest wedding shade!) and dance floor ready!

Phinium Embellished Cut Out Court Shoes in Nude, £140 by Ted Baker.

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March 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Kate Spade Charm Heels

Absolutely no further explanation needed. go dazzle ’em!

Charm Heels, £265 by Kate Spade NY

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November 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Honey Pink by Harriet Wilde

These boots are made for posing.

Honey Pink by Harriet Wilde, £229.99, available for pre order

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