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celebrity spy: heidi range

November 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


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This afternoon we’re sweetening up the blog with a little celebrity wedding inspiration as we take a look at the beautiful big day style of recent bride and former Sugar Babe, Heidi Range.

Marrying her rather handsome beau Alex Partakis in a stunning Tuscan ceremony a little earlier this year, super-pretty Heidi looked every inch a princess in her floor-length, lace-sleeved wedding dress, created by none other than bridal designer to the stars, Suzanne Neville.

In addition to Heidi’s incredibly swoon-worthy gown, the singer had flawless hair and makeup to match, complete with a gorgeous sun-kissed tan.

Whether marrying in overseas sunshine or not, we think that we can all take a little something from Heidi’s fairy-tale look, and so today we’re giving tips and inspiration on how to mirror the star’s style for your own wedding day.

the dress


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Heidi’s gorgeous Suzanne Neville gown is the perfect choice for those who seek timeless elegance, with its traditional A-line shape and classic lace detailing.

The sweetheart bodice adds another element of romance to the design while the off-the-shoulder lace neckline gives it a slightly modern and flirty twist.

For those wanting to steal Heidi’s style there are plenty of similar stunning lace designs within designer’s current collections, including creations by Rosa Clara, Pronovias, Caroline Castigliano and, of course, Suzanne Neville.

If however the full-length princess gown is a little too traditional, brides can opt for identical sleeved-designs that are either shorter in length or slimmed-down in structure. Alternatively, brides could opt for a capped-sleeved dress or one with a lower neckline.

It’s also worth brides bearing in mind that the look can be created with a plain gown worn with a lace topper, so bridal separates from designers such as Charlotte Balbier, should not be ruled out. Such collections can also offer a bride two differing looks for her wedding day, as a topper could be removed for the evening reception and replaced with a sparkling belt accessory for a more glammed-up look.

the hair


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Again Heidi has gone down the classic root in terms of her hair, with her long golden locks swept into a super-neat, up do.

A sensible choice in the Italian heat, Heidi’s hair is pulled back away from her face and secured in a sophisticated chignon style, topped with a detailed hair accessory for just a touch of sparkle. The singer also opted for a cathedral-length veil, which sat at the top of her head and framed the dress beautifully.

Those who would prefer a slightly less-stayed style could go for a loose and more ‘messy’ up do and forgo the veil resulting in a less formal look.

the makeup


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Sporting a beautiful holiday tan, Heidi doesn’t require too much makeup to achieve her radiant appearance.

Keeping things simple and girly, Heidi’s glowing skin is topped with a little blush to the cheeks, a glossy natural pink lip, defined brows, brown eyeshadow and lashings of mascara. Just like the rest of Heidi’s look the result is highly effective and highly elegant!

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celebrity spy: met gala 2016: poppy delevingne

May 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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As one of our very favourite red carpet events of the year, we were thrilled to see celebs making a stylish return to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute last week for the annual Met Gala.

With opulent and outlandish outfits galore, garments are picked to wow, shock and stun, as stars vie for the paparazzi limelight. Their choice of threads do all have something in common though, as each year’s gala celebrates the theme of the current Costume Institute exhibition, making the dress code for 2016 – ‘Fashion in an Age of Technology’.

Cue a whole host of beautiful metallic maidens in shimmering and reflective garments with tech themed embellishment, artistic cut-outs and robotic style finishes.

As is always the case at such events there some sensational faux pars (errrrr, Madonna what were you thinking?!), but thankfully the fashion hits outweighed the skips with the likes of Sienna Miller, Kylie Jenner, Blake Lively and Jourdan Dunn setting our hearts racing.

There was one lady in particular though who caught our eye (alright, we literally couldn’t stop looking at her) and that was the fabulous Poppy Delevingne. Reminding us that there is more than one hot Delevingne on the celeb circuit, model Poppy rocked a striking sheer and beaded gown whilst dripping in lavish jewels.

While not an obvious bridal look, we feel that ladies soon to be making their way down the aisle can certainly take a style tip or two out of Poppy’s on-trend book, and so today we’re making her the subject of our celebrity spy post…

the dress


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Ok, so as we said, while perhaps not wholly suitable for a wedding there are certainly elements of Poppy’s stunning Marchesa dress that translate to current bridal trends. Embellishing: check, tassels: check, metallics: check, sheer panels: check. You get the idea!

So while you brides-to-be might not be able to steal Poppy’s look from top-to-toe, you can definitely give a nod to it on your big day.

For fabulous embellishment and beaded detail we would say to look to designers such as Jenny Packham, Anna Campbell, Ellie Saab and Eliza Jane Howell. Whether it’s a boho, vintage or a super glam look you are after, a creation from one of these talented designers is sure to tick the box.

The high street also have plenty of plush designs that would get Poppy’s approval, with stores including Monsoon, Phase Eight and Asos, encouraging brides to get their glam on!

The level of detail varies from one design to the next, giving brides the opportunity to follow in Poppy’s footsteps with full on razzle dazzle appearance, or pare things back a little with lighter scattering of beads and gems.

And while most brides might want to stick close to tradition with a white or ivory design, there are also metallic creations hitting the bridal runways, broadening the choices available to gold, bronze, silver and copper.

the hair & makeup


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Poppy kept her hair poker straight and vamped up her look with a dark lip colour, but although alternative, neither of these are out of bounds for a wedding.

Just as Poppy did, keeping hair sleek and simple is a good way to let the dress take centre stage and a wise move for brides opting for heavily detailed dresses. For a slightly different take on the look, brides could wear their hair to the side with a coordinating beaded hair comb to hold locks in place, or sweep the hair up into a sleek ponytail.

While Poppy’s choice of dark plum lipstick might be a shade too far for brides, a colourful lippy can be a fun and fashionable way of adding individual personality and style to a big day look. Similar to Poppy, those choosing to go down this route should keep other elements of the makeup simple – so neutral colours on the eyes, a slick of eyeliner and mascara and just a touch of blush or bronze.

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celebrity spy: kimberley walsh

February 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Kimberley Walsh Wedding

For us at Brides Up North HQ there’s nothing quite like a celebrity wedding, so we were super excited when the preparations for popstar Kimberley Walsh’s overseas wedding popped up on The Daily Mail. We knew it wouldn’t be long before we got a glimpse of what the hot singer-turned-actress had chosen to wear for her big day (along with celeb pal bridesmaids, Cheryl FernandezVersini and Nicola Roberts, no less!)

Cue the cover of this week’s Hello magazine and all was revealed (quite literally) as the Girls Aloud singer posed in a sexy illusion lace and silk gown, complete with high leg split.

We thought it was a stunning fashion-forward choice from Kim, who has a fabulous figure that deserves to be flaunted, plus given the wedding was on the Caribbean island of Barbados, it’s no wonder she didn’t want to be layered top to toes in chiffon, lace and tulle. Instead her light and floaty gown fitted the paradise-like setting perfectly and we loved its delicate detailing; especially the elegant see-through sleeves and decorative inserts at the bottom of the dress.

Whether marrying overseas or not, we can all take something from Kimberley’s gorgeous big day look and so today we’re giving tips and inspiration on how to steal the love machine’s style for your own wedding.

the dress


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The Girls Aloud hit, Something Kinda Ooooh springs to mind when first setting eyes on Kimberley’s revealing dress – and were sure it made her now-husband’s heat go ‘boom boom’ as she walked up the aisle.

Daring to bare, Kimberley’s white Berta Bridal dress goes against the unwritten rule that only the top or bottom half of the female body should be on show at any one time. We get a glimpse of the singer’s toned legs thanks to a racy thigh-high split in the skirt of the dress, while delicate lace cut out detailing in the top half of the dress reveals Kimberley’s chest area too.

While this style of dress won’t be for all brides in its entirety, elements can certainly be adopted. So for those who consider their legs to be one of their best assets and would quite like to show them off, the leg split would work. Meanwhile for ladies who aren’t the biggest lovers of their arms, the delicate lace detailing of the illusion sleeves on Kimberley’s dress offers a stunning solution.

Also brides planning to marry in hot countries, take note – Kimberley’s dress is light and airy and therefore both pretty and practical for the humid destination.

Leaving the dress to do the talking (which it most certainly does) Kimberley finished off her attire with a simple pair of high strappy heels in gold to complement her metallic mismatched maids, with Cheryl in bronze and Nicola in silver.

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style to aisle: the british fashion awards: arizona muse

November 26th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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We just love to see celebrities’ elite fashion efforts at red carpet events as they battle it out for that ‘best dressed’ title, don’t you?

As such we were totally hooked to this week’s coverage of The British Fashion Awards, which provided plenty of ‘ooohhhs’, ‘aaahhhs’  and a few ‘eeekkks!’ as some A-listers raised the style bar sky-high, whilst unfortunately a few others barely lifted it off the ground (notably Chloe Green, please get-a-bra).

Celebs we swooned over meanwhile included singer Pixie Lott, in a skimpy yet flattering little white number, actress Kate Beckinsale, in an elegant draped black dress, and American model arizona muse, who most certainly lived up to her surname and who will be our celebrity spy subject for today!

Taking a quick glimpse at her outfit, it’s easy to see why she caught our attention – her dreamy crop top combo would make the most gorgeous bridal separates, right? Initially we thought Arizona was wearing a full circle skirt on her lower half, but further research suggests it was actually a pair white silk palazzo trousers, making it both a pretty and practical option for brides!

So without further ado let’s see how Arizona’s red carpet look could be translated to the aisle.

the threads


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The elegant tummy-grazing top and high-waist, wide-leg trousers worn by Arizona are by Ralph & Russo, which she accessorised with De Beers bracelets and earrings, and a cute little structured clutch, for just a hint of sparkle.

The embroidered, structured box top with luxurious embellishing provided gorgeous detail and interest, contrasting beautifully with the plain, loose trousers which had movement and grace.

While some bridal designers are starting to experiment with trouser options for brides, they might still prove a little challenging to find, though there are plenty of stunning top and skirt separates starting to emerge, giving ladies options beyond the dress.

For those wanting to mimic Arizona’s look, keep the detail on the top and team with a plain, floaty garment on the bottom half. Alternatively, there are differing separate combos: detailed on the bottom and plain on top, detailed throughout or plain top-to-toe. The decision is yours.

Keeping her dignity (unlike some of the other celebs at the awards) Arizona’s outfit gave just a flash of flesh at the midriff, which again brides can easily mirror. Although if feeling brave, or marrying abroad, ladies might be tempted to bare a little more skin with a shorter crop or lower waist skirt. There is also the option to cover up completely with separates that overlap each other, meaning this really can be a look worn by all.

the hair


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For her hair and makeup, Miss Muse went for another style that is currently proving popular with brides – vintage.

Timeless and elegant, Arizona’s glossy finger wave curls make her look like a vintage starlet of the silver screen. Pinned to perfection, this glamourous do can be achieved with hair of varying lengths, which makes it an option for many brides.

To make the look a little more bridal, we suggest adding an antique style headpiece or hair slide.

the makeup


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As mentioned Arizona opted for a vintage Hollywood style of makeup with perfectly polished skin, smoky eyes and a classic red lip.

Those wanting to create a similar look should aim to get the perfect base and highlight the cheekbones for extra definition.

To frame eyes, brows should be filled with a pencil or shadow, and a palette of soft brown tones used on the eye lids for a sultry look that’s not too heavy. Liner and lashings of mascara to finish.

Finally lips lined and filled with a red pencil will have extra staying power upon which to apply a red matt lipstick complementary of your complexion, whether it be a deep berry or punchy poppy!

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celebrity spy: nicky hilton

August 17th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Nicky day

As peak wedding season continues, so too do the A-list ‘I dos’ with more of the rich and famous making their way down the aisle to exchange vows.

Following on from our last Celebrity Spy post, in which we featured English beauty Michelle Keegan, today we’re crushing an American beauty’s big day look – nicky hilton.

At this point we must stress that we are referring to her recent wedding to English billionaire banking heir James Rothschild, and not her kiss-me-quick La Vegas ceremony in 2004 to Todd Meister (which was later annulled).

The two couldn’t be a further contrast from one another, with the first taking place at a Little Chapel, during which Nicky wore a blue halter neck dress, and the second being a lavish ceremony at Kensington Palace with Miss Hilton sporting a $75,000 Valentino couture wedding dress.

Elegant from top-to-toe, Nicky is one of our very favourite celebrity brides of 2015 so far, which is why we were so keen to share inspiration on her hair, makeup and that dress, for our lovely readers to use when planning their own classic bridal looks.

the dress


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Following the first glimpse of Nicky outside Claridges hotel on the day of her wedding she quickly received high praise for her stunning choice of gown – a Valentino couture number, no less. Critics however were also quick to accuse Nicky of stealing Kate Middleton’s big day style as she donned a design featuring several similarities to that of the princess – a high-neck, A-line lace creation with long sleeves and train.

Nicky’s elegant choice of dress also mirrored further royalty in the form of Grace Kelly, who wore a high-neck, sleeved lace gown for her big day back in the 1950s, demonstrating the timeless quality such designs.

For brides-to-be the dress provides lots of inspiration, with them able to incorporate certain features into their own choice of dress, or alternatively aim for a carbon copy of Nicky’s look, which is clearly fit for a princess!

Though breathtakingly beautiful, full lace gowns usually come with quite a hefty price tag and so brides on a budget may prefer to look for gown’s similar to Nicky’s but that just feature lace on the top half of the dress. For two different bridal looks there is also the option to buy a plain A-line design and then add a long-sleeve lace jacket over the top for that desired touch of elegance.

Other brides meanwhile may want a more slim-line design than Nicky’s, or perhaps one that shows off a little more flesh. For the latter there are some gorgeous high-neck sleeveless designs or those featuring flattering cold-shoulder necklines, similar to the Valentino dress designed for Claudia Schiffer’s wedding.

the hair


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To complete her pure bridal look, Nicky wore a dramatic lace trimmed veil, which extended beyond the gown’s lengthy train and covered much of her hair.

Beneath the veil however, we later discovered that Miss Hilton had decided to keep things classic by wearing her hair in a low, sophisticated chignon at the back and a sleek side parting in the front.

Ideal for brides wanting to keep their hair out of their face on the big day, this simple style can be mixed up to suit varying bridal looks and also to work with a range of accessories. So the bun could be worn high or low, centre or to the side or neat or messy.

the makeup


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In keeping with the rest of her look, Nicky’s makeup was classic, neutral and timeless.

Her complexion was smooth, creamy and fault free as she adopted somewhat of an English rose appearance.

There were no harsh lines or bright pops of colour, making this an ideal and easy-to-imitate look for brides-to-be that are wanting to keep things simple.

Nicky opted for a sleek line of eyeliner on the top lid, leaving her sparkling blue eyes to do the rest of the talking and highlighted her perfect pout with a coat of soft pink gloss.

the second look


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Nicky night

Not content with just one look for her big day, it later emerged that Nicky swapped into a second dress at some point during her wedding reception. The complete opposite of her couture Valentino gown, Miss Hilton’s evening dress was short, sparkling and slim-line with sheer nude panels, more like the outfits we are used to seeing her in.

Revealing her killer pins, Nicky had also slipped on some shiny silver stilettos and had let down her long, blonde, wavy locks to tumble over her shoulders. A few extra coats of black mascara and some peachy blusher completed the glam look.

Perfect for a high-energy wedding reception, and certainly an easier outfit to manoeuvre in than her floral lace ceremony dress, Nicky rocked the sexy evening look with class and confidence.

So for those toying with the idea of a second bridal look for the big day, why not follow in Nicky’s footsteps and go for something totally different to your daytime dress to make each outfit memorable to both you and your guests.

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celebrity spy. beyonce at the met

May 26th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals

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If there’s one event where female celebrities raise the style stakes it’s the met gala. Primarily the annual event is held to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York, though the glitzy bash also gives top celebs and designers the opportunity to team-up and create some show-stopping red carpet looks.

Each year’s gala celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition making the dress code for 2015 ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’. However, to us the theme may as well of been ‘bare all’ as that’s what many of the female A-listers decided to do.

Make no mistake, sheer gowns were big news at the event with bootylicious ladies Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez entering into some kind of flesh-off. While were very impressed with the bravery of all involved, for us it was Queen Bey who ran the red carpet.

And so today we’re putting the Love on Top singer in our celebrity spy spotlight to see how fierce and fashionable brides-to-be can take inspiration from Beyonce’s glittering getup, slick hair and pretty makeup.

Girls, you’re going to be crazy in love for this one!

the dress

Beyonce Dress EDITED

What there was of Beyonce’s dress was custom made by Givenchy and left very little to the imagination. In fact her modesty was only covered with strategically placed sparkling gems – similar to the look she adopted for her Dangerously in Love album cover, way back in 2003. The girl’s still got it though and even if a few people lost their breath when she stepped out on the red carpet, there’s no denying she worked the bold look incredibly well.

We realise that this exact look would be wholly inappropriate for a traditional church wedding, or many other styles of ceremonies for that matter, but there are certain elements of Beyonce’s style that ladies can steal to add some attitude to their attire.

The majority of the sheer wedding gowns that we’ve seen on the bridal catwalks thankfully offer more coverage than Miss Knowles’ gown – with full length nude underlays and carefully embroidered panels hinting at nudity rather than actually revealing it. There are of course more daring dresses with embellishment or delicate 3D flowers covering just the area between the bust and the bum.

More conservative creations give brides the option of a design with just one or two sheer elements, such as the sleeves, back or side panels of the dress, so they can choose which areas of their body they feel most confident flaunting (as well as what’s deemed appropriate). Alternatively for brides that want to remain under wraps there’s the option of a gown with a sheer lace overlay or jacket that will give a translucent look but without the need to flash any flesh that you’d rather your parents, in-laws and the vicar didn’t see.

And as if she needed to reveal anymore, Beyonce’s dress did also feature sexy cut out back detail, which is an easy feature for brides to mirror.

the hair

beyonce hair

Ponytails are growing in popularity, particularly with brides looking for a simple up do that will last the day, and the test of time. That said, the majority are keeping their hair ties a little lower than Beyonce who chose to pile her hair high, presumably not to distract from the dress.

Brides in favour of the high ponytail can choose whether to keep the look sleek and straight, undone and messy or classy and curly, like Miss Knowles. Meanwhile if you like the idea of high up hair but want something a little more exciting for your big day, further options include the top knot, ballerina bun, sophisticated chignon or an intricate twisted do.

In terms of accessories most ladies tend to keep the look quite simple opting for a cute girly bow or blousy floral corsage hair slide. Locks scraped away from the face also gives brides the opportunity to rock some elaborate earrings such as sparkling chandelier styles.

the makeup

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Once again, not to detract from the gown, Beyonce kept her makeup fairly simple opting for classic rosy cheeks and lips.

Her eyes were the main focal point which featured a mint green hue on the lids to pick out the stunning colours of the gems sprinkled across the dress. To open up the eyes just a flick of liner was used on the top eye line, adding a sexy edge, while the bottom was left bare – much like the rest of Bey’s body.

Lashings of mascara and perfectly sculptured brows completed the look which is certainly one brides could adopt for their moment in the limelight.

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