April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime
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…
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.
The Barcelona based label totally rocked it with their style setting detailed designs and rich handcrafted applications. Daring, stylish and different.
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.
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.
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.
Just what it says on the tin: timeless, couture. Encapsulating elegance and glamour, with a dramatic and contemporary twist.
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.
The Nordic signature of Sadoni expresses pure simplicity and understated luxury through their flowy, feminine silk dresses.
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.
A unique collection from Australia’s leading designer, a new and updated take on vintage bridal style.
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April 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime
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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September 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime
I’m thrilled to welcome one of my very favourite wedding dress designers to the pages of the wedding blog this evening – I’ve been swooning ever since discovering the Naomi Neoh bridal label, and can’t wait to share her latest collection with you all.
As well as being super duper stunning, these dresses are clever too – and we all know that’s a winning combination. Ex-physicist Naomi designs with the real bride in mind and nearly all her designs have lightweight but effective corsetry inside to give every size and shape of bride the perfect silhouette in her wedding dress. A beautiful science, if you ask me. Let’s meet her…
What is your style philosophy?
Style and elegance with romance and joy. Body friendly dresses – corsetry is key.
Tell us about the new collection by Naomi Neoh? What were your inspirations?
This collection is esoteric, dreamy and ethereal with the romance of pre-Raphaelites. The gowns are gentle, detailed and have slim lines with super light lace interwoven into the design and look amazing against the skin. Layering of sheer fabrics and subtle antique tones creates a movement of colour for elegant dancing dresses.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Ginger Rogers – I watched a lot of the Ginger Rogers old movies to get the inspiration for this collection!
What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?
We’re using more texture in these gowns – we have a plisse chiffon which is delicately pleated and adds a different dimension to the gowns. There are more colours: peach, apricot, powder pink, and antique ivory. I still love to use flowers but these are smaller and more delicate. You’ll be seeing lots of lace – small patterns, light weight weaves and delicate threads.
Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection?
Oh it’s really hard – its all about getting the right dress on the right person – that’s when the magic happens. But I do love Peony right now – it will probably change next week – because she has subtle colour, delicate lace on the back and arms, flattering pleating and an elegant silhouette.
How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?
This collection were all named after flowers.
What sizes are available in your gowns?
6 to 16 and then made to measure if you want it or need it up to any size.
What is the retail price range for your designs?
£2000 to £3000 but there are a few special ones which are more.
What sets Naomi Neoh apart from other bridal wear brands?
Commitment, passion, dedication to making distinctive, beautifully balanced, elegant gowns which we love to try on and we hope you will delight in wearing. An absolute obsession with fabrics, sourcing the best and most distinctive silks and laces.
How did you get into wedding dress design – what is your story?
I took a curious path to my career as a dress designer. I read physics at Durham and worked as an IT consultant and merchandiser before finding my true calling. Fabric has always been my first love – and bridal wear allows an indulgence into the most luxurious silks, laces and embellishments. I create dresses which feel fabulous to wear as well as making you look amazing.
Since the launch of my first bridal collection in 2008, the brand has grown into a dedicated team working from the West Dulwich studio where all the gowns are created.
Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success that it is today?
When I decided to make a super light pink wedding dress – ‘Dita’.
What are your plans for the future?
Well I don’t really know but I love to explore and try new things, so we’ll see, at the moment I’m thinking about creating a super high end range to indulge all our fabric fantasies.
Is this your dream career?
Running your own business is a lifestyle more than a career – it is definitely for me. I have a genetic condition which flares up every few years and leaves me bedridden for months and sometimes years, running my own business allows me the flexibility to work when I can, and keeps me going on the tough days.
What would “a day in the life” at Naomi Neoh HQ be like?
I think it’s creative, fun, hard work, inspiring, challenging and constantly changing.
Where do you go and what do you do to relax?
I find it very hard to relax – I have to be forced into it! I like yoga, walking in the countryside, cooking, gardening, reading, seeing my friends, and I keep promising myself to practice the piano – a good Beethoven sonata is a great stress reliever. I’m a recent member of the National Trust and I’m loving the palaces and great houses in the beautiful rolling hills of the British countryside – very inspiring.
What are your “best things” in life?
Love, friendship and happiness, and the simple things: a freshly made bed, ripe summer fruits, seeing your plants grow.
How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you/ see more of your designs?
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June 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime
Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.
Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013, but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!
Happy Sunday Brides Up North? How are you spending yours? Has anyone said “I do” this weekend?
I’m interrupting our relaxed holiday programming schedule (back to a full programme on 1st July) to bring you some exciting news, that is quite in keeping with the designer series of interviews that we are running here on the wedding blog following my recent trip to White Gallery.
London based designer Naomi Neoh will be a guest designer at Sheffield bridal boutique (and Brides Up North Featured Supplier) Emily Bridalwear for two whole weeks, starting from this weekend – 22nd June 2013 until 6th July 2013!
Naomi says: We are based in London and have a number of stockists in the UK and Ireland but this will be the first time that Naomi Neoh dresses will be seen in Yorkshire. We are really excited about this invitation from Emily to be a guest designer and we hope to make it a huge success.
Our dresses are made from the most luxurious silks and French lace, using traditional couture techniques, with hidden corsetry to give the perfect silhouette whilst remaining easy to wear. What we are known for best is the flow and movement of our skirts – they ‘swish’ when a bride walks down the aisle!
Our elegant and romantic dresses, some with a subtle hint of colour from blush to peach are designed with a real bride in mind and brides love the detail of our silk flower corsages.
Come and see us at Emily Bridalwear or visit our website – www.naomineoh.com – for more information on our dresses.
Any bride ordering a Naomi Neoh dress from Emily Bridalwear between 22nd June and 6th July 2013 will have the option to choose an accessory from Emily’s range. Appointments are limited so please contact Emily on 0114 268 0843 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Get ready to swish!