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fancy footwork. the designer series: Charlotte Mills Bridal

September 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Charlotte Mills Bridal 2015 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (5)

A relative newcomer to the bridal design scene, Charlotte Mills is a bit of a genius.

Launched to huge acclaim within the industry, the talented designer (and all round lovely North West lass) offers affordable luxury to style conscious brides giving them a more fashion forward option to traditional wedding shoes.

We like her style.

And we want her shoes.

With images by Jonny Draper and Sarah Saddler (see little white book for full credits)

Charlotte Mills Bridal 2015 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (1)

Charlotte says: We create beautiful, elegant, fun, romantic designs we hope brides will fall in love with and want to wear again and again after their wedding day.

Charlotte Mills Bridal 2015 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (12)

What were your inspirations for this collection?

Love hearts provide the inspiration for collection each style incorporating them in a unique and individual way.  I love art deco and art nouveau, so studied heart shapes and also the lines used in the architecture of these era’s and gave them a modern twist to create the designs.  For as long as I can remember I have always has a passion for shoes. I couldn’t imagine designing anything else.

It amazing to be able to design something which some one will love and want to wear on their wedding day to show a little bit of their personality. I find this really inspiring.

Each shoe is hand finished with a silver sixpence and the leather sole is embossed with the phrase ‘Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’

We have covered all bases. The Sixpence is also the Something Old, the Something New is the shoe, the Something Blue is detailed on the insock and the Something Borrowed will be inside the shoe box. Brides love this old tradition. This detailing is unique to Charlotte Mills Bridal shoes.

Charlotte Mills Bridal 2015 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (19)

What shapes, materials and embellishments were chosen for the collection?

The collection has been created using laser cutting, appliqué and embroidery techniques. Each shoe is handmade in Spain using finest materials such as Italian Kid Suede, silks, tulle or metallic and pearlised leathers and is embellished with large structured bows, embroideries, appliqués or Swarovski crystals.

What is your average retail price?

£250.00

Charlotte Mills Bridal 2015 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (23)

What does 2015 hold for Charlotte Mills?  What are you excited about?

I am busy designing lots of new styles to add to the range and working on a top-secret collection.

Seeing images of all the ‘Charlotte Mills brides’ is so exciting and as we have only just launched there is a time delay because people tend to buy so far in advance for weddings. It will be amazing to see our shoes featured in someone’s special day.

Charlotte Mills Bridal 2015 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (4)

What are your ‘best things’ in life?

Shoes Shoes Shoes!

My husband, family and friends, my dogs Meg and Coco, pink, holidays, cake, weddings and fashion – I could go on and on…

Charlotte Mills Bridal 2015 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (1)

Where can Brides Up North find out more about Charlotte Mills? 

You can visit our website at www.charlottemillsbridal.com, follow on Twitter or like on Facebook.

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One For The Cool Girls. Introducing Brand New Bridal Label Maria Senvo & “The Fifteen Collection”

February 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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It’s only February 2014, but already the invitations to view the biggest bridal houses’ 2015 collections have started to roll in here at Brides Up North HQ, and we are excitedly marking some special dates in our office diary.  Last year we brought you our Designer Series of interviews with some of the most recognised names in the industry, and are looking forward to doing the same again later this spring. 

You know me though, I like to keep things fresh, mixed up and interesting – and that’s why alongside the established designers I also like to keep my readers abridged of the hottest happenings in bridal couture, the newest labels on the scene and also laud the work of talented, smaller, independent designers.

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So when the lovely Holly Cuthbert of brand new label Maria Senvo contacted me to show off her inaugural collection, I couldn’t wait to share it with the rest of you.  Coming soon to a bridal boutique (and some of the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions!) near you, let’s meet the lady behind the designs. 

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Please introduce Maria Senvo and tell us a little about your brand?

The label has been set up by me and my partner Ryan, so we have both a male and female influence on the designs which we think is what makes them so unique. Our first collection launches this month, alongside the website and we also have some exciting events coming up over the coming months.  Our first one coincides with London Fashion Week and is the invitation only launch of the label. We are super busy planning at the moment but it’s set to be great!

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What is your style philosophy?

Stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to be different. Many brides are taking their day to day style and working this into their big day looks to be individual and stylised. Gone are the days where brides wear what is expected of them… be bold.

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Tell us about the new collection by Maria Senvo?

We always say… “If you’re a cool girl and your am to pm wardrobe is simple, paired down and effortless, what do you then wear to get married in?”

That bride – someone not unlike ourselves we think – really is the inspiration for each and every design. The aim always was to master that elusive paired down aesthetic with just the right amount of glamour.  As well as the bride herself the inspirations are endless from art, culture and modernism, even the campaign taster shot at a British sculpture park oozes an essence of what the brand is really about; creating what we hope really is a striking new presence in a somewhat traditional industry.

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What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

Intricate beaded bodies, elongated lines and pleats adorn the collection that when turned around reveal scoop detail backs and razor sharp features. The collection is designed with a new generation bride in mind who is looking for something a little different from her gown. Each is handmade and hand beaded and feels amazing to wear! The fabrics range from silks to crepe chiffon and everything in between.

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Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection?  Which piece and why?

We both have our favourites for different reasons! Mine (Holly) is the Joy gown as it’s the first gown we designed and also happens to be one of the favourites with our brides so far. Ryan loves the Edith gown as the shape is so different to anything else out there and the heavy lace teamed with the soft crepe looks elegantly stylish.

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What accessories would you pair with pieces from your new collection? 

For our campaign shoot we used pieces from the latest Indian Summer collection from Flo & Percy. We love the style of their accessories and they complement our gowns perfectly. A lot of our boutiques also hand make bespoke accessories to match our gowns which is a gorgeous little addition when shopping for a Maria Senvo gown.

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What beauty look would complement the pieces in your new collection?

Our own style is very paired down and somewhat European so we love the effortless looks that look less bridal and more day to day. On the shoot our makeup and hair stylist scooped hair into high ponytails or brushed long length hair back off the models face… paired with neutral eyes (add a little subtle false lash for definition) and a pop of colour on the lip to take your big day look from am to pm.

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Do you have a “signature” piece?

We definitely have a signature look running through the collection – spot it for yourselves?

How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?

The name of the collection ‘The Fifteen Collection’ is purely the year date of the collection.  As we designers are always a year ahead of ourselves this collection launches this month yet will be sold internationally as 2015 pieces. The dress names were a little more tricky, a lot of the dress names have a personal meaning to us be it names of family and friends or aims and achievements we have.

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What sizes are available in your gowns? 

The gowns are size 6 – 22 but custom sizing is also available as each gown is handmade to order.

What is the retail price range for your designs?

The designs start at around £1,500 and range up to around £2,700 for our Swarovski custom gown.

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What sets Maria Senvo apart from other bridal wear brands?

The designs mix a respect for the old with a flair for the new but what makes Maria Senvo unique is how we understand the woman inside our dress. Composed and sensual, she wants to be comfortable yet elegant, fashion forward but timeless.  The first collection is new and bold and altogether interesting for 2014, but to call us minimalists would be too simple. The seemingly uncomplicated pieces are stylish and on closer inspection, playful experiments in shapes and fabrics with a focus on the finer points in design, so that the inside of the garments are just as beautiful as the outside. Trust us – when stepped into they feel sensational!

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Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success that it is today?

As young entrepreneurs the biggest step so far was taking the leap and setting up the label – it really just keeps going from strength to strength and the reaction to the collection has been unbelievable.

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment we are concentrating on our UK launch and with London Fashion Week just 2 weeks away we are busy bees to say the least!

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What would “a day in the life” at Maria Senvo HQ be like?

We have a studio which in every way encompasses the typical studio you would imagine – from moodboards to swatches it’s an organised chaos! Ryan is a real night owl and is constantly tapping away until the early hours most days. No two days are the same and we split our time between London and Manchester for many reasons, both cities have a great culture for design and both have wonderful support systems for new generation brands such as ourselves. Every day is vibrant. 

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How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you or see more of your designs?

Our new website launches this month housing some great features for brides like “create your own lookbook” and “request a sketch” and is a great spot to see more of our designs and keep up to date with all our events. We also love to hear from our brides to be direct through our social media. 

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Do you have any Northern stockists – how can Brides Up North find them?

Yes! The lovely The Case Of The Curious Bride in Manchester is the exclusive stockist for the North and the boutique is a gorgeous hub of treats – with Melanie (the owner) also housing an abundance of accessories for brides to lust after alongside our debut collection. 

The Case Of The Curious Bride will be exhibiting at Brides Up North’s North West events this Spring.  Click here to add the dates to your diaries and see Maria Senvo’s beautiful new collection in person. 

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The Designer Series: Sassi Holford Introduces So Sassi 2014

August 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Julia by So Sassi

This morning I am thrilled to introduce you to a wedding gown designer that I have long admired and had the opportunity to meet on several occasions (she’s a lovely lady), Sassi Holford, as we find out about her design inspirations and she previews her So Sassi label’s 2014 collection for Brides Up North.  One year after it’s launch, Sassi’s esprit label continues it’s fashion forward path…

So Sassi launches the 2014 collection at White Gallery, London from SassiHolford on Vimeo.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your brand?

I am Sassi Holford and I’ve been designing wedding dresses for over three decades… my gowns are handmade in Somerset by my wonderfully skilled team, and the integral corset that we put in each gown creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette and ensures a high level of comfort for the bride on her big day.

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Abbie by So Sassi

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Head Over Heels! The Designer Series: Emmy Shoes

August 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Emmy Shoes is a British design lead company that offers beautiful, elegant, intricately detailed shoes and accessories.  Offering both a bridal ‘Ready to Wear’ collection and a bespoke service, their online shopping experience allows brides to fall in love from afar.  Are you head over “heels” yet?

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Today we chat to the lady herself about her design influences, the best things in life and her plans for world domination!

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Emmy says:  My style philosophy?  I definitely go for a pretty dress and then jazz it up with some of my favourite Emmy shoes and hair accessories. At the moment I have been wearing my bright fuchsia Chloe shoes with soft dove grey dresses and then a fun chunky necklace.

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Our new collection has a lot of 50’s accents with points and little neat bows. I have drawn on some of my classic Emmy styles and combined new elements to make them timeless and comfortable but with a new edge.

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I love 1920’s and 30’s styles because I am drawn to the glamour and elegance of that era. However, in the collection there are ones from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s too. My inspiration very rarely comes from shoes. I find architecture – windows or windows really beautiful and are often the starting point of my designs. Insects and other intricate structures are inspirations to lots of the detailing.

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I’d love to design a pair of shoes for Kristen Scott Tomas, I think she’s got the perfect balance of femininity and strength of character. On a more day-to-day level, I’d be pretty chuffed to see Kirsty strutting her stuff in a pair of ‘Emmy’s’ on Location, Location, Location! Then an Emmy bride is a woman who appreciated the finishing touches, believes in investment pieces and the art of indulgence! For most Emmy brides, the chance to wear beautiful bridal shoes is as important as the dress. Shoe lover or no shoe lover, every woman deserves their own Cinderella moment, right?

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The new collection has manly soft and gentle embellishments such as mother of pearl and small Swarovski crystals in emerald cut shapes to give the shoes a slightly ethereal feel. Then on some of the classic 50’s points, structured bows made from soft suede or metallic leathers.

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My favourite piece from this collection has to be the Natasha clutch with the chain strap. It can be embellished with any trim to match a hair or shoe embellishment or just plain glamorous on its own. I’m taking my Natasha Clutch and Valerie shoes to a friend’s wedding later on this year, but I think I might have to wear them before as I can’t wait! Our signature piece would be the Leila or Francesca shoe.

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I think beautiful dresses from the 1950’s work particularly well with Emmy Shoes, as they are often short and show them off really well. A lot of the new collection is also based on 1950’s points with bows and lace so a short dress would naturally work. I also think from dresses from current designers such as Jenny Packham and Alice Temperley pair well with Emmy shoes.

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I have named two styles after my lovely little girls, and then the rest are names that I think are pretty. Sometimes they are names of family members or friends and sometimes ones that we have fun making up in the studio.

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We offer a bespoke service exclusively available by appointment in the Emmy studio. However, we also offer our signature and bridal collection as ready to wear online or from the studio. Staying true to the brand, we offer a selection of beautiful details (often beaded) to ensure they are a perfect match for your dress. Aldo we add a crystal to the sole of your shoes to ensure you twinkle as you kneel at the altar, we’ve added a choice of a blue crystal as your something blue. The beauty of ready to wear is that you can potentially take your beautiful shoes home with you, perfect for being organised for dress fittings etc. Our bespoke service takes around 14 weeks, so the ready to wear collection is perfect if timing is tight.  Our Signature shoes start at £290 and Bespoke start from £360.

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Detail is hugely important, but actually what makes an Emmy shoe stand out from the crowd is the silhouette, the comfort and the timeless, elegant quality. As a development team, we are committed to maintaining this going forward.

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I’ve always had a passion for shoes. I grew up in Somerset, my village was home to super brand ‘Mulberry’ so to launch my own luxury label didn’t seem that unrealistic. I was obsessed by shoes at an early age, one of my first memories in fact is putting wooden building blocks in my socks to create instant high heels!  I feel blessed that I have always known what I wanted to do, so it was so it was more about how than what. I graduated from Cordwainers (specialist Shoe College) with a 2:1 degree and then took off to Italy for 5 years. I designed shoes and accessories for some of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world; Bottega Veneta and Armani to name a couple, before returning to London to launch my own collection. In 2004 the ‘Emmy’ brand was born. I originally made my name in bridal shoes and was later recognised for offering first class bespoke service for ‘Emmy Signature’ which is a collection made up of our favourite shapes offered in a choice of subtle, seasonal shades.

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I would love to have a stockist in every major city and see my wish list collection being out and about.  At the moment we don’t have any northern stockists, but we are on a mission so watch this space!

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I absolutely love my job, I’m surrounded by beautiful things, meet genuinely lovely people at the happiest time of their life. There’s really something very special about the relationship between women and shoes, to be part of that is immensely fulfilling. I am ambitious and hugely driven and feel very lucky to be doing a job I love and have the balance of family life.

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Life at Emmy Shoes is busy! I have two lovely full time girls working in the studio and then two part time as well. When we can we grab a coffee and some delicious Ottolengi brownies and have a catch up on various celeb spots on our shoes or which magazine has an article we should all read. It’s great fun, but full steam ahead!

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My ‘Best Things’ in life would have to be having a wonderful business I love and a fantastic family that I adore.  I love to go Glamping with my family in the Gower, Wales. It’s nice to get away from the busyness of the city sometimes and just relax in the country side.

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We have a really lovely studio in Islington where we offer one to one appointments. Brides always comment that it’s like arriving in ‘Shoe Heaven’. The studio is bright, private and has a charming ‘girly’ atmosphere. Brides are encouraged to relax and enjoy the whole experience over a cup of tea. We have several UK Wide stockists, and soon to be on a more global level… watch this space. You can also browse and order online, and we can always guide you over the phone in terms of styles/size. However the shoes are fully refundable (minus shipping) if you need to exchange size of anything. If you have any doubts we are always here to help.

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Watch out for some exciting news soon!  We are working with Maids to Measure and Philippa Craddock to create a one stop shop for brides and their maids. This is in conjunction with Brides Magazine, planned for later this year.We celebrate our 10th anniversary in spring and we are planning a great party… look out for more details on our site.

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Visit www.emmyshoes.co.uk to find out more. 

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Frill Me! The Designer Series: Ian Stuart Bride

August 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

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Ok, so I am more than a little bit thrilled to be sharing the 2014 collection, hot off the catwalk, of the legend that is Ian Stuart.  One of my absolute favourite bridal designers – a man who pushes the boundaries of colour, structure and expectation – and when he agreed to an interview for Brides Up North I thought that all my Christmases had come at once.

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My early career background was in fashion magazines (as a child my preferred career path was “Editor of Vogue” – watch your back Anna Wintour), and so I adore my forays into the world of bridal design.  Although I’ve already been a bride, I’d love to wear an Ian Stuart creation one day… perhaps the Pamplemousse?  Read on, all will be revealed.

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Ian Stuart puts the fashion into bridal, and it is with great pride that I welcome this secret Northerner and his stunning creations to my little corner of the blogosphere today.

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

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Hello Ian!  Welcome to Brides Up North.  Please introduce Ian Stuart Bride and tell us a little about your brand?

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My brand’s manifesto is to offer brides a more dramatic, fashion savvy, yet still romantic look for her wedding day. As ceremonies are no longer constrained by traditions, brides are free to express who they are, and many, like myself, love to stand out and make a statement through the designs they wear.

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What is your style philosophy?

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To make an impact, embrace the romance, and celebrate the theatre and drama of the big day.

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Boudoir

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Tell us about the new collection by Ian Stuart Bride? What were your inspirations behind this beautiful collection?

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I took my inspiration from the beautiful haute couture salon shows of the 1950’s, an era that embodied elegance, romance and feminine glamour. I want every bride to experience the magic of this golden age when she wears one of my gowns. I have even paid homage to my favourite gown of all time, a Christian Dior design which captures this era perfectly. It is called ‘Petal Privee’. I also designed my show to be reminiscent of this inspired mood, you can see the show on my website!

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Where do you look for inspiration?

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I find it in life; in people, in flowers, in music, the every day can be just as inspiring as the greatest works of art. But I find if I need an instant fix of soul inspiring glamour, I turn to the movies. The Ascot Gavotte scene especially from My Fair Lady always fills me with overwhelming awe, Cecile Beaton created a moving masterpiece.

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What sort of woman do you design for, did you have a specific “muse” for this collection?

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My muses are the brides I meet, at designer days and private clients. A woman who is about to become a bride is going through a very special transformation in her life, and seeing this process is a great inspiration for me, it fills me with vitality, and reason for being a designer of something so precious.

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What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

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I’ve always been a rule breaker as far as convention is concerned, so I intentionally source fabrics that offer different properties than those typically used in bridal wear. My favourite is a taffeta that is woven with metal, that creates a memory effect, which means you can manipulate it, and the shape and draping stays as you’ve positioned it, a lot of fun for a designer! A also use beautiful silks, organzas and intricate laces.

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Everdina

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Four Seasons

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Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection?  Which piece and why?

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There is a gown called ‘Caracas’, which is powder blue, with a ruched bodice, a very big tiered skirt edged with ribbons, it sums up my new collection ‘Frill Me’ perfectly!

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What jewellery would you pair with pieces from your new collection?  Why?

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Many of my gowns have a detailed neckline, so I would always chose earrings and bracelet, rather than a necklace, as not to detract from the design of the dress. I have collaborated with a very talented jewellery designer to create some exquisite pieces that compliment my gowns perfectly. They are available to buy online from our website.   .

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Jakarta

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What beauty look would complement the pieces in your new collection? Why?

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I adore smoky eyes and nude lips. However, if the bride has a strong make-up look that she wants to carry through on her wedding day, my dresses are perfect that, as they are strong and confident too, and will balance out more unique looks.

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Do you have a “signature” piece?

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The signature gown in the ‘Frill Me’ collection is definitely ‘Nova Scotia’ It has all of the elements of a signature Ian Stuart gown.

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Midsummer Dream

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Parisienne

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How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?

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‘Naming Day’ is a collective process at Ian Stuart HQ! We look at each of the dresses, one by one, and each write down words, it could be a place, a flower, a film, a goddess, a musical score, a dance, whatever the dress is saying to us, then we then choose which we think is the most beautiful. We also have to make sure that the names translate for our international brides, this year, I desperately wanted to name a dress ‘Pamplemousse’ however, this is grapefruit in French, not exactly a name you want for your wedding dress!

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What sizes are available in your gowns?  Are your pieces made to measure?

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Our standard sizes range from 6-22, but we can make a made to measure any size. We also do custom changes where brides can make custom changes, anything from a neckline change, adding flowers, combining two dresses, changing fabrics and colours, the possibilities are endless.

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What is the process for your clients from finding “the one” to the final fitting?

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Once a bride has found her dress, and ordered it with her boutique, it usually takes 3-4 months to make. At her first fitting, as well as fitting the dress, it is also the time to think about your bridal underwear- wearing a bra can make a big difference to the fit of the gown, so decide now! Also think about petticoats, whether you want bustle loops in the back, and practice walking in your shoes with your gown on, you should need to hold it up, you need to be confident that you wont trip! You also may have time to add extra decoration to the gown, or make small design changes if you wish. The final fitting should be just a ‘check’ to make sure everything is perfect. If you plan on loosing weight before the wedding (although I advise against it, you are all beautiful as you are!)  discuss with your seamstress a schedule so that you can have your alterations done as close to the date as possible.

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What is the retail price range for your designs?

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Our gowns range from £1500-£4000.

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Renee

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What sets Ian Stuart Bride apart from other bridal wear brands?

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Most bridal wear brands ‘play it safe’ because they need to appeal to the mass market, but being a independent designer sets you free from that constraint. Ian Stuart appeals to an exclusive type of girl, one who dares to make a statement on her big day. My gowns are easily identifiable as ‘Ian Stuart’, whether that is through colour, fabric, my unique draping techniques or unmistakable flamboyance.

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Tippi

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How did you get into wedding dress design – what is your story?

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I originally wanted to go into theatre and do costume design, I had a natural talent for the dramatic! Bridal was a natural progression from that. When leaving college, my first job was at Bellville Sassoon, where I learned first hand traditional couturier techniques, I absorbed everything, it was great foundations for becoming the designer I am today. I then went on to work for several other bridal wear labels in New York, before returning to the UK to set up my own label.

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Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success that it is today?

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The turning point in my career was definitely setting up my own label. After years of working for other people, and having limited creative freedom, having my own label felt like I was set free as a designer, to b who I truly wanted to be, and give brides the dresses I think they need!

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What are your plans for the future?

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To simply continue to create beautiful dresses that brides love! While the thank you letters keep coming, I’ll keep on designing. There is nothing more rewarding than a bride telling you that you have created her dream dress, and how much she felt like a princess. Knowing that my name will be mentioned in stories for generations to come, gives me the greatest sense of pride.

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Is this your dream career?

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Yes it is absolutely! When I was young, I tried to make a wedding dress from my mothers nightdress, so I know it’s a deep soul desire!  My other talent is impressions, and I love to perform, so I guess I’d be another Alistair McGowan!

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Wild Flower

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What would “a day in the life” at Ian Stuart Bride HQ be like?

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No two days are ever the same, we work on a yearly cycle of creating and preparing to show collections, for bridal and mother of the bride. For me, this can be designing, fabric sourcing, alterations, photo shoots, collaboration meetings, but there is a whole team doing very different roles that makes it all happen, and everyone is as equally important and vital as the next, we are a wonderful family.

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Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

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My relaxing sanctuary is Bali, I have travelled a lot, and there is nowhere quite like it, it is paradise, especially with a Jack Daniels and coke in one hand and a cigarette in the other!

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Dolcissimo

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Estelle

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What are your “best things” in life?

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The people within it. Especially my partner Pete, and my dog Charlie!

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How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you/ see more of your designs? 

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We are on facebook and twitter… ask us anything! And always go to the designer days, shops have a larger selection of dresses for you to see and try, its the perfect way to start your dress hunting.

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Petal Privee

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Do you have any Northern stockists – how can Brides Up North find them?

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We have some amazing stockists in the North, if you visit our website, you will find them all listed there.

If you have seen a dress that you like in a magazine or online, it’s worth calling to check if they have it in their boutique, but don’t be dismayed if they haven’t, as we offer a loan service where they can request the dress for you to try on.

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Is there anything else that we should know?

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I’m a Northern boy at heart! I was born in Holland, but grew up in Manchester. My guilty pleasure is Coronation Street because it reminds me of home!

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Heaven Sent. The Designer Series: Nymphi Bridal

August 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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A recent discovery of mine this year at White Gallery London (and a very lovely one at that), Nymphi produce and hand make bridal accessories including veils, intricate lace caps, floral and flapper inspired head pieces, detailed sparkly sashes, cuffs, collars, head and shoulder pieces.  Their latest collection is designed for a woman who knows what she wants, who is fashion aware but not bound to follow it; she knows her own personal style.

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Sound like anyone you know, Brides Up North?

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Images by Rchive Photography

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Nymphi say:  You never really need to search for inspiration, inspiration finds you. This may have something to do with where the company is based. With rugged mountains cascading down to crystal seas and the traditions and mythology of the ancient Greeks, a simple glimpse out of the window or a historic tale from an old friend can and does bring inspiration every day.

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The 2014 collection, which pays homage to women of the 1920’s and 1930’s and their daring style choices, as well as the romantic, bohemian spirit of the hippies, uses a lot of French cotton lace which is a favourite of ours at the moment and we love to use it in unusual ways.

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The Nymphi 2014 collection has such a variety of styles there is something to go with almost any gown. Many pieces compliment a more classic look whilst others are for those who prefer a vintage style and of course there are a few pieces for those who would like to be a little more ‘edgy’.  With the feel of the 1920’s and 1960’s the loose-haired bohemian, natural makeup and vintage 1920’s hair and makeup styles will look fabulous with many of our pieces and whilst many others would suit the classic bridal bun.

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Our main signature pieces are our Juliet and veil caps as they have a very distinctive Nymphi style and we love creating them. Our new range of shoulder pieces are also fast becoming something that Nymphi is well known for, as they allow brides to turn a dress into the one they dreamt of by adding the desired feel to the neckline.

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Naming our pieces is easy, we look at the piece and what it says to us and then we look to the past and the legends of the ancient Greeks and the name just speaks to us.

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Nymphi is mainly a wholesale company, but we really enjoy creating that special piece for someone who is specifically looking for something different and therefore we are happy to offer a bespoke service.  Nymphi retails from around £30 for one of our cuffs, for example, but can go up to more than £1,000 if you wish to have a cathedral length silk veil; the collection is very diverse.

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Nymphi pieces are quite different from other accessories because designer, Varvara Dimitrea, likes to create things that have never been seen before, using material in ways that are unpredictable and this gives a distinctive style to all Nymphi pieces.

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Varvara’s journey to her love of design was not the conventional route. Born into an artistic Greek family and raised in Chicago in a culturally and socially infused environment, her life has been heavily influenced by both the multicultural urban setting of the city she grew up in and the rugged Mani Region of Southern Greece where her family originated from and where she eventually settled.

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Varvara, like all members of her family, has a very artistic soul and found freedom in creating semi-precious jewellery. After creating a custom piece for a close friend that was getting married, a friend suggested to her that she should make bridal accessories. She quickly realised that this was her calling and Nymphi Bridal was created.

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Nymphi’s philosophy is to enjoy everything that we do and love everything that we create, and as such every day at Nymphi is a joy. Our work is our passion, our love and our life – everything we ever dreamt of.

We don’t consider Nymphi as work, for us it’s life and we love it! Our plan for the future is to grow the company and spread our Nymphi wings worldwide.

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The best things in life for us are our family and friends who support and guide us every day and for who we are grateful and thankful. Secondly, we get to wake up every morning and do something that we love to do with people we love to work with – and when you really can’t ask for much more – we get to do all this in a place that is so beautiful it’s a daily inspiration.

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Brides up North readers can find many of Nymphi’s pieces on their website www.nymphidesign.com and can follow them for daily fun on both facebook and twitter

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You can find a full list of Nymphi stockists here, including with my good friend Hayley at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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