June 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
You may recall a little earlier this year we were fortunate enough to share with you a first look at the stunning Untamed Love 2017 collection from Brides Up North friend and Sponsor, Charlotte Balbier.
As huge fans of Charlotte’s uber pretty designs we always expect her collections to send us weak at the knees – her latest Untamed Love collection however, sent us falling head over heels as well! Our favourite of Miss Balbier’s wonderful collections to date, we absolutely adore the fabulous variety of shapes, fabrics, colours and detailing that it offers.
Perhaps the most head-turning element of the collection is its three floral patterned dresses: Untamed Love, Bloom and Posey, which we just can’t stop looking at! If you too are fixated on these stunning designs, we have a very exciting date for your diary – on Saturday 18th June, 7th Heaven Bridal in Cheshire will be holding ‘In Bloom’, A Floral Celebration, which will give brides-to-be the exclusive opportunity to try on, and order, one of these spectacular floral gowns ahead of the collection’s official release into boutiques in August. Spaces are very limited so call today on 01260 277123 to book your appointment.
After teasing you with the initial first look, we’re today revealing the remainder of the Untamed Love Collection on the blog, whilst also hearing from the leading lady herself about what went into the designs and how the gorgeous results are being received…
You’ve just launched your new collection Untamed Love, can you tell us how this collection differs from your previous collections?
charlotte says: I hoped to capture the bride’s attention and imagination with the new Untamed Love 2017 collection. It’s a different collection from what I’ve ever crafted and I dedicated more than 12 months of love and attention to its creation. I love to constantly evolve the Charlotte Balbier brand to be at the forefront of the market and I could not be more delighted with the new gowns. The Untamed Love Collection is all about celebrating individuality and being your own kind of beauty.
Where did you get the inspiration for this collection from?
I’ve taken all my inspiration for the Untamed Love Collection from my brides, because my brides are the most important thing. I love to connect with all of my brides via social media and I really take on all of their feedback. It’s great to hear which styles and shapes the brides resonate with and which gowns they are truly attracted to. I travel around the country all year around to trunk shows and meet with my clients individually to chat in person. I love having a strong connection with the brides who wear my gowns to embrace the individuality, style and fabulousness of each and every one of them. I have two very distinctive styles, one is glamorous and the other side is the inner Boho girl at heart. The Untamed Love Collection embraces my inner hippy and the more opulent side to me!
Can you give us an overview of the various shapes of gowns that the collection includes?
I try my best to give a large variety of gown shapes to brides with our collections. Dreamy ethereal gowns sit alongside fun and playful floral print works of art combined with classical simple and romantic gowns. The Agatha, Carmel and Bayley are beautiful fitted strapless gowns. Our new Aphrodite gown is a beautiful halter neck with delicate lace detailing. The Paige gown is simply stunning with a beautiful lace on skin back detailing and fishtail back to it. The Posy gown is a fun stunning floral separate and I literally cannot wait to see a bride wearing this gown on her big day. The Rosemary gown is beautifully one shouldered with floral cut out details on the back. Our Sofia gown and Rosalie gowns pay attention to a bride’s neckline and shoulders of a bride with beautiful lace and silver beaded detailing. My collection really does take into consideration all shapes and sizes and we love to give brides a lovely choice of shapes and fits to choose from.
And what fabrics feature within the collection?
The quality and palette of the fabrics used in the Untamed Love collection is second to none. There are plenty of uses of tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado fabrics. We’ve even designed some fabrics exclusive to the Charlotte Balbier brand, including a specially designed chiffon material created in-house that is only available via our brand. Our two new floral gowns have literally wowed our stockists and the audience at The White Gallery where we launched the new collection in May. Untamed Love, is a soft sorbet of lilacs, apricot, plum, pinks and muted greens. This is a truly a show-stopping gown with on-trend pocket detail.
Why did you want to use colour within the collection and what would you say to brides who are considering wearing a coloured dress for their big day?
I love to play with colour palettes and this is evident in the new collection. Sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues, are antique gold’s, silver pewters, apricot tones and of course my favourite blush and rose pink shades. Any bride wanting to make a statement during her wedding would wow her guests in the Untamed Love gown for sure. Colour is great for a bride who wants her day to be remembered above all others.
May 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you follow our social media feeds you’ll know that Team Brides Up North have been down in the smoke this week, checking out the latest collections from the British and International leading labels at White Gallery London, a trade and press event where all the big names in bridal reveal what your local bridal boutique is likely to be stocking and what you’ll be wearing down the aisle in the season to come.
More on that later, but meanwhile, one lady we were keen to catch up with this week was one of our very favourite dress designers and Brides Up North Headline Sponsor (and now personal friend), the fabulous Charlotte Balbier. This afternoon we’re fortunate once again to be bringing you a first look at her stunning new collection, Untamed Love.
Known in the industry for her pretty princess like dresses, Charlotte both surprises and delights us year on year with her girly, fun and fashionable designs that enable a bride to really reflect her individual style and personality.
Following on from her gorgeous Willa Rose collection and the incredibly stylish Balbier Separates range, we sensed we were in for a real treat with Charlotte’s 2017 designs – and ladies, we weren’t wrong! From the moment we set eyes on the first images of her totally dreamy Untamed Love collection, we were sold!
In true Balbier style, the new collection features exquisite back detail, fine fabrics and edgy separates, meaning there is an oh-so-pretty design in there for everyone!
The signature gown ‘Untamed Love’ is perhaps the biggest show stopper of them all as one of two floral print designs within the collection. Enough to make any bride fall head over heels, the delicate pattern is made up of soft, sugary sorbet tones of lilac, apricot, plum, pink and muted greens.
Charlotte’s love of playing with colour palettes is evident in the collection; as sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues are antique golds, silver pewters, apricot and, of course, Charlotte’s favourite blush and rose pinks shades.
And there’s no shortage of fabrics for brides to pick from either, with diverse designs in the finest quality tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado. In addition, exclusive to Charlotte Balbier is the specially designed chiffon that is made in house.
Drawing on inspiration from Charlotte’s playful nature and free spirited style, Untamed Love is the creative vision of over 12 months of love and attention, making it the strongest collection to date.
charlotte says: A Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style. Expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.
The new Untamed Love collection celebrates all that encompasses a Balbier bride as well as who I am as a designer and as a woman. I think I dare to say I am the most excited about this new collection than I have ever have been over my 13 year career, I am in love.
October 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Now, I’m a girl who loves her fashion. And bridal fashion? The best type there is.
As a result, one of the highlights of my year is always my annual pilgrimage to the capital every spring, to check out the newest collections from the big name bridal design houses as they debut their latest offerings to assembled trade and press visitors.
FROW. It’s the only way to go (dahlings).
One of the most anticipated openings in my schedule is always the suzanne neville show at the historic Tower of London. What this talented lady delivers with shape, structure and fabric is always delectable, and this season’s ‘Novello’ Collection for 2015 didn’t disappoint.
Suzanne Neville is known for creating elegant fashion forward gowns with a real wow factor. Every couture gown is beautifully hand cut and individually made in London, overseen by Suzanne herself. Frequently requested for red carpet events and television shows, the incredibly flattering dresses are always in demand.
I’m proud to share this beautiful selection of dresses with you today. The images are a selection of official shots and my iPhone candids from my catwalk-side seat back in April.
Suzanne Neville say: Modern clean lines work in harmony with clever construction, in ultimate luxury fabrics with gowns such as the satin bias cut ‘Chelsea’ and the effortlessly chic ‘Brompton’.The detail is in the cut and the design, with fabrics sourced to compliment the fall of the gown in true Suzanne Neville style. Other highlights include gowns such as ‘Grosvenor’ with its classic silk organza skirt and contrasting French lace long sleeved bodice.
For more, and details of Suzanne Neville’s stockists, click here to visit the official site.
July 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime
“I approach designing a dress as if I have an artist’s brush and a blank canvas in my hands; I need the picture to move and change as your eyes wander across the design, focussing on detailed embellishment along the way, and finding something new and even more intriguing on the way back.” Terry Fox
Nothing like a bit of eye candy to get your Friday off to the right start, is there?
And this is the real deal.
First seen as an exclusive sneak peek in our Designer Preview post back in April, and still as boho and beautiful as ever, Terry Fox’s truly romantic collection for 2015 encapsulates “mystical creatures of the sea and the ancient call of the Siren song”.
Terry’s range stretches from gorgeously glamorous to simply elegant, or quirky, fun and vintage. The team say “All designs are hand made in the U.K., so you are guaranteed quality workmanship and a perfect fit by a team that really care about you and your special day. We also offer a bespoke service to customize and coordinate all the wedding party to add a touch of individuality, with great finishing touches.”
Pinterest fingers at the ready ladies…
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July 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Following this season’s trip to White Gallery, London – an international designer bridal trade and press show which I attend yearly, gathering the best in British and international bridal design – I’m proud to showcase a selection of our very favourite collections for 2015 here on these pages.
This afternoon, Sarah, the head designer at Ivory & Co, talks us through her inspirations for the label’s soft and stunning 2015 collection. Just dreamy.
What sort of woman does Ivory & Co design for?
Sarah says: The bride I design for at Ivory & Co is sophisticated and elegant – the sort of bride who loves the style of the icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Brides who want romantic dresses with a designer look and are comfortable with something a little more unique and striking.
What were your inspirations for this collection of bridal gowns?
I worked on the designs in the new collection for months last year, sketching constantly and focusing on the styling being feminine and delicate. I took inspiration from many areas – including the romance of the Pre-Raphaelites and the romantic sweep of high fashion in the 1930’s and 1940’s (the swathes of fabric and long trains). In the attention to detail my inspiration was fairy-tales and mythology: think A Midsummer Nights Dream crossed with embellishments of the Ancient World.
What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?
The dress shapes for this season are flowing: whether they are full skirted or slinky they all have flowing floaty fabrics in silk chiffon or soft silk satins. We have embellished using an array of beautiful French laces and beading in Swarovski rhinestones, real freshwater pearls and illusion sequins. This all gives an illusion of soft decoration for a delicate and feminine look.
Lets get practical. Tell us about sizing and spend?
Ivory & Co make gowns in any size. Our standard range goes from UK 0 to 18 but we can also make any size above that by request. Brides can choose from two services – they can either chose a standard UK size or they can have our made to measure service where we make a whole new pattern block just to the bride’s individual measurements.
We also provide a special bespoke service where we can either make bespoke changes to an existing design – or design a bespoke dress from scratch for a bride. This service is no more expensive than buying from our collection.
Our dresses retail from between £1,000 – £2,000.
What does 2014/ 2015 hold for Ivory & Co? What are you excited about?
We have just relocated to a fantastic headquarters in the gorgeous Worcestershire countryside. We have one of the biggest bridal showrooms in the UK with over 100 dresses and over 500 tiaras and accessories. We are excited about welcoming many brides here for appointments to try the new designs – or brides can book in for a bespoke appointment with me.
What are your best things in life?
My best things in life are of course my wonderful family but I’m very lucky that I have a fabulous job that I really love. It gives me a real sense of satisfaction when I leave the office at night knowing that I’ve made brides happy that day. I love days when brides come to collect their dress and their faces when they try it on for the first time, especially with bespoke jobs as it is rewarding to design something unique for a bride so they can have the dress of their dreams.
Where can Brides Up North find out more about Ivory & Co?
Brides Up North can see more about us by viewing our website www.ivoryandcobridal.co.uk or for accessories, www.ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk. Brides can follow us on Twitter and Facebook and we have a blog which can be reached from our websites.
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July 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Each spring, I’m excited to make my annual pilgrimage to the smoke to worship at the altar of bridal design at White Gallery, London. If you think I sound a little enthusiastic, you’d be right: with a personal background in fashion, this is the event that I look forward to most all year. A chance to see my favourite designers’ creations up close, catch up on the industry gossip, immerse myself in inspiration, lace, tulle and sequins.
Officially, White Gallery is one of the leading international designer bridal trade and press shows, gathering the best in British and international bridal design to preview and take to market the gowns and the gorgeous that will be landing in a bridal boutique near you next season.
Unofficially, it’s heaven.
Today, in our first Designer Series feature of 2014, I’m proud to introduce a new name to the pages of this wedding blog, a designer whose work really resonates with my own personal style. Showing for the first time in London this April, and currently without a UK stockist (lets start the campaign now girls!) Christos Costarellos is one to watch.
Costarellos has produced a beautiful, forward thinking collection for 2015 with influences from his Greek heritage and vintage icons. The result? Stunning, new-boho gowns that are totally on the fashion nail for next season.
What sort of woman do you design for?
Costarellos says: I don’t think I have a specific woman ‘type’ in mind when I design my dresses, but I believe that my work combines a classical, understated elegance with bold femininity and sensuality. In that sense, I design for women who have a strong personality and are not afraid to show it!
What were your inspirations for this collection?
The Greek landscape, history and tradition is at the heart of each of my collections, and my new bridal collection is no exception. Lace patterns found on Greek islands are combined with lines and forms inspired by one of my favourite designers from the past, Jeanne Lanvin. The collection also pays tribute to another great couturier of the early 20th century, Charles Worth – especially his luxurious embellishments which I find fascinating
What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?
In order to achieve a sense of vintage allure and lightness, transparent and very fine fabrics have been used in various ways – for instance, we have used 25 meters of tulle for a single skirt so that it would appear both playful and proper. We have also used lace extensively: as a fashion house we have many years of experience in the use of lace, and our new bridal collection is really a celebration of that tradition. Our expertise allows us to combine different kinds of lace in even more daring ways, in order to get a more contemporary look. Naturally, simple lines and forms that reference Ancient Greek dresses have also found their way into this collection, as well as more luxurious silhouettes and materials such as silk organza and embroidered fabrics.
What does 2014/ 2015 hold for your business?
I’m really excited about how our bridal collection has been received so far – it is the first time we have present our gowns abroad and the response has been very positive. We are also presenting our pret-à-porter summer collection in Los Angeles this year, at the Fashion Forwards showroom. As usual, we will be showing our new Spring-Summer 2015 pret-a-porter collection in Paris during fashion week in September and then we will attend NY bridal week in October.
Where can Brides Up North find out more?
You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all our latest news, and also check out our Pinterest boards for additional inspiration and photos! On our website you can browse images from all our latest collections, as well as an updated list with stockists carrying our brand around the world.
Visit the Christos Costarellos website for more information (Ed: the site uses sound so if you are browsing at work, look for the mute button at button at bottom left, or disable your browser sound first).
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