This post is down to a rather cheeky e-mail sent by myself to Alice (Belle) and Hannah (Bunty), the two incredibly busy and hard working designers behind Belle & Bunty. Happily they took the time to reply and now I have the pleasure of sharing a little bit about the designers and their Bridal Collection with you.
This is a stunning collection, each dress makes me ‘ahh’ and ‘ooh’ and even on one occasion stroke my computer screen. It’s the lines and folds of a dress that you just know will ‘swoosh’ you down the aisle perfectly.
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What is your inspiration behind the bridal collection?
We are both magpies and regularly collect imagery, trims, fabrics and other bits from our day to day lives. Anything and everything can be inspiring! It could be a film, photo, song or seeing someone wearing something interesting in the street.
Which materials are your favourite for designing with?
We love using pure silk as it has such an amazing drape and movement and also feels amazing to wear. Delicate french laces are also beautiful to use as they have such a pretty, subtle look.
Which celebrity would you most like to dress in a Belle & Bunty bridal dress?
Alice: Kate Middleton. She has great style and pose.
Hannah: Vanessa Paradis would look fantastic in one of our dresses. I’d also love to see The Olsens wearing something of ours to see how they’d put their edgy spin on it!
Do you have a (design) Muse? How would you describe the Belle & Bunty Bride?
Our brides are our muses! Our bridal collection started as we designed our dresses together for our own weddings so we know what brides go through – the needs and emotions but hearing feedback from the brides we see also helps shape the collection.
Do you have a personal favourite style of bridal gown, and if so, why?
We would have to say our own wedding dress styles which are in our Bridal collection – The Belle and the Bunty. These were styles created together for each other and there was a lot of blood, sweat and tears but we LOVE them! The Belle is a 30s style column dress with draped cape bodice and low V neck and The Bunty is etheral and romantic with a wide waist to cinch in the middle and a full floaty skirt. Both very different styles but both suited our weddings, personal styles and have our Belle & Bunty signature hand writing within the designs.
What motivates you when it comes to designing?
Its what we are trained in and what we love to do. When you are creative and do something you love you don’t need much motivation as it just comes naturally.
For confused Brides would you advise wearing a headpiece or veil? Or both?
There are not many days in your life when you can get away with going all out and wearing whatever you want to! Wear whatever your heart desires and don’t worry about being too “much” ~ its your wedding day !
Which other designers inspire you the most, and why?
For years we have both loved the Chloe aesthetic – cool laid back Parisan chicks that you want to be. Recently Mulberry has tapped into that feeling too with an effortlessly gorgeous look.
What do you like to do when you’re not designing?
Alice: There is a lot that goes into a fashion label other than pure design work. All the day to day running of a business takes up a lot of time. Out of the studio i’m kept equally busy by my two little girls Mae & Darcey.
Hannah: You never really switch off when you have your own business and designing is only a small part of what we do day to day at work. Outside of work I like to unwind at the gym, try new restaurants with my husband and am a tad addicted to Instagram!
The Lace Willow
Every day is a learning day and today’s lesson is that ASOS have a Marketplace full of on-line boutiques which sell wedding dresses.
The focus of Marketplace is vintage clothes and as you can imagine the price is pretty darn reasonable.
So if you’re looking for high street with a vintage twist then ASOS Marketplace could just be the perfect place for you.
Cymbeline Spring 2013
French designer Cymbeline have released their new collection for Spring 2013.
- Ensemble Grinou
Peter Langner 2013
Having worked for Dior and Lacroix, it is little wonder why Peter Langner’s creations are perfectly stunning. Sold only at Browns Bride in England, trying on a Peter Langner dress would be a real ‘Hollywood’ experience.
From left to right:
- Walking on Clouds
- Magic Moment
- Waking Up
- Non Solo Rose E Fiori
- Layers of Trust
- La Promessa
Naomi Neoh Wedding Dresses
It was the ‘Lady Mary’ Dress (based on Downton Abbey) which originally made my heart flutter and I have since been hooked on Naomi Neoh. There are some beautiful dresses in her latest collection and as someone who has always been drawn in by the back of a dress you can see why I love them so.
From left to right:
- Lady Mary
David Fielden Wedding Dresses
British designer David Fielden has created some rather incredible wedding dresses. Sophisticated and red-carpet worthy, these are dresses which will literally ‘swoosh’ with you down the aisle leaving all those watching in awe.
I want one!
Photo Credit: David Fielden
As all women know finding theperfect dress for a birthday, garden party, Prom, Ascot races, Henley Regatta (I think you get the idea) is a hard task at the best of times and believe me when I say that finding the dress can be just as daunting.
So when a competition comes along for Phillipa Lelpey to design your custom made dress, it could quite literally be a dream come true for one lucky Bride. And this is where you guys come in because a friend of mine has been short-listed to win her stunning dress. All she needs are votes. Lots of them. And it could not be easier - one little facebook ‘like’ is all it takes.
So click here and vote for number 10, trust me it’s worth the peep as well!
As I write this I am in sunny St Lucia with my brand new hub soaking up honeymoon goodness…..
I’ll be back to reality soon and updating the blog with details of our own very special W-day.
The wedding hangover may have begun (what does an ex-WTB think about now?!) but for now, it is back to paradise……..and beginning life as Mrs R.
Stunning ‘Lady Mary’ dress inspired by the heroin of Downton Abbey by Naomi Neoh…big fat sigh of yearning!
Photo Credit: Naomi Neoh
Jesus Peiro Wedding Dress Collection
I love discovering new bridal designers and Jesus Peiro was not one I was familiar with when I started my own search for the dress. I can however, hopefully rectify that for you, so in case you don’t know…..this is a simply elegant collection of bright white dresses.
Photo Credit: Jesus Peiro
Johanna Hehir Bridal Collection
I know that I am set on my own wedding dress but I still look at some dress collections that make me swoon and Johanna Hehir is one of those. I am doing some serious yearning right now!
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