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!
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Cymbeline Spring 2013
French designer Cymbeline have released their new collection for Spring 2013.
- Ensemble Grinou
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
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
This is a brand new collection from London based designer Sanyukta Shrestha which combines an eco-friendly approach with luxury.
I think you’ll agree that they are truly beautiful dresses.
From left to right:
- Evelyn Hazel
- Audrey Tess
Photo Credit: Sanyuktha Shrestha
Jenny Yoo Bridal Collection
I love these designs because they are utterly timeless. Unfortunately, Jenny Yoo is not available to buy in the UK yet but I like to think it makes a great excuse for a trip to New York!
From left to right:
Photo Credit: Jenny Yoo
So I may be slightly biased when it comes to Cymbeline as this is the designer that I have chosen but I do genuinely love the design, material and craftsmanship that has clearly gone into every single frock…I could have chosen them all (no real surprise there).
My dress might be shown above, but then again it might not be…!
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Photo Credit: Cymbeline
Maggie Sottero - Spring 2013
These dresses from Maggie Sottero are bridal classical beauties with a hint of glam. Perfect for timeless brides.
Photo Credit: Thomas Iannacone via Brides
It won’t come as much of a surprise that I love these dresses from Anouska G. They are simplicity with a touch of glamour; a look which I always love.
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Photo Credit: Anouska G