The designers behind bridal label Belle and Bunty are a seriously stylish duo, and I’ve featured their latest bridal collection on the blog which you can see here. They have recently just launched their ‘Red Carpet’ collection which I wanted to share with you too, because whilst I realise that a lot of brides will choose an ivory or white wedding dress there is a growing number of fashion forward ladies out there who are a little braver wanting to opt for a sexy and playful coloured gown. I’m SO in favour of a coloured wedding dress, not only will you look knockout on your wedding day but there is every chance that for another glamorous event you really can wear the dress again making it a worthy investment!
That’s exactly the back story of this collection - Alice, (one half of Belle and Bunty) who did just this for her own wedding day by designing and wearing the stunning Red Belle dress (below). Inspired by her story, the Red Carpet collection is comprised of 12 feminine and fun gowns, (from £650-1950) some of which are a contemporary twist on the their own best selling designs but injected with colour.
From floor sweeping ballgowns in shades of hot pink, claret red and deep purple, with low scoop backs, lace sleeves and appliqué detailing, to shorter tea length feminine designs, the collection encompasses Belle & Bunty’s philosophy of combining glamour, modernity and romance for the modern day bride wanting a unique and luxurious gown. The shades of colours are just so vibrant that in person the dresses are so luxurious. I’m also a little bit in love with the black playsuit above, less for a wedding, more just because…!
Belle and Bunty have a lovely boutique in North London not far from Kings Cross, so to book an appointment head to their website for further info here. You can also see how Hannah and Alice from Belle and Bunty would style their favourite dresses from their collection on the blog here in my designer style feature.
It’s no secret that everyone has gone a little bit crazy about beautiful hand lettering and calligraphy in the creative world, and with good reason. I fell in love with it in my days whilst working at a design agency and have since had huge admiration for this art, something about the romance and refined nature of this craft.
Last week, much to my delight, I was kindly invited to a taster calligraphy class presented by Quill London, an online stationery boutique curating the most stylish and coveted items. The class was held at their pop-up Christmas market at the Tracey Neuls boutique and the masterclass was taught by modern London calligrapher, Chiara Perano of Lamplighter London, whose modern and decorative style has been commissioned for weddings, events and even royalty so we were in good hands (literally).
If you are a creative DIY bride who perhaps is wanting to attempt some calligraphy for your own day, the calligraphy workshops that they are running are a brilliant introduction, likewise for anyone wanting to indulge their love as a hobby, like myself!
Having done the class, it is of course quite a lot harder than it looks (Chaira made it look effortless, I enjoyed watching her more than I did having a go myself!) and calligraphers have been perfecting their style for years to achieve the beautiful work they create so I should advise that you won’t necessarily become an expert overnight (or even in a few weeks) as it truly is an art which takes time, patience and most importantly practice but it is a fantastic opportunity to learn the basic techniques which are key and fun to learn!
Above was my best attempt in class! A long way to go but definitely good fun learning!
For those who don’t have the inclination to try it themselves or don’t fancy lending their hand calligraphy skills to addressing 150 envelopes to send to their wedding guests, there are so many incredible artists out there who offer their services for hand lettering and calligraphy, whether for a wedding, event or for a personal or professional project a few of my favourites who each have their own incredible style, are Lamplighter London for modern calligraphy, BerinMade for pretty hand lettering and for traditional elegance and craft, Paul Antonio Scribe.
For more information on the modern calligraphy workshops (or just to treat yourself to some nice stationery!) you can visit Quill London for upcoming dates and to book!