Affordable Elegant Bridal Wear – 8 Bridal Collection From Phase Eight

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 The Hope (aptly named at £595!)

From the image above you’d be forgiven that I’m blogging about a new collection from a luxury bridal designer… but my guess is you may have seen the title, in which case you’ll know that this collection is in fact from the High Street though admittedly hard to believe!

Phase Eight have for a few years launched their own bridal range of wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses and accessories, and for this Spring/Summer 2015 the ‘8 Bridal’ collection is now available.

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Above:  Josefina, Cressida and Hope

Having seen these dresses in person at their flagship James Street store near Bond Street, the intricate beading, lace detailing, and feminine silhouettes of the dresses are all quite exceptional for ‘high street’ and really do raise the standard. I was suitably impressed and having featured a few Phase Eight brides on the blog (here and here), I really can see why they are a popular choice for those brides who are looking for something affordable without compromising style, perfect for a London Bride indeed!

The range is available both online at Phase Eight, with prices starting from just £250 (for a short dress) to £750 for the full length Old Hollywood style elegance or in one of their specialist Bridal Boutique stores.

Again considering the dresses are high street, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality up-close and the styles feature hand-stitching details, with inner construction for a flattering shape and luxurious fabrics for elegance. The Hope dress for me was stand-out with it’s designer inspired glamorous fit and beading it’s a stunning dress, especially for it’s £595 price tag!

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 Above: Elbertine / Aurora / Hope / Cressida / Annabella 

Key highlights from the new range include the stunning Aurora dress, featuring all over glittering metallic embellishments and cowl neck and back detailing or the stunning lace Josefina with its pretty lace and sheer neckline and subtle sweeping fishtail hem in tulle. For brides preferring shorter dresses without compromising on detail and wow-factor, the Cressida dress is the perfect choice. The all over lace design features a delicate detailed high neckline and hem, mid-length sleeves and a satin belt to accentuate the pretty fit and flare shape.

To compliment the dresses they have a selection of bridal accessories such as veils, shoes, shrugs (a special mention to this stunning beaded cape which I loved!) as well as extending their bridesmaid options.

You can arrange for a personal appointment with a specialist to try on the dresses at one of their Phase Eight Bridal Boutiques (020 7499 7750 – London01962 866964 – Winchester0131 226 4009 – Edinburgh).

BHLDN + Catherine Deane London Trunk Show UK

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A short but sweet post today as I myself am pretty excited to hear that BHLDN are coming this side of the pond to the UK, and to London for the first time! If you are a fan of their beautiful romantic style bridal gowns but were wary about ordering online then worry no more…

BHLDN and London designer Catherine Deane will be holding their first UK trunk show at the Kings Road Anthropologie store with the new collection. At the time of writing this post there were appointments in late Feb and through March (so, basically hurry!).

BHLDN are renowned for their beautiful designs which are feminine, intricate but with a more modern twist.

The collection is by London based designer Catherine Deane, whom’s designs use traditional techniques with a modern twist of simplicity with everything design there is always a balance of textile and craft, strength and fragility and old meeting new. The exceptionally crafted designs are wearable, feminine and unique. 

Born in Ireland, raised and educated in South Africa, and based out of London, Catherine Deane’s designs are culled from her nomadic lifestyle and her passion for long forgotten craft techniques. She established her women’s wear label in London in 2005, employing traditional techniques with a modernist twist of simplicity.

Traditional techniques with a modernist twist of simplicity form the foundation of Catherine’s work and are fuelled by the continual search for new methods from around the World.

Here is a quick look at some of my favourites from the collection, I do love the intricate details, especially the incredible sheer backs on some of these gowns which give the most beautiful femininity to them. This one below, The Zoe particularly gets my vote! You can see the full range of styles available here.

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For further information on the UK trunk show and to book an appointment visit the BHLDN website here.