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.
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!
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 – London, 01962 866964 – Winchester, 0131 226 4009 – Edinburgh).
I am a big fan of Tatty Devine jewellery, and always enjoy popping along to their super fun shop on Brick Lane. It’s choc full of colourful plastic accessories and is ridiculously kitsch and fun and my favourite item has to be their custom made name necklace (yes I have one!). Whilst their products may not be for a shrinking violet, this shoot by stylist (and dress designer) Zoe Lem shows just how you can make plastic jewellery work for your big day, and surprisingly it works so well! The bold and playful florals are great for a modern bride (loving the Caribbean Queen look above!) and for a more vintage inspired look there are more subtle and girly designs such as the Parakeet Bird Necklace below.
My love of bright colours, pretty flowers and name details are well and truly satisfied with these pieces above: Mexican Necklace (£84) Posie Bracelet (£72) Bride Necklace (£21). I’d happily sport any of these, and not even just for a wedding!
For more pretty and bright pieces visit their website – www.tattydevine.com
Styling and dresses/ Zoe Lem
Jewellery / Tatty Devine
Photography / Rhapsody Road
I’m a sucker for glamour and this recently launched company, Hope & Grace specialise in oh-so-pretty and glamorous bridal accessories. The boutique was founded when sisters Nina and Clair were searching for items for their own weddings but struggled to find fashion forward, wearable and beautifully made products, so Hope & Grace was borne!
Hope & Grace sell a collection of headwear and shrugs which are all crafted with beautiful materials and they aim to bring something a little more unusual to the world of bridal accessories. They have collaborated with and sourced from some wonderful designers including Kate Middleton’s favourite Milliner, Vivien Sherrif and Australia’s Peter Lang.
My personal favourite has to be the oversized flower headdress (top image) – Fleur, which is such a wonderfully feminine statement piece.
I love this shrug above, which is really intricate and great to see something so modern and pretty! I have to also mention the dreamy photography by talented wedding and portrait photographer David Jenkins so romantic and they really help the products come to life.
For more information and to purchase the items do visit // www.hopeandgrace.co.uk