When you’ve been blogging about weddings and bridal gowns for as long as I have, when a new designer emerges that offers something beautiful, unique and new you just know they are going to be a huge success. Well, a few weeks ago, I was introduced to the work of Charlotte Simpson, a British bridal designer based in London and was lucky enough to meet with her and also view the beautiful show room near Marylebone to view the designs in person.
Her approach is incredibly refreshing – this is bridal in a whole new light. Blending contemporary and classic styles, Charlotte’s vision is to create a carefully crafted wardrobe for the modern woman that combines intricate embroidery with minimalist elegance – sophisticated yet understated.
Charlotte, who as an MA in Fashion Design and Technology has previously worked with Amanda Wakeley and Julien Macdonald, launched her own collection which concentrates on her unique signature style of ‘effortless elegance’. It’s that en pointe combination of contemporary and classic that I know will be hugely popular for the modern bride looking for craftsmanship paired with minimalist design.
Even from the images, the luxurious nature of the designs is tangible. The fabrics selected by Charlotte Simpson bridal are of the highest quality with silks, satins and wools sourced from all over the world, and combined with the unique textures and embroidery details these stunning embellishments manage to keep the styles modern and accessible.
Based in her Marylebone studio in London and in addition to her bridal collection, Charlotte Simpson also offers three unique services: made to measure dresses from the capsule collection, customised for combining elements and modifications of the collection together for a personalised dress and bespoke, for luxury without limits.
You can visit the website for further information or click here to book an appointment. I’m pretty sure you’re all be as fond as I am of this collection and of Charlotte’s signature effortless elegance style. It’s perfect for a London Bride.
Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend, whether that was relaxing in the sunshine (shock horror) or doing some wedmin things! Mine was spent on boring house DIY bits and pieces which let me tell you wasn’t exactly relaxing! Needs must though…
Anyway, when I spotted a previous London Bride wearing a cute short 60s inspired dress I thought how often I read or hear of brides not wanting something too fancy, or big or traditional. If that sounds like you, then you must check out bridal designer Tobi Hannah who is renowned for tea length and short wedding dress collections. Fusing classic inspiration but with a modern twist – these designs are flirty, fun and dare I say it practical! Great for the runaway bride or for someone just looking for something a little more fashion-led and fun for their big day. The dresses with traditional touches such as lace, brocade or boatneck necklines are fused with high hemlines, ruffles, floral elements and a little bit of cheekiness (especially those with the plunging necklines!). Perfect to inject a bit of individuality into your wedding and at a very affordable price with the range starting from £600!
Boat neck tea length wedding dress with brocade bodice and satin full skirt
Tobi Hannah has a central London studio where you can make an appointment, or check here for stockists. I’d love to hear if you are a Tobi Hannah bride or if you are thinking about a short dress. Good for dancing and showing off the shoes, that’s for sure!
Earlier this year I featured the 2012 collection from British bridal designer Sassi Holford. Sassi’s collections are always classically beautiful and timeless but this year the design team, led by Sassi Holford has now launched the So Sassi collection which is the ‘esprit brand’ and is for the younger, more fashion forward bride. Still all handmade in England, the dresses are for the bride wanting something a little more fashion led that won’t break the bank as prices range between £1,000-2,000.
The immediate modern touches such as high-low [or is that hi-lo – clearly I’m not down with the kids!] hemlines and bang on trend peplum make a cute statement whilst some of the other dresses feature tulle and lace for the more feminine modern bride. I love that these designs are fun and fresh, and I can imagine a killer pink lipstick wrist gloves or bright shoes working with these for a super girly look.
I think my particular favourite has to be the 3D floral embellished Bobbie [below] but I do also love the silouhette of the peplum detail Bianca also complete with cute as bow, love the back of this style!