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.
For further information on the UK trunk show and to book an appointment visit the BHLDN website here.
There’s no doubt about it. Navy is one of the most popular choices for weddings when it comes to dressing your ladies – especially for those planning weddings in the Autumn and Winter. It’s a glamorous colour, but also one that is pretty much as flattering as black without the harshness. It works well against complimentary colours, whether they are pastels, bolds or neutrals and that old saying is – perhaps likely to wear this again [more so let’s confess than a beautiful bright coral number!].
So for these high street bridesmaids dress picks I’ve gone for the elegance and sexiness of some long and maxi dresses – perfect for the Old Hollywood Glamour style weddings, but also suitable for modern sophistication. Navy works so well as a minimal block colour but team it with some sparkle or bling and it comes to life with it’s alluring elegance. Chandelier drop earrings, and a silver strappy shoe are all these beautiful gowns need. If it’s got a sexy back, make sure the hair is lifted up off the shoulders to show it off down the aisle!
Pleated Glam: Whistles / Lacy Slip: Ghost / Sexy Back: Ted Baker / Strapless: Coast via Asos
My other picks are a little more ‘out of the blue’ shall we say. From the short denim style for more casual festival style weddings to the glitzy sequined flared shape for something a little more city cocktail chic. The more simple the dress in terms of material, the more you can play with accessories so don’t be afraid to head to VV Rouleaux to buy some pretty strips of ribbon to tie for sashes, or add some beading or adornments to the shoulders. You could even have your girls choose a vintage brooch to add that unique touch so for those wanting to play – go plain!
Jersey Sleeve: Phase Eight / Bow Denim: Hobbs NW3 / Flared Sequin: French Connection / Lovely Lace: Adrianna Pappell at House of Fraser
It’s bridesmaid dress shopping season and to save you trawling the high street I thought I’d put together a series of posts to give you a helping hand. Today I’m looking at blush colours, those lovely nude pinks, or slightly stronger pops of pinks that are oh so flattering to most shades. This colour works well with fresh neutrals such as greens and whites or if you are looking to make it a little more interesting, add a touch of glitter, gold or sparkle! All my finds are currently available on the high street, but please be aware sizes may not always be in stock!
1 Eyeshadow Lipstick / 2 Elizbeth Messina via Snippet and Ink / 3 Confetti Systems / 4 Hjartesmil / 5 Lace is Love
Your girls can accessorise the dresses if they are simple, add jewel belts, brooches, short gloves or some fabulously decadent drop earrings.
50s Chic – Ted Baker / Jewelled Maxi – Hoss Intropia / Coral Silk – Topshop / Peach Pleats – Ted Baker
For the prettiest look, the nude colours lend themselves well to lace – providing elegance and a soft, luxurious touch. Team with loose big curls, shimmery eyes, a statement necklace and some beautiful nude shoes for a stunning and flattering outfit.
Mink Pleats – Ted Baker / Prim Organza Prom – Topshop / Floaty Lace – Adrianna Papell at John Lewis / Floor Length Lace – Topshop
So stay tuned, I’ll be doing another round up later this week with another colour theme, or if there is one in specific you’d like to see let me know!