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Supplier of the week – Charlotte Balbier

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Apologies for the lack of blogs just recently folks! We have been tremendously busy and the next magazine (issue six) has finally gone to print and it’s our biggest and, without too much of the old trumpet blowing, our best yet … can’t wait for you all to see it.

Anyway, the blog is back and it will be here to stay. And to kick off the re-start, we’ve got a beauty of a post for you. Our supplier of the week is none other than the brilliant and highly creative Charlotte Balbier. Not only has this wonderfully creative dress designer supplied us with a fabulous press release to get us ready for the new collection (we MUST wait patiently ladies) she has also sent through an array of amazing pictures of these dresses to give us a sneak preview of what we have to look forward to ….

And the best thing of all – these dresses will be sat waiting for you in various dress boutiques and stores in and around our very own East Midlands – yay!

So, here we go:

2011: Taking you to the heart of the real Charlotte Balbier

For 2011, Charlotte Balbier is debuting her largest collection to date, over thirty new styles translating the individual styles and personalities of today’s brides.

There is always a surprise in every Charlotte Balbier collection and for the first time Charlotte has two very distinctive flavours running through the entire collection. The first, her interpretation of fantasy and romance: the English Tea Party collection. The second: the Sabella Collection, a nod to her multicultural heritage; the fusion of the Sicilian Dolce Vita with the French Savoir Faire.

“Charlotte has really upped the glamour stakes this year with a stunning collection of vintage femininity mixed with old school glamour! Exquisite laces and silks in figure flattering shapes; this is a collection to really take the bridal world by storm!”

Choola, Sheffield

Charlotte has really outdone herself – it is simply stunning.

She has introduced some sophisticated new designs which are a real taste of Italian chic and some exciting new silhouettes – watch out for the amazing day to evening hemline!

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We were very privileged to have a preview of Charlotte’s forthcoming 2011 collection. Once again she has raised the bar, and we anticipate our best year yet with her new designs!

The Dressing Room in Draycott

We were completely bowled over by Charlotte’s new collection.  In particular, the way in which she has embraced so many new fabrics and shapes without losing any of that special Charlotte Balbier look and feel.  A lot of our customers have more or less decided that they will have a Charlotte Balbier gown before they even come in to the shop  –  and it’s going to be a lot harder now for them to choose.  Every dress seems more beautiful than the last, and the excitement factor is maintained right through the collection by the little details Charlotte incorporates – whether it be the design of the lace, a flirtatious little shoulder strap, or some bold and creative detail in the train, every gown contains it’s own wonderful and unique surprise.     I think you can safely say that we are bigger fans than ever!

Kudos Edinburgh



The English Tea Party collection

Gazing back to a childhood favourite, Charlotte’s designs for this collection take you through the looking glass with Alice Wonderland. Moonlight fairytales and ethereal romance vivifies Charlotte’s signature vintage laces, feminine styling and soft pastel hues. Once photographed the dresses will come alive in a setting of the Mad Hatters Tea party meets an English secret garden, in essence Charlotte’s imagery embodying the glamour of cool Britannia.

The Sabella collection

Charlotte has successfully built her reputation on creating a brand and design portfolio that truly is an extension of her personality and heritage. With her French surname, Balbier, from her grandfather, the Sabella collection is named after her Sicilian Grandmother from whom she still feels her strong connection to Italy which reflects in her designs. For 2011 we see a renaissance for Charlotte in the Sabella connection. Now in her 8th year in the industry, there is a much more sophisticated accomplished feel to the collection. Taffeta and soft silks in sophisticated styles sit alongside soft pleating with timeless elegance and Italian laces that are the ultimate in chic. The black and white photography of this collection will connote the attitude and style of Italian fashion.

“With two very different flavours and over thirty new styles, 2011 brings about a real renaissance in my designs. New fabrics and beading, a new fresh colour palette and new photography styles will truly elevate this collection to a whole new level so that it can make its mark on the bridal fashion industry and most importantly allow us to grow in partnership with our retailers.”

Big thanks to Charlotte for giving us a special preview of these fabulous gowns and do let us know if any of you brides to be out there have got your heart set on a Charlotte Balbier creation …

We’ll be back tomorrow with ‘I thee Wed’ with a twist 😉

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1 Comment
  1. Justine

    Lovely article and ladies the wait is almost over! Loren and Daisy as featured in the article have arrived today and they are exquisite! We will have Charlottes entire collection here @ the dressing room from the 14th – 16th October, full details on our website.


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