British Bridal Designer Charlotte Balbier chats about her stunning new Untamed Love Collection…
What was the inspiration for the 2017 Untamed Love Collection?
I hoped to capture the bride’s attention and imagination with the new Untamed Love 2017 collection. It’s a different collection from what I’ve ever crafted, and I dedicated over 12 months of love and attention to its creation. I love to constantly evolve the Charlotte Balbier brand to be at the forefront of the market and I could not be more delighted with the new gowns. The Untamed Love Collection is all about celebrating individuality and being your own kind of beauty.
Where did you get the inspiration for this collection from?
I’ve taken all my inspiration for the Untamed Love Collection from my brides, because my brides are the most important thing to my brand. I love to connect with all of my brides via social media and I really take on all of their feedback. It’s great to hear which styles and shapes the brides resonate with and which gowns they are truly attracted to. I travel around the Country all year around to trunk shows and meet with my clients individually to chat in person. I love having a strong connection with the brides who wear my gowns to embrace the individuality, style and fabulousness of each and every one of them. I have two very distinctive styles, one is glamorous and the other side is the inner BOHO girl at heart. The Untamed Love Collection embraces my inner hippy and the more opulent side to me!
Can you give us an overview of the various shapes of gowns that the collection includes? Tell us a little about the details that the designs feature?
Dreamy ethereal gowns sit alongside fun and playful floral print works of art combined with classical simple and romantic gowns. The Agatha, Carmel and Bayley are beautiful fitted strapless gowns. Our new Aphrodite gown is a beautiful halter neck with delicate lace detailing. The Paige gown is simply stunning with a beautiful lace on skin back detailing and fishtail back to it. The Posy gown is a fun stunning floral separate and I literally cannot wait to see a bride wearing this gown on her big day. The Rosemary gown is beautifully one shouldered with floral cut out details on the back. Our Sofia gown and Rosalie gowns pay attention to a brides neckline and shoulders of a bride with beautiful lace and silver beaded detailing. My collection really does take into consideration all shapes and sizes and we love to give brides a lovely choice of shapes and fits to choose from.
What fabrics feature within the collection?
The quality and palette of the fabrics used in the Untamed Love collection is second to none. There are plenty of uses of tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado fabrics. We’ve even designed some fabrics exclusive to the Charlotte Balbier brand, there is the specially designed chiffon material created in-house that is only available via our brand. Our two new floral gowns have literally wowed our stockists and the audience at the White Gallery where we launched the new Collection over May. Untamed Love, is a soft sorbet of lilacs, apricot, plum, pinks and muted greens. This is a truly a show-stopping gown with an on-trend pocket detail.
What colours did you choose to use in the new Collection?
I love to play with colour palettes and this is evident in the new collection, sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues, are antique gold’s, silver pewters, apricot tones and of course my favourite blush and rose pink shades. Any bride wanting to make a statement during her wedding would wow her guests in the Untamed Love gown for sure. Colour is great for a bride who wants her day to be remembered above all others.
Do you have a personal favourite within the collection?
I only design gowns I love so I have to say I love them all! It’s absolutely impossible to choose one single design! I am extremely pleased the Untamed Love gown has gone down a storm with press, stockists and brides on social media. The Untamed Love gown received so many hits and likes on the @CharlotteBalbier Instagram at the White Gallery. The ‘Aphrodite’, ‘Agatha’, ‘Posy’ & ‘Luna’ are also key favourites. The Luna gown is a stunning beautiful lace dress and a deep plunge neckline; this gown has proved extremely popular.
Which design within the collection would you suggest for brides wanting a classic look and why?
I’d recommend the Agatha gown for a classic bridal look. It’s such a classic gown with a lovely strapless detailing. The silk used to create this gown is classic and heavy. It’s a simple classic gown, which will look ageless in wedding photographs. It has a modern look to the gown the way the bodice twists into a lovely finish. The Agatha gown is a lovely classic dress to be dressed up with great accessories, jewellery, a standout pair of shoes and a stunning bouquet of flowers.
And what about brides wanting to make a style statement?
Without a doubt a bride who wants to make a statement would have to go for the Bloom gown or the signature Untamed Love gown. These floral gowns would certainly be a dress to be remembered and put the wow factor into your wedding. They are truly wonderful, feminine gowns to give the edge to your wedding and bridal photos. A bride could embrace the BOHO look all together and go all out with a floral flower crown too.
How has the new collection been received by bridal boutiques and when will the designs be arriving in boutiques?
The new Untamed Love Collection will start to arrive in-store from August and I cannot wait to hear the reactions from Brides to the designs. We’re already getting so many enquiries on the collection and the interest has been overwhelming so far.
What is the size range and price range of the dresses?
The new Untamed Love collection is priced from £1,200-£3,000. The collection is available from & to any size, we do not work to a set size chart we work to our brides and celebrate all of them.
Check out the stunning 2017 collection below, and visit charlottebalbier.com for more details.