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Hello and welcome to this afternoon’s Bridal Style feature! Today we have the absolutely stunning new collection from Charlie Brear. We adore Charlie’s designs here at Boho, you can see more on the 2017 collection from our last feature here. This collection is sleek, romantic, eclectic, traditional and yet contemporary – everything London has to offer. I love it!
Charlie Brear is a contemporary bridal and evening wear label based in the Queens Park Design District in north London. The Charlie Brear bridal collection is stocked in 50 boutiques world wide and has attracted a cult following from spirited and modern brides who want their wedding dress to be as unique as they are.
Designed and made in London, Charlie Brear produces two seasonal bridal collections a year in harmony with Additions, a permanent collection of styling pieces such as skirts, sashes and sleeves designed to help brides create a bespoke look. Charlie Brear’s bi-annual evening wear collection is stocked exclusively at the London studio and complements the bridal range with splashes of colour and fashion-forward silhouettes. High profile women who have worn the collections include Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller and Caroline Issa.
The Charlie Brear story started somewhat by accident. In 2005 Charlie, who worked as a fashion stylist, found herself selling off vintage wedding dresses sourced for a music video. She was struck by the growing interest amongst her circle of friends for something alternative to get married in, which at the time seemed limited. This motivated her to launch her own bridal wear company, selling one-off original pieces. Charlie subsequently began designing her own collections and fell truly in love with bridal. The addition of a red carpet-focused line in 2013 has also made Charlie Brear a destination for beautifully made evening wear.
Since founding the brand as creative director and designer, the journey has been an all-encompassing one for Charlie. Drive and a true passion for her craft has enabled the eponymous label to grow from a fledgling start-up to a global success story rooted in Britain. With external demands, a young family and a growing team to manage, Charlie knows only too well the devotion needed to oversee a business.
The London Collection is an eclectic new range created to celebrate the DNA of the Charlie Brear brand.
Taking inspiration from botanical artist Marianne North, a juxtaposing mix of structural and pretty laces have been used throughout to create contemporary pieces that are indicative of the brand’s fresh and innovative approach to bridalwear.
Each piece is named after a road in the Queens Park Design District, where the new Charlie Brear studio is based. Key styles include ‘Claremont’ in a camellia flower stretch lace with optional appliqué flowers on the cuffs and neckline; ‘Brooksville’ in a silk spot chiffon with a sheer back, and the striped organza ‘Apsley’ top and ‘Somerton’ skirt.