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Over the last three weeks, London Wedding Planner Ishari De Silva has been sharing Chantal’s thoughts on all things wedding dress; from environmental concerns to the difference between buying a label from a boutique or commissioning couture, to when to say yes & who & what to take with you dress shopping. Check out part three of the blog here.
And parts one & two of what collectively is being called the Bridal Suite x
Still to come…. a three part glossary on Speaking Wedding Dress:
Chantal has been working with a client this month to fulfill her vision of a gown with alot of texture & surface decoration. The client loves organic designs but not flowers, so we visited one of our London suppliers with our client to browse the huge selection of Solstiss laces they stock, as well as dropping in on Hand & Lock nearby to discuss bespoke embroidery options….
Here are some of our new discoveries that we rather liked for future projects & clients:
The fifth Wedding Inspiration board in the series is inspired by the gown Dolce Vita.
It would be very easy to create a dark, moody, Victorian gothic theme & certainly this dress would definitely lend herself to that theme.
BUT….. Black dresses are not only for goths x They don’t have to be & who says you have to have the go-to gothy black/purple or black/red colour scheme even if you are wearing black?
Black dresses like Dolce Vita – a froth of black tulle can be given the romantic treatment with an alternative colour scheme & theme; though if gothic is your thing….. go wild.
For the Dolce Vita Wedding Inspiration board, I chose Alphonse Mucha as a jumping off point. Not so random given I styled the dress with a floral hair crown for an Emily Soto shoot that reminded me of Mucha’s work.
*Mucha was a Czech Art Nouveau painter, some of his illustrations featured ladies with floral crowns in their hair.
The moodboard for Dolce Vita is based around Art Nouveau with Violets, Aubergines, Purples & touches of Silver. Art Nouveau celebrated nature & the board uses flowers & branches in very natural ways adding lots of romance to a theme that can take in black too without looking dark.
So go on & embrace all those beautiful things celebrated by Art Nouveau & work them into your wedding, whatever colour gown you wear x
More about the dress: Dolce Vita is far from traditional but not all brides want traditional. It features a deep sweetheart neckline & voluminous ballgown skirt, all made in black tulle with an emerald /blue ombre finish to the corset.
Valentina- with it’s high low short skirt & sweetheart neckline is a youthful , exuberant bridalgown; the name is inspired by Valentino’s Valentina perfume advertisements.
The third Wedding Inspiration board in the series is inspired by Valentina. In keeping with the spirit of the dress, it captures it’s fairytale spirit with a ‘Midsummer’s Wonderland’ of Gilded Chalky Pastels; a willow the whisp, enchanted garden scape.
More about the dress: Valentina is a sandy gold colour that features a Solstiss lace corset with sweetheart neckline, trimmed with a bow & pearl drop. The corset is teamed with floaty silk tulle sleeves & taffeta skirt with pearl trimmed waistline – a cross between Marie Antoinette & Rock & Roll.
The second moodboard we’ve created in the series is based on our Aurelia design & is an example of building a very elegant & luxe wedding day around the bride’s dress & colour scheme: Blush & Gold with a hint of pistachio.
More about the gown: This corseted bridal gown design is made in ivory silk crepe & features hand painted & beaded appliqué lace on the corset with pearl straps. The colours painted bleed from blush to apricot to touches of pink & the suggested decor & detailing on the board reflect the subtle, sophisticated palette.
We’ve decided to put some Wedding Inspiration mood boards together to inspire Chantal Mallett customers on how they could style their day around one of my magical designs.
The first board in the series is based on our Coquette design & celebrates one of Chantal’s favourite palettes: Pink & Gold.
More about the gown: Coquette is a flirty, pretty, princess gown; the corset is created in gold Solstiss lace, the ball gown skirt in shades of pink tulle. The theme built around this bridal gown design has period touches & reflects the luxurious fabrics & textures; Marie Antoinette meets Cinderella.
Beauty image: Jvdas Berra
Pink flowers in gold bowl: Melani Lust Photography
Credits: You & Your Wedding Photographer | Sanshine Photography Stylist | Charlotte Munro Hair | Hayley King Hair Artist Make-up | Brides & Beauty Models | Bianca Florist | Blue Sky Flowers Paper Flowers | Tissue Blossoms Venue | Blenhiem Palace
2nd March 2015:
GILDED MAGAZINE – Royalty Issue – ROYAL KINK x
Last month we worked on & contributed to a really great editorial shoot with Umbar Shakir of Atomik Photography. We were shooting a moody, sexy mix of couture gowns & lingerie with some of our accessories. As the day progressed it really felt like we were shooting a very exclusive, private party – very ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ meets ’50 Shades’ meets ‘Belle de Jour’. We were shooting transparent dresses & lingerie with silk & tulle fishtails & sexy corsets & ball gowns. The whole look was high end & a little risque with opulent pearl chokers, silver sparkling head-dresses & masks.
Chantal was on set styling & the last shot of the day was her Coquette gown which she wanted to make sure really fitted with the whole vibe of the shoot, so she discussed with Suki about giving Kimi an edgier updo & decided to take the sash from one of Sonata’s gorgeous silk & lace robes & turn it into a blindfold to really make her the pretty bad girl.
What a great & happily exhausting day – the team was very diva free & all hands on deck & were all super happy with what they shot & Chantal got to style parts of her gowns with lingerie which gave them a different look & to try different pieces from the collection together, for the first time & they really worked well.
The floating Roxanne was created via a ladder & some cable (always fascinating to see behind the smoke & mirrors).
We are so pleased Gilded Magazine liked what we created & with Umbar’s super quick editing we made it into the issue just before deadline with the issue going live just two weeks after we shot!
Credits: Gilded Magazine: Royalty Issue 2.2 Photographer | Atomik Photography Hair & Make-up | Suki Miles Models | Kimi Lysette & Roxanne Eva Designers | Sonata Rapalyte, Chantal Mallett Bridal Couture & Accessories & Yuvna Kim With special thanks to Jaime & family x
US based fine art photographer Katie Andelman collaborated with Chantal to create four crowns to shoot on child models for Beyond the Wunderlust Magazine’s Snow Princess editorial & cover shoot. We’re very pleased to have worked with Katie & look forward to working with her again soon x
24th January 2015:
Yesterday we found out the shoot Chantal worked on with friend & International Fashion Photographer Emily Soto had been published in US based Thrifty Hunter Magazine AND Emily forwarded Chantal another 41 images from the shoot & some of the images are amazing!
Now that the shoot has been published, not only can we share the images (so look out for lots more being added to various pages on the site), we can also introduce you properly to Valentina & the Opera Cape we made for Coquette & share with you our Dolce Vita design.
The model we worked with on this was a lovely Liverpudlian called Abigail Tara Lilly, who has the air of a young Lily Cole & is just so beautiful & sweet & looked so enchanting in my work; giving it a very delicate, fairy like quality which blended perfectly with Emily’s style of imagery.
So without further ado, here is Emily’s gorgeous fashion editorial in Thrifty Hunter:
Three of our gowns are featured in the 2015 issue of Wedding Dresses Magazine.
TOWIE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
The Only Way is Essexmas aired on the 10th & Lydia got loads of screen time wearing a bespoke costume Chantal designed for her. There was a piece on her outfit on Reveal’s website & on ITV’s Only Way is Essex site plus more press images were shared on various social media.
Just a month after working with Emily Soto in Ireland, we were shooting again together. Emily flew in from NYC for the week & we shot with a beautiful model called Abi on a beautiful, warm & sunny, late October day at Capel Manor, Enfield. I know it well- I studied garden design there for three years & it made a wonderful backdrop. Images are under wraps for now but we shot some new pieces: Valentina, Dolce Vita with a huge black tulle skirt & Coquette with a matching tulle & lace opera cape, so come back soon for an update x.
This past weekend Chantal was involved with an Emily Soto workshop at Russborough House in Ireland.
Emily Soto is a very talented, well known NYC based fashion photographer. Emily was running a course teaching photographers her techniques & as part of her workshop she & the attendees photograph an editorialesque shoot.
Emily always uses wonderfully photogenic, gamine, delicate young models & shoots in a very romantic style that, quite frankly, Chantal has been a fan of for quite some time & has been keen to work with her. So naturally we were thrilled when she asked us to contribute accessories & gowns for her to shoot!
Chantal took a few select pieces out to Ireland for the shoot & was met with a sunny, warm, perfect Irish September day – her first experience of Ireland.
Emily is fabulous & the shoot team were top notch, we just know we have some great images coming our way & that Emily will have created some wonderful photographs.