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 eveningwear.
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.
'If you can do something that you really love, it doesn't feel like work.' Charlie Brear
Charlie Brear is a contemporary bridal and eveningwear label based in the Queens Park Design District in north London. The Charlie Brear bridal collection is stocked in 60 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. Founded in 2005 as The Vintage Wedding Company, since 2013 the brand bears the eponymous name of it's founder. 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 eveningwear 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.
All that Glitters 2018 Mainline Collection:
Bold, glamorous, fearless and seductive are all words that describe the 2018 Charlie Brear Mainline Collection. With a subtle nod to 70s Cher and referencing the film Pretty Woman, taking 90s attitude and grit mixed with sophistication, the mood is fun and relevant to this season’s easy-going CB bride.
The use of luxe textured fabrics and perfectly cut silhouettes create a light-hearted mood that’s both pretty and aspirational. Cut away necklines, low backs, off-the-shoulder sleeves, front-split skirts and sheer lace panels give the collection its directional, fashion-led feel, whilst uneven pleating, layering, voluminous sleeves and pockets add detail and individuality.
The collections focus this season is on stand-alone dresses but stays true to its roots with new hero accessories and separates in the label’s signature range of Additions. CB brides can continue to style their dress for a unique look. Standout pieces of the collection include Avalon, an effortless strapless luxe crepe gown with soft flared bodice overlay and long waist tie; Elua, a tailored dress with graphic dandelion lace sheer sleeves and back panel; and the Keala, a wide-sleeved boxy cropped lace top with optional eyelet lace trim neckline.
“Simple is sometimes just as striking, but also sometimes too much is still not enough”
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