EDEN COLLECTION BY CHANTICLEER
We’re huge supporters of home-grown talent in the wedding industry and beyond. We’re extremely lucky to live in a country crammed full of creative designer-makers who stand for great design, quality and luxury. Today I’m delighted to introduce you to bridalwear designer Tracey from Cotswold-based Chanticleer. Her new 2015 collection ‘Eden’ is inspired by country florals – how very British!
Photographed by regular B.LOVED Contributor Bowtie & Belle, and set in the lush grounds of Birmingham Botanical Gardens the collection features delicate floral embellishements and lace, key-hole back details and overlays that are timeless yet totally on trend for 2015.
Chanticleer was first established in 1988, and is still going strong 26 years later. We dress brides from all over the UK with some travelling from Europe, America, Dubai, and Australia. Our Regency style wedding boutique set in the heart of the Cotswolds acts as a beautiful show case for our wedding dress collections, and with our studio situated on the floor above, my team of highly qualified seamstresses hand craft each and every gown to the brides specific requirements. Our gowns can also be found in a selection of other bridal boutiques around the UK, with our Designer visits giving advice and a unique experience for those brides wishing to purchase a Chanticleer gown, but not being able to travel to Cheltenham.
How did you get started in the industry? After finishing my BA (Hons) in Fashion I started working for Chanticleer as a seamstress and gradually worked my way up until the previous owner retired, which then gave me the opportunity to take over the reins and put my own handprint onto the business.
How would you describe your style? Chanticleer has a clean, classic style, with corseted bodices, delicate use of lace fabrics and beading, combined with sumptuous satins, crisp taffetas and ethereal tulles. Our brides love the fact each dress is individually made for them with the flexibility of being able the change design details and mix styles together allows them to feel part of the design process too. The ‘made to measure’ option also gives brides confidence for her special day. This is a strong selling point not just for our own boutique but for our stockists as well.
What inspired your new collection? I design a new collection every year consisting of 18-20 gowns which takes approximately 9 months from initial concept to final gown. This year’s collection: ‘The Eden Collection’ was inspired by nature and floral 3D components. Once the idea was set I then sourced fabrics and finalised the designs for production of the mock up dresses. The prototypes are then made and ‘tweaked’ where necessary.
What’s your favourite design? One of my favourite gowns is ‘Orchid’ with its long sleeves but I also love the deep V neckline front and back and soft tendrils growing up the body.
Do you pay attention to trends? You are surrounded every day by images online and in magazines so you absorb a feeling for what is happening, but I tend to go with what ‘feels’ right! You are going to have to live with these choices in your photographs for potentially a life time and you will be more comfortable on your big day if you look like you. I think long, wispy sleeves are going to become popular moving into 2016, and am still toying with the idea of soft pastels and floaty fabrics but these are only ideas at the moment, I will wait for feedback from my brides as to what they are looking for too.
What challenges have you set yourself for the next 12 months? We have a few areas of the country where we get enquiries from brides looking to buy dresses closer to home so expanding our number of stockists is a priority for us, as is refining the Chanticleer collections, as we are always striving to provide absolute perfection.