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Brides UK

Sep/Oct 2019

Brides is a celebration of marriage, combining inspirational fashion stories with the most romantic honeymoon destinations, contemporary features on marriage and directional styles for the home.

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Conde Nast Publications Ltd
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6 Issues


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bringing you brides

BRYONY TOOGOOD Our fashion director for the past 16 years, Bryony started her career at this very magazine, before moving to Cosmopolitan and then returning to Brides in 2003. For this issue, she shot all four fashion stories (from p117) in South Carolina. She says: ‘It has been a career-long ambition to shoot bridal in the Deep South, so it’s fitting that my last stories for Brides were in this magical place.’ LISA HARVEY A freelance journalist and former features director and assistant editor, Lisa has 12 years’ experience writing and editing for titles such as Glamour, Elle, Grazia and Refinery 29. In What Would Mum Do? (p108), she reflects on her mum’s best love advice. ‘She’s seen me happy and helped me with heartbreak. It’s so lovely to share just one of…

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well, that was un!

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE I’VE EDITED A MAGAZINE FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS WHERE IT WAS COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE, encouraged even, to debate how good the sex was on your honeymoon. Where occasionally you handed over the decision about what to wear on your wedding day to our 160,000 readers. It’s a job that let us elbow our way into the private wardrobes of well-known designers who claimed to wear bridal every day. Where on every cover shoot we shared studio space with security guards who were there to protect the millions of pounds’ worth of diamonds our model wore – and when we might shoot 2,000 images to bring you one winning shot. We took Vera Wang and Jenny Packham shopping on the British high street to help brides on…

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Editor Jade Beer PA to the editor & beauty writer Sophie Cullen Deputy editor Harriet Jones Acting deputy editor Lizzie Pook Creative director Elizabeth Edwards Managing editor Louisa McGovern Chief sub & production editor Laura Eddy Picture editor Hannah Lamacraft Fashion director Bryony Toogood Digital editor Lauren Burvill Online & social media manager Lauren Hepburn Contributors Catriona Summerhill, Danielle Campbell, John Rowley, Lisa Harvey, Louis Romanus, Michelle Corps, Natasha Lunn, Nato Welton, Sophie Perkins, Tanita Montgomery, Vanessa Grzywacz DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL ADMINISTRATION & RIGHTS HARRIET WILSON EDITORIAL BUSINESS MANAGER FLORENCE EDWARDS SYNDICATION ENQUIRIES SYNDICATION@CONDENAST.CO.UK CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER SIMON GRESHAM JONES DIGITAL COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR MALCOLM ATTWELLS DIGITAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR HELEN PLACITO MARKETING MANAGER ELLA SIMPSON RESEARCH MANAGER TIM DICKINSON SENIOR DATA MANAGER TIM WESTCOTT COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR EMILY HALLIE DEPUTY PUBLICITY DIRECTOR HARRIET ROBERTSON SOCIAL MEDIA &…

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the evolution of bridal trends

WHEN I STARTED WORKING AT BRIDES IN 2003, wedding dresses were a bit stiff. There was a hangover from the ’90s for simplicity, but despite the cool-bride look of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in her Narciso Rodriguez slip (top left), regular brides were still wearing corseted bodices and net petticoats under heavy silk or satin. Strapless gowns gained popularity with the rise of destination weddings; embellished belts replaced sashes and bare shoulders were often covered by shrugs and wraps. In the mid-2000s, fishtails and figure-hugging shapes were popular, but after the 2011 royal wedding it was back to demure veils, high necks and sleeves. The next few years were all about understated French-girl style, ballgowns, separates, jumpsuits and minis. Latterly we’ve seen a softening of the super-sexy, with poet sleeves, ruffles and…

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the dresses that won’t date

2004 ‘I flew to New York to recreate an iconic shoot from 1993. David Fielden loaned a tulle dress with airy, voluminous skirts and a corset belt. I loved it. To me, its lightness and the sheer but super-romantic design was everything a wedding dress should be.’ 2008 ‘On the boulder-strewn beaches of Brazil, we shot floaty, flowing chiffon: a designer favourite and great for destination weddings. This Oscar de la Renta gown is elegant, unembellished and creates a fluid silhouette with its empire-line skirt.’ 2010 ‘For a trip to Thailand, I chose Clinton Lotter’s silk Mikado sheath dress with an asymmetric strap, oversized bow and obi-style train. The combination of clean lines, a classic fabric and statement detail still looks modern and chic.’ 2011 ‘In the blistering heat of the Tuscan countryside, we shot dresses with…

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a few magical new york moments

CAROLINA HERRERA The spring 2010 bridal show, held at Tiffany & Co, was exquisite. The romantic collection was inspired by artists such as Matisse and Monet and included delicate hand-painted water lilies, point d’esprit tulle, embossed silk and accessories such as straw boaters – like a painting come to life. DELPHINE MANIVET The fall 2015 show on the rooftop of Gramercy Park Hotel was beautifully boho but with a touch of rock’n’roll – we loved how Delphine added readyto-wear elements, such as a crocheted cardigan or wool bonnet and cape, over her delicate designs. REEM ACRA The fall 2019 collection, shown in New York Public Library’s lofty Gottesman Hall, was an inspired collaboration with party planner extraordinaire Preston Bailey. A softly coloured and intricately detailed collection culminated in a finale inspired by ‘a wedding soirée…