I received an email last week from Belle & Bunty, an independent fashion label based in London, who have created an absolutely exquisite, glamour-drenched collection of seven floaty and feminine classic maxi dresses, which they are rather fabulously offering as a beautiful alternative to bridal wear; think elegant, sophisticated, timeless designs, reminiscent of the floor sweeping gowns of the 30's in the most sumptuous silks and with delicate hand crafted detail, and you get the idea.

I got chatting with Hannah Coniam, one half of the duo of designers behind the Belle and Bunty label, and the Magnificent 7, and asked her how the collection came about…

"The collection has stemmed from myself and my business partner Alice both getting married within a few months of each other;  her, last December and myself in July this year. Both being lovers of all things vintage, romantic and old-school glamour, and having had our own fashion label for 7 years, we obviously wanted to design our own wedding dresses ( no pressure there then!). 

So after months of researching and umming and ahhing we had our two styles ready; The Belle and The Bunty. The Belle being a 1930s style maxi dress in Red Claret Silk Satin with Cape and hand made corsages, perfect for a Winter Wedding and The Bunty, a romantic Summery style in Soft Gold Satin and Champagne Chiffon. Both personal to each of us aswell as having our Belle & Bunty signature style from the collaboration of each others ideas…"

 Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Imagery Copyright (c) 2010, Belle & Bunty

The Belle, by Belle & Bunty, from the 'Magnificent 7' collection...


"So, with both of us feeling pleased as punch with our own styles and having been making a few one-off dresses for our lovely boutique customers who seemed to also want something a bit different from the traditional white dress by a big name bridal designer, we decided to expand on what we had to create The Magnificent 7; a capsule collection of 7 styles of alternative Bridal wear at price's that wouldn't break the bank! Dresses for the modern woman who wants to feel fantastic and unique on their big day."

And what a truly wonderful job they have done!

The collection has been carefully constructed with a shape to suit every figure and all styles are available in bridal colours. Aliceʼs wedding dress, The Belle (£875, and pictured above there), exudes 1940s glamour with its open back, draped cape font, fitted at the waist and over the hips with handmade silk corsage and finished with a full flowing skirt.

And below, 'The Bunty', the gown worn by Hannah on her wedding day – a beautiful dusty peach silk chiffon number with a trio of silk corsages, £845…
The Bunty, by Belle & Bunty, from the 'Magnificent 7' collection...

The Magnificent 7 brings together the efforts of years spent polishing these shapes to perfection with an intensely personal touch.  And I think that's why I love the collection so much.  This isn't 'just' a suite of 7 beautiful, head-turning dresses – it's the fact that each dress has come about because of love and romance and a passion to create something that stands out and truly celebrates the female form. 

Each individual design has it's own personality too; I love 'The Estella' below, an enchanting nude silk crepe and georgette gown with silk lining and handmade silk roses.  The waterfall effect of the fabric as it drops to the floor is divine!

This exquisite dress costs £975 – which still beats most designer dress price tags…

The Estella, by Belle & Bunty, from the 'Magnificent 7' collection...

I actually can't pick a favourite in amidst these 7 lovely designs, but 'The Willow' below, certainly comes very close. The Willow Maxi Dress is the seminal force behind the collection. Following the Willowʼs repeated sell-out success, Alice and Hannah have made dresses for a stream of brides looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding dress.

The Willow, by Belle & Bunty, from the 'Magnificent 7' collection...

The beautiful 'Primrose' design below (£1095) celebrates a figure with curves; low cut at the front with flattering sheer flutter sleeve and beaded shoulder detailing, the style is fitted over the waist and hips flowing to a flared skirt.  I am utterly in love with the dark teal colour of this dress! The dress screams 'screen siren goddess' to me – and those sleeves are so pretty!  I'm already visualising teaming this dress up with a beautiful little vintage clutch bag and pair of vintage drop earrings and Emmy heels – perfect!

The Primrose, by Belle & Bunty, from the 'Magnificent 7' collection...

The minimal elegance of The Bay (£745) is perfect for a more boy-ish figure with a keyhole back and crystal button detail adding a subtle feminine touch…

The Bay, by Belle & Bunty, from the 'Magnificent 7' collection...

 The strapless Wisteria (£745) has a line of covered buttons at the bust, a sheer bow at the back and a tiered skirt, gradually becoming sheer towards the floor as the layers fall away…

The Wisteria, by Belle & Bunty, from the 'Magnificent 7' collection...

The Magnificent 7 exhibits Hannah and Aliceʼs expertise at its finest, distilling their meticulous attention to detail and refined eye for colour, creating a collection of pieces to be treasured and enjoyed well beyond the wedding day.

The collection is available to order throughout the year at the Belle & Bunty Boutique in London:-

Belle & Bunty Studio: 45a Brecknock Rd, London, N7 0BT

For further information, visit the Belle & Bunty website and do let me know, which is your favourite? :)

You can view more Bridal Wear on the Love My Dress Wedding Blog here.

Much love,

Annabel xXx

Leave a Comment!
  • Nicola Statham

    These dresses are to die for!!! Absolutely beautiful! x

  • Dulcie

    Sigh, The Willow is just what I was after 4 months ago when I was looking for my dress!!! It’s so pretty, just straight out of a 30s movie. Can totally imagine Rita Hayworth or Ginger Rogers dancing in this!

  • Louise Marshall

    These are absolutely beautiful!! Seriously thinking my dress options here!! The prices are amazing compared to most!! You couldn’t even get a bog standard boring strapless gown for the same!!
    Lou x

  • http://www.lovemydress.net Annabel ~ Love My Dess Wedding Blog

    I LOVE them, aren’t they just beautiful? If I really HAD to choose my 2 faves are The Belle and The Willow, but I love them all! ;)
    Annabel xXx

  • Helene

    What beautiful dresses,the Bunty is my favourite by far, I absolutely adore it! I already have my wedding dress but am now thinking of a change of dress for the evening, as these are just too gorgeous!

  • Cath

    My favourite in ‘Primrose’. I love blue-green shades and the shape and cut are so flattering! I love to see coloured wedding dresses, and these are exquisite.

  • http://annaandtheringlondon.blogspot.com/ anna and the ring

    Mmm Willow.

  • Jane Trow

    I love the primrose. But all amazing dresses, I love something a little different :)

  • Mel

    THe willow is such a beautiful dress, how could anyone not look beautiful in that!
    Closely followed by Estella. What a gorgeous collection.

  • http://beautifulclutter.blogspot.com/ Jem

    What stunning dresses! Particularly the first pictured – simply divine! :-)
    Jem xXx

  • Irene Ferretti

    The Belle is stunning!!! Love love love it xx

  • Sara Thomas

    The Belle!!!

  • http://lovevintagetea.wordpress.com/ Love Vintage Tea

    My faves are the Belle and the Willow although all the dresses are beautiful! Xx

  • http://www.tinoandpip.co.uk Tino&Pip Photography

    Think I’m swaying towards the first… or perhaps the second… or maybe the first… Just can’t make my mind up!

  • Nina

    If I owned all of these dresses, I would never need to go dress shopping again!!
    I absolutely adore the Primrose dress, the colour is so beautiful! Off to their website for a scout about! Thanks LMD! (for once again risking bankrupting me!!! LOL!)
    Nina xx

  • http://www.perfectring.ie Rings

    Third dress down is stunning, could be used as a wedding dress.

  • http://www.lovemydress.net Annabel ~ Love My Dess Wedding Blog

    Hi Rings! I think the idea is that they could all be wore as wedding dresses as an alternative to the more usual white and/or ivory :)
    Brides shouldn’t feel constrained by the choices they get in the bridal boutiques. I wish they would look further afield and at designs such as these as they indeed would make the most gorgeous wedding gowns.
    Much love,
    Annabel

  • http://www.candysnaps.co.uk Caroline

    So so gorgeous!!!! I especially ♥ the first dress!

  • http://www.theweddingvine.com Rachel – theWeddingVine

    Wow this collection is amazing!! Love the chiffon one with a rose corsage shoulder strap!

  • r

    Divine dresses, but I do wish they’d feature them on a variety of models; esp. those that had a bit more curves… we’re not all so lucky to be a size 0 or a 2. =/

  • http://www.lovemydress.net Annabel ~ Love My Dress Wedding Blog

    Very Fair point stated r, but I do think that these dresses would look fabulous on the slightly fuller figure too :) Interesting isn’t it that most designers STILL use very tiny models to promote their beautiful designs. Is it an assumption that this is what we aspire to? Whatever the case, I absolutely adore the dresses above and think Belle & Bunty have done a fabulous job of creating an alternative Bridal Wear collection :)
    Much love,
    Annabel xXx

  • http://www.beyondbeyond.co.uk Amma//Beyond Beyond

    Wowsers all of these dresses are absolutely beautiful. Super love, love, love!

  • http://www.pokersemdeposito.com/ Poker Gratis

    Boa tarde!, chamo-me Ana estudo Engenharia Mecânica e adorei muito do teu blogue! Muito linda sim senhora!
    Aplixa-se imenso tudo aquilo que aqui li.Existe por vezes imenso para expressar nos blogues!Nada nada mais gostoso do que deixar a nossa ideia online!
    Bye Bye :)