THIS IS BRIDAL DONE DIFFERENTLY

VOWS chats to... CLAUDIA MELLER ENGLAND ♡

Sustainable, luxury loungewear that takes you from day to night, WFH but can work just as well for your bridal guests? That's a total YES from BRIDES, made modern. This week on VOWS, we are going IN with independents, and chatting to the divine Claudia from Claudia Meller England who specialises in bringing a unique take on slow fashion with her prints, natural fabrics and inclusive designs.

Oh and did we say Claudia also does made to order, premium kimonos and lounge sets for cool brides and bridal parties? Your going to fall in love. 

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So, how did we meet?
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I've 'met' a lot of creative and interesting people through Instagram while searching for other sustainable fashion fans and those creating real value in the industry.
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Tell us more about your career and brand.
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Having designed print and fashion for years as a side hustle, my big step was actually during lockdown. I was desperate to wear something other than leggings and a jumper while stuck in the house. I made myself a super glam, floor length kimono to waltz about in, shared some photos and the rest is history! Everyone loved it and clearly agreed some glamour at home goes a long way for our wellbeing and productivity.
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I love the classic 'worn out' glamour of years gone by, think Brigitte Bardot, Slim Aarons and run down country houses all rolled into one. Pairing that with a 'made to order' business model means my customers can shop guilt free, knowing where their pieces are from and exactly who made them.
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Best bridal advice?
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Not just bridal, but life in general - keep it classy, don't follow trends or traditions just because other people do.... oh, and weddings are meant to be fun, try not to stress over the small stuff.
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What aspects of a wedding would you vow to re-work, re-use and re-
purpose?
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Everything!! I absolutely hate waste and my mum always taught me how to be resourceful. I enjoy making something out of nothing and have eclectic taste when it comes to design. A few antique pieces mixed in with new ALWAYS works best, be it in your outfit, or your wedding decorations.
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Dream wedding guests? GO!
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Just the people I love, nothing is private these days so I think an exclusive, small guest list is more up my street. 
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Top three songs on the dance-floor playlist?
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Some sort of very bizarre mix of House, Pop and Soca according to my Spotify...
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Any 2021 trends a bride-to-be needs to watch out for?
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I'd be lying if I advised you towards any trend, I believe in rebelling against what everyone else is doing, if you want to wear a bright pink gown, do it! Having said that, if you can make your day just a little bit more sustainable, thats a trend I can get on board with.
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Check out Claudia at www.claudiameller.com or over on her IG
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