New Caroline Castigliano Collection Unveiled!

New Caroline Castigliano Collection Unveiled!

I was delighted to launch the Caroline Castigliano 2011/12 bridal and evening wear collection on Thursday January 20 at the magnificent Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, and I'm overwhelmed with the wonderful responses I've had so far.
The day started early for the Caroline Castigliano team - the set designers for the catwalk were at the Mandarin Oriental from 6am! Throughout the day gowns were being tweaked, displays were being built, goody bags were being made up and there were dress rehearsals throughout the afternoon. Everything was planned to perfection!
The evening kicked off at 7pm  and over 200 guests filled the grand ballroom to enjoy the spectacular catwalk show. Backstage, the team and I were making sure that all the models and dresses were ready. The make-up artists and hair stylists were also making some last minute adjustments!
Finally, show time! The Toast Master announced the start of the catwalk show, the lights were dimmed, the music switched on and guests gathered round the stage, vying for the best view point. I opened with my new range of evening and party wear. There was an array of navy with black which I absolutely adore, gorgeous nudes were a favourite with the crowd and also on show were statements dresses in green and purple. I introduced my new line of shorter dresses which are perfect for a party or a slightly more formal occasion such as Ascot, Henley or even as a guest at a wedding.
The new bridal collection followed and models gracefully glided down the catwalk in romantic gowns of soft tulle and lace followed with striking signature pieces with structured fishtail and statement organza gowns.
Phew, at 9pm the show was over and I was extremely pleased to see so many happy guests, many of which immediately booked appointments at their nearest Caroline Castigliano boutique for the next day!
As well as the catwalk show, we also had displays by stunning diamond jeweller De Beers, beautiful bridal stationary by Smythson, chic designer shoes by Aruna Seth and ornate floral displays by Moyses Stevens. Top beauty specialists from Christian Dior and Paul Edmonds were also on-hand to give expert beauty advice.
This really was a spectacular evening, and if you missed out make sure to sign up and become a Caroline Castigliano member so you will be the first to know when the next event will be held.
But remember our 20th birthday celebrations haven't stopped yet! We have secured some fantastic exclusive offers from our luxury partners including De Beers, Moyses Stevens and Jill Zander for our 'Castigliano Daily' promotions! We are offering great prizes such as a luxury brightening and tightening skin package, a beautiful bridal bouquet and an exquisite diamond journey. These are all exclusive to Caroline Castigliano. I want customers to join in on our 20th birthday celebrations and we've made sure to choose prizes that are perfect for a bride-to-be to ensure she feels special on her extra-special day.

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Castigliano Daily!

Castigliano Daily!

Firstly I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! As we pack up the Christmas decorations, finish off the last pieces of chocolate and store away those festive jumpers, we look forward to a very exciting 2011. Starting off with our 20th birthday this month!

To celebrate we are giving way some amazing prizes throughout the month of January. We kick off by giving away a fabulous photo-shoot with award-winning photographer Emily Quinton and creative stylist Charley Beard. In association with Love My Dress, one lucky winner and their partner will work with Emily and Charley to choose the perfect location, venue and theme for the photo-shoot. The result will be a set of unique and beautiful images that can be treasured forever. To be in with the chance of winning this exclusive prize, please visit

We'll be offering you the chance to win many incredible prizes in January so make sure to visit our website daily!

And remember we'll also be celebrating our birthday in style at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park on January 20. Join us for a spectacular catwalk show where I'll be unveiling the new 2011/12 collection, and enjoy bridal beauty advice and makeovers whilst sipping on champagne.

Tickets cost £25, but numbers are strictly limited so book now to avoid disappointment. You can book by calling 020 8545 2665 or visit All guests will receive a luxury goody bag worth over £75.

Good luck with the January prizes and I look forward to seeing you at the Mandarin Oriental!

Caroline Castigliano 20th Anniversary

Caroline Castigliano 20th Anniversary

2011 is set to be an exciting year with the Royal Wedding in April and we, at Caroline Castigliano, are also celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

On January 20 we are holding a spectacular evening of bridal fashion with a champagne event at the Mandarin Oriental in London. I will be launching our 2011/2012 bridal and evening wear collections with a catwalk show and lots of our favourite partner companies will be on hand offering advice!

You will be able to meet advisors and make-up artists from Dior; discuss bridal and evening wear jewellery with De Beers diamond jewellers; Smythson will be on-hand to talk about beautiful bridal stationary; plus, Paul Edmonds and his team will help you with ideas for your hair, and getting it into spectacular condition for the big day! The stunning florists Moysers Stevens will be showing up-to-date flower arrangements and if you have never seen Aruna Seth shoes - now is the time to try on some of the most beautiful shoes in the world and meet the wonderful designer herself.

To top it all off you will leave with a goodie bag worth over £75!

I will be mingling amongst our guests and would love the opportunity to have a chat with you in person.

Tickets are £25 each - they sell really quickly so to book please call 020 8545 2665 or visit our website at

I really look forward to seeing you there!

A Festive Farewell

A Festive Farewell

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? I can't believe this is my last blog entry for Brides *sob* I have had so much fun doing them.

I absolutely love Brides magazine and it's been an absolute pleasure doing my blogs. If you have enjoyed reading them, as much as I have writing them, you can still read my blogs on and I am sure this is not the last time I will pop up on!

I am sure like me you are all busy getting ready for the festive break, I know here at team CB we have been very busy little Christmas Elfs! We have had a fabulous month so far as the new 2011 designs have hit the boutiques and the brides-to-be for 2011 are LOVING them. If you are a 2011 bride and have not yet found your 'one', do not delay as time is running out.... Style 'Gia' (pictured) is proving to be the dress on every brides lips, this luxurious, soft taffeta gown is a timeless classic with a fabulous corset fit, and is just stunning on any bride.

As well as being busy at the Charlotte Balbier HQ, I have been busy running round the shops buying gifts. I love buying gifts especially at Christmas time as the shops are full of amazing treats. I treated the Brides team to some gorgeous Mulberry notebooks... I love them so much so I was tempted to keep one for myself!

On my Christmas list to Santa is a Mulberry overnight bag (in pink of course); a Graham and Green Gold Pouffee; some Vivienne Westwood Naughty Alice perfume; a Links of London love bracelet; two Alice by Alice Temperley dresses (that Santa has kindly given me now so I can wear them over Christmas) and some Kath Kidston homeware!... I do hope Santa is extra nice to me this year and I get all my wish list!

I wish all the Brides team and all my Charlotte Balbier brides a very merry Christmas and a very happy 2011.

Much love and Christmas hugs and kisses,

Charlotte xxxx

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