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    Behind the Seams: 'Borrowed Dreams' Bridal Collection

    As always romance is in the air here at the Natalie Chan atelier, as we put the finishing touches on our newest bridal collection. This season we are channeling mystical thoughts, where both darkness and light exist and the Natalie Chan bride is bewitched by her surroundings.

    This full collection will be shown at Wild Hearts Wedding Fairs,-a wedding fair concept like no other, the team at Wild Hearts is made up of creative souls and dreamers, who aim to gather other like minded wedding vendors to host an unforgettable and inspiring showcase. We will be on the runway at both the Christchurch and Auckland events, as well as having a stall at the Auckland fair, you can purchase your tickets here, and we can't wait to show you what we have been working on.

    Here are some behind the scenes images of creating the range, and you can see a few early releases of the designs here

    Bridesmaids Collection

    The Natalie Chan bridesmaids collection encompasses styles that are imbued with a timeless and charming romance. Beautiful seperates such as a lace top or structured camisole can be matched with a flowing floor length skirt or a short tulle number, alternatively you may opt for a darling gown design in identical or complementary colours. Brides-to-be can choose from a large variety of colour options to suit their special day, that is the beauty of choosing the bespoke jounrey.  Designed with verstaility, these pieces will be a great addition to one's everyday wardrobe long after the occasion.

    Dresses and Headwear: Natalie Chan
    Floral Design: Cartier for Flowers
    Footwear: Mi Piaci
    Glassware and Candles: Creative Style
    Makeup: Bobbi Brown
    Photography: Kirsty Peta Stone
    Photography Assistance: Kimberly Elizabeth
    Seating: Kartell
    Silk Ribbon: Feathers and Stone



    'Savoir Faire'-The Launch

    Held at our newly renovated boutique and to kick off the racing season, we showcased ‘Savoir Faire’ our couture millinery collection for the 2016-2017 season. A select group of media, clients and friends were invited to an intimate soiree, where the newest collection was on display. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with Natalie’s favourite choice of French champagne, Champagne G.H.MUMM, with a charcuterie platter, sweet treats from Vaniye and macarons from Milse also on offer. Gorgeous flowers from Cartier For Flowers adorned the showroom as well as peeking out from gift bags. Adding to the bespoke experience, guests were invited to choose their favourite new style and have talented illustrator Rebecca ter Borg live sketch a portrait of them poised, wearing the hat. 

    The scene is set as we wait for our guests to arrive

    A sneak peek of a special 'millinery in the making' video, more on this to come!

    Guests at the launch

    The lovely Rebecca who did such an amazing job live sketching our guests on the day


    Belinda from nzgirl with her portrait, is wearing our 'Starry Eyed' headband

    Janetta from Viva being sketched, and wearing our 'Floral Delight' hat (the black has since sold)

    Media personality Colin sits for his portrait, wearing the 'Floral Delight' hat in navy

    Natalie with one of her guests, the ever lovely and chic Di

    The NC team!


    It's all go here in our atelier as we work through our many bespoke millinery and bridal orders, as well as selling through our new range!

    Until next time,

    The Natalie Chan girls


    Natalie Chan Presents: ‘Savoir Faire’- The Millinery Collection

    Savoir Faire’ is Natalie's latest couture millinery collection for the 2016-2017 season. Translated ‘Savoir-Faire’ means “capacity for appropriate action; especially: a polished sureness in social behaviour", and it is this innate sense of poise and etiquette know-how, which captured Natalie's attention when designing her latest range. This collection sees Chan create with her continued fascination of old world meets modern day- as always the pieces are imbued with a feminine romance, but look closer and observe the striking confidence within the styles.

    The 'Alluring Muse' disc hat in nude

    The 'Feeling Pretty and Witty' pillbox hat in navy

    The 'Floral Delight' canotier in cream

    The headwear shapes vary from petite headbands to button, pillbox and percher hats to oversized structural designs and with an effortless ease are adorned just so. Embellishments appear in the forms of deconstructed butterfly wings, charming silk lilies, clusters of leather chrysanthemums and silk organza folds. Throughout, a bold colour palette of classic ivory, black, french navy, dove grey, and nude plays its part in the collection, highlighted by pops of scarlet red and rose pink.

    The 'Spring has Sprung' disc hat in dove grey

    The 'A Certain Charm' peak shaped hat in cream

    The 'My Heart's a Flutter' disc hat in red

    The 'In the Moment' peak shaped disc hat in rose

    The 'Starry Eyed' headband with veil in gold

    All of the designs are made in Chan’s atelier according to artisanal techniques relevant to millinery production. Hat bases are blocked on wooden forms, before being assembled by hand; the featured embellishments too, are constructed by hand in favour of precious craftsmanship. The ‘Savoir-Faire’collection features exclusive designs for the races and social occasions, and is available for viewing in the boutique or online here. A personalised bespoke service is also on offer.

    The 'Absolutely Resplendent' headband in silver

    The 'Captivating Muse' hat in black

    Stay tuned next for some images from the 'Savoir Faire’ launch held in the boutique.

    Photography: Aric Man
     Makeup: Bobbi Brown NZ
    Model: Arehana from 62 Models
    The Natalie Chan girls

    Boutique Makeover

    Because there is never a dull moment here at Natalie Chan HQ, over the course of a week we decided to close up shop, to renovate and update our beloved boutique's decor. With fresh paint on the walls in the most darling shade of dove grey, sleek new racks, an extended consultation area, and a charming doorbell service, we are so excited to greet clients old and new in our elegant new showroom.

    Thank you again to Aric Man for capturing these images.

    The Natalie Chan girls