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    NEWS — couture gown

    Natalie Chan Presents: Classic Capsule Collection

    One autumnal morning we took to the beautiful Lippincott Dining Room, inside Auckland’s most iconic department store Smith and Caugheys to stage our latest bridal photoshoot. Fresh flowers and greenery by Cartier for Flowers adorned the spacious room, with glassware and candles by Creative Style while chairs were provided by design specialists Kartell. The gorgeous bouquets also by Cartier for Flowers were held together with trailing silk ribbons by Feathers and Stone. Nicole and Zoe from Unique Model Management were the faces for the newest range with their hair tended to by Dry and Tea and makeup by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, wedding photographer Kirsty Peta Stone with assistance by Kimberly Elizabeth rounded out the dream team. The fanciful footwear was from Mi Piaci and all dresses and headwear from Natalie Chan.


    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

    Natalie Chan Presents: Classic Capsule Collection Lookbook

    Here at the Natalie Chan atelier we have been working steadily away at our latest bridal capsule collection, which we can unveil to you today! This full range will now sit alongside our exclusive couture designs in our physical and online boutique. The gowns are fluid with winsome detailing and are included alongside an assortment of charming separates perfect for the contemporary bride and her bridal party, think fitted lace tops, slim cut modern bodices, gathered skirts, and voluminous silk dupion skirts with deep pockets. A palette of ivory, dove grey and rose-pink is used, while textured tulle, quality silks and fine laces add just the right amount of whimsy.

    The 'Charlotte' tea length dress

    The 'Margaux' chiffon gown

    The 'Violetta' bodice with the 'Sylvie' tulle skirt

    The 'Cora' lace top with the 'Opera' silk dupion skirt

    The 'Delphi' camisole with the 'Wilma' tulle skirt

    The 'Sloan' gown

    The 'Cora' lace top with the 'Cherie' skirt

    The 'Delphi' lace gown


    All of these designs are handcrafted in our Auckland based atelier and are available in a size range from 8-14.

    View the full collection here.

    Stay tuned as next we share with you our styled photo-shoot of this range, that we worked on with a clever bunch of wonderful creatives!


    The Natalie Chan girls

    Natalie Chan Presents: 'Yours Ethereally'

    With an aesthetic that is steeped firmly in feminine romance, Natalie has created a bridal capsule collection encompassing her signature style in dresses and headwear. Brides are imagined in ivory and a colour palette of dove grey, butterscotch and rose-pink, while textured tulle and lace applique add just the right amount of whimsy. 

    Teaming up with long time collaborator, the wonderful Greta Kenyon of Greta Kenyon Photography for a breathtaking outdoors photo-shoot, we present to you 'Yours Ethereally'

    All of the designs are available for viewing in the boutique or online here


    Dresses and millinery: Natalie Chan, Photography: Greta Kenyon, Makeup: Bobbi Brown NZ, Models: 62 Models, Flowers: Cartier for Flowers.


    Diary of a Dress

    Here at Natalie Chan HQ we take great pride in precious craftsmanship through creating all of our designs be it dresses or head wear, in house. This means the entire process from designing to pattern drafting to cutting, sampling, and constructing is all completed by our dedicated team of fashion trained staff in our (ever so cosy, but at times rather cramped!) atelier above the boutique.

    In the lead up to our very first couture bridal collection launch later on this month at the amazingly hospitable Sofitel, we bring you an exclusive behind the scenes snippet at the process of creating one of our new couture bridal designs.


    After a design is finalised, we get set to drafting a paper pattern off from a standard dress block that we have in our pattern archives.

    Another piece of the pattern puzzle, how many pleats can you spy?

    Here we have already drafted a pleated pattern for the skirt component of the dress and prepare to cut out just one of what will be multiple layers in bridal tulle.

     After all is drafted and cut, we take to the industrial sewing machine and start constructing. Many layers make up a Natalie Chan couture gown and this includes an inner lining which is what is being sewn above.

    With the bodice fully sewn up by machine now we take to the art of hand appliqueing, the photo shows cotton lace guipure skillfully pinned on before being completely sewn on by hand.


     In what will be the final component of the dress, fine bridal tulle is hand draped over top the bodice veiling the layer of lace guipure underneath to add varied texture and dimension to the gown.


    And here we have it, the 'Amelia' gown. Looks easy enough in the photos, doesn't it?! There are of course a plethora of photos we could show you to detail the entire process in specific, but some secrets are best kept we think!

    We can't wait to present to you an image of the whole dress along with 19 others in its full context as we prepare to launch in 9 days time.

    The Natalie Chan girls