Mimi Talks to Belle & Bunty: Part 1

BATD ON Mar 25, 2009 AT 1:02 pm

Alice Shreeve & Hannah Coniam

Alice Shreeve & Hannah Coniam

Meet Alice Shreeve (Belle) and Hannah Coniam (Bunty) the design duo behind super cool label Belle and Bunty. It’s their bright, vibrant and feminine designs that make their designs forever pieces.  With a host of celebrity fans including the likes of Fearne Cotton, Alexa Chung, and June Sarpong, we’re already looking forward to spring/Summer at Belle and Bunty.  We caught up with the girls recently to talk fashion, Jean Harlow dresses and a Chloe take over! Read on for more.

How did you get started?
After meeting at University we started up Belle & Bunty on weekends and evenings while both working full time in high street designer roles. We showed our first collection being both aged 23 and just gradually took it from there. We were lucky to have manufacturing connections in India and a great support network of family and friends to help us out. 

Secret Garden Cocktail Kaftan

Secret Garden Cocktail Kaftan

What can we expect from Belle & Bunty for Autumn/Winter 09?
Grecian influences, Trompe L’oeil prints, Emerald Green, Silver Grey. This season the range has expanded into Glam Evening and Dressed up Day. New additions of Leather jackets, a range of Cashmere and gorgeous embroidered silks and jerseys.
 
Do you have any high street collaborations in the pipeline?
We are currently working with Asos to create an exclusive Summer range of bright dresses and jumpsuits- buy it online at – www.asos.com. An indulgent Bath & Body range is also in the pipeline- so watch this space!

What investment piece is at the top of your wish list for Spring/Summer 09?
Bunty:  Dove grey leather Chloe gladiator sandals
Belle: A taupe Cheet shoulder bag.
 
Which trend do you think will dominate Spring/Summer 09?
Maximalism – lots of layering and jewellery and hair accessories as we have done in our ss09 shoot.

Antique Blue Dungaree

Antique Blue Dungaree

Favourite piece from your Spring/Summer 09 collection…
Bunty: The Secret Garden print cream kaftan- I can’t wait to wear this silk maxi dress with leather sandals and some flowers in my hair.
Belle: Our signature all in one is so versitile this season – in a smokey blue print. Great for day and evening with a t- shirt under.

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