An exclusive glimpse of my first red carpet collection

 

Hello Everyone,

Thank you so much for reading my blog. Its been lovely to read your comments, please keep them coming.

First things first. I am absolutely loving the longer evenings and milder temperatures, in fact, it’s been that warm in Leeds I was actually able to sit out in my garden and I even had to apply sun cream as the sun was so strong. I definitely feel like summer is here and more importantly HOLIDAYS are on the way!! Hurray.

Last weekend, myself and the Emmerdale band “The barmaid and the vets” performed at the Lucy Mai Sanderson spring ball in Leeds. We had a fantastic time and it was so lovely being back on stage together, as our last big gig was in the autumn. We had a rehearsal early on in the week to brush off the dust so to speak, and thankfully we weren’t too rusty!! A wonderful night was had by all.

 

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This weekend was absolutely manic as we were shooting the images for our Enais Chapman debut collection lookbook and website. It was an absolutely fantastic day and we had an amazing team including photographer Rob Evans and international make-up artist Scott Beswick. In keeping with the whole theme and ethos of our brand, I wanted the images to have a very vintage Hollywood feel whilst still being quite modern, which I think Rob captured excellently. The make up was also divine. Scott created the Great Gatsby esque/ Hollywood starlet look absolutely perfectly, i got so excited seeing the models and that was before they’d even stepped into our gowns. When they finally did, my heart was in my mouth and I felt overwhelmingly nervous as it was the first time anyone else had seen or worn our collection. Upto now it had only been Kate and I working on them on either mannequins or me. I felt incredibly relived when each model said how gorgeous the dresses were and how they felt really beautiful in them!

 

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It was also extremely encouraging when the rest of the team also commented on how gorgeous they were. Nevertheless I still don’t think I actually breathed properly until the end of the day when I felt we’d captured everything we needed too.

 

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Our dresses were beautifully accessorised with stunning headbands and bracelets and necklaces from bespoke jeweller Victoria Walker, who is incredibly talented and hand makes vintage inspired pieces. With a pumping soundtrack in the background and Rob snapping away, the models worked both the dresses and the gowns brilliantly. It felt quite strange to be on the other side, making decisions about set ups, styling and hair and makeup as I’m so used to being in front of the camera. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it, when I could breathe that is. It was incredibly satisfying for both myself and Kate to finally see the collection on people and we are so excited to open our made to order online boutique at the end of the month. I can’t wait for you all to see the final edit of the images. Also keep your eyes peeled at the British Soap Awards as you may well be seeing a couple of our bespoke gowns on the red carpet. Needless to say I’m very excited, albeit incredibly nervous.

 

Screen grabs and behind the scenes

Screen grabs and behind the scenes

 

Anyway as always I’ll say goodby for now and speak very soon.

Love Natalie xx

Ps had a slightly worrying experience at the hairdressers, I thought I was being attacked by darlecks!! It all turned out fine in the end though! Xxx

 

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7 comments

  1. Debbie Clarke

    So very proud of my amazing daughter Natalie xx well done with your shoot on Saturday it all looks fab !

  2. It was an amazing shoot and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was so lovely to work on your gorgeous dresses, I can’t wait to see all of the photos…
    Thank you again for a great weekend, Victoria Walker x

  3. Love the collection. Amazing dresses. Can’t wait to see them in action. X

  4. WOW!!.. as soon as I read your latest blog it left me very excited, your clothing line ENAIS CHAPMAN completely transformed the models, I had to double check that they weren’t celebrities already. Natalie whenever we see you in the public eye you are so well put together that this new venture fits you to a T. I’ll be keeping a look out on your blogs for the website going live, the range of sizes you offer and hopefully more sneaky peaks of dresses. Personally I have a few engagements in the next year in the diary as i’m sure lots of women do so good on you for opening up this service to All. It look like a success story already, I wish you all the best and God bless.

  5. The dresses look AMAZING!! Very excited to see the collection in action x

  6. Dresses look fab! Looking forward to seeing them on the red carpet at the Soap Awards xx

  7. Beth Medhurst

    Lovely dresses ladies! They look fab. Maybe one day, if you’re very lucky, you can design one for me! Xx

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