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Beautiful Briony | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Briony married her new hubby Mark in December last year. The couple wanted to celebrate both their backgrounds so chose to be married in an English style cottage garden at Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney followed by a reception at the Quay Restaurant on Sydney Harbour.

“The English garden was a nod to Mark being English and I was born and lived in Sydney until I moved to the UK to be with Mark. Sydney Harbour was also an opportunity to show Sydney at it’s best to our friends and family who had travelled to celebrate with us. It was relaxed but also elegant and was a great party with lots of time for dancing.”

Briony knew she wanted something ‘a little bit different’ for her big day and wasn’t having any luck. Our boutique was her third and final destination – definitely third time lucky!

“[My appointment] was 4.30pm on a Friday afternoon after a particularly stressful day at work. It was just so relaxed and informal that I knew instantly I wanted to buy my dress from Halfpenny. I tried on a number of different styles and combinations – I loved the Maribou skirt but wanted it full as opposed to A-line and the Halfpennys said that was possible with the addition of the pewter waistband which added some ‘bling’. The Daffodil top was flattering and matched the skirt perfectly. I walked out so happy and couldn’t believe I had to wait 6 months until I could actually try it on again!

I loved the fabric of the skirt in particular – it had the wow factor because of the feathers and I’m known for my love of sparkle and sequins so it was just perfect. I could not wipe the smile off my face and was just desperate to get to the wedding day so I could wear it. As my mum and my bridesmaids were in Australia they didn’t get to see me in the dress until the actual wedding day – this made it extra special as it was somewhat a surprise to them too.”

Briony completed her look with a crown and earrings from Tilly Thomas Lux, Jimmy Choo shoes and gorgeous flowers by Red Fragrance Floral Design to match the couple’s pink and rose gold colour scheme. She looked absolutely epic on her big day and I’m so thrilled we were able to play a part in her wonderful day. Wishing the newlyweds every happiness in their new lives together!


Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Images by David Campbell

Orko & Parry | Our Wedding Dress of the Week

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Meet Orko & Parry… Our wedding dress of the week. This look is perfect for city brides! If you’re a fabric aficionado like me you’ll fall in love with the exquisite hammered silk fabric of the Orko skirt and jacket. The texture feels luxurious against the skin and looks incredible when the light catches it. They look amazing with the silk Parry pussybow blouse and can also look incredible with a corset or cami.

See more from The Painter collection here.

Health doesn't have a dress size

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I read the article by Tanya Gold in The Telegraph with dismay. I certainly wouldn’t live up to Ms Gold’s body standards and do you know what? I’m ok with that.

I’m a size 22. I am healthy. I exercise. I am not pre-diabetic. I also wear sportswear.

I completely agree we should look after our bodies but health doesn’t have a dress size. Ms Gold has made a huge assumption about everyone over a size 12 and it’s completely inappropriate. Some people will never have a body like a traditional shop mannequin no matter how hard they try.

I’ve spent the last 20 years dressing stunning women of all shapes and sizes and I honestly thought we were getting to a place in society where we’d moved on from talk like this. My entire philosophy is based on being the best version of YOURSELF. Not what someone else thinks you should be/look like. You are equally amazing whether you’re a size 10 or 24 or anything else.

I think it’s brilliant that Nike are being inclusive and showing you how their clothes look good on all bodies.


Kate xx

P.s. Nike, how did you get your hands on my measurements?? Your mannequin looks exactly like me.

The Walpole Power List 2019 | 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury

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The inaugural Walpole Power List, in association with Inzito and Coutts, was revealed at a party at Ennismore Sessions House last week and I’m absolutely over the moon to say that I’ve been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury!

Following Walpole’s same-day announcement that the British luxury sector is now worth £48 billion to the UK economy – an increase of 49% in four years – the Power List celebrates the people steering the sector to success with its roll call of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury: the Entrepreneurs, Founders, Game-Changers, Gurus, Heroes, Legends, Mavericks, Rising Stars, Storytellers and Tastemakers within the Walpole membership.

“British luxury has a unique sensibility – its products and experiences make the country famous throughout the world for creativity, craftsmanship, innovation and the ability to conjure new, exciting, relevant stories from a magical past. But what makes British luxury a £48 billion power house is the exceptional ability of the people inside its brands, and Walpole’s annual Luxury Power List recognises and celebrates fifty talented individuals and their impact on this extraordinary, fast-growing sector.” - Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole 

Naturally, I’ve been included in the “Mavericks” category - a fact I’m highly proud of! Thrilled to be sitting alongside the other Mavericks:

Alan Scott, Creative Director, Johnstons of Elgin
Marcus  Wareing, Chef Patron, Marcus Wareing Restaurants
Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle, Co-Founders, House of Hackney
Justin Redman, Director & Co-Founder, RWD
Jessica McCormack, Founder, Jessica McCormack

Thank you so much to Walpole for this wonderful honour. I plan to live up to my title…


Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Gorgeous Leanne | A real Halfpenny London bride

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I was thrilled to see beautiful bride Leanne’s wedding featured over on Love My Dress. Leanne had quite a journey in finding her dream dress… Her Halfpenny London Ivy skirt and Gordon top combo was actually her second wedding outfit. She’d had the first made by another designer but 10 days out from the wedding decided it wasn’t right for her so came to us instead. We pulled out all the stops to get Leanne’s outfit made in time for her big day and all that effort paid off as look how happy she is!

Read more about her story and see the full gallery over on Love My Dress.

I do love a happy ending! Congratulations to the newlyweds!


Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Film + Photography by MIKI Photo + Film Studio.

Lovely Lilli | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Lilli and her new hubby Ross tied the knot in September last year. They flew to Italy for an incredibly romantic and whimsical elopement.

Lilli and I actually have a personal connection through one of my friends so when I heard she was getting married I was delighted to help her find her dream dress. Lilli wanted a real fairytale moment and the pairing of the off-the-shoulder Daffodil dress and Dita Dandelion skirt ticked all the boxes.

“As we chose to elope in Italy I really wanted to feel like a princess so pairing the two pieces together represented that perfectly. I then had a reception in California where my husband is from where I wore the skirt and one reception in Vancouver where my family is from and wore the dress. It was so special to wear all of them for each occasion.”

I adore how Lilli changed up her outfit for events surrounding her wedding. It’s one of the things I love about creating separates, that brides can be so versatile and do their own thing.

Lilli is radiant in these beautiful images by Gabriele Fani Photographer and that stunning scenery is giving me very itchy feet...!

Huge congratulations to the newlyweds! We wish them every happiness in the world.


Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Jeff | Our Wedding Dress of the Week

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It’s possible I’ve told a little fib… Our wedding dress of the week is not a dress at all. It’s a jumpsuit!

Ladies, Meet Jeff… The jumpsuit of dreams! The textured, crinkle-pleated fabric is so luxe and gives the most wonderful movement. if your granny is horrified at the thought of you wearing trousers to walk down the aisle it looks equally amazing under one of our epic overskirts, then you can have two looks in one!

See more from The Painter collection here.

Degas | Our Wedding Dress of the week

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Meet Degas… This dress was a huge favourite with everyone who came to see us during bridal market. Due in the boutique this July, I know it’s going to be so popular with our brides.

This gown has a subtle shimmer thanks to the lurex thread woven into the Cornelli embroidered tulle. It sparkles so beautifully in the light and the texture is utterly delicious. The dress itself is sheer and is show here over the Iris slip. The three quarter sleeves and keyhole back give the perfect finishing touch.

See more from The Painter collection here.

Lydia Millen wears Halfpenny London at the Cannes Film Festival 2019

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Lovely Lydia Millen dazzled on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday wearing our Mayfair gown in blush. The Mayfair dress is part of The Air That We Breathe collection.  It’s a reimagining of that nipped in waist and princess skirt silhouette I used to draw as a child. I’m completely in love with those sleeves and the airy skirt with the frills of organza is to die for! The Mayfair is also available in Ivory. Click here to see more.

We’ve worked with Lydia ever since she choose Halfpenny London for her wedding day and it’s always such a pleasure to have her in the boutique. Her fittings were a dream!

You can see more over on Lydia’s instagram here.


Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Klimt | Our Wedding Dress of the Week

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I’m so excited to share our first Wedding Dress of the Week from The Painter collection! Meet Klimt… This beautiful gown features the most exquisite hand-embroidered hydrangeas and each petal is finished with an individual french knot. Delicious!

The skirt and bodice is made using a luxurious crepe-back satin and those gorgeous frills are stiff silk organza. You can choose to have the dress without the frills if you’d prefer a more streamlined silhouette.

Isn’t she just wonderful??

See more from The Painter collection here.

London Craft Week Workshop | Designing the Dress of your Dreams with Halfpenny London

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We’ve had the most wonderful day at the atelier today.  It’s London Craft Week and I decided to host two intimate workshops giving an exclusive glimpse behind-the-scenes of Halfpenny London.  Two groups of lovely curious people came to the atelier and I talked them through the journey of my top-secret 'Songbird' collection (coming this Autumn) and some of the techniques we’ve used to create the new pieces, from initial conception and sketches, to hand-applied traditional couture techniques and the use of my signature luxurious fabrics.

We then had a wonderful time re-creating some of the gorgeous flowers i’ve used in my new pieces to create the most beautiful veils and headbands which the participants took away with them.  They had the choice of making an appliquéd veil or headband - or a mix of both.

I’m so passionate about craft so this was an absolute dream to share my passion with others who feel the same as I do and the best bit was seeing the magical, unique creations everyone made!

Thank you to everyone who came.  It was truly our pleasure to welcome you into our world.


Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Beautiful Chloe | A real Halfpenny London bride

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I’m not going to lie… This wedding had all the girls in the office swooning. Stunning bride, handsome groom (in uniform no less!), a cool industrial chic venue and the oversized flowers of dreams!

Gorgeous bride Chloe married her new hubby Luke in December last year. The couple described their big day style as simple and classic, with an industrial edge. Their venue was just perfect for their metallics and monochrome colour scheme and I love the hint of marble!

Although Chloe was a little concerned about the prospect of dress shopping, I’m pleased to say she had nothing to worry about!

“Halfpenny was the only dress shop I visited! I first saw Halfpenny London at the Most Curious Wedding Fair at the Truman Brewery in 2017 & fell in love with a dreamy sequin skirt. I started following Halfpenny on Instagram after that & the obsession grew from there! I knew Halfpenny was very me so was never really interested in looking elsewhere!

My first appointment was so special! I took my Mom & two bridesmaids, my sister & sister in law, along. I am very particular so was prepared for this to be the most stressful shopping experience of my life, but it was far from it!”

Chloe chose the Willow dress which suited her and the style of her big day perfectly.

“Although I loved the sequin skirt I spotted at the wedding fare, after months of stalking the Halfpenny Instagram, it was the Andrea silk crepe skirt & Laura drape top I had set my heart on - although I did have quite a few screenshots of the back of the Willow that I just couldn’t stop looking at. I tried the Willow on first & got THE FEELING straight away! That threw me completely as I was convinced I would go for the skirt & top combination. After trying on a few picks from my mom & bridesmaids, along with pretty much every skirt & top in the store (everything was just so beautiful), my mind just kept going back to the Willow!  I loved how different the dress was to anything I had ever seen before (still to this day I have never seen anything quite like it!) & the back of the dress was just so spectacular!

Thank you so much to Chloe for the kind words and also to Luke for sharing these gorgeous images with us! We’re so pleased to have played a small part in your big day and wish you every happiness in your lives together!


Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Images by multi-award winning David Boynton Wedding Photography

Halfpenny London in NYC | April 2019

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Although we’ve technically been back a little while, my feet still haven’t touched the ground! We had the most incredible time in New York earlier this month where we were met lots of our amazing current and prospective stockists while also welcoming the press into our little Halfpenny London world.

It was a crazy few days of back to back appointments but I’m thrilled to say we have some fabulous new stockists to be announced soon so watch this space!

Until next time NYC…


Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Gorgeous Ruth | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Ruth and her gorgeous hubby tied the knot in September last year. Inspired by her Spanish heritage, Ruth captured the magic of the Andalusian countryside for her big day.

“It was authentic and rural with wild flowers and olive leaves everywhere. In the chapel, I tried to re-create the wedding scene from Baz luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet with candles everywhere.”

Ruth chose our Sarah dress as she was looking for something elegant and classic.

“Halfpenny was the only dress shop I visited, and it was the second dress I ever tried on. My stylist quickly picked out about 5 dresses and her enthusiastic energy instantly made me feel at ease. I was a bit anxious but within 10 mins I got into it and felt amazing when I left. The boutique is pretty and cozy inside. I chose the Sarah dress because I wanted something very simple – that would just fall off my frame. I felt like a movie star in it. From the moment I put that dress on, I knew it was the one. My mum’s eyes started watering and I felt gorgeous in it. I felt on a natural high and could imagine walking down the aisle in it.”

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous images with us Ruth! You looked wonderful and we wish you and your hubby all the very best in your new lives together.


Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Images by Momento Bodas Fotografia

Marylebone Veil | Our Wedding Dress of the Week by Halfpenny London

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I absolutely love a veil! I love the drama of it, the sheer decadence. Your wedding day is one of the very few occasions when you can wear one so if you’re going to go for it then you may as well go big! The Cathedral length Marylebone veil ticks every box for me. The beautiful lace trim is so delicate and pairs beautifully with the Marylebone sleeves and Finsbury dress (pictured above).

See more from The Air That We Breathe collection here.

The Painter Collection launched at LBFW | New Collection by Halfpenny London

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“From the moment I laid eyes on Vittorio Matteo Corcos’s work, I was completely drawn into his sumptuous world. I love everything about it, from the combination of colours and textures to the sense of pride and grandeur exuding from the frame. As a constant collector of portraits old and new, I’m fascinated by their romance and intimacy. The ability of a truly wonderful artist to allow the viewer to glimpse the character and spirit of the subject, as seen through the artist’s eyes, is incredibly inspiring to me. In The Painter collection, I offer brides a window into my world and I’m very excited to present this collection of contemporary, yet timeless designs.”

Kate Halfpenny

The Painter collection by Halfpenny London celebrates the intrigue of the subject, the passion of the artist and the beauty of the finished masterpiece in equal measure. Inspired by the art of La Belle Époque, the painter collection is overflowing with sumptuous fabrics and exquisite detailing.

Using fabrics as her muse, designer Kate Halfpenny has approached this season with the playfulness, freedom and expert skill of an artisan, indulging her passion for textiles by designing and creating unique embroideries in house. The graphic lines which have become Halfpenny London’s signature are softened with feminine trim. Creamy embroidery peeks from the seams of pockets and pleated tulle plunges into a deep V back.

With each piece named after one of Kate’s favourite artists, The Painter collection is a distinctly modern edit of gowns and separates which will captivate and complement brides who desire stand out, stylish and sophisticated design.

The new designs are coming soon and will be in store in July.

PRESS CONTACT: gill@halfpennylondon.com