Out of the hundreds of gowns I saw, touched, photographed, and played with during April’s Bridal Market in New York City, A La Robe’s genius Ready To Wear line was the most memorable. The Auckland, New Zealand based brand, headed by designer Elizabeth Soljak, was an Editors Pick by The Knot at their bridal event Couture…and for good reason.
A La Robe dresses are unlike any other because of layering. Not one dress is made to wear by itself. Soljak creates lightweight stunning slips, skirts, and overdresses, that when worn together gives you the perfect amount of couture boho bride…and without breaking the bank. Her prices are reasonable considering you will be purchasing your wedding gown as well as an ensemble that will be worn into the future, plus the attention to detail, and fabric choices she uses are flattering and very pleasing to the eye. (Watch their video here).
Because she does all of her work in house, she offers a post-wedding hand washing service for the gown, and she can also cut and dye the dress (slip, skirt, etc) to make it every-day wearable. This was the one benefit that got me super excited. How many women can say they regularly wear their wedding dresses? Usually it just gets thrown in the closet for years collecting dust or cleaned and boxed, and stuffed under the bed.
To top it off, because her look is so classic and timeless, it can be repurposed for many different events–using the different layers by themselves (or together!). After almost talking her head off for an hour while matching up the many pieces hanging within her booth, I found my future wedding dress ensemble…The Les Floralies lace embroidered tulle overdress, worn over the Eloise silk slip, with the Pas Des Duex silk overskirt. Just stunning.
I fully expect to see a lot more from A La Robe in the future. Her designs are far too eco fashion-forward for the bridal community to ignore.