A La Robe, Eco Fashion-Forward Bridal Gown Designs Made to Repurpose

Courtesy A La Robe

Courtesy A La Robe

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.

Courtesy A La Robe

Courtesy A La Robe

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 … [read more]
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Something Blue: Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

We always look forward to new gown designs by Escala Berazza since we met them at bridal market. Today we would like to introduce you to their gown, “Emma.”

This sapphire blue gown uses contrast between the straightforward front of the garment and the striking back, featuring an oversize bow tail falling down from the waistline as the train. It has a rather complicated back, yet a relatively simple front. The dramatic bow flows down from an floral cluster around the waist, giving the dress an 1870s bustle illusion. When we saw this dress, we immediately thought of that time period, post-Civil War, when hoopskirts were pushed to the back of dresses, essentially being replaced by large bustles. I admire how Wei Escala seeks to bring elements of nostalgia in her work, but with modern flair!

“Emma” is perfect as a wedding gown and yes, in … [read more]

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Olia Zavozina Couture Designs

Courtesy Olia Zavozina Couture

Courtesy Olia Zavozina Couture

Today we’re featuring a fantastic Russian designer based out of Nashville- Olia Zavozina. We noticed her line last fall during Bridal Market, and were eager to meet her this spring.

Zavozina has been designing dresses since childhood and has a great love for fabrics. When designing a gown, she literally plays with the fabric, placing it on a dress form to see how the fabric lays and flows. Once satisfied, only then does she begin her design process, drawing a picture of the future dress, stating to me that her designs are all about the fabric. It’s also about the color. If a dyed batch of fabric doesn’t meet her color requirements, she will not use it for the intended design. She is particular and meticulous and does not sway from her vision. The beautiful ball gown pictured above was love at first sight for us. … [read more]

Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

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Escala Berazza

Escala Berazza, the design company, was born with the goal of delivering the perfect bridal gown, custom-created and measured to fit a bride’s body, needs, and desires. We came across their booth at New York International Bridal Week, stopped by the sight of a beautiful bright-blue peacock dress created for the company’s co-founder, Wei Escala. We were shown many gown styles, one of which had a uniquely gathered skirt, while another was a combination mini-dress with train, which I would have worn back in my younger days. Wei told me that she had searched high and low to find a gown that perfectly fit her body, but failed to find a local designer who could provide her with the gown of her dreams. She settled for a dress, and not too long after her wedding she began plans to start her own company. Fast forward to twelve … [read more]

Behind the Scenes: Jenny Lee Runway Show October 2013

Courtesy Masato Onoda & Jenny Lee

Courtesy Masato Onoda & Jenny Lee

I’m often asked how it feels to attend so many beautiful runway shows. The short answer is “fabulous.” A longer, more detailed answer is as follows: Peeking into the world of any designer is magical, no matter if they design wedding gowns, veils, prom dresses, or jewelry, artwork, or books. I think we all are equally inspired by one another, whether we all want to admit it or not. I admit it. I am inspired by everything during bridal market. I enter the worlds of so many talented people, getting to know them as human beings sometimes, which is inspiration by itself. There are parties where one doesn’t speak of the wedding industry, instead going to actually relax, have a glass of wine, and talk about the weather, favorite restaurants, or normal life experiences. I work hard and play hard. My feet hurt … [read more]

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Claire La Faye

Courtesy Claire La Faye

Courtesy Claire La Faye

We first got a glimpse of designer Claire La Faye’s bridal gowns back in October at the fall Bridal Market. It didn’t take long for us to realize we were seeing something special. We’re thrilled to be able to share some dresses from her most recent collection so you can all see just what we’re talking about.

Courtesy Claire La Faye

Courtesy Claire La Faye

La Faye’s style is characterized by gown featuring soft, flowing fabrics and romantic silhouettes, all complete with divine details. The collection is aptly titled A Love Less Ordinary, as these are no ordinary, run-of-the mill gowns. As La Faye describes it, it is “luxury with an edge”. Her other collections are well worth a peek as well. . Each dress is crafted with the same attention to detail in a variety of styles and colors to please any bride looking for a classic, glamorous gown … [read more]

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Something Blue: Matthew Christopher’s “Ginger” Gown

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Courtesy Matthew Christopher (Ginger)

I know it is difficult to pick favorites, but I am partial to these three dresses from Matthew Christopher’s Spring 2014 collection. If there’s one thing good thing to know about me, it’s that I adore lace, and two of today’s picks are great examples of how lace makes anything effortlessly elegant and romantic.

Ginger-I love the beading on the bodice, and pale blue is quickly becoming one of my favorite trends in the bridal industry.

Courtesy Matthew Christopher

Courtesy Matthew Christopher

Reese (left)- The perfect blend of Chantilly lace and beading. (Swoon!)

Elizabeth (right)- Talk about making a statement! Adorned with a mesmerizing pattern of gold lace set against a deep champagne color, this dress is utter elegance without being overdone.

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Bob Mackie, The Sultan of Sequins

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Courtesy Bob Mackie

One of my favorite illustrators and designers, Edith Head, discovered fabulous Bob Mackie in 1961 while working at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Mackie was known for his fancy burlesque show fashion designs and soon came to be known as the “Sultan of Sequins.” I love how he branded his designs to be known for outrageous and sometimes garish costuming, including the black sequined number Cher wore to the Academy Awards back in 1986. With his outrageous and sparkly designs, Mackie has left his mark on the fashion world for all time. How I would love to have a costume made by him for a masquerade ball!

Anyone who has visited Las Vegas understands the importance of glitz and glam at a show, but now apply that to your own life, your own events. Why not splash yourself with sequins and glitter and be seen for the … [read more]

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Atelier Aimee Gowns of Color

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Atelier Aimee is one of my personal favorite designers from Italy. Every October her group attends Bridal Market in New York and every year they present the most amazing creations, breathtaking colors and designs for the bolder bride, as well as pure white for the traditional bride. Which one do you prefer? It’s a hard decision.

Courtesy Atelier Aimee

Courtesy Atelier Aimee

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St. Pucchi by Rani Totman

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Photo Courtesy of St. Pucchi

Courtesy St. Pucchi

Courtesy St. Pucchi

 

I’ve driven by St. Pucchi’s flagship salon on Sunset Boulevard more times than I can count, and each time, without fail, I find myself staring longingly at the display window (and either speeding up after being honked at for the past five minutes or avoiding rear-ending the poor person in front of me). After catching glimpses of lace and tulle, it’s hard not to want to drop everything and just spend the day inside wandering around getting lost in all of those divine dresses.

Any St. Pucchi dress is going to be finely crafted and utterly romantic, but Rani Totman’s Couture collection is something extra special. Black lace? Done. Feathers galore? Easy. Pearls on your bodice? Of course, darling. Nothing is too exquisite or bold when it comes to a St. Pucchi dress, and Rani Totman is a joyful soul to … [read more]