The utmost in daintiness and femininity can no doubt be in expressed with lace, applique and embroidery and oh how we love seeing it on a beautiful wedding dress! It’s truly like wearable art in motion! Developed in Europe in the 1600’s, the intricacies of lace have never failed to astound. Needle (single thread) or bobbin (the plaiting of many threads), these complex designs spell beauty! Often named after the towns or villages they were made in, the preeminent lace making centers eventually became Italy and France. They were painstakingly created (not to mention time consuming) and were considered true luxury items and reserved for sophisticates, social elites and the aristocracy. Embroidery and applique, however, date back even further and were actually first use as artful techniques used to cover up and extend the life of blankets, quilts and finally clothing. As time progressed, they were eventually used to decorate clothing and became status symbols denoting wealth and style. All three of these “attentions to detail” have become things of style and beauty and never fail to impress. They are truly the focal points on a wedding dresses - like these beauties by Berta - today!
Jaime Elyse, known for the global success of her couture bridal collection, has announced the launch of a new red carpet collection. On the heels of a successful awards show season, for which she dressed several actresses, Jaime Elyse has had a strong presence in Hollywood. She has worked on set for both TV and Movies, including The Bachelor, Truth Be Told, Sandy Wexler & the Ellen Show.
Jaime Elyse has been immersed in fashion since she was a young girl. With an innate penchant for design, she pored through fashion magazines and would frequent the local thrift shop to purchase garments that she could deconstruct and study how they were made. Self-taught, after high school she worked under the tutelage of Jessica McClintock bridal, and soon embarked on her own couture bridal designs.
Elyse believes that textiles are one of the most important elements of design. When consulting with clients for couture dresses, she meets one-on-one to determine the best silhouette and pairs it with the material best suited to bring the design to life.
She finds inspiration in architecture, with London, Paris and New York as her muses. “The architecture and beauty in the buildings is very similar to how garments are created. I enjoy looking at how all of the elements come together. It is similar to textiles. The luxe texture and weight of Duchess silk falls beautifully on the silhouette and is stunning in both person and images. While the depth of design for French lace allows for easy, seamless sculpting.”
An architect of couture, Elyse crafts garments into pieces of wearable art. Enjoy!
‘The White Album’ Collection of Bridal Gowns by Claire Pettibone is a departure for the colorful designer, yet stays true to her oh so feminine and romantic aesthetic, even in all whites. A cleansing of the palette, a touch of the pure and classic. Introducing new Romantique bridal gowns with sensuous silhouettes and graceful details. Followed by a selection of couture gowns re-imagined in classic shades of pearl and ivory. And for the final ode to the color of purity, introducing Gypsy Moon, with sequins shimmering beneath layers of tulle, and a floral cape befitting the Moon Goddess herself.
Says the well known and well loved romantic bridal designer Claire Pettibone, "I know white and ivory are obvious in bridal, but for me, designing a collection with no color is actually a first! Each season is an evolution, and sometimes a fresh start from the last. Since my Vagabond Collection was color-filled, I felt the inspiration for this season to work exclusively in shades of white. There is a simplicity, and a purity to an absence of color, where the focus becomes purely focused on silhouette, texture and detail."
Acclaimed bridal designer Madeline Gardner unveiled her Morilee ‘Endless Love’ bridal collection at New York International Fashion Week on Thursday, April 12th. The highly anticipated runway show featured 25 romantic bridal looks.
Each unique gown was inspired by endless and infinite love; falling in love is magical and falling in love with your wedding dress should be too. Madeline Gardner opted for subtle glamour this season; layered semi-sheer tulle coupled with flecks of unexpected sparkle. You will also find on trend features like chic-cup corset bodices, dramatic embroidered trains & ultra-feminine exaggerated silhouettes.
The modern yet timeless styles elevate every bride-to-be’s natural beauty; “We know that when we create a dress, we’re not just making something to wear. We’re making magic.” – Madeline Gardner, Designer & Creative Director of MORILEE
Madeline Gardner has perfectly blended her expert knowledge of design with her flare for beautiful details into each look this season. While her style is constantly evolving, her designs continue to transcend time. With over 70 years in the industry, Morilee by Madeline Gardner has become synonymous with glamourous bridal and eveningwear. The guiding force behind Morilee’s remarkable success for more than 25 years, Madeline Gardner infuses the collections with marvelous style and is a steward of its outstanding quality. Morilee has become one of the world’s leading brands, with a presence in over 4,500 stores in 85 countries.
Nurit Hen, a well known Israeli designer, showcases her collections that are well known world-wide for their sophisticated look and detailing; giving an exotic, modern look to bridal design. Nurit feels that she designs each gown for a bride not only for her body, but also for her heart and her soul. At Nurit Hen, the design process begins at the foundation. Each and every gown is an art creation that is handmade by precise measurements. Each dress is beautifully beaded and well constructed with luxurious fabrics and lace, which are imported from fashion capitals from around the world, so that every bride will walk down the aisle feeling beautiful, confident, and comfortable. And special if we do say so!
Christina Sfez is a bridal gown designer extraordinaire, mais non? With these hip and sweetly feminine designs that hail from her Maison Francaise. You can really see the French influence in her collection of feminine yet stark bridal gowns. Each of her creations is unique and personal and are designed and created by hand from the finest materials, meticulously selected, including silk tulle, Georgette crêpe and Calais lace. Nous aimons!
In addition to her desire for a more personal relationship with her clients, Christina has always loved collecting vintage pieces from flea markets either in Provence where she lives, or during her travels abroad. By marrying different styles from various eras, these pieces give a unique and timeless look to her dresses.
She welcomes each bride-to-be to visit her in her workshop situated in the heart of Marseille. Weaving a unique link with each of her clients, she is able to conceive a dress in their image, marked by elegance and 'delicatesse' to celebrate this exceptional moment.
With a refined, sophisticated style that harkens back to the magic of Grace Kelly in the 1950's, New York based Bridal Gown Designer Gracy Accad brings a classic elegance to bridal that we just love! And we think this heavenly blue with white floral creation in particular is just divine!
Gracy Accad is a fashion alchemist who blends simplicity, chicness and modern romance. Her collections bring to mind the elegance of haute couture with a downtown edge, using only the finest fabrications and sewing techniques. In four short years, this native New Yorker built a following among millennial women who come to her New York City atelier for handmade designs with modern sensibility.
Gracy Accad comes from a family whose heritage is rooted in the textile industry and sources only the finest materials and pays special attention to fit and form. Her looks are characterized as enduring and timeless, but still maintain a modern edge. Both her bridal and evening wear are elegant and refined, and known for having shimmer and sparkle. There's a classic touch to each of her designs—even the ones that are in tune with contemporary trends.
Gracy Accad continues to receive accolades from notable industry editors from her signature evening wear and bridal debut during the Fall 2018 season New York Bridal Fashion Week.
We hope Meghan Markle is paying attention! Recently unveiled at New York Bridal Fashion Week, this collection of bold and beautiful bridal gowns by Jana Ann Couture was inspired by the drama and timeless styling of real European Royal Weddings. With most of the gorgeous lace worked into the dresses hailing from France, Italy and Turkey, these very regal bridal gowns are the perfect fit for any Royal bride!