Pnina Tornai | Designer Profile

To many, a Pnina Tornai wedding dress is the ultimate in bridal opulence. Think: attention getter. Think: show stopper. Think: Pnina.

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If the name Pnina Tornai is familiar, it’s most likely because you have caught an episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.” Kleinfeld, the famous New York City bridal boutique that stars in the show and Pnina gowns are synonymous. The destination bridal salon has been the exclusive seller of Pnina Tornai wedding dresses in the United States since 2005, with a special boutique inside the store dedicated solely to Pnina’s gowns. In May 2014, Canadian brides can get a taste of the Israeli designer’s gowns at Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay on Toronto’s Queen Street.

The designer, who says she often dreams up her gown creations, has been inspired in the past by her mother and grandmother. She has no sewing experience, instead relying on a team of seamstresses to handmake the patterns and sew the couture level gowns, but she has a true eye for design.

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Pnina has said that she has a hand in every dress that leaves her salon, making sure that as the “gown’s mother” it meets her demanding specifications and those of the bride as well. She’s well known for making dream dresses happen by improving, changing and altering her designs while working directly with the bride to truly make a dream gown come true.

A Pnina Tornai wedding dress is eye-catching, and often unmistakable. The embellishment can only be described as outrageous — in a good way. And that’s coming from someone who used to be a figure skater and is no stranger to bling! Handmade flowers and carefully sewn Swarovskis, beads, and pearls are all over the gowns, glimmering and shimmering from tip to toe.

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Her signature look often involves illusion corsets, and large dramatic skirts. There are some simpler designs in the collection, sheaths and A-lines, but it is the larger than life mermaid shapes and ballgowns that get all the attention. Plunging necklines, open backs and peekaboo paneling are common, adding further sex appeal to what are undeniably feminine dresses. This is where evening wear and the wedding aisle meet! Showstopping layers of tulle, satin, lace and organza adorn the bride, creating an air of opulence that flows right to the tip of the train that never seems to stop.

Brides drawn to Pnina Tornai are strong and confident, with a definite flair for fashion and drama. They are the center of attention in their sexy, daring and decadent wedding dress which is sure to be unforgettable.

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Vera Wang Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

Proving herself always the innovator, Vera Wang showcased a daring new collection of gowns with her Spring 2015 bridal line. The dress are very Vera, but different from her usual aesthetic. They are, as Vera describes,  “Lightness of Being: Delicate and Disciplined. Sensual and Seductive.”

And innovating even the gowns’ presentation, Vera Wang debut them with a short film titled “Chasing Alix” instead of a runway show.

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Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

Quintessential Monique Lhuillier.  Debuting her Spring 2015 bridal collection at New York Bridal Week, Monique Lhuillier’s latest gowns showcased her signature style: romantic, feminine, lace gowns for the sophisticated bride.

The Spring 2015 show was titled My Ethereal Daydream and drew inspiration from American portrait painter, John Singer Sargent. The collection included an array of necklines and beautiful shades of hydrangea, pistachio and mist.

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Elie Saab | Designer Profile

At the age of nine, most children would be content playing video games or riding their bike, but Lebanese designer Elie Saab was already cutting patterns out of newspaper and using his sisters to model outfits he created out of their mother’s closet.

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Later, when he turned 18, he opened his atelier in Lebanon, at first only making bridal couture, primarily for women in his neighbourhood. The elaborate wedding dress designs caught the eye of Middle Eastern fashionistas and of royalty, but it was not until 2002 that his dresses drew even more international attention, with Halle Berry wearing one of his gowns to accept her Oscar for “Monster’s Ball.”

Since then Elie Saab gowns have been continuously seen on celebrities, crowning him an overnight success…that was twenty years in the making. Inspired by the women in his life, the primarily self-taught designer has said that he is driven by a desire to dress women in elegant outfits.

The Elie Saab hallmark look is ultra-feminine, and his creations have the uncanny ability to display movement, even in runway shots, due to their flowing skirts. Silhouettes remain slinky yet defined with the use of high waists paired with skinny belts and silk sashes to top off the graceful, fluid skirts. Striking looks in recent collections have emphasized fairytale-like design with romantic materials and botanical inspiration from Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

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Although the haute couture line is what was all over the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards (and at the 85th and the 84th and…) Saab is known amongst brides for his diffusion line for Pronovias, Elie by Elie Saab. Elements of the couture collections blossom in the stunning array of wedding gowns.

These wedding dresses are tailor made for the modern princess bride, while skipping the cliché princess look. Very few Elie Saab gowns are strapless, instead opting for cap sleeves or arm-lengthening lace on sheer illusion mesh. The design is simple, always sophisticated, with a touch of sensualism. Looking for an over the top ballgown? Probably best to look elsewhere, most Elie Saab gowns feature flattering A-line shapes instead.

Beaded bodices full of sublime embellishment composed of precision placed pearls and glittering crystals only serve to enhance the soft, delicate skirts. Cascading sprays of lush floral appliques and meticulous blooming hydrangeas composed of organza petals “fall” down the skirts, onto the tulle trains.

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The bride who is most drawn to Elie Saab wedding gowns is one who isn’t afraid of a lil’ bit o’ bling, without sacrificing quality. A woman who wants to be remembered for all the right reasons. After all, the timeless glamour of an Elie Saab wedding dress is not easily forgotten.

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