Reem Acra | Designer Profile


Enchanting, elaborate and elegant: a Reem Acra wedding dress is unforgettable.

They are also timeless dresses that hold their romantic beauty year after year. But what else would you expect from one of the best known wedding dress designers of our era?

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Her feminine style and intricate detailing has captivated brides since the launch of her first collection in 1997, and moved beyond a core collection of cult status fans and into mainstream recognition. Women who have worn Reem Acra have included royalty, A-list celebrities and political powerhouses. All have looked stunning.

Reem Acra stands for quality and is especially recognized for her signature embroidery. Appropriate, since the Lebanese-born designer first caught the eye of a fashion editor after she designed a embroidered silk organza gown … using her mother’s dining room tablecloth.

Today the dresses are created using the finest silks, intricate beading and exquisite embroidery. A Reem Acra wedding dress is traditional, but with a sensual edge.

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Lace and beading add a bit of glimmer where required, curving along the bodice in delicate detail, never too over-the-top. In the most recent Fall/Winter 2016 collection, lingerie-like lace and buttons accent the backs of gowns, while delicate floral motifs artfully create modesty in the bodice without sacrificing fit. A Reem Acra combines elegance and drama in the most careful balance.

Recent collections have featured sheath and ballgown silhouettes, usually with a more demure sweep train. Mermaid shapes, when used, hug the body but are softer in the skirt, utilizing tulle and organza to create a flowing look. Other materials used include silk crepe, georgette and lace, adding to the romantic appeal of these dresses.

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Another key element of a Reem Acra design is that they allow the bride’s personal style desires to shine through. From Grecian-style draped dresses to a vintage 1920s shape and beading, the wedding gown collections feature a wide variety of looks, appealing to a wide variety of brides.

Even those searching for more modern elements of of today’s wedding trends are not left out and may also find their dream dress in a Reem Acra collection. Illusion mesh over cutouts and plunging necklines are used in recent collections to create peek-a-boo panels or two-piece looks for a touch of modernity.

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For the sophisticated fashion-conscious bride, Reem Acra is certain to pair detailed embellishment and well-tailored silhouettes with classic wedding day romance. Looking for timeless appeal that will stay with you long past your wedding day photos? A Reem Acra design may be the perfect fit for one of the most memorable days of your life.

View all of the styles and wedding dresses by Reem Acra currently available for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com

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Liancarlo | Designer Profile


If floating into your wedding ceremony on a cloud of tulle is your dream wedding day dress look, you’re going to want to get to know the gowns of Liancarlo.

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Straight from the imagination of designer Carlos Ramirez, Liancarlo dresses are tasteful and timeless. In fact, he has said he “designs for people, not for show.”

An accomplished artist, Ramirez also spends much of his time creating abstract paintings — many of which inspire his bridal designs, he says. The crossover is undeniable. It’s very clear to see the floral details that appear often in his art show up in the dress creations.

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Playful embellishment often involves botanical touches, including lace appliqués that appear to grow onto illusion netting or embroidered petals that seem to scatter and drift down from the bodice. Hand beading, metallic and silk threading add subtle glow and illumination to bodices.

Alencon and Guipure lace are reworked (by hand) and placed to float above the dresses, adding texture and interest. These old world fabrics and methods are used to create modern shapes for today’s bride.

All production and design take place in one facility in Florida, an practice not as common in the bridal industry as you might think. One seamstress takes care of a Liancarlo gown production from start to finish, to ensure no detail is overlooked. Dedicated staff members take care of the hand sewn embellishments for each dress.

Not one to shy from color, Ramirez experiments with different bridal shades in the Liancarlo collections. Blush pinks, shell and candlelight are just some of the “non-colors” he likes to use.

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Liancarlo dresses feature silhouettes that are distinctly feminine and lady-like, with nothing too restrictive. Soft tulle skirts move with the bride as she walks, adding to the delicate feel of the gowns. Airy, natural and light, never compromising on quality.

While well-suited for an outdoor, particularly garden, wedding due to the heavy floral elements, Liancarlo wedding dresses would also be gorgeous for grand ballroom receptions or other dramatic venues.

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One thing is for certain, Liancarlo gowns make the woman wearing them shine from within and accent her beauty without ever feeling like the gown is wearing her.

Take a peek at all of our Liancarlo wedding gowns currently on sale at PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. And fall in love with Liancarlo Real Weddings for even more inspiration.

 

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Rivini | Designer Profile


Rivini is making it easier than ever to stay true to your personal style when it comes to your wedding dress.

Canadian bridal designer Rita Vinieris designs both the main Rivini line as well as Alyne Bridal by Rita Vinieris. Both collections offer minimal architectural-style designs that whisper luxury.

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For Rivini, Rita combines luxurious textiles in layers to produce feminine, effortless wedding dresses made of silk satins, silk tulle, crepes and different types of lace and organza. The end result is delicate gowns that move in delightfully soft, natural ways.

Fabric varieties and layers intermingle but never compete, creating a cohesive look that is textured but still elegant and always well-tailored.

Instead of dazzling embellishment, the detail is often in the structure of the gown. Precise darting, pleating and folding all done in soft, sophisticated ways, creating visual interest, as well as a great fit.

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Embroidery is all done in-house, guaranteeing a one-of-a-kind look. When used, intricate beading isn’t merely an accent, it’s often built into the structure of the dress so it looks as if it is one with the material. The end result is a shimmery, fluid look that dazzles and looks as if it glows from within. Just how one should look on their wedding day.

Silhouettes suitable for all body types are represented, from sleek and chic sheaths to extravagant ball gowns. Sheer panels and seductive cut outs offer a hint of sensuality, but never in a tasteless fashion. The attention to detail in the creation of these wedding gowns is key.

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Recent Rivini looks have experimented with sleeves, from the barest off-the-shoulder looks to three-quarter and Dolman sleeves to long, sheer options. Rita Vinieris has stated she finds the return of sleeves to bridal fashion “refreshing” and that she found strapless looks had grown a bit predictable.

Recommending brides stay true to their own personal style on their wedding day, Rita Vinieris makes this possible, producing a refined version of everyday modern styles perfect for the aisle. Garden wedding, ballroom affairs and glamourous church ceremony would be stunning venues for a Rivini gown.

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Uncomplicated, contemporary and luxurious, Rivini wedding dresses are perfect for brides who are looking for a clean and sophisticated bridal look.

View all of the styles and wedding dresses by Rivini currently available for sale on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com

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Designer Profile: Jenny Lee


Form-fitted bodices and feminine silhouettes are the forefront of Jenny Lee’s collections. Peplums and corsets emphasize the bride’s figure without sacrificing sophistication.

Jenny Lee has been around textiles and designers her entire life, and has said she began designing her own outfits at age 6. Designing, mind you, not selecting! It’s no wonder she’s so keen to ensure her brides have wedding gowns with impeccable fits and exquisite fabrics.

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Many of the gowns in the 2015 collection were inspired by lingerie. Body-hugging shapes, exquisite lace and beautiful flowing tulle recreated the sensual, feminine feel of the most intimate of fashion.

Trains fall just short of a statement, often in trumpet, pick-up or A-line lengths. Jenny does not forget those who prefer shorter lengths, either, with a few above-knee skirt lengths available. Perfect for eloping!

Jenny Lee’s collections always emphasize fit. Each dress is composed by a single seamstress, making them nearly couture. Instead of street sizes, measurements are taken at several points to ensure the most tailored, customized fit possible. Jenny has said she feels a wedding gown must first emphasize the bride’s beauty through fit.

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Special care is given to the textiles and material used in the gowns. Jenny visits European textile factories to personally choose the materials for her designs. From silk mills of Italy to hand-picked Guipure, Alencon and Chantilly laces from France that give a vintage feel to the gowns, she often finishes her designs with glowing ivory and champagne-colored satins that create a timeless look, well-suited for weddings in any season.

Leaning on the side of modesty, many styles come with detachable lace overlays, illusion panels or tiny cap sleeves, if you find sweetheart necklines or strapless are not quite your style.

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Embellishment in Jenny Lee wedding dresses is minimal, usually created with layers of lace appliques or ruched material instead of the bridal mainstays of crystals or sequins.

From classic ballroom wedding to romantic garden nuptials, Jenny Lee’s designs are the perfect choice for the modern romantic bride who crave a feminine fit above anything else.

Love this?  See all Jenny Lee wedding dresses currently listed.

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