Describing her wedding dresses as “not trendy, but highly personal” Vera Wang once again pushed the boundaries of bridal with her latest collection, Spring 2017.
The gowns debuted via a short via entitled “Désir à L’Anglaise” which according to Wang “celebrate the profound restraint of the British monarchy, the grandeur of English aristocracy, and the drama of real ball gowns within the context of today.”
These gowns are dramatic, sexy and modern. Perfect for the bride who wants to be on the cutting edge of bridal fashion.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.