Think of wedding gowns and designers such as Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier will come to mind. But while these established names continue to wow us with awe-inspiring creations every season, there are some new kids on the block who are slowly but surely making their mark in the bridal industry. From minimal silhouettes to modern cuts, trust us when we say that these labels are worth remembering, regardless whether you’re planning a wedding. Below, the six emerging designers with their latest bridal collections:
Even though it has only been a year since Danielle Frankel launched her eponymous label, her classic yet modern designs have allandedy land her on almost every “best new bridal designers” lists. Having cut her teeth at Marchesa and Vera Wang, she left the latter following a three-year stint after noticing an increasing demand in the custom bridal business. Her Autumn/Winter 2018 collection sees impeccable tailoring coupled with head-turning features such as dramatic puffed sleeves and flowy trains, giving off a powerful yet understated feel.
Sophie Et Voilà
With a background in architecture, you can count on creative director Sofia Arribas to produce one-of-a-kind pieces that celebrate clean lines and pure cuts. Based in Bilbao and Madrid, the designer unleashes her imagination and translates her passion for fashion into pieces that are full of smoothness and minimalism. Her Autumn/Winter 2018 collection which is inspired by a ’50s architectural trend called brutalism features sculptural gowns that exude elegance like no other.
Hermione de Paula
A scroll through the brand’s Instagram and you’ll notice the abundance of florals—painted and embroidered—used in its gowns. A Central Saint Martins graduate, Hermione started her own label in 2008 after working at fashion houses such as Dior Couture, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, but it wasn’t until 2013 before she steered the focus towards her couture bridal collection. Marrying traditional English florals with intricate embroideries, these romantic gowns are perfect for the boho brides.
Known for her luxury bohemian gowns that are inspired by her upbringing, fashion designer Savannah Miller (and sister of British actress Sienna Miller) has been making a name for herself in the industry since she launched her first bridal capsule collection with Stone Fox Bride back in 2015. Her latest collection, Isolde’s Dream offers a myriad of contemporary gowns, from OTT tulle to chic cowl-neck pieces. Our favourite? The sheer capelets that give the simple slip that added allure.
Alex Perry may be one of the most well-known designers in Australia, but he only made his bridal debut last year with his Alex Perry Bride collection. Incorporating everything we love about a bridal piece such as ball gown silhouettes and intricate embellishment, the looks are made with the modern woman in mind and oozes opulent glamour like no other. In an interview with Vogue, the designer revealed the inspiration behind his creations. “I’ve designed this collection for a modern girl, a bride who loves fashion, and wants her bridal gown to reflect that. It’s a new streamlined way of thinking when purchasing your wedding gown. She doesn’t want the pressures of custom, but she wants the maximum impact.”
Offering both bridal and ready-to-wear pieces, Lein’s wedding gowns address a new generation of brides with silhouettes that are all for bringing a “fresh perspective to the traditions of wedding style”. Her interest in couture pieces grew after her stint in public relations at the Chanel LA office (where she managed red carpet dresses for celebrities), and she subsequently interned with designers Zac Posen and Narciso Rodriguez who are red-carpet favourites. For Autumn 2018, expect fluid pieces that are accented with lace, and 3D details such as ruffles and plumetis.
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