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For the B.Couleur Bride: Wedding Dresses Designed to Impress


The Royal Wedding has kicked off wedding season in a fairytale frenzy, and above all, everyone is waiting to see what the future Princess Catherine will wear. ·After all, the wedding gown is, arguably, second only to the vows as the centerpiece of every wedding.

Many affianced femmes dream of wedding day ensembles straight out of a storybook, and the wedding gown industry caters to these whims. ·However, if you’re like many brides-to-be (like myself), the search for something simple and elegant, with a little oomph can be arduous (and occasionally disheartening). ·Fortunately, we’ve done the legwork for you.

Whether your wedding day vision is more runway than Cinderella or more SoHo than Hollywood, these designers offer just what you’re looking for.

It is as though Claire La Faye creates gowns using dreams as thread. ·LaFaye’s expertly crafted designs are refined yet tender, as though filtered through a soft-focus lens. ·Intentionally “unfinished” embellishments further highlight each garment’s sophisticated charm.

Sweetheart necklines and ethereal draping are Sarah Seven’s stylistic signatures. ·The Portland-based designer is inspired by vintage, though thoroughly progressive in her approach -- to both design and commerce: Recycled materials are incorporated into designs whenever possible, and with each sale, ·5 percent of the customer cost is donated to two charities, Compassion and International Justice Mission.

Angelo Lambrou’s couture designs may be über-contemporary, but they manage to eschew stark minimalism for pure romanticism. ·Because Lambrou’s gowns are handmade in his New York City atelier, brides may collaborate with him directly, to modify existing designs to best flatter their figures and individuality.

Quail Bridal gowns embody the wishes of everyone involved in the wedding planning process. ·They combine a whiff of the traditional (for the mom and granny), oodles of playful, urbane elegance ·(for the bride), and sex appeal galore (for the groom). ·They also multitask: Invisible zippers transform two of Quail’s gowns from ceremony-appropriate to dance-floor-ready in an instant.

More than a decade after revolutionizing the bridesmaid dress (in a revolt against the hideous attendant options on the market), Thread Design recently conquered the bridal gown market. ·Its chic, modern bridal collections include a mix of popular silhouettes from the Thread Bridesmaid and Thread Social collections, along with new, exclusive designs.

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