Désir à l’Anglaise – Vera Wang

Discover Vera Wang’s latest bridal film, “Désir à l’Anglaise,” which features the Vera Wang Spring 2017 Bridal Collection. “Désir à l’Anglaise,” celebrates the profound restraint of the British monarchy, the grandeur of English aristocracy, and the drama of real ball gowns within the context of today.

Styling: Vera Wang
Directed by: Gordon von Steiner
Hair by: Akki
Make-up by: Marla Belt
Set Design: Daniel Graff from Mary Howard Studio
Location: Oheka Castle
Talent: Josephine Letutour, Zlata Semenko. Florian Van Bael, Bram Valbracht

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The Main Event – The QC Club Bridal Show MBFF

MBFF_Bridal_GW083It may not have had Jennifer Hawkins walking for Myer, but for us here at The Wedding Alley, this show was the big ticket item of the week. Brad’s stunning collection for Darb at The Brisbane Arcade Group Show had whetted our appetite and we were hungry for more from some of Brisbane’s very best couture designers.

The long, simple catwalk and well paced timing was ideally suited to showcase some truly spectacular collections with a show that engaged all the senses.The lighting of the show accentuated the embellishments and bling of each piece and being front row, in the middle of the catwalk, enabled me to feel surrounded by the gowns and appreciate their sensual textures.  Collections ranged from eclectic mixes through to classic elegance and on to magnificent themed segments. The layering of fabrics was a common theme, as was the use of stronger and more coarse laces that suit today’s confident brides. Next season’s colours made subtle appearances in some collections, with stylish and dramatic headpieces also a big feature.

Elizabeth De Varga

It was wonderful to see Tammie Nitschke back on the runway at MBFF and her collection emphasised her romantic, beautifully embellished style. The gown reveal was a big wow factor. Full bodied skirts were unclipped to reveal options for every bride including a gown with a short lace skirt, a sophisticated pant suit and the most fun being a short, sexy playsuit.

Jordanna Regan Couture

Showcasing a dramatic, form-fitting, diverse range of sensual gowns for the modern bride, Jordana created a fascinating segment. A dusky, off white gown, with incredible floral ruffles from thigh to floor that appeared to move almost of it’s own accord was our particular favourite.

Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan

Elegant designs in classic shapes created with sumptuous fabrics were the hallmark of this collection from Brisbane bridal couture royalty. Beautiful layering of lace with sequin embellishment was again a feature, with stylish matching headpieces providing an added touch of elegance to each piece.

Alter Ego

A first time showing, Daniel’s gowns had a sleek, sexy silhouette with beautiful detailing. He showcased a sophisticated range of styles married with diverse range of exciting headpieces.

Jack Sullivan

Modern, sexy shapes, softened by beautiful layering of lace textures were a feature of this cohesive and confident collection. The subtle use of sequins and lace within the layers of fabric added another dimension to these beautiful and sophisticated gowns.

Paul Hunt

Having already exhibited on opening night, Paul included a small collection in the main bridal show. A complete re-imaginging of the bridal gown, Paul displayed a dramatic range of unique styles that would suit alternative brides, along with a pair of ultra feminine gowns that beautifully incorporated the black and white season trend.

George Wu

A dramatic change of tone heralded the arrival of George’s stunning themed collection. With the cavernous venue amplifying the cathedral sound, the first model out walked in a slow, pious way that created a near religious atmosphere. The collection that followed, inspired by the early christianity of ancient Rome, was simply sublime. Pure white toga necklines, gowns adorned with ancient roman Pegasus motifs and beautiful toga rope detailing created a true spectacle. The use of simple white laurel-wreath headpieces and crucifix inspired jewellery enhanced the experience and reinforced George’s already stellar reputation.

Thanks to Lindsay Bennett and the team at Mercedes Fashion Festival Brisbane for making the 10 year one of the every best. We’re missing it already, and can’t wait until next year.

Credits:
Photos @mpvdave from Masterpieces Photography + Video
Makeup Napoleon Perdis
Hair Schwarzkopf

Shabi & Israel 2015 Bridal Collection

Whether it’s London Fashion Week, or MBFF here in Brisbane, the Wedding Alley are incredibly fortunate to amongst the first to see some amazing designer’s new creations from all around the world. From the ancient lands of the middle-east, Shabi and Israel’s 2015 Bridal Collection is feminine and sexy. Their latest collection features delicate lace, stunning embellishments and utilises the train to dramatic new levels. Their stunning designs highlight the sexy curves of the feminine form and their creations are chic and of the moment.

Fashion house Shabi and Israel opened in 2010, and their 2015 bridal collection is beautiful and sensuous.

Be still your beating heart as you fall in love with these gorgeous creations.

Trunk Show Excitement

Saturday the 14th arrived as a perfect Autumn day, with the sun shining and it was with a sense of excitement that we headed to the Stone’s Corner showroom of Elizabeth de Varga for their Trunk Show. The day couldn’t have been more perfect, with so many brides experiencing the happiest of moments, finding their dream bridal gown from the wonderful selection of couture and Pret-a-Porter styles available in store. Several wedding suppliers were also on hand to offer advice and discuss upcoming wedding details, including the talented Dave from Masterpieces Photography + Video and Ashlee from Latonas Makeup. The show room of Tammie Nitschke, head designer at Elizabeth de Varga, always looks sublime, but was further enhanced by a spectacular convertible Rolls Royce from Somerton Limousines parked out the front.

Here are some of the images taken by Masterpieces Photography from the day.

Wedding Suppliers who contributed to the day:

Masterpieces Photography + Video
Latonas Professional Makeup Supplies
A Little Cake Place
White Lace and Promises
Archara Flowers
The Little Flower Company

Hinterland Beauty on Show

It was an early start with coffee in hand as we headed to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland wedding showcase on Sunday to see what this picturesque region had to offer. The road trip was well worth it with a range of venues open for inspection and many local wedding suppliers on display. Maleny Manor was a particular focus as they were hosting a fashion parade by one of our contributing designers Elizabeth de Varga and we certainly weren’t disappointed.

After a warm welcome we wandered the beautiful grounds and chatted to some of the lovely wedding professionals. The fashion parade was staged on the majestic outdoor stairs of the Manor in the beautiful sunshine. The stunning fabrics and expert construction of the exquisite Elizabeth de Varga bridal gowns was on display in the movement up and down the stairs whilst the enchanting embellishments shimmered in the warmth of the sun. A more secretive, tantalising element of the day day was also on the runway, with Simone Perele lingerie. With a legacy that dates back to 1948, this is sensual, sophisticated underwear that makes a statement and is the perfect attire for your Wedding Day and honeymoon.

Brides contemplating this region would have had a very successful day with many planning decisions achieved and there will doubtless be many wonderful weddings days at the supporting venues over the next 18 months. It’s great to see regional suppliers working together so well to create a real experience for couples.

Photo Credits:
Gowns by Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashions
Lingerie by Simone Perele
Location – Maleny Manor
Hair by Rolling Scissors and Evalyn Parsons Hair
Makeup by TF Makeup Artist and Kim McLeod Hair and Makeup Stylist
Wedding Styling by Love Bird Weddings
Flowers by Mondo Floral Designs
Cakes by Ideas in Icing and Cakes Designs

Collection Launch Evening at Elizabeth de Varga

As the spring wedding season hit full steam, with the warmer weather and love in the air, we were excited to attend the collection launch and 30th birthday of Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashion on Thursday 25 September.

The birthday celebrations coincided with the announcement that the original Elizabeth De Varga gowns are now joined by the White Collection and Adore Bridal Couture.

De Varga’s sublime new ranges are filled with sumptuous fabrics that exude style, complemented by extravagant adornments that take these stunning couture creations to new levels of chic.

It was hard, perhaps even unfair to pick a favourite, such was the attention to detail and care that had clearly gone into each piece. Head designer, Tammie Nitchke’s elegant sophisticated style was evident in every gown.

The warm and friendly staff are clearly a close knit team, providing a exceptional atmosphere for guests on the night, and one can only imagine how exciting and enjoyable they must make every fitting!

Brisbane Bridal Fashion at its Best

With our breath held tightly we attended the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show on Tuesday night. We are always excited to see a bridal gown designer’s new range, so the opportunity to see six of Brisbane’s very best couturiers, all in one parade, launching their latest creations, had us in absolute overdrive. MBFF is really coming of age and this year was the best yet, showcasing some amazing local talent, in the iconic setting of Brisbane City Hall.

The glittering addition of amazing jewellery by Monili Jewellers meant you couldn’t take your eyes away for a minute. There was so much to see. This year’s runway allowed for a great pace, with every design having just the right time in the spotlight, and the opportunity to be seen from every angle.

The hall was very quiet in anticipation, but the vibe was excited, and welcoming. Starting the parade was Brides’s Desire by Wendy Sullivan with a range full of exquisite fabrics, married with alluring statement head pieces.

Stealing the show with rousing applause was our favourite designer, George Wu. It’s reassuring to see Brisbane crowds respond so favourably to haute couture designs that would once have been monopolised by Sydney and Melbourne shows. With designers of this calibre it’s blatantly clear we’re no longer nipping at their heels – we’re running our own race.

George Wu’s creativity and couturiere workmanship are evident on the catwalk. Having worked with George’s gowns before I know the luxury, and perfectionism that goes into every single one.  Watching 14 gowns parade was a pure joy, each with it’s own breathtaking appeal. The Wedding Alley team’s top pick’s of the night all came from George’s range, especially the exquisite lace sheer gowns in bone.  They may not be for the traditional bride, but they take your breath away.

Anne Bertossi from Bertossi Brides gave us beautiful lace and sheer high necklines that flatter so many. I particularly loved the sparkling fabric in a number of gowns, that would look elegant and demure during a traditional ceremony before coming to glittering life under the lights at a reception party.

The 1950s style strapless gowns by Darb Bridal Couture have a ladylike quality that channels Grace Kelly. Each with a luxurious full skirt that conjured up images of a princess and a perfect fairytale day. To complement the range there were also a few slinky, sheer gowns, for today’s modern bride.

Rayner Lee showcased a couple of tea length dresses in her collection, as well as the traditional floor length gowns.  The use of different lace on the each piece created a textural display of fabrics, highlighted by a headpiece, birdcage veil, or sparkling belt.

The finale of the parade, Jack Sullivan Bridal, rounded out the event beautifully. The delicate application of lace on some of the gowns showed a lovely restraint that embodies a chic feminine and romantic style. The final walk with all of his collection on stage was a vision of gorgeous designs. A sight to behold for the bride to be, and just as enchanting for any fashionista.

It was a pleasure to attend such a prodigious display of amazing Brisbane bridal designers, offset to perfection by the dazzling jewellery by Monili Jewellers. Well done Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival – can’t wait for next year!