Designers from Down Under – Pallas Couture Arrives in Chicago!

The American bridal market has experienced exciting changes over the last few years – social media has introduced a whole new world of designer options to U.S. brides, the most notable of which has been the Israeli design movement. With the entry of Israeli designers in the US market a bridal renaissance took place and everyone was the better for it…their sexier, glamorous collections challenged the traditional boundaries of the American bridal aesthetic and pushed every designer to incorporate new elements in their collections.

But just as with any new wave in fashion, the Israeli design movement is no longer a novelty, and 2017 seems to be ushering in a new wave of international designers – this time from the land down under…Australia!  Designers such as Steven Khalil, Pallas Couture, Leah Da Gloria, and Nektaria World started to capture the American bride’s attention in social media over the last two years, and are now beginning to arrive in U.S. bridal salons.  Just as the Israelis, they are redefining existing notions of bridal beauty with their unique silhouettes, signature fabrics and laces, and innovative draping.

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When we first met with designer Pallas Couture in the Fall of 2014 during New York International Bridal Week, it was clear that this collection was unlike any other.  Their choices both of the fabrics themselves, as well as how to use them in the bridal collection were completely unique – like nothing we had ever seen before and undeniably beautiful.  We knew right away they were special, and our relationship built from that first meeting, until by the Spring of 2016 the timing felt right to bring the first Australian bridal collection to midwestern brides!

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What is instantly obvious when you first look at the Pallas Couture collection, is that the gowns are rich in dimensional fabrics, which are layered for a final effect that is completely unique to each gown in the collection.   What is unexpected is that these gowns are light as air and weigh next to nothing on! Their signature aesthetic is an ethereal sex appeal – or “soft sexy” as we like to say.  Pallas Couture designs are uber feminine yet edgy, body conscious yet romantic…

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Romona Keveza Spring 2017 Bridal Collection – New York Bridal Fashion Week

World renowned bridal designer Romona Keveza presents her collections in her intimate penthouse suite at 1 Rockefeller Plaza.  In the setting of what feels like a European sitting room, a small group of retailers have the privilege of hearing the designer herself talk about the inspiration behind the season and the details of each and every gown, as they float through the room on the fresh, confident models the designer uses every season.

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

During April bridal market, the designer explained that her Spring 2017 collection was inspired by the “spirit and strength of Parisians” – something Romona experienced first hand during the time she spent in Paris after the November terrorist attacks in the city.  The couture bridal collection featured distinct microcollections, including modern, minimalistic wedding gowns, romantic, custom laces and luxurious, floral prints that are signatures of the design house.

We were very lucky to have photographer Collin Pierson with us to capture these moments during our appointment!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

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These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

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These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

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These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

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These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

 

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These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

 

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

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Dimitra’s Bridal is the exclusive retailer for the Romona Keveza couture bridal and evening collections in Chicago!  For up to date information on our trunk shows and events for this breathtaking collection, please visit our EVENTS page, email us at info@dimitrasbridal.com or call 312 787 0920.

Reem Acra Spring 2017 Bridal Runway Presentation at New York Bridal Fashion Week Part I

The Reem Acra bridal collection is always a highlight of New York Bridal Fashion Week.  As we waited for the runway presentation to begin at New York Bridal Fashion Week, the anticipation of retailers, magazine editors and fashion bloggers alike could be felt throughout the room.  Everyone was eager to see the latest creations of this world renowned designer come down the catwalk!

Reem as always, did not disappoint as one breathtaking wedding dress after another left everyone inspired and eager to show them off to their brides all over the world!  Thankfully, we had photographer Collin Pierson of Collin Pierson Photography with us to capture each and every gown just as it came down the runway to share with you!

Here is part I of our blog on the Reem Acra Spring 2017 bridal collection!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

The first bridal gown was an off the shoulder sheath with sparkling embroidery and the most perfect lace up back we have ever seen!  Style points: She has a corset fit bodice to shape the bride’s body beautifully and cinch in the waist. The sheath skirt skims the hip lightly for a soft silhouette showing off the bride’s figure, yet moving with every step she makes.  We love the combination of a fitted bodice and a whimsical skirt…and that back is as remarkably beautiful as it is unexpected!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

The next lovely featured a sheer corset bodice that gave way to a soft A line skirt.  Style points: The details of this dress are truly dreamy…delicate laces layered upon each other for a beautiful dimensional effect.  While the silhouette is an A Line, lace tendrils drip down from the bodice, restraining the volume of the skirt so that it never overwhelms the bride and instead has a lengthening effect.  Underneath the top layer of tulle, there is a layer of very subtle sparkle – just enough to set off the lace work beautifully and ensure the bride will be the centerpiece of her wedding!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

For the princess bride, Reem Acra has designed a timeless confection.  Style points: The designer’s signature corset bodice is covered in embroidered lace and features a high sweetheart neckline that is uniquely demure.  The princess A Line skirt features tulle layers finished with extra wide horsehair, providing just enough weight to restrain the frothiness of the skirt.  Breathtaking is an understatement when describing the impact this wedding gown had coming down the aisle!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

 What we adore most about this dress is the train.  The Reem Acra statement for the season can be found in this incredibly long train, which was created to be pulled up and over the bride’s face for a mantilla veil effect that is unimaginable!  The designer added lace appliques along the horsehair of the train to tie the look into the gown perfectly.  When asked about bustling such a long train, Ms. Acra replied, “You must cut it off after the ceremony!” as if this were the most obvious thing in the world.  We had to admit her daring and innovation is what makes her so important to fashion – a true artist.  Ultimately, the subtle creativity hidden in this wedding gown is what makes the dress incredibly special!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

There is nothing we love more than offering our brides options…we love to “say yes” to all of our brides’ dress dreams!  You can imagine our delight when we realized this next gown would allow us to give our brides the sun, moon, and stars!

Style points: going down the aisle, this bridal gown has a billowing organza overskirt which is undetectable – the skirt’s lace tendrils blend in beautifully with the bodice of the more fitted alencon wedding dress hiding underneath.  When the bride is ready, she can remove the overskirt and dance the night away in her gorgeous lace sheath  – which is effortless, chic, and still very bridal.  The cap sleeves on the bridal gown are also removable – and can be taken off whenever the bride decides she wants to show off her shoulders (or raise the roof as it were)…sun-check, moon-check, AND stars-check!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

Reem Acra Bridal Spring 2017

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Featuring white on white linear artwork, the next bridal gown is a modern take on the princess bride.  The sparkling sequins have a spun sugar effect, adding just enough sweetness to this contemporary design.  We love the sheer illusion sleeves to the elbow and the high scoop neckline – modest wedding dresses have become so uncommon that they now have the greatest impact coming down the aisle!  This minimalist design is uber chic yet still very feminine and classic!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography. www.CollinPierson.com

Reem Acra Bridal Spring 2017

Dimitra’s Bridal Couture is proud to be the exclusive retailer for the Reem Acra bridal and evening collections in Chicago.  Join us as we debut the Spring 2017 collection during our upcoming trunk show, June 24th – 26th.

We cannot wait to show off these incredible gowns to our brides!