d i Carlo Couture, from Montreal’s very own Antoinette Di Carlo, is the real deal - old couture with a finger on the pulse of contemporary chic. Each piece is a custom-made creation, thanks to Di Carlo’s unparalleled eye for detail, magical flourishes, and knockout silhouettes. From the exemplary beading and intricate seam detailing, to the equally pristine inside of the dress, Di Carlo’s craftsmans
i nes Di Santo is taking the bridal wear stratosphere by storm, crafting artistic vision into sumptuous design with a flourish of fantastical textiles and intuitive ingénue. Di Santo’s couturier collection derives inspiration from the illustrious facets of the elusive diamond – intricate frosted beading, crystallized blossoms, Swarovski encrusted bodices, and foamy voluminous skirts shine with an unparalleled luster. precious elegance
s purred by an artisan vision of romance, vintage-princess Claire Pettibone’s 2010 Spring collection pairs gossamer philosophy with zen-like esthetics. Drawing inspiration from that ephemeral space between petal and sky, Pettibone’s illustrious designs shimmer and sing with the mystique of a Ming dynasty empress.
y ou don’t need a riot of color to get cheeky on your wedding day. A subtle tint or pop of paint is enough to make any grrl weep. Designers are beginning to favour off-off-white hues like pink and grey, though color is still somewhat scarce in the realm of gowns. Best to shop for dresses eith
d aydreaming on your ideal wedding dress allows for momentary blips of bliss, much like a hypothetical version of window shopping: you spot something pretty, get flooded with blithe yearning, and move along with that jilted feeling of a satisfaction stifled. But once real life kicks in with in-the-flesh proposals and certified diamonds, you get to play dress-up with purpose. This is a task both beautiful and daunting, what with choices ranging from off-the-rack to custom-tailored, from mom’s attic to bridal bout
a s much as you may want to adorn a real piece of sequined craftsmanship, you’re not a hanger, you’re a blushing bride, and your dress should be working to show off your allure, not the other way around. A good gown won’t distract from what you’ve got going on neck up, but a great dress will also enhance the best of your shape below, while concealing the less-than-perfect. Most wedding dress shops will assign an attendant to help you find something that will suit your personality and silhouette. Trust this woman, as she’s fitted hundreds of brides into hundreds of dresses. Be open to everything,
t he ultimate in classy understatements, the bodacious black accessory is borderline melodramatic but oh-so hot-to-trot for Spring/Fall 2010. Raven-esque accents against snowy palettes of traditional white dresses are cropping up here there and everywhere on both runways and wish-lists alike. Whether ashy and ruffled, or smoky and smooth, these wearable trend options take being grrrly
s porting “Made In Italy” authenticity for over forty years, impeccably tailored Cotin Sposa shines thanks to gowns of guilded perfection and artisan precision. In a quest for cutting-edge fabrics and signature embroideries, Cotin Sposa brings a distinguished level of elegance and couture flourish to every treasured piece of one-of-a-kind bridal wear.
a blend of sunny San Fran inspiration and Milanese hand-woven fabrics, Siri Inc. is the brain-child of skilled designer, Beverly Siri. Fascinated by innovative textiles and classic cuts of old, Siri quickly set out to fashion the ‘Classic Hepburn’ dress. Not only would this evolve into one of the best examples around for understated bridal elegance, but would welcome in a trend of wearable affordability and ease.
l aunching her otherworldly line in ‘99, Elizabeth Fillmore welcomed in the century with gowns that rocked both the all-out glam gal and boho chic chick. Invested in each bride’s unique sense of personal taste, as well as an ‘independent vision’ to span the ages, Fillmore’s flawless designs convey hand-crafted accents, flattering bias cuts, and loads of airy draping.