Lela Rosewww.lelarose.com Back to Top
Lela was raised in Texas and went to school in Colorado where nature, its surrounding landscapes, and the sublime colors it offers have long been an inspiration. Today, Lela continues to draw from these early influences as she designs for the modern sophisticated women that embody a spirit of effortless elegance.
After graduating from Parson’s School of Design in 1993, she went to work with two esteemed designers, Richard Tyler and Christian Francis Roth. There she honed her love of couture fabric as well as fanatic attention to detail. In 1998, Lela’s vision and passion compelled her to create her signature collection, Lela Rose.
In Fall 2006, Lela Rose launched the Lela Rose Wedding collection. The collection is a pairing of unconventional fabrics and techniques that are trademarks of the designer. Each gown is carefully designed with textures and thoughtful details. The impeccable quality and couture sensibility of these gowns make them one of a kind.
Claire Pettibonewww.clairepettibone.com/bridal Back to Top
Los Angeles-based designer Claire Pettibone is best known for designing gowns that are not only unique and distinctively vintage, but that captures an ethereal and romantic look. Claire, who is a graduate of Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, launched her bridal line based on the success of her luxurious collection of fine lingerie. Many of Claire’s gowns exclusively use the finest European embroideries and laces.
“A wedding gown has to be the most beautiful dress in a woman’s life, make her look and feel amazing, and capture her essence,” says Pettibone who manages to achieve this complicated and extraordinarily special task. Her gowns have a vintage quality, but the references are combined in a way that is truly modern. “When I create a dress, it’s all about the fabric and the woman, and how these elements are combined to enhance each other,” says Pettibone who works exclusively with couture European embroideries and laces. “So many brides want an intimate and individual feeling for their wedding, and the dress really sets the tone,” says Pettibone who has created gowns for ceremonies in castles, forests, beaches and gardens in addition to the traditional church and hotel ballroom.
Amy Kuschelwww.amykuschel.com Back to Top
Amy Kuschel graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan in 1989. In 1996, Amy became engaged to Bill Brugger. As a bride to be, Amy experienced the arduous task of trying to find the perfect wedding gown. She wanted to look elegant and modern without spending a fortune; a combination she could not find. As an experienced fashion designer, Amy chose to create her own wedding gown. In April of 1999, Amy & Bill launched the Amy Kuschel collection.
Amy designs her collection for the discriminating bride … she’s hip, clever, and charming. She approaches life with confidence and is looking for a gown that is sophisticated and elegant, reflective of her own personality. She also believes in offering value – without sacrifice – it is unique to find a gown that is well crafted using the finest fabrics and trims and also well priced.
The Amy Kuschel Bride collection is designed and manufactured at their design studio in San Francisco, California. Each piece is made by hand using luxurious fabrications, couture techniques, and quality workmanship.
Nicole Millerwww.nicolemiller.com Back to Top
Nicole Miller uniquely combines the ideas of elegance and rebellion to achieve a fun and subtle sexiness that is the essence of modern femininity. In her hands, the drape and cut of designer clothes are transformed to a younger, more sophisticated look.
An American born to a French mother, Miller was dually trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and Paris’ Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. RISD inspired her sense of freedom and creativity, and Chambre Syndicale a mastery of the classical techniques of couture.
Miller’s silhouettes achieve a natural body consciousness that is sensual and dynamic. Often inspired by film imagery and exotic cultures, she is the pre-eminent American among fashion’s print and color elite. Her material selections are guided by a commitment to technological advance; she is often the first to introduce a new fabric and popularize it for wider use.
The non-conformist glamour of Miller’s clothes has caught the attention of many in Hollywood – with Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Jessica Simpson, Daryl Hannah, Hillary Duff and Felicity Huffman among those recently appearing in her designs.
Nouvelle Amsalewww.amsale.com/nouvelle Back to Top
Amsale Aberra’s career as a couture bridal and eveningwear designer began in a very personal way, when she couldn’t find a simple, refined gown to wear on her wedding day in 1985. “Everything was so overdone and overly adorned,” she recollects. Inspired to create elegant and understated dresses for women like her, Amsale began custom-making wedding gowns in her New York City loft that fused pure, archetypal silhouettes with couture craftsmanship and sumptuous textiles.
Today, the Ethiopian-born Amsale is a leading designer in the world of luxury bridal gowns, and she recently introduced Nouvelle Amsale to make luxury accessible for today’s modern bride.
Martina Lianawww.martinaliana.com Back to Top
Martina Liana is inspired by Essense Fashion Director Martine Harris and Head Fashion Designer with Essense Leanne Collova. Harris has been with Essense for nine years and has seen the line become a major International bridal fashion label. Collova has worked with many top design houses and has a passion for designing gowns for a woman’s most defining day of her life. Together, Harris and Collova travel the world for inspiration for their designs from the design houses of Europe, to the fashion centre of New York.
The impeccable fit of the Martina Liana dresses exemplify the couture craftsmanship of the gowns. A twenty-one bone bodice, built in bust cups and ribbon lined crimoline are just a few of the features of the dresses that will flatter the bride. Martina Liana combines heirloom quality beading and French laces with luxurious fabrics, including silks to meet the needs of today’s fashion savvy bride.
Pronoviaswww.pronovias.com Back to Top
Pronovias is a family business that has its origins in El Suizo, a prestigious shop in Barcelona founded in 1922 and specializing in silk lace, embroidery and fabrics for bridal gowns. In 1964 Pronovias presented the first collection of prêt-a-porter bridal gowns in Spain. In 1968, it was first with another initiative: the first bridal shops in Spain.
Today, Pronovias is the international leader in wedding gowns, with 130 shops in Spain and more 4,250 points of sale in 72 countries.
Year after year Pronovias enriches its collections by incorporating the Exclusive Collections of International brands and prestigious Spanish designers.
Coco Anaiswww.cocoanais.com Back to Top
Celebrating 25 years as designer and president of the St. Pucchi bridal house, Rani Totman introduces Anais Collezioni, an Haute Couture bridal collection for the price-conscious bride.
This collection addresses a need for innovative and cutting-edge bridal design at an affordable price. “Anais Collezioni” is a collaborative effort between Rani and her sons, Montree and Kris. Together this team strives for the highest standard of design, workmanship, quality and customer service. The couture styling of this collection makes this collection one of the most coveted by brides nationwide.