Bridal gowns add glamour

Gillian McAinsh

Photographs: B-JAY PIERCEY

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IT’S still all about the dress, as shown by the fabulously frothy array of wedding gowns on display in the fashion shows at The Herald Bridal Fair last month.

There was something for every bride’s taste, ranging from extravagantly embellished creations to pared down modern designs.

Jason Kieck, who will design a wedding dress for the winner of The Herald Win a Dream Wedding competition for her November wedding, showed his trademark glamour with class, while Lee-Anne Griffith offered the modern miss an more streamlined look under her A-Do-Decor banner and the design duo at Silver Spoon also kept it sweet and simple.

Designer Leandra Fourie showed a range of bridal wear, including delightful dresses for the wedding retinue, as did newcomer Veruschka Barnard with her palette of feminine sorbet colours.

But if a Nelson Mandela Bay bride wants lights, action, drama, though, she turns first to Karen England’s House of Brides or to Designs by Johan from Johan Wolmarans. Neither of these popular designers disappointed with opulent, full-skirted creations that featured enough bling accents of silver and crystal to satisfy even the boldest of brides.

Experienced model Bianca Gerber – looking leaner and fitter than ever before – was the perfect choice to model their theatrical, Latino-look creations.

Other first-timers to the fair Thabo Makhetha, Le Qin and Morne van der Schyff rounded off the dress-designing coterie. And for those who hope to buy a ready-to-wear dress to die for, Blushing Bride, Brides Etc, Bridal Flair, Lady Marmalaide and Lorette Designs showcased a stylish spectrum of imported gowns.

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