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It’s often said that a bride should opt for a wedding dress that looks and feels like an extension of her personality. So, what about simple and classic gowns? That’s not what we’re about at Galia Lahav. Especially in the year 2023 when everyone should feel comfortable being loud and proud about who they are. Cue the over-the-top details, appliqués that tell a romantic story and ornate embroidery that makes the finest fabrics even more memorable.
This is the not-so-basic wedding dress guide. Created with the statement-making bride in mind, these designs are intended to be scene stealers. All selected from the new Amor collection, our latest Couture range, the concept behind these designs can be traced back to the classic opera, “Carmen.” Inspired by the epic love story and as a nod to all women who are rebellious and independent, this is a collection that proudly bucks tradition. It encourages all women to embrace what feels right—especially when it’s a bold wedding dress.
"I wanted to create a collection that celebrates the fierce and unbridled spirit of love. AMOR is about empowering brides to be fearless, expressive and adventurous to explore the passion that burns within," said Sharon Sever, head designer.
Now, who’s ready for the dresses that bring such a fiery spirit to life?
A white wedding dress is customary, of course, but the non-traditional bride knows that she’ll feel most like herself when she honors her own sense of style. Sometimes that’s served up in a stark black lace gown. Imbued with drama and intrigue this number is aptly named Fuego (just like an IRL fire emoji). It was inspired by classic flamenco dresses with a form-fitting bodice and skirt made from tiers of soft ruffles.
Upon first blush, the intricate guipure lace and exposed boning of Evita is absolutely breathtaking. The corseted gown toes the line between sexy and traditional, right down to the cathedral-length train. But then you realize there’s more: A matching bolero that adds a high-neck detail, elegant long sleeves and creates a keyhole back. All that plus a removable overskirt that adds a burst of volume. Who needs a wedding wardrobe when this dress can be worn in so many different ways?
How does a bride shimmer from head-to-toe? In the Esmerelda ball gown, constructed from iridescent satin that sparkles in more ways than one. It exudes a certain glow that’s only emphasized by the crystal and pearl embroidery that trails the strapless neckline. Pleated for extra volume at the hips and paired with a thigh-high slit, this is for the bride who considers herself a glow-getter.
A barely-there dress gives off a red carpet ready vibe. But add to that hundreds of tiny 3-D flowers and the effect is immediately elevated to the level of a fashionable masterpiece. The floral theme starts on the straps of Catalina, with delicate petals that give way to the garden-esque detail all over this scoop-neck goddess gown. The cheeky sheer panels add a touch of sexiness to all of those sweet florals. And if that alone isn’t over-the-top enough, attach the coordinating A-line overskirt for more volume and even more florals.
While Reina technically means queen, this princess gown is fit for all kinds of royalty. It features the typical fitted bodice and full skirt—but the expected details end there. The long-sleeve top bares the collarbones just so and it features a plunging neckline that follows the line of the exposed boning. That soft elegance is matched by the full skirt with a slide slit. Served up in a flattering shade of blush and covered in sweet lily of the valley lace applique, it would be hard to find a dress more romantic than this.
A trumpet gown like Maribel is a balanced way to add volume to a wedding dress, as the dress itself is fitted down to mid-thigh until it flares out into a bouquet of weightless tulle. But there’s a plot twist: That voluminous skirt detaches to reveal a mini dress with a beaded fringe hem. And it’s not just any mini dress. It’s incredibly detailed, with ornate French lace and corded applique that reveals sultry cutouts, plus a light dusting of crystals for a little shine. Wear it with or without the matching sleeves and dial up the drama with the coordinating cathedral veil that features the very same corded detail.
Picture this: The traditional ball gown gets a crop, covered in feathers and it’s all topped off with a beaded corset. It may sound way too loud to work for a wedding dress, but it all comes together in perfect harmony. The Letitia is dance floor ready, made for twirling and getting low—just accessorize with boogie-friendly heels and a glass of champagne.