A feast for the eyes greeted us at the exclusive Zahavit Tshuba trunk show hosted by Les Trois Soeurs Bridal Boutique. A cascade of netting and a flurry of steam and hairspray filled the room as the team prepped the gowns and models ready for the arrival of guests for their recent trunk show, I was lucky enough to join them for the day to capture the magic unfolding...
There was plenty to do backstage to get the girls ready and Katie Coward was on hand to primp and preen the girls to get them looking catwalk ready for the show. Katie works both commercially and does bridal hair and make up we met a few years back when we both worked with a lovely couple getting married in Hackney and it was a lovely surprise to see her again!
Embellished head pieces, ethereal crystal studded net capes and stunning and original beaded detail were some of the stand out elements of these charismatic bridal gowns. Zahavit has managed to blend influences from the past and effortlessly fused them with a very contemporary look and feel making her collection as dramatic as it is delicate.
Les Trois Soeurs prides itself on offering both big industry names such as Amanda Wakeley, Jenny Packham and Badgley Mischka but also supports and hand picks rising stars from around the globe who will be future classics. Zahavit Tshuba is Les Trois Soeurs newest designer and they discovered her recently while she was showing at New York Bridal week. I had a chance to ask Zahavit what makes her tick when it comes to design and this is what she said...
In a few words how would you describe a Zahavit Tshuba bride?
ZT bride is usually a free spiritual personality with a specific taste of her own. She has an obsession for being special and very fashion forward woman.
What drew you to bridal design?
The idea that it's the most challenging work in terms of making clothing. It's the most important dress for a woman and It gives me a huge satisfaction, knowing that I have made such an important dress for someone.
How do you find your inspirations for your collections?
My inspirations comes from many things which rarely come from the bridal world. I love street wear, rock stars, Italian and French movies from the 70's and all things that looks bohemian to me, things which are free of trends, where you can see the individual. I'm a person who loves contrasts, there is a lot of humor in contrast and I bring it to my world of design.
What do you think are the most current trends for bridal gowns in 2015?
I believe that the heavy beaded fabrics, heavy lace and mermaid cut open backline and long train designs, will still be very popular in bridal dresses. We will see a lot of two pieces gowns, short tops with big skirts. Personally, I prefer to "break" the trends and to bring something else to my brides. Trends can be sometime tricky because you keep seeing the same things again and again and it seems like the individuality of a bride can get lost in trends. My goal is to create new ideas and fresh combinations, using fabrics and cuts which are not very common in bridal. I miss the simplicity that use to be in bridal dresses, and hope that the next trend will bring back the simplicity and delicateness to bridal.
The guests were welcomed to Plateau with a champagne reception, it was Friday so bubbly before 10am was allowed..I only had one glass, I promise!
Fashion editors from You and Your Wedding, Brides Magazine and The wedding Diary gathered along with, wedding bloggers and brides to be filled the stunning light filled restaurant to take in the views of the city before the show commenced.
This 'Ella' dress was one of my favourite gowns on show it moved so fluidly and mixed stunning bead work with the light as a feather netting. I loved the hint of blush on the upper hem too, just a touch of colour that gave it a wonderfully diaphonous finish.
Guests were seated to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of pastries and fresh fruit and it gave everyone a chance to settle in and to hear about the new web site launch from Les Trois Soeurs who are also nearing the launch of their e-commerce site which will make purchasing the incredible pieces they stock even easier!
After an introduction to the work of Zahavit Tshuba the show began to the sultry sounds of a middle eastern beat...
I loved the fabulous fringing on the 'Rebecca' gown, you would be sure to turn heads as you shimmy down the aisle in this one and light up the dance floor at the end of the night.
Zahavit won over her audience with her bold designs and enchanting detail choices and had brides to be who were watching dashing to the boutique to try on her beautiful bridal gowns. She is definitely one to watch!
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