Issue 60
Modern Bride
Your wedding day celebrates the love between
two souls, so why not create your own modern fairy tale by your rules wearing what you love in the presence of the ones you love?
Love your way. It is your big day. The day you have dreamt about since you were a little girl. Fairy tales, family, friends, acquaintances, magazines, TV shows, movies, and even the news have long influenced the decisions we make for this special day persuading us to embrace (or is it abide by?) wedding traditions that have long been celebrated by generations over centuries. Designer Bruce Oldfield, whose critically acclaimed couture occasionwear has dressed the world's most glamorous women from Princess Diana of Wales to Charlotte Rampling to Rihanna, agrees, “Although I have done taupe, ice blue, peach and even red wedding dresses, white would always be my first choice. I think everyone expects a white or ivory dress.”

Passed down generations, many believe these traditions validate and bless the love between two souls, but can love - a feeling that is so difficult to explain in words, often even more difficult to express in words - really be simply permanently knotted by following the formula of wedding day traditions blessed by family, friends and a supreme sovereign body? The governing bodies between any relationship in any culture and society remain to be the lovers in the relationship. So, instead of dressing up like somebody in a catalogue, why not respect the woman your man fell in love with and just be you in the most important day of your life?

Forget about going to fittings to being dressed in a white tube dress constrained with strings on the back and a mile-long train like everybody else. Create your modern fairy tale by being yourself and having fun with your personal style and wardrobe. Why not mix your favorite H&M pieces with your high-end pieces to create your perfect bridal look for your royal wedding? Or go for something modern and cool by pairing a classy dress with a simple leather jacket and flats? Or change the wave of contemporary bridalwear by opting for opulent overalls or a chic netted top? Just remember: what you seek might not only necessarily be hiding somewhere in an exclusive bridalwear boutique, but might already be in your wardrobe.

Mr. Oldfield advises, “Following fashion trends always dates a wedding dress and the more extravagant the trend statement, the more cringe making later on. I have made so many dresses, I suppose that the simplest feedback always remains the most important. You can’t beat things like ‘I felt so happy in my dress that I didn’t want to get out of it’ praise indeed. The best feedback comes from other guests: ‘the dress looked as good at the end of the evening as it did when she walked down the aisle’.”
When it comes to "to have or to hire", model and founder of Kiev-based modelling agency KModels, Alla Kostromichova, reveals that the latter is her choice, as she doesn't want something to hang in her wardrobe forever. She says, “My boyfriend and I thought about our wedding and you know what? I don’t want to keep my dress forever. I want it just for the occasion!” Actress Keira Knightley has a different opinion of her wedding dress as she takes hers literally everywhere. Her short Chanel wedding dress by Karl Lagerfeld has been worn not only at her wedding, but also sighted at a few events after her big day in 2013. See? Wedding dresses ought not be something worn only once then stacked on the very bottom of the wardrobe.

If you are looking for a fun and fabulous dress, Pam Hogg stands out with her range of contemporary designs shown on the catwalk and worn by model and niece of Daphne Guinness, Lady Mary Charteris, at her wedding in 2012. “I’ve designed a few wedding dresses for friends and a few for my catwalk with varying degrees of what is seen to be traditional bridalwear,” says the British fashion designer. “In the case of friends it depends entirely on the character of the bride to be and her wishes. The bride will generally make the decision if it's to be conventional or not, or to which degree it will lean towards the unconventional. It's my job to translate her desires while still retaining my own sense of creativity. (My) suggestion is important. It's vital to offer your personal touch as that is the reason they have chosen you for this very important commission.”

Ms. Hogg smiles and says, “When they look as happy as they could ever be on their wedding day then it says it all.” So, whatever decision you make, just remember: love is all that matters after all.

Wedding dress designs by Bruce Oldfield and Pam Hogg can now be seen at the “Wedding Dresses 1775-2014” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Exhibition opens till 15 March 2015.

Photography by David Urbanke; styling by Robert Mishchenko; hair by Blake Burkholder / Jed Root; make-up by Stephanie Peterson / Art Department; model: Ehren Dorsey / Next.

Opening Image: top and pants by Rosie Assoulin; choker and cuff by Zara.
Words by Carrie Lau

Say your vows in your own white denim, leather overalls, and
embellished sandals on your big day.