Secret of couture wedding gowns

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Every bride wants to look radiant on her wedding day. Which is why Swarovski crystals have become an integral part of every bridal designer’s toolkit. Trends come and go, but premium quality and standout style are eternal. So we’ve selected those couturiers whose work exemplifies the exceptional, and look at what they are doing this season:

Dar al Hanouf

Dar al Hanouf (House of Hanouf), a recent label from Saudi Arabia, specializes in modern silhouettes using sumptuous fabrics embellished with thousands of crystals. Taking six weeks to create, this breath-taking design was made using 44,000 Swarovski Flat Backs and Crystal Pearls, mixing a palette of white, ivory and rose gold. To create a similar effect, use: 2038 Swarovski Flat Back Rose and 2078 Swarovski Flat Back Rose, both in IVORYCRM; 2078 Swarovski Flat Back Rose in Silk; and 5810 Swarovski Crystal Pearls in PEWHIPRL.

Lidia Kalita

This label from Poland really understands the contemporary bride: Lidia Kalita does simple, elegant silhouettes with wonderfully quirky detailing. The crystal-dusted “décolletage illusion” bodice is one of her specialities, and this gown creates that effect using Swarovski Chaton Bandings.

Celia Kritharioti

Celia Kritharioti creates high-concept yet decidedly wearable and romantic styles. Her backless tulle and lace gown shimmers with these Swarovski crystals: 53203, 53201, 31885328 and 2555, all in clear Crystal color. The dress featuring a feathered cape is adorned with 2555 in Crystal AB4320 in White Opal4501 in Crystal5328 in Crystal AB.

We Couture

The ethereal effect of We Couture’s otherwordly gowns is created by sprinkling light-filled crystals from Swarovski over swathes of netting and tulle in delicate pastel shades: 5810 Crystal Round Pearl in Crystal Cream Pearl and 5328 XILION Bead in Crystal Golden Shadow add sheen to pale gold. The elegant Gingko tree embroidery on the petal-pink dress is picked out in the 5328 Crystal XILION Bead in Silk.