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Dawn Of A New Age | Daughters of Simone
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Hold on to your hats and prepare for this collection to blow you away...

We've been longtime fans of the bohemian bridal label, Daughters of Simone, and are elated to help announce the launch of their newest collection, 'Dawn Of A New Age' today! With a nod to strong, iconic women and the wave of change that's sweeping the world because of them, the Castanos sisters pulled their inspiration for the line from feminine power and all that comes with it. You can see that inspiration come to a head in compelling yet delicate pieces, unorthodox silhouettes and expert styling. We're absolutely enamored with every look!

Keep scrolling for all of the new beauty and a few words from the designer.

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"IT STARTS WITH INSPIRATION; A SLEEVE, A HARDENED LOOK,  CONFRONTATION IN HER EYES, A SKIRT THAT SNAGS THE WOOD FLOOR AS SHE GOES.. THEN YOU PUT THOSE THOUGHTS AND VISIONS DOWN ON PAPER, GRAB A PENCIL WITH A GOOD ERASER, PUT THE MUSIC ON, LIGHT THE CANDLES, POUR THE WINE, GET INTO A GOOD SPACE WITH YOURSELF AND AWAY YOU GO. IT’S CREATING WHAT YOU WANT TO WEAR,WHAT YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE THE BALLS TO WEAR,WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE THEM IN…PROUD AS HELL AS THEY MAKE THE WALK." - daughters of simone designer, brit castanos

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"WE BEGAN DESIGNING ‘THE DAWN OF A NEW AGE’ COLLECTION WAY BACK IN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR. THIS COLLECTION WAS ALL HEART, WITH PLENTY OF RE-DRAFTING, DOUBT, AND RISK. ARTISTICALLY WE WERE INSPIRED BY THE DEFIANCE ILLUMINATED BY THIS GENERATION IN THE LAST YEAR.

WOMEN HAVE BEEN CUTTING THEIR HAIR, HITTING THE STREETS WITH BOOTS AND SIGNS, AND EXPERIENCING A BURST OF POWER THAT THEY, AND NONE, HAS EVER SEEN EXCEED THIS FAR IN ALL OF OUR HISTORY. IN THE DEPTH OF SUCH A MOMENT, WE WANTED THE PIECES TO FEATURE LOTS OF SEAMS, TEXTURES, AND ADD-ONS TO TAKE ON A SPIRIT OF ARMOR AND PRIDE."

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"IT WAS ALSO THE FIRST TIME WE GOT TO PRODUCE AND DESIGN THE CLOTHES OURSELVES; CHOOSING THICK ROPE TRIMS, BRASS SEQUINS, BOLD LACE APPLIQUE, PEARLED BUTTONS, AND PLEATING. EACH PIECE WAS SCRUTINIZED FOR FIT, EXAMINING EVERY SQUARE INCH WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB, WITH SOME GOWNS GOING THROUGH UP TO 7 REVISIONS THROUGHOUT THE TEN MONTH PROCESS."

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"WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT WOMEN WHO INSPIRE US TO LEAD A LIFE BEYOND WHAT IS SHOWN OR KNOWN. IT SEEMS THAT DEVOTION HAS ONLY BEEN FURTHER REINFORCED IN THE LAST YEAR. THE FUTURE IS OURS TO CHANGE, TO CREATE, AND TO FORCE THROUGH. DAUGHTERS OF SIMONE IS ALL ABOUT THAT."

 

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK...

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Vendors:

Dresses: Daughters Of Simone, Photography: Dana Trippe, Model: Kiki Barnes, Make Up: Emily Dudley, Location: Some Drifters BnB, Location Styling: PowWow Design Studio

Sally Eagle Bridal's RAINE 2018 Collection
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Have you ever taken the time to notice the beauty of rainfall? The captivating way the droplets dust everything they touch with a subtle glimmer of sparkle? Sally Eagle Bridal's 2018 collection, aptly titled 'Raine', does just that with ten stunning gowns made with sophistication, elegant shapes and beautiful silks.

Raine introduces new silhouettes from the New Zealand designer's repetoire with more fitted styles as well as Sally's signature floaty skirts. Much like those ethereal rain droplets, many of these stunning dresses feature a scatter of beading, or delicate 3D lace, reminiscent of dainty little flowers glowing in the sunlight.

To say we're in love with the movement of the collection would be massive understatement and the correlating editorial is one for the books! Keep scrolling for more...

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Who is the Sally Eagle bride?

She moves with style and grace. The Sally Eagle bride is a true romantic, not in the traditional sense but for the girl who chooses her own path, who sees beauty in the refined and the delicate. There is something beautiful about simplicity and the way a fabric moves as you do. Sally chooses feminine silhouettes that enhance the beauty of the individual and feel amazing to wear.

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How can couples incorporate magic and personality into their wedding day?

Be yourself, don't choose something just because everyone else is doing it. These days a wedding can be what ever you want it to be. get creative and think outside of the box.

Make sure you take a moment just for you and your new husband on the big day. It can be such a big day with a lot going on so even if it's just to hold hands and squeal, eeee we are married!!

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All of the Sally Eagle dresses are hand made in Wellington, New Zealand.

Price point $2600 to $4000 NZD

Available now at the Sally Eagle Wellington Boutique and at The Haven Bridal Boutique in Auckland.

 

And For Love Amour Éternel
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With a list of inspirations that boasts the chicest of muses, And For Love's 2018 collection, Amour Eternel, is one for the books. Feather light lace, Bardot shoulders and a hint of sparkle round out the line and make it one of our favorites for unorthodox, un-bothered brides with style on the brain.

Keep scrolling for loads of moody inspiration...

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"Inspired by the 2011 grunge-styled film The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, and the famous Petipa/Ivanov ballet, Swan Lake, our newest collection is simultaneously elegant and defiantly goth. With a play on dark romance, the palette of black and white gowns is hyper-feminine with minimalist undertones that give bridal a futuristic spin."- Angel spendlove, designer

 

This is bridal for the most confident of rule-breaking women.

 

Amour Éternel 2018 by & FOR LOVE

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Vendors:

Photographer: Karolina Kuras
Jewelry by: Tilly Thomas Lux
Hair Accessories by Luna Bea Bride and Naturae Design

Shot on Location in Paris, France

T E M P L E by Bo & Luca
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When the fashion conscious bride's favorite designer Bo & Luca launches a sister line of youthful, minimalist and budget friendly gowns, we sit up and pay attention. Reflecting a sense of effortless, modern femininity that takes cues from iconic heroinesof decades past,  T E M P L E is a jaw-dropping concentrated line of ten perfect gowns for the playful, timeless bride with rock n roll edge and we love every piece.

From the Bardot sleeved Skye to the short and sassy Hope, keep scrolling to find your favorite...

 

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What was the inspiration behind creating T E M P L E?

Shannon Pittman, Creative Director and Founder, felt compelled to create something for young women who want a luxurious high quality product, that feels as good as it looks, and can be passed on to generations within a budget she can afford. She spent a year working with her team in Mumbai, India to develop a range of gowns made with the same raw silk fabrication and hand-beaded attention to detail as Bo & Luca, but at a more affordable prices. We designed, prototyped, redesigned and re-prototyped for a year until we had a line we were really proud of.

The inspiration was discovering that women, no matter their budgets, should have the opportunity to wear a beautiful hand-made silk gown and we knew we were the ones to do it.

The result are designs that take cues from the boldness of the 70’s but maintain the elegance and intricacy of an heirloom wedding gown. Like Bo & Luca’s signature line, T E M P L E remains effortless and relaxed, without boning, cinching, and ties of traditional bridal wear. These gowns are as comfortable to wear as they are beautiful.

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The inspiration behind the aesthetic and energy of the brand definitely riffs off the youthfulness of the women we’re trying to become more accessible to. She’s playful, raw, feminine but still utterly timeless.

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What kinds of brides do you hope connect to the line?

We always say we have the best stockists, partners and brides. Somehow we’ve attracted these amazing brides, often times business owners themselves, unique sense of style, relaxed and self-confident, cares about quality and curious about travel and learning different cultures - so she connects with the story of how our gowns are made.

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How can couples incorporate magic and personality into their wedding days?

When we picture the T E M P L E bride’s wedding, it’s definitely the wedding that you’d want to be a guest at - supremely authentic to the couple’s personal interests, influenced by epic music, dancing, and really about the people. Whether it’s Bo & Luca or a T E M P L E bride, I think the magic of anyone’s wedding comes from creating your own ideal wedding and being true to yourself.

 

T E M P L E for us has a raw, unfiltered but still beautifully feminine and timeless quality about it.

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Collection 01 of T E M P L E by Bo & Luca will be in stores globally, September 2017. For brides in the US, Canada, Australian and UK, please see their website for a full list of stockists.

Vendors:

Photographer: Jess Aleece
Model: Annabelle Harbison of CHIC Sydney
Styling: Shannon Pittman / Leanne Mark
Hair: Toni & Guy Surry Hills
Make Up: Brie Stevenson

L'Eto Bridal
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When a new line as absolutely breathtaking as L'eto Bridal comes on the scene we have cause to get excited. The sleek, modern take on wedding design is a welcomed addition to our current roster of favorites and we'll love nothing more than the front row seat to all of the incredible L'eto #realbrides we're sure to see in the near future.

Keep scrolling to see more of the Australian label with a strong desire to make individual choices when it comes to creating bridal wear:

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"If you can imagine running off to the desert, or a cliff overlooking the tumultuous sea after your wedding, you’re probably a L’eto bride. A lover of architecture and fashion, and one that strives for individuality, the muse of the Australian based label is a woman who knows what they want but haven’t been offered it yet- that is, til we came along. L’eto Bridal is for those that are ready to let go of preconceived notions of what a traditional wedding dress is supposed to be."

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"Born with a je m’en foutiste (couldn’t care less) attitude, the collection of 10 outfits is impeccably designed with the free spirited bride in mind. Ranging from the discreetly chic to nymph-like and sensual, L’eto Bridal delivers languid silhouettes with just the right touch of drama in the details. Each garment is carefully considered for a dynamic woman who loves expressing her singularity and uniqueness."

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"Polished cuts accentuate the female form and drive the idea of laid-back sophistication into each and every garment. Modern and also timeless, elegant yet irreverent, feminine but not cloying, unorthodox but not trendy… The contrasts balance perfectly for brides of the 21st century. In an era where spirit is celebrated as much as outward appearance, having a beautiful dress that would not encumber nor distract from the most important person of the day is really a feat in itself."

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Price ranges between $1500-$4000 AUD

 

Vendors:

Photography: Stellar Hours @stellarhours, Assistants: Samantha Gerard &Wild Hearts @wild_hearts, Sophie Isabella Milne, Balencia Lane @balencialane, Hair & Make Up: Emilia Petronelli, Model: Polly Batchelor of Unique Model Management, Venu: Annandale Coastal Retreats