With roots in Houston—she attended university and opened her first flagship bridal salon here—Winnie Chlomin is without question a local star. But the design director behind Winnie Couture is fast becoming a major media magnet, and her gowns, with their fine fabrics, signature embellishments and oh-so-glamorous silhouettes, are winning the hearts of exceptionally stylish brides across the country.
Now based in Beverly Hills, and exhibiting a deeply luxurious aesthetic inspired by that city’s inimitable sense of style, Winnie Couture is turning out some of our favorite gowns of the coming season. As the designer revealed on the recent New York International Bridal Market runway, the Winnie Couture fall/winter 2012 collection is all about romance and femininity. Along with magnificent Swarovski accents on bodices and belts, the new collection features a nod to the inherent beauty of nature, with intricate petals, roses and luscious leaves.
We’re in love with the lacey “Willow” (top right), a stunner with its elegant simplicity and figure-loving silhouette. For serious glamour, we’re dazzled by the beautifully beaded “Cordelia” mermaid gown (top left). Some lovely blush shades and more billowy, ballgown styles, plus drop waists with intricate, full skirts in the new collection, too, so make sure to visit Winnie Couture’s Houston flagship salon to view them all!
Photos: Winnie Couture
As 2012 bridal collections hit local salons, we’ll be offering you glimpses at some of our favorites. Fun, right? We think so!
Let’s just go ahead and kick things off with Kenneth Pool —a favorite of Houston brides, who will find plenty to go ga-ga over in the sumptuous spring and fall 2012 bridal collections. Designed by the exceptionally talented Amsale Aberra (also the artiste behind the Christos and Amsale bridal lines), Kenneth Pool spring 2012 (below) will not disappoint brides who crave the intricate crystal beading that gives the designer’s wedding gowns their signature sparkle. Among our favorites is the alluring “Alana” silk taffeta ballgown, with its heavily beaded bodice and absolutely gorgeous draped skirt. Some stunning fit-and-flare and trumpet styles, too, featuring dramatically bustled trains, and, again, that spectacular (but never over-the-top) beading on bodices, belts and train appliqués.
For fall 2012 (above), which just walked the runway at October’s New York International Bridal Market, Kenneth Pool turned up the volume—as in voluminous skirts and bustles, full of tiers, layers and big fluffy ruffles, many with a modern asymmetrical slant. It’s an exciting new angle for Kenneth Pool wedding dresses, and we LOVE it.
See these gowns for YOURSELF this Friday and Saturday, when Houston’s very own Mia Bridal Couture hosts a Kenneth Pool Fall 2012 trunk show. A Kenneth Pool style expert will be on hand, and brides who purchase during the show will receive a 10% discount (no small savings, with Kenneth Pool’s couture gowns in the $4,000-$10,000 range, and beyond). Appointments are required; call 713.622.2022 to make yours!
Photos: Kenneth Pool
When Mark Badgley met James Mischka at Parsons School of Design in New York, something beautiful happened. That something will be showcased in Houston this Friday and Saturday, when Ivory Bridal Atelier hosts a Best of Badgley Mischka Bridal 2011 trunk show featuring favorite styles from the duo’s 2011 collections. Badgley Mischka’s 2011 gowns are standouts in a standout line, so if you’re looking for an understated, impeccably crafted wedding dress that exudes the pure, distilled essence of “bride,” we strongly suggest you GO. But before you do, make sure to schedule your appointment–they’re required. Call 713.550.1622 to lock yours in!
This week’s Henry Roth trunk show–the scorching hot bridal designer’s first-ever foray into the Southern U.S.–is creating quite a stir. Saturday’s appointments at Brickhouse Bridal are already fully booked! But you can still get in on the “affordable couture” wedding dress gorgeousness (and take advantage of Brickhouse’s very attractive designer incentives) if you call 281.681.3430 to book your appointment for TODAY or TOMORROW. If you haven’t yet found the wedding gown of your dreams, wake up and get thee to Brickhouse, girl!
Well, it’s a sad day on the bridal-design scene. We just received news that the venerable Priscilla of Boston design house will cease operations at the end of the year. Salons, including Houston’s Uptown Park Priscilla of Boston store, will remain open through December 31, 2011, to serve existing clients and complete remaining orders. No new dress orders are being taken at this time. Click here for more details on the closure and what it means for brides.
If you’ve ordered a Priscilla of Boston gown for your upcoming wedding, please don’t panic. We suggest you phone the Houston store at 713.526.1886 to confirm your order, discuss details…and get some much-needed reassurance.
Those of you who were looking forward to shopping for a Priscilla of Boston gown–you’ll simply have to turn your attention to the MANY other amazing designers featured in our favorite Houston salons. A good place to start: This weekend’s Labor Day sales at Parvani Vida and Winnie Couture!