When it comes to bridal fashion, following current trends is a big faux pas for two big reasons. Firstly, you want a timeless dress that will look as great at the ceremony as it will 20 years from now, when you’re taking a trip down memory lane with the help of your wedding album. Secondly, trends do not necessarily look good on everybody and, at your wedding, the goal is to look your best – so opt for a cut, silhouette, and fabric that suits your frame and style to a T.
And because no one does the glitz and glamour of bridal couture better than this region’s designers, Savoir Flair rounds up the crème de la crème of Arab bridalwear designers, each tailoring legendary gowns that are designed for truly unforgettable moments.
Creating majestic gowns that are, without a doubt, pinned to every bride-to-be’s Pinterest wedding board, Lebanese designer Elie Saab needs no introduction. His Fall 2017 bridal collection highlights the brand’s signature ethereal glamour, but with modern tweaks, thereby catering to both classic and trendy brides.
For his Fall 2017 bridal collection, Zuhair Murad (another mega-couturier from Lebanon) reintroduces dramatic skirts that are removable and made of silk fabrics, making for a chic shortcut if you’re looking to have two dress options – one for the reception and the other for when you want to dance with ease, but without compromising your style.
Scroll through the Instagram account of French-Egyptian designer Yasmine Yeya of Maison Yeya, and you’ll find the epitome of sophistication and artistry in every piece. Venturing soon into the Dubai market, Maison Yeya understands regional tastes, yet always adds an element of surprise through cuts, fabrics, or color palettes.
Paving his way to the world of haute couture through a creative career at the Elie Saab headquarters in Beirut, Krikor Jabotian is now a household name in the industry. Jabotian’s designs are so exquisite and unique, they’ve caught the eyes of Queen Rania and several Hollywood celebrities – yet it’s his bridalwear works of art that are even more impeccable.
Lebanese-American designer Rami Kadi has mastered the art of East meets West though his exquisite bridalwear designs, each exuding sophistication while staying true to tradition. His immaculate tailoring techniques make him one of the most sought-after contemporary couturiers in the region – and rightfully so.
Georges Hobeika’s approach to bridalwear is fresh and sleek, with plenty of attention paid to romantic and feminine silhouettes. In addition to offering traditional wedding gowns, Hobeika’s 2017 bridal collection creatively shakes things up with capes layered over dresses, jumpsuit-style wedding attire, and sheer shirtdresses.
Rami Al Ali
With his signature elegant aesthetic, Dubai’s very own master couturier Rami Al Ali showcases a bridal collection that is so regal, you would think it was designed for royalty. The exceptional embroidery on every gown, along with Al Ali’s refined silhouettes, make for many picture-perfect moments.
When it comes to couture pieces, the late Basil Soda was one to experiment freely with color, textiles, and cuts – a technique he incorporated into his edgy yet classic bridalwear gems. His legacy lives on through the brand’s delicate fabrics, ethereal designs, and romantic silhouettes.
Saiid Kobeisy is an important figure in the world of bridal couture, mainly for his magnificent tailoring and creatively dreamy execution – both of which have turned him into a star designer amongst the region’s brides. His latest bridal collection, inspired by enchanted forests, features powerful pieces with a hint of regality.
With a strong presence in both Lebanon and Kuwait, Ali Younes couture boasts incredibly flattering silhouettes that photograph beautifully, thus creating stunning memories for a bride. His pristine style and impeccable vision have granted him access to the best-dressed celebrities, such as Jennifer Lopez and Aishwarya Rai.