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Ultimate Bridal Exhibition 2009

Last weekend encompassed a myriad of frills and lace at the Australian Bridal Service Exhibition.  Covering all aspects of planning the perfect wedding, from your dream gown to flower arrangements, this expo was a must for all soon to be brides (and grooms).  Whether your special day is to be a simple affair, or a full blown extravaganza, the collection of ideas that were brought together under the one roof made for a weekend of excitement, organisation and dreams a plenty.

The highlight of the exhibition is of course the hourly runway shows that took place over the weekend, allowing the crowd to admire some of the best coutouriers in the business up close and personal.  Designers included the whimsical Craig Braybrook, who ensured the bold colour is certainly a possibility on your wedding day, with a standout amethyst toned gown flouncing down the runway complete with nude bodysuit and intriciate beading.  Ruby reds featured in Braybrook’s collection, along with an array of simplistic ivory toned gowns for the more traditional bride.

Menswear designer Zenetti ensured the boys were looking fine, with classic suits impeccably tailored and of the highest quality on display.  Shapewear designer Nancy Ganz had her models take to the catwalk adorned in underwear designed to be worn under tricky bridal gowns, instantly toning the body for the perfect sillhouette.  If you are lucky enough to be engaged to a Scottish boy, never fear, because Kilts by Anderson ensured that your man can indeed wear a skirt on your wedding day – and in style.  Sassy Boutique showed a range of designs versatile enough for the more colourful bride, while each piece was more than suitable for the more formal bridesmaid, a highlight being a sheer leopard print strapless gown (sounds garish, but it was incredibly delicate).

Simone Perele’s runway was a vision of elegant yet sexy wedding night lingerie, featuring plenty of lace and other feminine detail.  Maria Gonzales designs provided plenty of variety, with classic princess style gowns featuring heavily, along with beautiful draped grecian styles for the more modern bride to be.  La Menz continued to impress with elegant menswear in a variety of colours, shying away from classic black.  For the woman who is all about the details, Ania G Couture was the one to watch, with each gown encompassing beading, sequins, lace and intricate design.  Raffale Ciucca’s designs for both men and women definately fulfilled the traditional wedding brief, with classic tailored suits and simple yet beautiful gowns.

Romeo Bastone provided a parade which had a very young modern feel, with a variety of sillhouettes on display, including a daring mini dress for those with the legs to pull it off!  Calvin Klein took their clothes off much to the delight of many women in the crowd, showing off their latest line of mens and womens underwear, and bodies.  Baccini and Hill provided ultra feminine gowns comprising mainly of slinky cuts with detailed busts and bodices, whilst Manuelle and Moore ensured that lovers of frills, ruffles and lace were not forgotten.

No matter what look you are going for on your wedding day, the daily runway shows were bound to give you plenty of inspiration, or you may have simply gone running to the designer begging to buy off the rack!  Either way, Style Melbourne most certainly recommends checking out such exhibitions as they come to town…with everything from your cake to your shoes under one roof, what a timesaver.

The next Ultimate Bridal Exhibition will be held on the 8th and 9th of August in the Royal Exhibition Buildings in the surrounds of the glorious Carlton Gardens.

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Words – Bronwyn Miller

Photography – Christos Pavlidis

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