The Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane was far from plain. With the majestic background of the City Hall, lust-worthy gems and exquisite gowns, the show was nothing short of magical. The team at Monili Jewellers have worked meticulously with each designer in this stunning bridal runway show to create a collection of bespoke pieces designed exclusively to complement exquisite bridal gowns showcased by Brisbane’s leading bridal designers including: Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Bertossi Brides and Paddington Weddings, George Wu, Rayner Lee, Darb Bridal Couture and Jack Sullivan Bridal.
Exquisite floral lace appliques can be seen on most of Wendy Sullivan’s pieces. Recognized as one of Australia’s most renowned bridal designers, Wendy Sullivan is currently celebrating over 30 years of exquisite bridal design. Brides Desire is a ready to wear designer collection. Imbued with Wendy’s distinct signature styling, glamour and designer quality. All of Wendy’s gowns showcased here are from her latest Brides Desire collection and are available at her West End Studio. Brides Desire gowns are also available Australia-wide through selected exclusive stockists.
Regal is how we would describe this collection. UK designer, Anne Bertossi, has been designing and creating her hand crafted 100% Australian made Bertossi Brides collection for over 21 years from her beautiful store ‘Paddington Weddings’ in Brisbane. Anne loves beautiful European laces and silks and regularly travels to Milan to hand pick her fabrics, she has built an excellent reputation for her elegant, sophisticated designs with a ‘Modern Vintage’ feel.
From luxurious full gowns to minimalist dresses, Darb’s extravagantly elegant styling appeals to the confident, contemporary, fashion savvy client looking for something over and above a simple sheath or off-the-rack gown. Known for his penchant for romance and eye for beauty, DARB Bridal Couture designer Brad Webb is the master of couture in Australia. Inspired by the grand couturiers of the past, Brad’s designs have a distinct contemporary orientation. He uses toe mantra that bridal couture is a combination of contemporary couture skills and a creative reworking of centuries-old ideas and style appealing to fashion savvy clients looking for something over and above a simple sheath or off-the-rack gown.
Jack Sullivan was especially popular at this show. His bridal gowns had a touch of European style but that is not surprising as his bridal gowns are also sold throughout Europe. If the name rings a bell that’s because Jack Sullivan was launched into the bridal design industry whilst working on the business side of his mother’s bridal line, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan. But make no mistake as this Sullivan inherits more than just a name. A gown he doodled on a notepad ended up being produced and was featured on the cover of Queensland Bride Magazine, sparking his desire to create an eponymous label. After years of studying design under Wendy’s guidance, Jack has created his own unique style, which reflects a combination of old-fashioned elegance and modern-day playfulness.
Rayner Lee brings us down memory lane with gowns and dresses that evoke a vintage feel. The cap sleeve lace dress with double tiers was especially popular with the crowd as was the multi-tier strapless gown with a texture that reminds us slightly of Valentino. Rayner is winner of multiple design awards, which include trophies from Queensland Brides Design Award in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 – for her creative and breathtaking wedding dresses in Queensland. With our wide range of bridal wear in Brisbane, Regalia Bridal designs by Rayner Lee is a leader in ensuring beautiful brides look amazing.
The highlight of the show has got to be George Wu as he continually delights us with his impeccable attention to detail and elegant designs. George’s obsession with perfecting every detail makes every gown a piece of art. With every piece shown on the catwalk, you can be certain that Wu had put a lot of imagination into his designs. Every piece has his signature on it. Dare we say, George Wu is the next Vera Wang in the bridal universe. The opening ensemble was a short dress with a delicate full skirt perfected with a fairy tale like cape-train almost like Red Riding Hood. It was absolutely breathtaking.
Every piece of Wu’s design shows amazing detail and clever use of fabric. We love the short sheer cape and brilliant play of lace to both tease and conceal.