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The Cannes film festival is one of the fashion highlights of each year, giving is inspiration and direction on the couture design trends for the year ahead. I like to get inspiration for my Matric Dance dress range from the kings and queens of couture themselves and the fashion houses show off their best design work. This year didn't disappoint, so without further ado, let's see what trends were seen on this year's red carpet.

Bold yellow

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While yellow is not a colour that everyone can wear, when you can pull it off it looks phenomenal. These Hollywood celebs chose simple, classic styles in this eye popping hue and in my opinion, hit the nail on the head!

Metallics in muted tones

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This has been a long standing trend on the red carpet, but with these intricate designs, clever cut outs and luxurious fabrics, these dresses are uniquely stunning and definitely stand out as my favourite couture pieces for 2016.

Floral prints

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This year saw some really interesting and original prints. From Gucci's bold, poppy design, to polka dots and impressionist flower designs, these dresses were fun and elegant. I love this daring take on red carpet couture and if you're a rule breaker like me, I encourage you to try this for your Matric Dance dress too.

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Not so basic black

The last couple of years has seent he return of black to the red carpet, and this classic colour works well every time. Givenchy used blackfor his amazing snake dress, while Julia Roberts wore a simple draped black dress that is both slimming and elegant. Throw a strip of white into the mix for the monochrome look as Victoria Beckham does so well, and you're A for away!

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Hi Friends! As we wrap up the summer wedding season and battle down the hatches for winter, I wanted to have one last look at one of my favourite brides of 2016.

Felisha and I met at last year's SA Wedding show and we clicked immediately. She wanted a glamorous wedding and her wedding dress was to be no exception. Having done her research, Felisha knew what type of wedding gown she wanted, and it was a mere matter or tweaking the style and deciding on the fabrication. She not only wanted a full glamour dress, but the veil was to be one of drama, drama, drama!

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The wedding dress we designed together was a flute shape with a sweetheart neckline and open back. The body of the dress was to be made with lace which was then broken up and feathered down onto the full tulle skirt. Felisha wanted a full train made from the tulle to create a real fairytale princess effect. The bodice was made with mesh which also enclosed the open back and would be embellished with lace at the neck and shoulders.

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Fabric shopping was great! We selected two differed t laces. For the main body of the dress we chose a cored plain lace in off white and then to compliment this we selected an embroidered, beaded floral lace with 3D flowers. The combination were stunning. We then selected tulle and satin to match as well as a stunning floral lace edging for her 3 meter long veil.

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The dress turned out beautifully and the style really flattered Felisha's slim figure. The veil and train provided all the glamour she had hoped for and all in all the happy couple had a day they will remember forever!

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This past weekend I was privileged to get to show my wedding dresses at the Franschhoek Wedding Showcase that was held that the Franschhoek Cellars. It was an intimate affair, but I was proud to showcase my work among some of South Africa's very best service providers.


Franschhoek without a doubt boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in South Africa, if not the world, and it has some of the world's leading wedding venues. I was accompanied by such wedding venues as Backsberg, Rickety Bridge, Grande Provance,Haute Cabriere, Le Franschhoek, Glenwood, and of Course Franschhoek Cellar. We were treated with tasters of their award winning wines too which certainly added some flavour to the day!

Other wedding service providers at the expo were Bokkie Daisy, a massage and make-up service provider, Huguenot Fine Chocolates, and Gifts from Franschhoek.

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If you're looking for a photographer in the winelands area, Bella Oh Photography was there to showcase their work.

I had some of my best designs up on display for browsing brides and I received some wonderfully positive feedback on my wedding dresses.

All in all there was a wonderful variety of wedding service providers for those living in the Franschhoek region and surrounds, or even for those who reside elsewhere but plan to say their vows in the gorgeous Franschhoek Valley.

Join me at the CTICC in June for the Wedding Expo!
Hi friends!

This week I get to tell the story of Ana, my unique bohemian bride!

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Ana is a woman who has a very modern and understated sense of style. She wanted her wedding to be casual and simple, yet elegant and chic. For her dress, she wanted a bohemian wedding dress, but she still wanted it to be modern and unique.

We started by looking at a number of different deigns that she liked. She liked soft lace and the delicate designs found in Chantilly lace. Ana was drawn to the 3D flower trend seen in bridal wear in recent seasons, as well as soft, flowing fabrics.

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Ana knew she didn't want anything that was too constricting and was not keen on the figure hugging mermaid or flute shaped dresses.

As Ana has a very light complexion with her red hair, I advised her against wearing blue white, as it would make her look sickly and likely emphasise any uneven skin tone on her face. Instead we agreed upon an off white shade that was much warmer against her skin.

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Finally, with all factors in mind, we settled on this design.

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The dress is made with a fully structured corset and a soft, double circle skirt of chiffon. I then designed a lace over top that was detachable and removable. This top was made from Chantilly lace and embellished with 3D flowers cut from another piece of lace that I purchased. We formed a dispersed polka dot effect with the little daisies, which I think was a really fun touch.The top is fastened at the front rather than the beck and I made angular, bound arm seams to flatter the arms.

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The design was light and bohemian, yet has a modern edge to it and once it all came together I think Ana looked simply stunning! She finished her look off with a fair of simple pumps and tousled tresses and a flower crown.

What do you think? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!
Much love!

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Nihaal's wedding dresses are undoubtedly my greatest achievements. She wed her long term love in December 2015 and it certainly was to be a grand affair!

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Being a Muslim wedding, Nihaal was to have two dresses. The morning dress was the first dress her new husband would see her in and was to be worn for the intimate family event of the morning. The second dress is the one she was to wear to the big reception with all of the guests.

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For the morning dress we chose the most extravagant, gorgeous gold beaded, embroidered lace that was encrusted in crystals. We used this on the bodice and I appliquéd it carefully onto her arms. The skirt of the dress we made from multiple layers of soft Italian tulle in different shades of gold to create a three dimensional streaky effect. To finish off the look I made a simple Cathedral veil from matching tulle. The look was exquisite, and could only be topped by wedding dress number two.

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The second wedding dress was more western style traditional, being made from meters upon meters of white beaded Chatilly lace. The under dress was a sweetheart, A-line dress made from bridal satin. This was covered entirely by beaded Chantilly lace forming a high necked bodice with long lace sleeves. The centre back and cuffs of the sleeves were finished with little satin covered buttons and the back of the dress had a lung, dramatic lace train. The effect created was truly spectacular.
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Finally, I made an even longer Cathedral veil complete with matching Chantilly lace edging. The photographs, taken by the talented Shereen Louw, say it all.

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All the best to the happy couple!