MAR 16

ROOY Couture Summer 2011

By Melissa

Happy humpday! I thought it would be a nice change from the latest real weddings to share some work from my favorite Canadian bridal gown designer, Lani van Rooyen of ROOY Couture (based out of Alberta). I had the pleasure of attending her Summer 2011 fashion show a couple months ago with my friend Ashley and it was so much fun seeing the gowns in person. I asked Lani to send over some of the photos so you could see them if you weren’t able to attend the show and I know a couple of you were actually there and wanted to see the gowns in detail. Enjoy!

What was your overall inspiration for the collection?

My inspiration, although important to keep alive the individuality of R O O Y Couture designs to suit each unique bride, was overall romance and soft sheer detailing. I designed a few gowns with destination weddings in mind, while some had a touch of surprise to show a bit more diversity to the local bride.

As well, what are some of the latest trends in bridal gowns that you really enjoy?

I’m loving the detailing I’m working with this year – lace is certainly becoming more popular as well as beading, crystal and floral accents, some with lovely color combinations. I so enjoy how it adds a touch of personality to the gowns, while still being in line with the latest trends. I’ve also been enjoying designing and creating alternatives to strapless gowns, whether it be sleeves, attached shoulder-pieces or separates added to the gown.

And for fun, if you could dress Kate Middleton for the Royal Wedding, which style of dress would you put her in?

I am extremely curious to see what Kate will be wearing on her big day! If I were to be her designer, I would want to dress her in a combination of grandeur befitting the occasion, combined with a trendy yet stylish simplicity as we see her enjoy in her everyday wardrobe. I would suggest a well fitted bodice with a simple, yet slightly sexy neckline to compliment her figure, with the body perhaps extending slightly lower onto her hips, and a moderate to fuller size skirt with short train. Minimalistic detailing on the upper part of the bodice only, and for the ceremony I’ll suggest short, sheer and close-fitting removable sleeves to cover her shoulders – a modern version of a bolero jacket.

Check out the rest of the ROOY Couture Summer 2011 here (click on the thumbnails to view).

For more information on how you can get a custom gown by ROOY Couture, please read a short interview that I did with Lani a while ago (click here). Support Canadian talent!

{Images: McMaster Photography | Stationery: Pinkpolka Design | Venue: Rutherford House | Decor: Elegant Touches | Cupcakes: Whimsical Cake Studio | Shoes: Mayfair Shoes | Hair & Makeup: Alexander Daniel | Florals: La Piazza Dasee}

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These gowns are fabulous – I was going through them trying to pick my favorite and I couldn’t narrow it down. I love how they have a magestic, kind of whimsical feel to them. Very romantic!

Kelsey Pace on March 16, 2011

What a fun night this was! The gowns were beautiful, the venue was AMAZING and the cupcakes were absolutely delicious!!!

Ashley on March 16, 2011

Gorgeous pictures and some inspiring ideas. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Rose on March 19, 2011

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