I have something really special for you today gals! (Drum roll please) A first look to the never before seen collection of Vered Vaknin.
So let me tell you. Earlier this year, I spotted the alluring wedding dresses by Vered Vaknin on her Instagram. And if you follow @RoyalLaceBridal, you know how much I love finding new designers and inspiration to feature on my feed right the second…Well this time, I held off on this one. Why, you ask? I knew that Vered Vaknin‘s designs were worth the wait. I needed to get a hold of Vered, her work and her story. Therefore, I am so excited to share with you my exclusive interview with Vered Vaknin and her 2015 bridal collection. You will be amazed and dazzled by her beautiful designs!
But enough chatting. Here’s a little bit about Vered, in her own words:
My debut in the world of bridal gowns materialized once I finished my studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem, interning at a local atelier. Once my internship was over I set out establishing my own brand of bridal gowns and evening dresses studio in Ashkelon, Israel.
It has always, and remains, imperative for me to forge an intimate surrounding in my studio, establishing a sincere connection with each and everyone of my clients. Moreover, I cater to my brides all around the world, offering worldwide shipments, as well as having my collections sold at selected locations around the world.
The inspirations for my designs are very intuitive. I make it a habit to be well informed about all that is taking place within the world of design. Be it from the world of fashion, jewelry design, past & present trends, places I have traveled to, but most of all the fabrics that I come across.
What did you envision when you started designing wedding gowns?
To be honest I didn’t have many expectations or big hopes. I am a firm believer that whatever is meant to happen does in due time. I find it is really important to enjoy the journey as well as to see myself grow and develop as time goes by while gaining experience and feeling ready towards what the future holds.
What excites you most about your design process?
What most excites me is being able to ‘get into’ my brides head and being able to fabricate the dress of her dreams for the most important day of her life. To take a sketch and create it, to have it exceed all expectation.
What are your favorite places to look for inspiration?
I find that I collect images from various places, I make sure to store them well in my memory. Once I’m on my own in my home, when everything is calm and quiet around me and I’m surrounded by this energy, that the ideas for my next designs come to me.
What are your favorite fabrics to work with?
I am a huge fan of any type of silk. I truly enjoy the qualities that embody silks, the soft and gentle flow it brings to my designs. I also enjoy working with delicate solstiss & crochet lace and which I then enjoy embellishing with intricate hand sewn beads & rhinestones.
Who is the Vered Vaknin bride?
The Vered Vaknin bride is delicate & classic. A bride that will look back on her wedding photos a few years from now & cherish her wedding dress and how it made her feel so special that day. A bride that does not compromise on quality, it is important for her to remain elegant & nobel while being contemporary and sexy.
What do you love about working with brides?
I have very enjoyable moments as a bridal gown designer. I especially enjoy brides that challenge me and count on me to bring their wildest dreams to life. When designing a custom gown for a bride, I find it really interesting to see the stages of the design development, how the bride forms a bond with the dress from fitting to fitting. I find that it constantly pushes me to remain creative and on my toes.
What is the number one piece of advice you would give a bride searching for her dream wedding dress?
That she remain true to herself and feel confident with her look when she sees herself in the mirror.
What can we expect from your latest collection?
My next collection will incorporate a variety of textiles & handmade textures that we will be creating within the studio with plenty of bead work in the silver, nude & off-white color tones. It is a very romantic collection yet at the same time very bold. The silhouettes will be form fitting with lush trains along side soft & fairy like tool dresses. We are at the peek of the creation- there is most defiantly a lot to look forward to!
What do you think? Pretty unbelievable, right!
I’m head over heels over Vered Vaknin and I cannot wait to see what she has up her sleeves for next year. Definitely a new designer to look out for in the future.
Photography courtesy of Vered Vaknin