Berta, Berta, Berta…. the name has been abuzz in the bridal world of social media this year! You may remember from our NYBFW Post back in October that the Israeli designers really shone by showing off their unique creations and causing a real stir around the world amongst both brides and professionals, all queuing for a spot at the trunk show. And I must agree, I was in that line!
The Israeli-based fashion house was founded in 2004 by Berta Balilti, who is still the sole designer of these stunning masterpieces. The figure-hugging, avant-garde dresses, inspired by the regalia of the 18th century, are not for the faint-hearted! Anyone wishing to shy away from the crowds should abstain from wearing one of these head-turning gowns. The sensuality of the luxurious fabrics and plunging necklines are sure to create nothing less than a statement bride. Each dress handmade in the studio means that every Berta bride is able to wear and cherish a real piece of art. The gowns are rapidly gaining popularity and are now sought after by brides in America, Europe, and Russia.
Fast-forward to 2016, and I happily accepted an invite to view the collection at Wedding Club in Knightsbridge, a firm favourite of bridal shops for the Corinthia Hotel London Bride.
Welcomed into the beautiful Wedding Club by Clare Guest, co-founder, buyer and all-round bridal expert with a glass of Champagne, this was set to be a fantastic event. This beautiful Knightsbridge shop is perfect for Corinthia London brides to enjoy finding their dream dress in a calm yet luxurious setting whilst, of course, sipping a glass of bubbly. So knowledgeable within her field, Clare too knows brides like no other, providing them with choices of their perfect dresses.
Instantly my eyes were drawn to Amie Bone’s tasteful and fitting flower displays, which perfectly complemented the style of the shop and the dresses. Then, moving past the shop rails of stunning gowns, I spied the new Berta collection. Worn by beautiful models, the dresses were presented to us, lined up and demonstrating how wonderfully these luxury fabrics fall. Wedding dresses are notoriously difficult to picture when hanging up, therefore to have them on the models was ideal and made sure we saw the full detailing and shaping.
The lace, the sparkle, the daring cuts… it cannot be denied that they are works of art. It was nice to see the delicate sparkle element on a couple of the dresses as, for a little while now, dresses with “bling” have been cast aside; however these dresses are not to be ignored and definitely embrace the luxurious twinkle! I also found it refreshing to see such a range of sleeve options: long and lacy, cap sleeve and sleeveless – it is great to see that a designer is able to produce a variety of options and appeal to a wide range of brides.
In such a lovely atmosphere and surrounded by stunning bridal wear, it would have been easy to stay there all night! However a big thank you to The Wedding Club for the kind invitation and I look forward to seeing a Corinthia London bride or two become a Berta Bride!
With love from Corinthia London,