The words ‘ethereal’ and ‘whimsical’ get used so much when you talk about bridal, but they truly do fit here with the new collection from Lorie x. You can add in ‘artistic aesthetic’ as well because the dresses have illustrations on them and writings. And not just for their own sake; these are truly meaningful additions. We have the majestic elephant lending spirituality to the Samsara dress, and a fishing boat with the words “The sun cannot bleach it, nor the tide wash it away.” from The Beach on the Esha dress.
And let’s pause a moment to consider the names of the pieces, taken from Sanskrit: Esha (one meaning being ‘desire’ thus tacitly and subtly completing the quote from The Beach); Samsara (the cycle of existence through life and death, the wandering through); Nisha (the night); Nima (the sun); Sonam (the gifted, fortunate one); and Tashi (prosperity). There is such elegance in these names given so thoughtfully to the garments. It gives them another depth that brides will almost certainly take on board on the wedding day, where emotions are high and hearts and minds are at their most open.
Put simply, the dresses and separates in this stunning Desire Kissed collection come straight from the heart and soul of designer Laura. And they are upliftingly beautiful.
About the Collection
Printed flowing silk organza, chiffon and twill skirts are teamed with structured jacquard, dupion and duchess satin bodices with lace details in warm golden tones to create delicate, romantic pieces with a taste of rich colour and adventure. Six looks with new shapes of gowns, separates and a veil make up the range.
The prints are all made from photographs or drawings designer Laura took or developed during a trip to Thailand last year, in which she fell in love with the beauty of the place and the ideas of living in the moment and having a little faith it will take you in the right direction where you will be blessed with your destiny. As life is an adventure, so too is love.
Lotus flowers make their way through murky waters, breaking the surface each morning beautiful and perfectly clean – just as relationships strengthen and become stronger as time goes by and obstacles are overcome, leaving something pure and true.
The sunsets over the sea and candles represent light coming into your life, and evoke a feeling of hope and awakening; the fluidity of life and being willing to embark on the adventure. It doesn’t matter where you go but when you feel something for even a moment, it lasts forever – nothing can wash it away or fade it.
Moving on from the first collection, Desire Kissed is brighter and a little more fun with playful use of colour and flirtatious open backs, yet still keeping the Lorie x signature feminine and ethereal vibe. For brides who are not afraid to follow their hearts, knowing that they will eventually end up in paradise.
Mili Top and Sonam Skirt
Tashi Top and Nima Skirt
Dresses and separates – Lorie x
Photography – Kate Nielen Photography
Hair and MUA – Portraits Bridal
Flowers – Ladybird Flowers
Model – Chloe Papworth