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Behind The Dress | Lara

Floating Chantilly lace ball gown with bias organza and tulle wave flange detail.

As any bride-to-be knows, when it’s time to choose a bridal gown, it can be hard to narrow down your selection to just one. You might like the dramatic train on one gown, the beaded embellishment on another, or the way a perfectly sculpted corset nips your waist in just so. Lara is exactly that dress for when you want it all — the sleek waistline, those frothy, princess-worthy tulle layers, and that fashion-forward flange combined with an unequivocal affirmation of wedding tradition.

First, the modern: One of the visuals I explored this season was the idea of a lace “tattoo” — bits of cut rose lace float on top of a layer of nude tulle in an optional overlay that can be worn as a neckpiece. It looks almost as though the lace is drawn onto the skin, and really enhances the contour of the strapless sweetheart neckline.

The second detail that makes Lara so fresh is the undulating construction of a wave-like flange on one half of the skirt. Angled layers of raw-edged, bias-cut tulle and horsehair sweep across the gown like a brushstroke. The asymmetry feels so spontaneous on a ball gown skirt, and really infuses the fairy-tale froth with a little edginess.

But the Traditionalist bride hasn’t been forgotten, either. For the classically-inclined disposition, there is an elongating Basque waist bodice covered in an exquisite Chantilly lace, and then on the second half of my “split personality” skirt, I added a cascade of tulip and rose lace appliqué that hovers over those dreamy layers of tulle.

Lara offers so many compelling textures, from the sleek, sculpted bodice to the ethereal yet architectural skirt — Lara truly has it all.

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