Fashion Week Quick-Fire: Hera Bridal Couture

Bridal designer Katie Yeung gives us a sneak peak at her 2015 collection, debuting soon at Fashion Week, and shares her top bridal fashion tips.

  • Story by Photo Carolyn Haslett

Bridal designer Katie Yeung gives us a sneak peak at her 2015 collection, debuting soon at Fashion Week, and shares her top bridal fashion tips.

How would you describe your 2015 collection?
Feminine, romantic, nostalgic and elegant.

What inspires your work?
My passion to create something beautiful for every bride is inspired mainly by my travels. I love architecture, textiles, new streets and the creations of artists Michelangelo, Edgar Degas and Claude Monet.

Which colour themes are woven through your creations this year?
Colours for my 2015 Hera Couture Collection include crème ivory, oyster, dusky mushroom pink, champagne, liquid gold and sage green.

Is there a stand-out accessory in your ensembles?
Bespoke headpieces to match our wedding gown collections. These gorgeous creations are usually handcrafted with pearls, French Guipure lace petals, Swarovski crystals and sprinkles of coloured Chantilly lace. 

What’s one thing every bride to be should remember about ‘standing out for all the right reasons’?
A wedding gown is an extension and expression of a bride’s personality, flair and inner beauty. Once you have achieved that, you will stand out beautifully. Do not try to follow seasonal fashion trends, or choose fabrics in a silhouette that does not suit you.

If a bride is on a budget, how can she save on her gown without sacrificing style?
At Hera Bridal Couture, we can create demi-couture gowns within a bride’s budget while ensuring style is not compromised. Our design ability, highly qualified team of seamstresses and an abundance of internationally sourced fabrics provide our brides to be with a world of choices.

How does a bride balance the needs of four bridesmaids who all have different tastes, colourings, shapes and sizes – while tying their looks together?
First of all, a bride must decide her wedding colour theme. It can be a single colour or a palette of complementary colours. From there, we choose a style to suit individual bridesmaids from within our Joli Bridesmaid Collection. We have more than 300 colours to choose from in six different types of chiffon alone. Our in-house team of tailors and seamstresses are on hand to make final adjustments once the dresses have been created, to achieve a perfect fit on each bridesmaid.
It’s important the bridal-party colours don’t look too busy when bridesmaids stand next to the bride. If there are more than two colours, tie the looks together with identical hairstyles, dewy makeup and very simple accessories.

What’s the key thing to remember when dressing children (flower girls and page boys)?
Dressing young children is no different from dressing adults. Comfort should be first and foremost in your mind. Make sure flower girls and page boys have correctly sized clothes: have them custom-made, or find something a little bigger off the shelf and schedule alterations closer to the wedding date.
Once the outfit is the right size, choose accessories in colours to compliment the bride and the bridesmaids (think a matching waist sash, a corsage or a cute wreath). At Hera Bridal Couture, flower-girl dresses can be custom-made to match the bride’s wedding gowns, using the same fabrics in an adorable design.

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