Laura Savage lives in Australia, got married in Greece, and designed the Fame and Partners bridal collection with American Old Hollywood glamour in mind. Learn more about her–including the gown she wishes she wore to her own wedding–here.
FAME: What were the inspirations behind the bridal collection?
Laura: The inspiration was all about glamour and luxuriousness. We wanted a timeless collection that would appeal to a number of brides. We looked at old Hollywood styles, the 1920s and the red carpet to create stand-out pieces.
FAME: What are your three favorite bridal styles?
Laura: The Josephine–This dress is so stunning. If I had my wedding day all over again I would definitely choose this one. The stunning hand-beaded crystals on the straps glisten and will catch the light as you walk down the aisle. The beautiful attached delicate lace train gives this dress the glamour it deserves. 1920s inspired along with the charmeuse silk make this dress look like it has come straight out of the Great Gatsby: it’s true old Hollywood style.
The Bessette–I love the simplicity and stylish elegance to this gown. We worked hard to hand-drape every part and it has turned out beautifully. I love the plunging back and how the draping ties into a knot at the small of the back. The silk is bias cut, which gives it a flattering fit and the skirt is very full, so when walking it catches the wind in all the right places. This makes this just a stunning timeless style: you will be guaranteed to turn heads.
The Sylvie–This dress is the ultimate investment piece. We invest so much – both in terms of dollars and emotion – on a wedding dress. Yet they often end up gathering dust in the wardrobe. Your wedding dress is a special piece and if you are someone keen to wear it again and again, then this is the dress for you. The soft delicate silk georgette with the beautiful embroidered appliqué is floaty and ethereal, it will also fit a number of body shapes being a true wrap dress. If that wasn’t enough, after the wedding the top would look stunning worn with some high-waisted blue jeans and the skirt would look so cute worn with a simple grey marle t-shirt and flats.
FAME: What did you wear to your wedding (or what was the style vibe of your wedding)?
Laura: I had a very intimate wedding and wore a simple dress with a plunging back and full skirt. I got married in Santorini, Greece, so the style was quite Grecian to go with the setting. I styled it with a stand out head piece.
FAME: What were the major differences between designing bridal and designing our regular collections?
Laura: The major differences were that we wanted to go “all out”. It was about elegant beauty and capturing a timeless feel. We worked with the most luxurious silks and stunning lace and really concentrated on the details and finishes, making sure that the fit was perfect and complimentary to the female form. The Wedding Collection took a much longer time in development than our usual collections as we wanted to make sure that every dress would be sure to make the bride look stunning. It’s one of the most important purchases a woman will make, so we wanted to make sure it was everything she expected it to be for her special day.
FAME: Who is the Fame and Partners bride?
Laura: I think we have dresses to cater for a number of Fame and Partners brides, but overall I would say she is very stylish, elegant, feminine and glamorous. Our dresses definitely turn heads, so she is confident in her own skin and is really looking for a dress that compliments the individual that she is.