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Pnina Tornai’s Spring 2015 collection hit the runway at New York’s Bridal Market earlier this month. The gowns continue to demonstrate why Pnina is one of the world’s most celebrated wedding gown designers. We chatted with Pnina during a recent trunk show visit at Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay and she filled us in on the inspiration behind the collection.

WedLuxe: Can you tell us about your Spring 2015 collection and the inspiration behind it?
Pnina Tornai:  Butterflies were a real inspiration and the theme is all about transformation. The gowns have detachable pieces to go from full, ball gowns to more fitted, feminine, body-hugging looks. You can wear the gown with the full skirt to the ceremony for that wow factor and then remove the skirt for the reception so that you are more comfortable.

WL: We also loved the sari-inspired gowns from your 2014 collection, can you tell us more about these pieces?
PT: Lots of Indian brides asked for custom dresses and I thought it would be great to have a few gowns that they could try on when they came to see me. The gowns are more inspired by the traditional sari, you don’t need to wrap them. It’s my take on the sari—a Pnina Sari.

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We love the fairytale-like crowns and floral garlands worn on the models at Reem Acra’s Fall 2015 runway show. Not to mention, those JAW-DROPPING gowns! Sidenote: we’re also thoroughly enchanted by that AMAZING floral wall!

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Designer Tony Ward grew up with a father in the business and learned how to create his stunning gowns at some of Europe’s most luxe design houses. On his first trip to Canada for a trunk show at Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, the gown designer and couturier spoke with us about his romantic aesthetic.

WedLuxe: What type of bride do you design for?
Tony Ward: I try to cater to a very romantic bride. The gowns aren’t very aggressive, I use softer materials that are a bit architectural.

WL: What are your favourite fabrics to work with?
TW: I work with lace, tulle, and sheer georgette. I like to use more transparent materials without being too sexy.

WL: You studied under so many prominent designers, grew up with a couturier father, and design your own couture and ready-to-wear collections; what prompted  you start a bridal line?
TW: Our European clients started to ask for bridal gowns that weren’t as costly as some of our couture pieces. We did a trial collection that really catered to the European market. I then traveled to Japan and the US and found clients who loved our designs as well. We’ve found that the gowns that work in Europe also work throughout Asia and North America.

WL: What inspired your current collection?
TW: It’s based on flowers and the transparent overlay fabrics. Again, it’s all very romantic and geared towards that type of woman.

WL: Your gowns have been worn by Annette Bening, Zosia Mamet, Mariah Carey, Aubrey Plaza, and many others; who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?
TW: I loved dressing Whitney Houston! She wore one of my couture gowns when she was awarded the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

WL: What are you looking forward to most on your first trip to Canada?
TW: I’m very excited to meet the Canadian bride! It will be great to find out what they love and what I can make to cater to them in future collections.

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Photography by: 5ive15ifteen Photo Company

Photography by: 5ive15ifteen Photo Company

Photography by: Corina V Photography

Shoe addicts, rejoice. Today’s post is a look back at some of the most “well-heeled” WedLuxe brides of 2014.

Photography by: Phototerra Studio

Photography by: Bebb Studios

Photography by: Sweet Pea Photography

Photography by: Ikonica

Photography by: Visual Cravings

Photography by: Sweet Pea Photography

Photography by: Krista Fox Photography

Photography by: Sweet Pea Photography

Photography by: 5ive15ifteen Photo Company

Photography by: Bebb Studios

Photography by: Blush Wedding Photography

Photography by: Leanne Pedersen Photographers

(Images: White Gianvito Rossi peep toes, 5ive15ifteen Photo Company; Jimmy Choo heeled sandals, Corina V. PhotographyRed Alexander McQueen peep toe heels with skulls, Phototerra Studio; Black Valentino bow heels, Bebb StudiosChristian Dior heels on bride, Sweet Pea Photography; Pink Christian Louboutin heels, Ikonica; Silver Christian Louboutin platforms, Visual Cravings; Beige with sparkle ankle strap, Sweet Pea PhotographyWhite sparkle Valentino sandal, Krista Fox PhotographyEmbellished Manolo Blahnik heel, Sweet Pea Photography; Beige and white Valentino bow heels, 5ive15ifteen Photo Company; Black Jimmy Choo peep toe, Bebb Studios; Silver sparkle Jimmy Choo pump, Blush Wedding PhotographySparkle Christian Louboutin slingback heels, Leanne Pederson Photographers)
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