Singaporebrides | Fashion

September 2011

Silhouette The Atelier @ Mandarin Orchard

It was hailed as ‘The Wedding Show Worth Waiting For’, and as soon as the doors to the Grand Mandarin Ballroom at Mandarin Orchard Singapore opened, the invited guests started to stream in. Never mind that it was only 10.30am on a leisurely Sunday, smiling faces and cheerful chatter filled the premises just the same. Couples checked out the sprawling space in the ballroom, which had been transformed into a banquet-hall in preparation for a six-course Chinese set lunch, and the show.

Much of the excitement could be attributed to the fashion show by Silhouette The Atelier, one of Singapore’s leading bridal boutiques. Much sought after for their gorgeous gowns that fuse classic elegance, intricate craftsmanship and luxurious detailing, is it little wonder that after over 15 years, its name still remains synonymous with creativity and quality.

The parade of exquisite confections enchanted the audience right from the opening. Curve-clinging bustiers were finished with romantic tulle trains that Silhouette does so well, while peek-a-boo lace bodices were paired with shimmery satin skirts. Other luscious lovelies were perked up with details such as youthful, ribbon sashes of the palest pink, Oriental-inspired cheongsam collars and quirky ruching techniques unique to Silhouette. Whether it is a full bosom brides-to-be want to flaunt, a svelte back or toned slim shoulders, Silhouette’s every creation was obviously designed to flatter the trim proportions of the Asian woman.

Up next was a showcase of evening dresses, and also the highlight of the day.The first evening gown was a trendy strapless bubble dress made of red and black chiffon rosettes. In a runway-worthy moment, the model stopped at the front of the stage and unbuckled the belt to her bubble dress. The bottom of short dress unfurled into a full-length red gown of red chiffon rosettes. That brought on a delightful gasp from all the ladies in the ballroom – Silhouette The Atelier never fails to bring something special to all of their shows.

Hogging the attention after that were sexy updates of the cheongsam in a rainbow of strong jewel tones such as amethyst, topaz and lapis lazuli. Enhanced with witty elements – a halter neckline with sheer lace for the back, or a look-at-me cut-out that reveals a peep of décolletage – every number showcased Silhouette’s knack for churning out designs with a difference. The men were not forgotten, for apart from the classic black suit and tuxedo, there were also handsome and stylish chocolate and silver textured suits for the self-assured metrosexual groom.

Amidst an excellent interplay of imagination and function were standouts like a one-shouldered empire gown in hot pink and a Grecian goddess-worthy ensemble in a chic shade of olive. Such a stunning collection made this Sunday morning in May truly well-spent.

Silhouette The Atelier is at 47 Amoy Street. For appointments, call 6327-9117. For more information, log on here or e-mail

Credits: Videography by Yang of Substance Films