Singaporebrides | Fashion

June 2012

An Affair with Femininity

Romance and feminine sexuality – that’s what The Bridal Soiree was all about. On a particular Sunday afternoon, on 19 February, couples were wooed by the romantic decorations at the reception, lavish brunch spread by the master chefs behind Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant and most importantly, Divine Couture’s bridal showcase of their stunning new collection of gowns.

Held at Sheraton Towers Singapore, couples were kept entertained with complimentary champagne and chocolate-coated cold strawberries while they surveyed the dessert table and wedding cake displays done in the sweetest shade of pastel pink that you just can’t say “no” to. Guest and main table set-ups of Sheraton Tower’s five wedding themes – Vintage Romance, Scarlet Passion, Timeless Renaissance, Midsummer’s Night Dream and Tiffany Amour – were also available for the couples’ viewing in a separate portion of the Grand Ballroom.

Couples wasted no time as they streamed in through the doors of another section of the Grand Ballroom to secure seats with an unobstructed view of the runway. Popular radio personality, Daniel Ong, opened the show by sharing some facts of Sheraton Towers’ Grand Ballroom and prepared the audience by sharing some insights he learnt from his own wedding.

Well-known for their signature style of using Swarovski crystals, Divine Couture kickstarted the show with a classic, heart-shaped bustier gown lined with crystals at the bust. A layered bodice gives this classic piece some texture to complement the layers of ruffled frills down the skirt that makes this A-line gown closer to a ball-gown silhouette.

Brides-to-be had their eyes glued to the model as she sashayed elegantly down a runway created by two adjacent rows of potted baby’s breath and colonial-style street lamps in snow-white. With white picket fences and a dome-shaped gazebo waiting on stage for the model’s return, it is as if you’re witnessing her wedding on her lawn. And to open the show with a bang (a ladylike one), the model whips out a lace parasol at the end of her walk.

Next up, Divine Couture demonstrates their versatility by offering gowns in a variety of necklines and silhouettes. Keeping in trend with Spring, French lace and frills were employed generously to give off that carefree femininity in springtime.

Divine Couture goes sexy feminine with the backless and dipping-low back design in their new collection of gowns. Whoever said showing too much skin is a crass idea has obviously never seen how Divine Couture does it. Brides-to-be, it’s time to step up those workouts to tone up your shoulders and back muscles. Oh, and, you don’t have to be royalty to pull off a trailing long train. Divine Couture’s gowns features mid-length to royally long trains in every neckline and silhouette to suit every bride’s preference.

The men in the room were not left out in this afternoon of bridal display. For the more conventional grooms, Divine Couture offers you a choice between a classic James Bond-esque black suit, complete with a complementary bowtie, or an English-styled tuxedo with a checkered vest inside and fancy brooch-tie at the collar. Divine Couture also offers three other alternatives to grooms who wish to veer off the conventional black suit path for something different.

There’s more to come for the brides-to-be in the room as Divine Couture flexes their creativity with their evening gowns. In bold jewel shades such as sapphire blue, canary yellow and rich burgundy, these gowns were made from silk chiffon, embellished with Divine Couture’s signature Swarovski crystals and come in varying necklines and silhouettes.

For the more traditional brides, Divine Couture offers a series of cheongsam-inspired sheath gowns made of silk satin and French lace. In varying shades of red and purple and one in a delectable shade of silver-lavender, Divine Couture introduces modernity to the cheongsam by incorporating a backless or low back design.

But the highlight of the day belongs to the two pieces of gowns that had eyebrows arching up in genuine surprise as models removed parts of their outfit to reveal a second look. A simple A-line bridal gown transforms into a sheath for an elegant, chic look, and a cheongsam inspired high-neck evening gown morphs into modern glamour without the short-sleeved coat – 2 different looks for the price of one: an economical genius.

It was difficult not to be lost for words during the show but it was difficult to riain silent afterwards, as couples flew into conversation after being thoroughly wowed by Divine Couture’s selection of bridal and evening gowns, and groom’s suits. The Bridal Soiree closed with a lucky draw, after which, couples adjourned to the reception and partook in the brunch prepared by Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant – I can’t think of a better way to end the day.

Divine Couture is at 5 Tank Road Nagarathar Building #04-03 Singapore 238061. For enquiries, please call 6235 7951. For more information, log on here.

Runway Images and Video by Avenue 8

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An Affair with Femininity