Singaporebrides | Fashion

April 2013

Romancing By The River

Sometimes, you don’t want to be overwhelmed by the drama that a wedding can potentially become. You just want to walk down the aisle in a soft, flowy dress cut to your figure and pamper your guests with excellent, reputable service and a memorable banquet.

On 9th March 2013, Riverview Hotel and Graceful Image hosted Romance by the River, a wedding showcase of the hotel’s five brand new wedding themes, as well as veteran bridal designer Judy Teo’s latest collection of very wearable wedding gown designs.

After a tour of the many wedding vendors who were at the show, guests were invited into the Lily Ballroom for a look at the new wedding themes and a sampling at the buffet table of delectable finger foods and desserts. Find out more about Riverview Hotel’s wedding themes and packages here.

Romancing by the River

Graceful Image’s runway show began with a strapless number. The gown featured a pleated bustier with a trumpet-style rosette skirt, complete with the a tulle veil with floral lace, a romantic and flattering combination, and also a fresh departure from designer Judy Teo’s signature Princess-cut dresses. The same body-skimming cut can be seen throughout the show but in various forms, such as a silk taffeta sheath gown with lace sleeves and a sexy, open diamond back.

Another pleasing cut from Graceful Image’s new collection is the A-line dress, which is most flattering on the Asian, pear-shaped body, because it features a fitted bodice and a skirt that flows gradually to the floor, hiding a slightly larger lower body. Judy cleverly embellished the A-line gowns with crystal straps, toga-style necklines, coloured sashes and sheer illusion backs to bring attention to the upper body.

Romancing by the River

Graceful Image’s signature Princess gowns are fuller with a more contemporary twist in this latest collection. Judy used more layers of tulle to create that fuller skirt and added more sparkle with creative use of fabric and crystals for a modern take on the conventional gown. While you can still see lace in this collection, you will usually find it as an underlay on the skirt, a highlight on the sleeve, or on the trimming of the veil. The subtle use of lace adds a feminine quality to the gowns, which I’m sure most brides will appreciate.

A burst of colours came with the evening gowns segment of the runway show. The colour palette that Judy chose was a surprise; it was not the usual dark jewelled tones often seen on evening wear. Instead, the gowns were a shade or two bolder than the Spring pastel colours, as you can see in the video below. The baby pink, blue, yellow and lilac took on more womanly forms of coral, cornflower, canary and lavender so the look is still youthful and fun.

Romancing by the River

The evening gowns are slightly more adventurous on cut, design and fabric; the Princess ballgowns are tufted to create more texture for a stunning entrance for the bride’s second march-in. The goddess gown had more bling-factor with added crystals and rosette straps for a more dressy look, while bodices were sexier with deeper Vs and fish-bone corsets.

This latest collection from Graceful Image can be worn straight off the runway without much toning down for the wedding day. The gowns are light and extremely wearable and yet do not compromise on design and style, and of course, romance.

Romancing by the River Watch the runway show

Graceful Image is at 21 Tan Quee Lan Street #01-02 Singapore 188108. Please call 6338 9839 or email gracefulim[email protected] for enquiries. For more information, please click here.

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