I had the distinct pleasure of having 10 minutes to interview Bridal Couture Designer, Galia Lahav, at the launch of Bridal Reflections in NYC. She begins by greeting me with a kiss on each cheek as her floral scent engulfs my senses. She observes my excitement and lifts a gentle yet poised hand in a welcome to take a seat; hands that have crafted some of the most luxurious bridal gowns ever seen, wise beyond their years. As she carefully adjusts her chic attire, the light radiates off of her like a spotlight and I take it as my cue to begin with my questions.
DLM: "We loved what you designed for Elite Model Emina Cunmulaj for her nuptials, how do you go about designing a gown to suit the body type and personality of each beautiful bride to be?"
GL: "Thank you! It was a pleasure to work with Emina. Our designs are not modest rather extravagant and intricate in design. Our discerning brides understand, appreciate and love our signature style and know what they want in relation to what we can design. They will bring the ideas they hold near and dear to their heart with them to our design meetings and trust us to execute them flawlessly. Because of the trust they place into our creative process, we are able to bring their visions to life.
The bride already has a good idea of what looks best on her and so she should, who better to know it than them having had their body for a lifetime. Their personality is what will make the gown special as we begin the sketches. From the bust to the hips, every gown is made unique to the bride's body and keeps to our high standard for quality fashion. In all elements of creating a bridal gown, I believe it must be intimate and personal and thus the personality of the bride shines through."
DLM: "How many hours of custom details, embroidery, sewing, and all other go into the making of a breathtaking Galia Lahav Gown?"
GL: "From our first meet and greet, to design, conception, and detailing our gowns may take anywhere between 200-500 hours to make and sometimes more. We have over 100 employees with teams of specialists, each in their respective field, that will bring your dream to fruition. All of our gowns are made by the top seamstresses in the world and the finest luxury techniques."
DLM: "What silhouette(s) do you steer away from and why?"
GL: "I find beauty in all silhouettes. For me there is no such thing as an ugly silhouette. As a designer you are constantly reinventing and redefining fashion, pushing the levels of creativity to create beauty and uniqueness with every design all while pleasing each bride. It takes just a brief moment of retrospect to admire a different silhouette and make it avant garde "
DLM: "What words of advice would you give to a bride when designing their gown?"
GL: "Stay true to what you love. It will ensure confidence as a woman and radiate happiness as a bride. This is an incredibly emotional time in ones life and many opinions may sway your direction. Do not let trends or the opinion of others determine what you select for your wedding day. Let it come from your heart and without regrets."
DLM: "What should we look forward to for the next collection of Galia Lahav?"
GL: "For our following collection, Victorian Affinity, we were inspired by the Victorian Era and Jeanne Margaine Lacroix, a designer whose creations gave us a fresh take on how we perceive femininity. Adding our touch of romance by playing with the dichotomy of the more modern sheer fabrics and the intricate lace elements well known during this time. The end result is a celebration of womanhood in all its enchanting glory. We cannot wait for our future brides to see the collection. "
Galia Lahav's over 25 years in the atelier business is unparalleled. Her lavish gowns with immaculate details and first-class fit has warrant her aristocratic and celebrity client's such as Jennifer Lopez, Serena Williams, and Olivia Munn among others. In November of 2016, for her art form and craft, Galia Lahav's fashion house was recognized by Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture as a true haute couture house. Her eponymous brand with its luxurious aesthetics and intricacies will continue to be one of our personal favorites. Our brides remain in reverie long after their weddings with Galia's masterpieces. -