A renowned Spanish opera, Carmen sets the foundations for bridal couture house Galia Lahav's latest Spring 2024 collection Amour. The passionate love story of an independent woman and a soldier not only stuck a note with patrons of the French theatre but their quote, "Love is a child of Bohemia. It has never known any law", also played muse to Galia Lahav head designer Sharon Server. Like their past signature collections, the Amour collection also unapologetically celebrates the passionate and unique spirits of the modern bride and continues to offer designs for brides who do not want to comply with the conventional bridal dress.
With design elements pulled from flamenco dancers and bullfighters like the ruffles in the striking black wedding dress Fuego, the Amor couture collection experiments with new techniques, fabrics, silhouettes and patterns. Sticking to signature Galia Lahav traditions, the collection features dramatic low-backs, Swarovski crystal adornments, hand-sewn fabrics, detailed embroidery and stunning corsetry. Designer Sharon Server also revisits Galia Lahav's lace-making roots and takes lace-making designs to a new level with Spanish florals. If the above doesn't make your heart miss a beat, here are five more reasons why we are head-over-heels for this Galia Lahav Amor couture bridal collection
Brides can wear the one wedding dress in more than just one way.
In the past few collections, Galia Lahav has explored different ways to add-on to the wedding dress. First came detachable sleeves, then came detachable trains or overskirts. Now with the Amor collection, the designer has combined the best of all worlds and created a small series of dresses that can be worn in different ways to achieve different looks on the day. If brides are looking to achieve three looks with one dress, the stunning French lace Evita with her detachable skirt and high-neck long-sleeve bolero will take you from a grand corseted gothic bridal ballgown look to a regal-yet-bohemian fit and flare dress and finish with as a sexy, strapless, plunging V-neck dress. Maribel will offer brides a soft-yet-grand trumpet look with elegant gloved sleeves, corded appliques and cascading tulle skirt. As the day progresses, brides may choose to remove the glove sleeves for a strapped wedding dress look. Once the dance floor opens and cascading tulle skirt is removed, the dress turns into a playful lace mini-dress with swinging beaded fringe to offer the maximum freedom of movement.
For brides who love the concept of one dress three looks but are after something a little more minimalist chic, Paloma in sculptural silk crepe is the one to try. Start fully decked out in a figure-hugging strapless dress with a cathedral-length sheer overskirt, a structured high-next capelet, and fitted glove sleeves for a chic regal look down the aisle. Then remove the overskirt for a more modern-with-a-touch-of-tiffany-a-breakfast look. Once it comes to the first dance, remove the caplet and gloved sleeves for an elegant, minimalist look with the defined sweetheart neckline dress. Alternatively, if brides are looking to add a little sparkle to their minimalist chic, Luna and her stunning sheer crystal embellished corset, shimmering stockings and matching illusion gloves combined with a lush tulle overskirt is the head-turning way to walk down the aisle to say "I do" in. For the second look, remove the A-line skirt to reveal a sleeky pleat-draped silk skirt with a sexy thigh-high split that will give you maximum boogey room on the dance floor.
For brides who are fans of not choosing between a ball gown and a fitted dress on their wedding day, we suggest trying on the 3D flower-adorned Catalina. This romantic creation will allow brides to say "I do" in a floral A-line ballgown that's fit for a fairy queen and then transform into a celestial mermaid later at reception with a ravishing scoop-neck, figure-hugging dress.
Adding sparkles while keeping minimalist elegance.
Adding shine to minimal elegance
Minimalist looks can often give a more modern look to the bridal outfit. But just because things are minimalist does not mean it as to be plain and clean. In the Amor collection, Galia Lahav has found the perfect balance of adding just enough sparkle to create interest while keeping the wedding dresses minimalist chic. The ideal example is the Esmeralda ballgown in an iridescent satin, with just a dash of crystal and pearl embroidering trimming at the corset decollete. Brides who want to turn up the glamour can pair it with matching sheer crystal embellished gloves. For brides who are looking for a touch more swan lake with their minimalist look, Emilia, with her stunning crystal embroidered corset and layers of billowing tulle skirt, is a must-try. Like Esmeralda, brides can choose to pair this dress with a pair of matching sheer sparkling gloves.
There are options to keep things short and sweet.
While the traditional wedding dress always seems to have a floor-length hem and trailing train, not all modern-day brides will have weddings that call for a dramatically long dress. We love that there are shorter-length dress options in the Amor collection for brides who wish to wear a wedding dress that is shorter in length but no less eye-catching and dramatic than the average wedding dress. For brides who wants a fun fitted dress with a signature Galia Lahav low-back, look no further than Maribel short dress. Alternatively, Letitia is a playful, feather, bead-embellished midi-length ball gown for brides who wish to wear a fun tea-party-styled wedding dress.
Stunning options of embellishments, boleros and sleeves.
The Amor collection has refined and further perfected detachable sleeves, boleros and stunning embellishments synonymous with the Galia Lahav couture house. From the gorgeous 3D lace floral applique filled Barbara bolero that adds a captivating elegance to the Barbara dress; to the detachable show-stopping sparkling silk lantern sleeves that give the glimmering silver-embroidered Alejandra mermaid gown a dramatic bohemian flare; to the fully embellished bolero and draped crystal strands of Shirley mermaid dress, brides will have the options of adding a second look to their wedding dress.
Stunning structured corsetry and ballgowns.
When mentioning Galia Lahav, most brides envision fitted dresses, low-backs and stunning lacework. In recent years, Galia Lahav couture house has slowly left its signature on the ball gown dresses. The Amor collection features several dramatic ballgowns featuring refined corsetry structures. For brides looking for a classic Galia Lahav low back with their wedding ballgown, try Reina with her delicate lily of the valley lace appliques, plunging deep-V corset top and cheeky high-front slit. If a long-sleeve, off-the-shoulder, low-back ball gown is more on the cards, try Gina with her elegant lace scalloping and add a precisely-pleated iridescent over-skirt for a second look. For a more classic-styled corseted ballgown, Evelyn, with her blooming floral embroidery and exposed boning, is a must-try. Add a detachable tulle lantern sleeve to create a more ethereal bohemian look.
Eternal Bridal is excited to welcome Galia Lahav's "Amor" Haute Couture bridal dress collection and GALA by Galia Lahav's 'Encanto' Ready-to-wear wedding dress collection to our Galia Lahav trunk show in 2023. Be one of the first Australian brides to try on gowns from Galia Lahav's brand new SS24 "Amor" and "Encanto" collections complemented by a selection of spectacular bridal gowns from past collections. To register or for more information, click here.