In the moody lights of a luxury hotel filled with bridal enthusiasts and excited bride-to-bes, Australian bridal label Le Lee Studio unveils its 2024 wedding dress collection - "New Romantics". The much-anticipated selection of 16 wedding dresses features bellowing soft tulle sleeves, dramatic detachable skirts, and dreamy embellishments. It offers delightful options for the modern bride looking to add a touch of youthful light-heartedness while still maintaining sophisticated silhouettes and couture elegance. Here is a sneak peek at the collection.
If you have a bohemian-styled wedding against a blushing sunset, Arelia, with her dusky light ivory soft tulle, a whimsical dusting of sparkles and hand-beaded floral waist motifs, is the one to try on. But if a more figure-hugging silhouette is what you have in mind, we love Gardenia and her pleated criss-cross detail over the front and back bodice, the show-stopping 3m lace and glitter train and Plissé Tulle sleeves.
THE FANCY MINIMALIST
Minimalism has been a feature trend in the past few years. For brides who love clean lines but want embellishment, Ashton dresses with her sculptural A-line silhouette crafted with romantic swaths of organza and hints of 'shadow leaf lace is perfect. The asymmetric across-the-shoulder drape and thigh split adds a cheeky touch. Brides looking for a minimalist strapless gown, try Astrid. Made with organza gauze, sparkling lace hints, and an elegant sweetheart V neckline, this modern ballgown has a thigh split and dramatic oversized bow feature for some drama.
THE MIDSUMMER WOODLAND
If your wedding channels a cocktail of Midsummer Night's Dream, woodland fairy, and a touch of soft romance, the sculptural ballgown Elysian with her French chantilly lace and structure weave hem is a must-try. The soft tulle-framed deep V front, pearl and crystal floral spray motifs and flowing tulle wings make it a gown fit for a fairy queen. For the bride looking for a two-in-one dress, Millennium Rose, with her crawling vine and rosette lace and detachable skirt, will give you a dramatic entrance down the aisle with a trail of scattered petals and a classy-yet-cheeky look for the first dance of the night.
THE CLEAN MINIMALIST
For the classic minimalist bride who wants a structural clean slate with a perfect balance of modern and timeless, the Vera off-the-shoulder gown with her sheer scattered pearl bodice, dramatic draped panel skirt, and floor-sweeping train is a dreamy choice. For brides who love a lustre satin look and detachable skirt options, Dove, with her Jane-Austin-esque square neckline, soft folds, cheeky side slit, and low back, is a romantic's dream. Add on the sweeping. Box-pleat detachable skirt, and match it to a pair of strappy heels; this is the image of grand elegance.
THE CHEEKY ROMANTIC
This is one for the bride who wants to look bridal but tone down the formality and add fun or drama. Edenica wedding dress is an asymmetrical fantasy with pearl and crystal embellished feather-edged florals that burst out in pleats around the bodice's waist. This light and effortless dress is perfect for dancing the night away or a sandy beach wedding during the sunset. If you are after something a little more modern and sleek, Ingrid's corded lace sweetheart corset, halter neck and open back finished with pearl buttons is a fun and dramatic take on the iconic white Marylin Munroe dress.
While ballgowns are a great way to make a dramatic entrance, not all brides want a broad and, at times, cumbersome dress for their special day. For brides looking for something form-fitting but with a feature that will turn up the glamorous feature, we highly recommend Ellie May. As one of the star gowns of this season, this wedding gown features a figure-worshipping fitted silhouette, scattered placement of 3D floral lace highlighting the waist and train, a sophisticated scoop square neckline, chic and sexy sheer side panels and a floor-sweeping train. Cartier and her sparkling beads, sequins, and crystals are a show-stopper for the sparkle-loving bride. The combination of crystal tulle mesh, an elegant sweetheart neckline with a deep V and an asymmetric thigh split will make you the dance floor star. For something a little more feminine, romantic, and slightly less sparkling, Esperanza and her gorgeous 3D lace with ultra-long train and detachable off-the-shoulder straps is the one to look for.
THE ROSE GARDEN
Nothing spells romance better than rose and floral gardens. For brides looking for a dress to say "I do" in a spring garden, try Estrella with her long eyelash trimmed train, ultra-fine Chantilly lace patterned with delicate peonies and highlights of crawling blossom 3D lace. The deep plunge neckline, soft tulle and body-skimming panel lines make it a luxurious bohemian dress. If you are after something more modern, Paradise Dream and her playful flocked hall spot tulle, 3D crystal-embellished flower bursts, and oversized detachable silk-tule-effect bows at the shoulder make it perfect for a floral-filled modern wedding with a touch of romance. For brides looking for a ball gown worthy of a dreamy spring floral wedding, Botanica, with her sprawling ivory silk-like petals cascading down over the soft A-line silhouette and delicate beadwork, will be sure to leave a grand impression.