10 Up-and-Coming Couture Designers from Bridal Fashion Week 2012

Check out 10 hot designers new to bridal couture.
by Jamie Miles
  1. Tara LaTour

    photo by Tara LaTour

    Tara LaTour graduated from Parson New School for Design with a fashion degree and is already taking the bridal industry by storm. Her spring 2013 collection was inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. Her attention to detail and the introduction of color and alternative fabrics make her collection unique.

  2. Kelly Faetanini

    photo by Kurt Wilberding / The Knot

    Kelly Faetanini recently wed in May 2012—coinciding with the unveiling of a new collection. Her own wedding planning gave her a deeper understanding of designing custom couture. Her collections are romantic and feminine in feel.

  3. Katherine McDonald

    photo by Lulu Kate

    Based in S.C., this designer launched a bridal collection named LulaKate in 2011 incorporating a chic southern elegance throughout her designs. She specializes in bridesmaids dresses and bridal alternatives so you can choose your neckline, skirt and train and she’ll design your gown to order.

  4. Hayley Paige

    photo by Kurt Wilberding / The Knot

    Hayley Paige established herself first as a designer for Melissa Sweet bridal. Her collections capture both a romantic and charming aesthetic.

  5. Johanna Johnson

    photo by Johanna Johnson

    Johanna Johnson’s an Australian fashion designer whose designs are inspired by old Hollywood and the 1920s. Christina Hendricks wore one of her dresses to the 2011 Emmy Awards and, since, multiple celebrities have worn her designs.

  6. Jorge Manuel

    photo by Kurt Wilberding / The Knot

    Jorge Manuel is a Cuban American fashion designer based in Miami who showed his 4th collection at bridal fashion week. He started his career as a wedding planner and now is designing gorgeous couture gowns.

  7. Amanda Thomas, Faye Davison Rexing and Phoebe Davison

    photo by Kirribilla

    For short bridal gowns or fun, flirty bridesmaids dresses the San Francisco-based bridal line Kirribilla is your go-to! It was launched by three girls who craved the dresses they couldn't find.

  8. Katharine Polk

    photo by Houghton Bride

    Houghton Bridal's Creative Director and Designer Katharine Polk began her career in fashion at Badgley Mischka Couture.  Polk debuted a RTW bridal collection for Fall/Winter 2012 aimed towards women who are looking for a non-traditional couture gown or suit.

  9. Austin Scarlett

    photo by Kurt Wilberding / The Knot

    You may recognize Austin from Season 1 of Project Runway. This bridal fashion week was his debut and we are loving his sexy, sheen A-lines! We know these will be a hit among brides-to-be.

  10. Lia McNairy and Antonio Gual

    photo by Tulle

    Lia McNairy and her longtime design partner Antonio Gual have teamed up to launch TULLE. Lia worked under bridal designer Melissa Sweet for 8 years; Antonio attended F.I.T. and previously launched his own collection. Both lend their years of design experience to this new couture collaboration. Their designs reflect a classic, sophisticated elegance.

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