When it comes to tailor-made bridal looks, there are few brave-heart brides, who can take the concept up a notch. Esther Andrews is one of them, who has taken the matter literally into her own hands. Designer and TikTok star Andrews has hand-knitted her own wedding dress from scratch. The video of her nine-month journey has now acquired over 430,000 views.
The Viral Video
The video shows Andrews knitting her wedding dress while traveling on the NYC Subway. Through the nine months period, she regularly sewed the dress together, measured ruffles, and decorated the gown with little embroidered tomatoes. Andrews was nervous at the time of the test run while putting all the separate pieces together. But the result went brilliantly. According to her TikTok video, she added the knitted tomatoes then and finally finished the dress just a day before the wedding.
The Dreamy Dress
The finished dress complements Andrews’s fun-loving personality. According to her, the inspiration for both bride and groom outfits was ‘space pirate meets tomato patch’. Her handmade out-worldly bridal gown has a deep V neckline, with flouncy ruffles on each side. Creating a vintage-inspired lace effect, the gown flows into multiple tiers and layers. The sleeves are tapered in beginning, before expanding mid-way into a wide bell shape. The mid-length sleeves also have ruffles at the end. Irregularly placed little hand-knit tomatoes finally complete the whimsical effect.
The Final Look
Andrews revealed her final wedding look in another TikTok video. Black hand-beaded ‘starry sky’ tights and ivory printed strappy heels complemented her ethereal look perfectly. Matching with her inspiration idea, the grooms-wear resembled an astronaut outfit. Decorative patches and badges added a dash of fun. According to Andrews, she designed and created her groom’s attire too.
With all this on-hand expertise and her prior professional experience in NYC, Andrews has practically hand-made her way into the bridal fashion industry. Back in her hometown Indiana, her eponymous label ‘Esther Andrews Bridal’ is now creating sustainable knitwear collections for exceptional brides.
Brides are not limiting themselves to a wedding gown these days. They want dresses for other events like the rehearsal dinner and after-party too. Kim and Garcia are in the know about this rising trend through their two flags Los Angeles and New York as well as their global retailers. This trend led to the creation of Oscar de la Renta’s Bridal Fall 2022 capsule. It was more like a trousseau.
Shorter Dresses Please
The entire collection includes outfits for each event that surrounds the wedding like the wedding rehearsal dinner, after-party, among other events. There are mini dresses and train-free gowns that look refreshing. Garcia said in an interview that since the pandemic, weddings are a little more informal. Also, more women are opting for shorter dresses rather than classic floor-length ones. It only makes sense. How else will they have a great time dancing to their favorite tunes, carefree? The designer further explained that shorter dresses allow brides to accessorize their outfits and with a pretty earring or a gorgeous pair of shoes.
The Ball Gowns
The Oscar de la Renta gowns for the main ceremony include ones that are fit-and-flare, have fuller ball gowns, and a really low back. These designs and cuts are quite different from the traditional gowns. The theme notes that a bride also enjoys making fashion statements that ooze drama, grandeur, and beauty. However, just like the collection showcases, a bride’s interpretation of a fashion statement is different.
Nothing Beats Short Dresses
The red carpet feel of the main ceremony gowns and its grandeur, all stood out. They were stunning pieces that any bride would have loved to wear on her special day. However, it is safe to say, nothing beats the mini dresses and the styling that highlights the individual personality. It ruled this season and Kim and Garcia agree on it, too.