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A bridal gown for blushing in the aisles

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

Published 25/01/2013 | 05:00

Models, Roz Lipsett, right wears Saffron at €3600 by Kathy de Stafford and Sinead Noonan wears Siren at €3500 at the launch this morning in Dublin of the 2013 collection by top Irish bridal designer, Kathy de Stafford.

THE blushing bride will be wearing . . . colour.

The traditional white gown is being given a run for its money, said Irish bridal designer Kathy de Stafford as she unveiled her 2013 collection.

It may not be a candy pink like Jessica Biel wore to say "I do" to Justin Timberlake in October, but the palette is leaning towards delicious hints of hues such as blush, cappuccino and champagne.

This year de Stafford is also introducing mixing fabrics like lace with satin – and she forecasts a warm response to the blush tones.

"It's like ivory with a hint of pink, the colour you see when you look inside a shell," said de Stafford, whose dresses are handmade in Dublin with fabrics sourced from France and Italy.

And all the action isn't confined to the front of the dress, as cut-outs and sheer backs are in vogue.

De Stafford, who designed a gown with 35m of Italian silk for Caroline Morahan's wedding in Tuscany last year, described the former RTE star as "definitely one of my favourite brides ever".

The gowns cost, on average, €3,500. The Siren dress, pictured left on model Sinead Noonan, features warm ivory silk satin, a peplum made from chantilly lace with a dramatic row of covered buttons down a sheer back.

The official launch of the collection takes place today at 6pm at De Stafford Bridal, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Irish Independent

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