There is an undeniable beauty to authenticity. To truly knowing ones self, and unabashedly honoring ourselves to our core. During a year that has called many of us to inwardly explore the bounds of our identity, to re-evaluate our beliefs, values and knowledge, for Anita Benes, designer and founder of Daalarna Couture, it has been a glimmering opportunity to peel back the layers of her Budapestian heritage and culture that is so innately woven into the fabric of Daalarna. Through this journey of magical self-discovery comes ‘Budapest‘, the new 2021 collection from Daalarna. A collection spilling with sentiment, each piece poetically anchored in Daalarna’s signature romantic, folkish aura, yet uniquely suffused with eclectic cultural motifs and Hungarian tradition.
‘Budapest‘ is a deeply personal collection for Anita, a passionate homage to the place she calls home. The place where solace found, wondrous rediscovery and reconnection with her Budapestian identity birthed through the journey of designing the new collection. A city steeped in history, spilling with truly wondrous Hungarian folk art and beguiling, monolithic architecture, every corner of Budapest is a sight to behold, serving up a bountiful of inspiration to draw from. “I consider Budapest to be the most beautiful city in Europe, I am touched by its beauty and diversity every day. The city fills my heart every morning on my way to our Daalarna atelier, and is a reassurance to me, even in these unusual times” explains Anita.
“I’m not just proud of our beautiful Budapest design, but also believe that by sharing it with the world through my lens, I can offer something unique & authentic to the brides they can’t find anywhere else.”
Collecting these pockets of inspiration in her daily life, like memories bookmarked along the way, Anita has so poetically woven them together with Daalarna’s signature romantic, bohemian aesthetic. Gowns handcrafted with intricate beadwork, an illumination of sequins and crystals seemingly inspired by the glimmering Danube River. Whimsical droplet embroidery and floral lacework evocative of the traditional Hungarian folk art that adorns the décor scattered throughout the city. Linear corsetry and strap detailing contrasted with blooming appliqué, reminiscent of the Margaret Bridge, the meeting of old and new. “I’m not just proud of our beautiful Budapest design, but also believe that by sharing it with the world through my lens, I can offer something unique and authentic to the brides they can’t find anywhere else.”
The collection is undeniably a proud celebration of Budapestian tradition, and inadvertently supports local craftsman and the longevity of traditional Hungarian design. Created in collaboration with some of Europe’s most prestigious artisans, the collection is spilling with details handmade by true masters of their craft… every detail from the fabrication, adornment, down to the last stitch is so sophisticatedly refined and executed to perfection using techniques passed down from generations passed. It’s this unmatched ability to fuse tradition and modernity, artisan and refinement that will continue to be uniquely Daalarna for seasons to come.
See the full collection & upcoming trunk show details via Daalarna’s website.
Photography / Matt Godkin
Creative Direction & Fashion / The Lane
Hair & Makeup / Stojanka Bulic
Location & Accommodation / InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Whitsundays
We would like to acknowledge the Ngaro people, Traditional Custodians of the Whitsunday Islands on which this shoot took place, paying our respects to their Elders past and present.
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