There’s always a modernity and freshness to Alon Livné’s bridal designs, unrivalled by other collections at New York bridal week. A true artist, Alon’s unique ability to express curious and abstract sources of inspiration into avant-garde yet wearable designs has made him one of our favorites every season.
This collection, Livné White explores a dreamlike state through an orchestra of weightless silks, clouds of tulle and whisper-thin lace inspired by a musical composition, dancing into a symphony of freeing yet flattering bold shapes. We sit down with the designer to hear about his design inspirations and the process of bringing the collection to life.
Tell us about the inspiration and story behind the Spring ’20 collection…
My collection was inspired by “Rêverie” (daydream in French), one of the first solo piano compositions by Claude Debussy in 1890. The piece, played on a grand-piano, starts with soft and comforting sounds that hint the start of a daydream, which inspired the clean and minimal designs of the collection. As the piece progresses and becomes rich with harmonies and creates an almost touchable texture of sounds, so too does the collection with gowns made of exquisite lace designs, rich hand-beaded fabrics and intricate sewing techniques.
How do you feel it’s developed on from the previous collection?
I’m leading and setting a trend of plain gowns. Work-wise, there is less embroidery, less lacing and more emphasis on silhouettes and body shapes, proportions, clean and smooth silk fabrics that their quality speaks for itself. You can see all of these in my new collection in addition to the luxurious, couture fabrics gowns.
What silhouettes have you explored this season?
The silhouettes of the collection are more classic and tight, I wanted the body to be the focus of the shape as a basis, but there are also flowy shapes that will suit a bride who wants something more loose with textural details.
Describe some of the unique fabrications and embellishments explored this season…
Plain gowns made of pure silk fabric, in addition to our own original embroideries that are being developed in our studio from paintings we create. We are working with the best suppliers who make these embroideries and combine them with organza and silk in our design. A big part of the plain gowns in my collection combine ruffles of organza and silk fabric – a new kind of fabric we added this year in addition to tulle, silk and plisse.
What would you say is a standout look from the collection this season?
We’ve done a big floating tulle gown that resembles a weightless cloud, it’s very fashionable. We have also done a head-to-toe embroidered dress, with a deep v-neck and a uniquely structured back that compliments the body shape nicely.
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