rose+williams wedding dresses
Tara LaTour's brand new bridal label Rose+Williams is our latest addition to the a&bé family. Tara was born and raised in Minneapolis and has been pushing the boundaries of bridal fashion since graduating from The Parsons School for Design in New York City. This new line of bridal gowns is inspired by the impeccable construction and modern inspiration of her senior line at a price point that can't be beat. These stunning gowns will be made by hand in Minneapolis by the same team that brings you Tara LaTour dreaminess. The collection ranges in price from $2,000-4,000.
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A little Q&A with the designer:
Q. What is your design inspiration?
That is a difficult question, because I find inspiration in a vast array of things. However the inspiration source that is a constant for me is nature and its landscapes. Woods, water, earth....I am drawn to the depth, texture and movement this innate environment provides.
Q. Tell me two little known facts about you
1. I have the cutest little kiddo pup named Pippa. While she may be classified as a dog, I believe she is part dog, cat, fennec fox and bat. She is amazing!
2. I am addicted (as in.. in need of therapy) to Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers.
Q. Describe your personal style
My style could best be described as somewhat dressy casual comprised mostly of knits, no pants, top knots and bare feet. I mostly wear black even though I prefer dark saturated jewel tones. Lavender hair.
Q. What is your favourite article of clothing
Tossup between my high waisted midi skirt or my giant blanket sweater that is black with bright floral on it. My only clothing pieces I wish I had multiples of.
Q. Favorite vacation spot
I love traveling to new and interesting places, but the place I always go back to and find serenity in is Northern Minnesota. It is stunningly gorgeous with all its woods and lakes. One of my favorite places on earth!
Q. When did you know that you were going to design bridal?
I knew fashion and bridal design would be my pursuit when I was just a little. My grandmother, a talented sewer, was once making a wedding dress and I remember thinking that is exactly what I want to do. The moment I would arrive at my grandparents home, I would run straight to her scraps bins and play for hours. And as I got older I fell in love with fashion! I think that early interest paired with my independent and curious nature ( I had my own ideas about everything; including fashion and bridal) made me destine to be a fashion designer who focused on bridal through a fashion lens.
Q. Who is your style icon?
I don't have a style icon as much as I have a design icon. My design icon is without question the late great Alexander McQueen! A dress from his 2003 collection changed the way I looked at fashion. He was a true genius. Otherwise iconic designers I greatly admire are Charles James, his use of structure and shape was stunning; as well as Coco Chanel. Her innovation in women fashion to look at what existed and not being afraid to branch out into a new way to look at how we wear clothes is inspirational.
Q. If you could dress any celebrity, who would it be?
Cate Blanchett. She has one of the greatest stylistic approaches on the red carpet. She is not afraid to take a risk, and doesn't have to be scandalous to do it. She just loves real fashion and it shows. I would also love to dress Amy Adams. Her choices are simplistic and elegant with a twist. That ideology is pretty flawless.
Q. What is the last great book that you read?
I am re-reading The Odyssey right now.
Q. Any advice for brides?
I think there are two things that I would love to advise brides in regards to "how to choose the perfect dress FOR YOU!". Long answer, but worth the read!
Don't let other people define what being a bride means to you, so wear what you want!!!
A bride, is by definition, is simply "a woman on her wedding day or just before and after the event." There is nowhere in that definition that says you need to wear white or need to wear a veil or so on and so on. You are still a bride if you choose wear something traditional or not! So don't try and fit yourself into the "picture" of what you think the bride should look like because the "picture" of a bride will be whatever you choose it to be. The point is, wear what you want and don't apologize for it!
No matter what you wear, you will look dated at one point in time, so wear what you want!
Most brides have heard this over and over; that you should choose something that is more timeless, so your dress will not look dated. However, I say wear what you want and don't buy into the idea of a "timeless" gown. Why? Because the reality is (and I may be the only one to say this...but), at one point or another, your dress will look dated. And that is not a bad thing, in fact it is wonderful that that dress represented you in a joyous time in your life!
For example. My cousin got married in 1996. When she bought her dress, she was sold on the idea that it was timeless, more classic than trendy. And it was classic...classic 1996! Truth is that dress was not timeless, it was a celebration of 1996, and it looks its....and it should! That dress still made her feel beautiful, and that will never change. However the idea of classic and timeless is ever changing.
There is no dress that can escape the exactitude of its time. So wear what you want because no matter what you choose it will be dated at some point....and it should, so embrace it! The point is, wear what you want and don't apologize for it!!!