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Edith Élan: Vintage Meets Modern in Three Dresses

Edith Élan is an independent bridal designer based in Chicago whose creative soul are designers Gretchen Anderson and Lourdes Castañeda. Their bridal gown collection is thoughtfully designed and made with love so that each wedding dress is a perfect balance of modern and vintage.

VINTAGE MEETS MODERN

Edith Élan is an independent bridal designer based in Chicago whose creative soul are designers Gretchen Anderson and Lourdes Castañeda. Their bridal gown collection is thoughtfully designed and made with love so that each wedding dress is a perfect balance of modern and vintage.

We knew we wanted this wedding dress collection at Ivory & Ash the minute we walked into the showroom at New York Bridal Fashion Week. We love that they are based in Chi-town, a place that is close to owner and stylist, Annie’s heart.

It’s hard to play faves from Edith Élan but when you look at the Classic Collection, Camellia and Heathe gowns, we are transported back in time to vintage Hollywood glam. The silhouettes are sleek and modern but the details are vintage all the way. Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor might have slipped into these sophisticated beauties.


CREPE & PEARLS

These are not your grandmother’s pearls. Chika is a slim a-line crepe skirt with a gathered pearl net layer on top. But with a short train, she’s easy to move around in without worries of the dress getting caught. The modest V top gathers into the pearl net of the sheer shoulders, which close at the neck with a pearl button. Creating in return a beautiful keyhole back.

Chika is a sweetheart of a gown. We love her dotted pearl flowy skirt and a soft net detailed pearl cap sleeve. Pearls are having a moment, like a life-time moment but this dress gives them a modern twist and we are all for it!


THE REI GOWN: ELEGANT ROMANCE

Her timeless a-line silhouette is a crepe layered with a bespoke beaded tulle. The waistline features a slim belt finished with a bow at the front. It’s from the belt that the beading starts dense before scattering down the skirt, up the illusion bodice, and onto the three-quarter length sleeves. The back of the dress has an added dose of sparkle with its Swarovski crystal button closure. Hiding in the skirt of the dress are pockets where you stash your phone for a quick sparkling selfie.

A BEAUTIFUL SHAPE

We all know illusion bodices are also having their moment. The Rei gown gives you illusion plus a whole lot of sparkle!  This dress is perfect for all body types, the way the hand beadwork trickles down the waistline gives everyone who tries her on a beautiful shape.  Elegant romance is the vibe this dress gives off!


THE ISET GOWN: WOW FACTOR

Speaking of illusion you have to check out Iset – she is all about the wow factor. She breaks all barriers. Art and fashion collide. If you follow Ivory & Ash on Instagram, you know we LOVE a great back, it’s one of our favorite design elements in a gown. No need for a veil, let the back of Iset do all the work.  We would style her with a killer pair of long earrings and a bold lip.

Iset is a charmeuse wedding dress with an illusion back. The v-neck top flows down into the column skirt, which ends in a short pointed train. The back of the dress features a bespoke crystal and pearl beaded motif inspired by the geometric shapes found in the collection’s inspiration.

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