Sister brands continue to impress
The Spring 2017 collections from Canadian brands, Paloma Blanca and Mikaella Bridal, received positive feedback at The Harrogate Bridal Show
Dating back over 75 years, the company was first founded as Blue Bird Dress by Manny Bernstein and was later taken over by his brother, Harry. Paloma Blanca and Mikaella Bridal remain family owned to this day and are now looked after by brothers, Marty and Sydney Bernstein.
The company originally produced many different designs including mother of the bride and bridesmaid outfits, but in the 1990s the team placed an emphasis on just bridal gowns and from this began promoting itself as Paloma Blanca. Mikaella Bridal was launched as a sister brand in 2004.
Buyers at Harrogate saw 40 pieces across both brands and were impressed with the choices on offer. “We were delighted with the positive feedback at The Harrogate Bridal Show where the 2017 collections for both Paloma Blanca and Mikaella Bridal were launched to the trade,” says CEO Marty Bernstein.
The Spring 2017 collection by Paloma Blanca features exquisite new styles of lace. Two-toned Guipure lace and laser-cut lace are the stand-out fabrics of the season, alongside luxurious crepe and tulle. Chic and subtle nude tulle is used on illusion sleeves, and shapes are bold, daring and sophisticated, with gowns featuring plunging necklines and contemporary sheer lace bodices.
“The new Paloma Blanca collection proved very popular, especially the gowns with the new two-tone Guipure lace, organdy and tulle,” says Marty. “Our Paloma Blanca satin gowns have also been repeating well this season and stockists were delighted to see more gowns in the collection in this signature fabric.”
The new Mikaella Bridal collection showcases the luxurious look and feel of its sister brand at a more attractive price point. This season features beautiful crepe and tulle fabrics, elegant front slits on skirts, detachable skirt overlays, deep V-necklines, sheer lace bodices and magnificent illusion lace trains.
“Mikaella Bridal also proved incredibly popular at the show,” adds Marty. “The gowns designed using our crepe fabric are very popular with the brides this season and we continue to use this in the new collection along with the new Mikaella satin, which was a favourite at Harrogate.”
Paloma Blanca and Mikaella Bridal dresses are currently available worldwide, and gowns are exclusively designed and created in Toronto at the label’s own manufacturing facilities, making the company the largest Canadian-made bridal manufacturer in North America. As all gowns are made in this way, the team are happy to discuss customisable options, including split sizes, filled, raised or lowered necklines and other personal designs.
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