Karen Willis Holmes 2018 Collection

Wedding Dresses

Gallery: The ultra sophisticated new bridal collection by Karen Willis Holmes

Chic, sleek, sophisticated designs for the Irish Bride.

It's coming up on two decades since Australian designer Karen Willis Holmes began her career in bridal.

Starting out by creating custom designs for brides with a desire for something a little more fashion-forward for their big day, Karen has carved out a niche for herself as one of bridal's most chic couturiers on the international aisle.

Since branching out with KWH by Karen Willis Holmes in 2012, Karen has continued to refine her designs, graduating from softly flowing and romantic A-lines with lashings of tulle and pretty lace details to altogether more pared back, highly sophisticated styles.

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For years the industry watched as the designer developed her unique, sleek signature look, which may just have cemented itself in her this instant-classic 2018 offering.

Ultra chic, clean silhouettes (she favours a sheath style that's absolutely bang on trend at the moment) with long elegant lines abound in this cool, contemporary collection, which is no doubt going to be one of the big hits in bridal next summer.

And while each gown is all about crisp details and sleek skin-skimming lines, they aren't without their glamorous elements either.

Many of the dresses in the subtle yet striking collection come embellished with full sequins. Others are made the more distinctive through beautiful art deco style beading and one even adds a whimsical, playful flurry with a pretty portrait back design of flowers and hummingbirds.

One of the stand-out elements of the collection is the ability to create a unique look with the addition of some of Karen's dreamy draped skirts, which can be added to the sheath styles as an overlay, creating two beautiful looks in one.

At the heart of it the collection is about beautifully sophisticated gowns with an exceptional fit - designed with the bride's comfort in mind as much as her desire to look and feel her best on the day.

Karen Willis Holmes is stocked internationally by bridal boutiques in Hong Kong, Ireland, the UK, Poland, Canada and the USA.

Irish stockists include Ivory and Pearl in Co Down and Beau Bride in Naas, Co. Kildare - contact boutiques directly for information on particular designs.