Daring & Delicate
Selecting the perfect dress for your big day is no small feat. It gets a bit easier and more exciting, though, if you can get some expert advice. Dennis Latif had a chance to sit down with acclaimed designer Albert Yanuar, the man behind the “Albert Yanua
Text by Dennis Latif | Dress by Albert Yanuar Bride | Photographer by Roberto, Moreno Photography | Concept & Styled by Wenny Sari | Accessories by Rinaldy A. yunardi | Makeup by Erika Jennings | Hairdo by Arnold Dominggus | Shoes by Rina Thang Shoes | Models: Anastasia Mo & Emilija
What are the distinctive characteristics of an Albert Yanuar dress? My designs are classic as far as volume and cut is concerned. But for the details and applications my dresses are more into geometric, symmetric and modern. What are three words/phrases that can describe your design? Daring, Delicate and Full of feminism How do you choose a perfect Wedding Dress for a petite body? “For people who have small frames, I suggest choosing a more light-weight dress. Silk organza or tulle would be the best material in this case. Keep in mind as well that all the details should be focused on the upper area of the dress, in order to add volume in overall appearance and to make your body look fuller. Be careful, though, not to add too much detail because it will make you look heavy and overweight. What about plus size women? The A-line dress or semi-mermaid dress with arms covered in a very light material will be suitable for full-sized ladies. What they should avoid is the ball gown kind of dress and too much detail: remember less is more. What kind of Wedding Dress is suitable for an outdoor ceremony? Light-weight material such as Tulle, Chiffon and Lace Solstice would be the best choice for outdoor events. As for the dress style, I suggest a semi-mermaid cut or just a simple A-line. What else should be considered when choosing a Wedding Dress? The volume and length of the dress-tail should be adjusted according to the size of venue and bride’s body shape. Also, do a rundown of the event’s activities: are there any challenging situations such as dancing or after-party physical activities? It also would be nice if the venue decoration theme can be synchronized with the Wedding Dress. And last but not the least, make sure the parents’ dresses do not overshadow the bride’s wedding dress! What are the Wedding Dress trends of 2017? Any tips? Skirt or Dress shape. This year there are lots of variations on the dress shape. The volume and size of the skirt are adapted to the posture and body shape of the bride and can range from tulip to circle to mermaid-shape skirt. Color. Gone are the days when wedding dresses are pure white. There are many other choices and trends such as that combining an off-white base with champagne or silver embroidery details; or a nude color base with embroidered off-white details. Details. Geometric, floral, thematic and full complexion are quite popular this year. Hair Style. Trends this year are also varied, but lean toward the more modern and sleek do’s, or a little bun, or the “messy” natural look. Where do you usually get inspiration for your designs? I research on Paris couture trends and then make a mood board with my team to determine the big theme for the collections -- from bride couture, readyto-wear, women’s wear and men’s wear. Our 2016 theme was Peacock; this year, we’re adopting an Art Nouveau signature. What are your favorite colors? And why? I have three dominant colors that I like: White, because it symbolizes purity; Blue as it symbolizes tranquillity; and Purple which symbolizes strength.