A chic dress that says ‘I do’

A chic dress that says ‘I do’

Despite it being one of the hardest pre-wedding tasks, choosing your dress should also be the most enjoyable. Begin the process by narrowing down designs that take your fancy, hunt out a suitable shop and relax – although be prepared to try on quite a few dresses. Not dissimilar to a catwalk, all eyes are on you as you walk down the aisle so you naturally want to be adorned in a dress that is the chicest of chic. To the excitement of every fiancée around, Kerstin Mechler of Baden-Wuerttemberg-based wedding dress design label ‘küss die braut’, is on hand to her impart her knowledge. With vast experience in the fashion branch, the enthusiastic German has garnered something of a cult following since founding lindegger. GmbH in 2009. Now stocked in numerous select retailers across Germany, her designs have become hot property.

 

A chic dress that says I do

 

“I’ve always been fascinated by dresses” “I’ve always been fascinated by dresses,” explains Mechler with a broad smile. “and the apex of that is without a doubt the wedding dress.” After studying fashion in Stuttgart, Mechler went on to work for several high-street brands before taking the plunge into her own company. Now she releases two dress collections each year, the aptly named wedding dress collection ‘lindegger. küssdiebraut’ [kiss the bride] and the classy cocktail dress and evening gown collection ‘lindegger’. Describing her style as modern, chic and rather special, it’s her eye for detail that renders her creations so spectacular. A glance at her wedding collection lookbook causes an audible gasp in many a bride-to-be. With off-the-shoulder pieces alongside laced creations, slim-fitting simple gowns and sequined delights, her passion for heritage shines through. Inspired by significant females from the past few decades, Mechler combines these influences with modern trends, new materials and a modern cut. The küssdiebraut dresses therefore have a unique look and she’s keen to offer something novel. “You’ve got the 20s nostalgia in the long, flowing silk dresses, the cheeky petticoats of the 50s and the enticing lace dresses of the 70s with their bohemian flair,” she explains.

 

A chic dress that says I do

 

Not just elegant sweeping gowns and dresses adorned with heritage, Mechler sets herself apart with her shorter-length wedding dress. A previously unheard of choice, knee-length creations have been seen on catwalks from New York to Milan in recent years, and Mechler’s shouldn’t be overlooked. “They’re at the core of our collection’s ethos: fresh, fun and modern. I think it’s really refreshing to see them worn at traditional church weddings.” She laughs: “With a shorter dress, the accessories are even more prominent and the right shoes are vital!” Fully committed to the bridal cause, Mechler knows only too well how hard the decision can be. “Often people are torn between two or three of my dresses, and other times it can be love at first sight. So many women have a preconceived idea of which style suits them best and they can be hesitant to try something new – but that’s part of the excitement. Throwing them totally out of their comfort zone in the changing rooms can often lead to the most incredible moment.”

 

A chic dress that says I do

 

“Be confident in your search and don’t let yourself be guided too much by other people. Try all sort of styles, you never know what could happen.“ Her advice for brides-to-be is to head out with an open mind. “Be confident in your search and don’t let yourself be guided too much by other people. Try all sort of styles, you never know what could happen.“ A deeply personal choice, a wedding dress is a treasured item in the wardrobes of countless women across the globe. With the added touch of hand-made labels, Mechler’s dresses have an aura of exclusivity and are unlikely to be seen anywhere twice. She is hesitant when asked whether there are any guidelines to follow when choosing the right dress. “My dresses aren’t figure-dependent; it’s about choosing a wonderful material and having a professional cut – those will flatter anyone,” says the cropped-haired Mechler with a beam. “Often it’s the mishaps and the spontaneity which render the day so wonderful and memorable. Above all, she advocates a relaxed but organised approach to the big day. “Weddings are made for the couple, so plan it how you’d like it. Be yourself,” she advises. “This special day doesn’t have to be perfect, there are no boxes to tick. It’s about filling it with love and enjoyment.” She chuckles: “Often it’s the mishaps and the spontaneity which render the day so wonderful and memorable. Fun and humour are the ultimate foundation for a future together.”   The collections are housed all over Germany at select retailers, as well as some locations in Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Alternations can be carried out directly at the shops, so clients need not fret. TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE (Discover Germany)

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