Say I do to this season’s most sought-after bridal collection
Figure-flattering, slim silhouettes, laidback ocassionwear and imitable attitude can be summed up by one word – Galvan. The cool girl’s eveningwear brand is helmed by Sola Harrison, Katherine Holmgren, Anna-Christin Haas and Carolyn Hodler; an international quartet hailing from LA, London and Düsseldorf, with studios in Notting Hill and SoHo, New York.
Galvan has been unofficially creating wedding wardrobes for clients since its inception in 2014, but only now has the London-based label launched a definitive bridal collection.
“There is a whole weekend of events surrounding a wedding that must now be taken into consideration, with dress codes that range from a casual top and trouser look to a more formal gown," explains Katherine Holmgren, commercial director. “We are aware that brides are no longer just looking for a gown, and we’ve made sure that many of our styles can be worn again for years to come.”
Aligned with the brand’s signature sleek aesthetic, the collection forgoes frothy frippery in favour of clean lines and slim, fluid silhouettes. Think slinky slips, shimmering satin tunics, sparkling, party-starting dresses and immaculate tailoring. Languid, lace gowns are enhanced by off-shoulder ruffles, front slits and figure-skimming drapery, while streams of fringing elevate a crisp white jacket.
The Galvan girls design collections for likeminded brides: “feminine, natural and effortless but also very confident and modern. Her look is not too formal – for example no veil, but rather fresh flowers or open hair and styled with modern jewellery.”
Their own weddings have graced the pages of Vogue, lauded for their elegant simplicity and impeccable taste. Anna, design director, was pictured frolicking on the rocky, idyllic shores of Positano, dressed in an intricately embroidered, sheer tulle gown. Her cavalcade of bridesmaids wore non-matching Galvin gowns in satin and sequin, finished with floral crowns.
Katherine wed in Seville in a 17th-century palace. Her long-sleeved dress (pictures below) was beautifully cut in embroidered lace and styled with a dramatic scalloped skirt with an elegant train.
When it comes to planning a wedding, “don’t worry too much about small details,” advises Carolyn. “No one notices them but you. As long as you have great friends, music and cocktails, you will have a great party.”