Internationally renowned bridal designer Peter Langner was in recently in Toronto for his trunk show at Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay in Toronto. We had the honour and privilege to interview him and ask about his recent bridal collection!
Born in Germany, Peter later studied at L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de Paris and began his career working at numerous French Fashion Houses such as Christian Dior and Christian Lacroix. Though he did not begin his career in bridal, he created his first bridal gown at a request of a personal friend. Soon after the requests for bridal gowns became so frequent that he naturally made the transition into a bridal designer.
After 26 years of his flagship salon in Rome, Peter recently moved to Milan, one of the Big Four fashion capitals of the world. Known internationally for it’s strong influence and identity in culture, entertainment and fashion.
Peter’s inspiration comes from anything he finds beautiful and uniquely creative. He is a lover of great architecture and it translates into his bridal creations. Whether it is the silhouette structure of the gown, layering techniques or the use of textured materials, every gown is a unique piece of work that begins by selecting flat fabrics and materials. Peter showed us one of the walls in Kleinfeld’s that he took pictures of because he drew inspiration from the pattern.
While Peter doesn’t believe he has a unique style of his own, he prides himself on being commissioned by women around the world who covet his designs.
Mr. Langner describes his designs as “clean, pure, architectural and minimalistic.” His clients include women who are secure, confident individuals who are successful business professionals with strong personalities and “guts”. We asked Peter what advise he can give to brides-to-be that are beginning their gown search. His response? “Know when to stop”.
Brides continue to shop thinking there is something out there that is “more perfect” than a gown they already found. Social media and the ability to shop online for gowns has created a situation that did not previously exist. Endless options can be found around the world online, with a couple of searches. Peter’s suggestion is to shop with someone you trust and have a personal connection with. Pick a gown you like and get honest feedback. It can be a friend, a wedding planner or family member. Quite often large groups offer far too many opinions that can deter the bride from making a decision. A good sales associate will know by the group dynamic who is in charge of the appointment.
Peter also suggests that you do not take pictures of yourself in your bridal gown, a practice he does not allow in his salon.
Do not post the photo on social media, keep the element of surprise for the day of your wedding.
In the past, the bridal gown was the biggest reveal but now much emphasis is put on the decor, venue and other aspects of the wedding. He would like to see discretion when choosing your gown, share with a handful of people and make your grand entrance the day of your wedding. Peter doesn’t believe in bridal trends. If you try to follow a bridal trend and copy someone else, it is already too late, it has been done many times before. Not all gown trends work on every body type. That Great Gatsby style or the transparency gown you are trying on may not flatter you and the last thing you want to do is look back at your wedding photos and wonder “what was I thinking?”
Advertisements can also heavily influence a bride to lean towards bridal trends. Peter prefers his collection to be based on what inspires him over creating strictly because it is known to be a top seller. Peter loves creating gowns for a women with personality. There is more than just physical beauty that draws him to an individual. It’s character, confidence, radiance and aura.
If he could design a gown for any woman, he would choose Emma Stone and Keira Knightly.
Other notable gowns that you may have seen were worn by actress Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner on the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy and for Royalty, Queen Noor of Jordan.
You will notice that the collections have names not a model number. Each gown is carefully named after someone or something that it connects with. It could be a historical figure, an actress, a feeling or an architectural element. One thing that was apparent with meeting Peter Langner, aside from his natural talent as an artist, was his belief in everlasting romance and marriage. When he creates a gown, he wants it to last forever, just like your marriage. A wedding should be more than just a party. Cherish the ceremony and what it stands for.
Take in the emotions, the culture and religious aspects.
Do not rush into your wedding.
Take your time, enjoy your engagement, don’t rush to get married. If it seems right, wait until the correct time.
Love, like your gown, should last a life time.
Which is your favorite Peter Langner design?
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