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Okay, there isn’t a hint of leather, lace, safety pins or plaid, but we’re still in love with Punk Rock Brides 2012 collection with comfortable silky fabrics, natural fibers, no itchy lace, and clean lines, resulting in easy and wearable dresses you can practically sleep in (says some of their clients). With all the boning, tulle, bows, bustles, and extraneous surface noise on more Vera-type gowns, it’s refreshing to see designers that actually consider the girl: it’s going to be a long damned day, and you’d better be comfortable (in equal measure with being beautiful…).
Being from Washington, DC, widely considered to be a fashion void (until Michelle Obama moved in anyway), I am heartened to see a design firm that rejected the predictable New York/LA fashion industry trajectory and pitched their tent here. I love them even more because some of the best punk rock bands ever came out of DC, so to have Punk Rock Brides new offices next to the ghosts of some of my favorite punk clubs brings a tear to my eye. I salute them for having the courage to stay the course in a fashion challenged city (which they will soon rule). So to quote Nancy Reagan, Just Say NO! to the wedding industrial complex with Punk Rock Bride. Their rockin’ 2012 collection follows. Congrats ladies!
For Immediate Release: This fall, Punk Rock Bride introduced its fifth collection of wedding dresses for 2012 at New York International Bridal Market, October 15-17 at Pier 94. The 2012 collection consists of five designs and continues in its mission of offering brides a fashion-forward alternative to the traditional wedding dress. Several themes tie these dresses together, including the use of geometric patterns, layering of multiple fabrics and unique textures, and playful variations of hemlines.
“Each year, I like to experiment with new details and textures to keep things interesting and fresh. This year, some of the more unique fabrics used included a silk faille, cotton chiffon jacquard, silk douppionni, and a silk wool blend, to name a few,” stated designer Stephanie Ward. “More and more, brides are coming to us for a more modern option on their wedding day. We are all about details, and that is what is translating into quality and value for our brides.”
The price range for the new group of dresses will be consistent with past collections, ranging from $2,900 to $3,800. The new collection will be reflected on a new website.
Punk Rock Bride was founded in 2006 by RISD-grad and designer Stephanie Ward. Their wedding dresses have appeared in Brides, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Get Married, and The Washington Post. In 2011, the company received Best of 2011 recognition by The Knot. Punk Rock Bride is based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
For Immediate Release: April 23, 2010
Punk Rock Bride continues its mission of offering brides an alternative to the traditional wedding dress, offering five new designs in its newly released 2010 Collection. A few common themes tie this collection together, including the use of layering, corseting, and unexpected details.
The mixing of fabrics and textures has been a part of PRB’s approach since the beginning, and this year is no exception. The new collection utilizes eight different fabrics – many of them unlikely choices for bridal, including silk brocade, silk wool, silk cotton, and a hand-knitted piece. Only one of the dresses is made of a single fabric; the rest combine two or more. When limited by color, these different textures are what keep things interesting.
The corseting elements, while subtle, give the new collection two welcome characteristics: structure and shape. While one of the dresses, Ella, employs a completely separate corset that rests on top of a draping A-line dress, two of the other dresses – Jenny and Alex – use a simple corseted backing to achieve a sculptural effect by targeting specific isolated areas of each dress.
Of all three PRB collections, the most time and attention to detail were given to the dresses of 2010. There was a conscious effort from Day One to focus on ways to add interest, value, and fashion-forward elements to each design. Some of these details include the addition of pleats, tucks, and insets, as well as unexpected components such as pockets, belts, and keyholes.
Overall, the 2010 Collection is an ambitious extension of the past two collections. The dresses maintain simple silhouettes, comfort, and a light airy quality, without sacrificing drama or style.
Punk Rock Bride was founded in 2006 by RISD grad, Stephanie Ward. Since then the company has received coverage in Brides Magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, and Real Simple, as well as numerous bridal blogs. In 2009, it was voted the #2 “Best Of” bridal shop by Washington Post Express readers. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the company’s creations are designed and manufactured in the U.S.
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320 3rd Street, NE Rear
Washington, DC 20002