Photo: John Aquino
Bridal designer Peter Langner is a highly-trained star of the haute couture tradition; he studied at L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de Paris, and after graduation went on to work for Christian Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, Guy Laroche, and Christian Lacroix. Known for beautiful fabrics and artful architectural silhouettes, the designer sat down with us to share his method of inspiration, his favorite bridal trends, and his unique perspective on his clients.
Langner gets inspired when he's focused and relaxed.
When asked about how he finds inspiration for his collections, the designer replied, "There is no specific moment or trigger to get started. I usually try to have a clear head, a focused mind, free from distractions when I begin designing a collection. First, I do a lot of research in materials, colors and fabrications. I debate between drapings, rather than plissé, embroideries rather than cut-outs ..."
He loves the traditional trend that's reemerging.
"This season, we are turning to a more 'ceremonial' bride, a bit more covered up. Shoulder details are very in, and I am very happy to see that! Amal Alamuddin's classic off-the-shoulder Oscar de la Renta gown was a perfect example of the fact that overly-sexy is out; it can look dated. I never want a bride to look at her wedding pictures years later and be shocked by what she wore!"
The designer finds his clients much more inspiring than celebrities.
"I don't want to sound crazy, but there are so many movie stars in films and advertisements, and they look fabulous (and so desirable to dress!) in that cinematic moment, but in real life if you meet one of those women, it can be hard to have a connection." The designer continued, "I much prefer dressing women who are interested in our work, who appreciate our ideas and have dreamed of wearing one of our gowns. We don't make gowns for stars, we make them for real people who believe in tradition and a long lasting marriage."
His top style tips for brides are simple, but important.
"Take all the little mishaps as they come, and don't let them become a big drama. You have prepared for this day for so long and as best as you could, so brides need to let it be a celebration. Your mood is so much more important than a missing flower!" he noted. "And make sure to take five minutes for yourself. Send everyone out of the room, and enjoy the moment."