Photo: Perry Vaile Photography
Sophie Theallet is known for her feminine collections that are sexy, yet beautifully easy to wear. The French designer trained first under Jean-Paul Gaultier, and later under Azzedine Alaïa, before moving to New York City and launching her eponymous label in 2007. Only three years later in 2009, Theallet won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and since then, her unique style has continued to thrive. We sat down with the designer to discuss launching her brand, her top style tips for brides, and the beautiful custom wedding dress that she created for Brides cover girl Lindsay Ellingson's southern wedding.
Dabbling in the bridal world makes sense for the designer; Sophie Theallet began her line with a focus on romantic dresses.
"I started the company from our living room in Brooklyn, after gaining a lot of experience, but we didn't have much backing," explained the designer, reflecting on the early days of her line. "We focused on dresses first, and the response was amazing! We rapidly garnered momentum, and then the collection grew organically to become a lifestyle brand."
Lindsay is a longtime fan (and friend!) of the designer.
Theallet and Ellingson met at the designer's studio some time ago, when the model came by for a fitting for an event. "Lindsay has been wearing my clothes for some time now, so when she approached me to design her wedding dress, she knew exactly she wanted," said the designer. "We went from there, and I created lace embellishments to enhance her natural beauty." After four wedding dress fittings, the friends decided to skip the veil they originally discussed. "Lindsay wanted something really down to earth, and in the end she did not feel the need for a veil."
Photos: Perry Vaile Photography
Cross your fingers — Sophie Theallet may design a bridal collection in the future.
When asked about the possibility of a Sophie Theallet bridal line, the designer replied, "Eventually! At the moment, I am happy to do custom work, and have the freedom of choosing the brides we would like to work with." The designer is able to create custom gowns rather quickly, noting that she needs only "a few weeks," depending on the design and fittings.
The designer's top style tips for brides are simple, but important.
When asked about her styling advice for brides on their big day, Theallet advised, "Wear a dress that you feel comfortable in, and that fits your personality, and make sure to be surrounded by people you love, who can also take care of some of the details!" The designer continued, "Stay calm, and enjoy the moment. And of course, make sure you choose a good husband!"
To see more photos from Lindsay's wedding, pick up the October/November issue of Brides on newsstands now!