Saturday, 16 September 2017

Gabrielle Spencer Bridal for the non-traditional bride

There is a new bridal label which is set to shake up the current bridal scene. Gabrielle Spencer Bridal will be making every cool-girl bride-to-be dreams come true. 

I caught up with Owner and Designer Gabrielle ahead of making her debut on opening night of Fashfest to get a sneaky peek into her new collection.

What inspired you to create your own bridal collection?

Bridal has always been on the cards from me however in 2013, when I got engaged and was on the search for my own gown I realised the shortage in Canberra for a bridal label with a point of difference. I felt there was a very limited choice for something non-traditional, which is what I was after. So I decided to begin designing, in hope that one day I can open a boutique to capture the Canberra bride before she jets off to another city in search of a different yet stylish look.



What is the inspiration behind the collection you will be showing at fashfest?

The inspiration behind my first collection is simply, winter.

The collection includes garments suitable for colder climates, but also has many pieces which can be worn in all seasons. It has classical styles that are suited to a diverse age group and gowns that can be adapted for all kinds of venues.

The winter fabrics I am using in my collection are luxurious cashmeres, wools and silks. When I design I’m usually inspired by the fabrics first, so they were a big part of my idea to create the winter collection. Winter brides can be very glamorous, even with little skin showing.


What do you hope to get out of fashfest 2017?

I’m very excited to be a part of Fashfest 2017. I hope I can bring to light a distinct style that people will like and recognise so that I can keep designing for future Fashfest shows as I have so many more designs to show. I’m currently working on my summer range.

Tell us 3 things about yourself? How long have you been designing?

I grew up in Canberra, however I lived my 20’s in London and Brisbane.
I married the naughtiest kid at my school who is now my biggest support and fan.
My favourite thing to do is cook, and play with my two boys.

I studied Fashion Design in 2009 and had my first women’s wear collection in 2012. I had a small break away whilst having children (Joey 2½ years old and Elliot 1 year). My first bridal range has been a year in the making.

What is your ultimate bridal look?


My ultimate bridal look is ethereal, under-the-radar, cool-girl style. A few favourite pieces in my collection represent this style. It is relaxed and effortless, loose and flowy with a touch of sparkle.



Gabrielle Spencer Bridal will debut on opening night of Fashfest Thursday 29 September. Buy your tickets here.

Sofia xox @sofiapolak


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