Living La Dolce Vita: Exclusive With Dreamy Bridal Designer Galia Lahav

Nov 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm |
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Galia Lavah Dolce Vita

Yaniv Edry

By Fashionista Chica

Think of your dream wedding dress–what would it look like? For me, that dream is synonymous with the name Galia Lahav.

Galia captivates personality in such an inspiring way. She intertwines sexy and feminine styles that culminate in a collection of fierce and daring options for the extroverted bride.

When I started looking for my wedding gown, it was–surprisingly–such an easy process. All I had to do was go directly to my favorite designer! I tried around 10 different gowns, and picked the one I just fell in love with. It wasn’t an easy choice because Galia’s entire collection is beautiful–full of details and exquisite materials–but as a bride, you just know! When you try on that “special one,” the one you can’t stop looking at yourself in the mirror in, the one that makes your eyes sparkle–you know it was made just for you! It’s the moment you say… “YES TO THE DRESS!”

If you haven’t heard Galia Lahav’s name before, it’s about time you do. The fashion house “Galia Lahav” defines a new era for bridal gowns. Galia Lahav is a worldwide designer with over 30 years of experience in haute couture dresses. As she began in the bridal industry, creating custom-made wedding gowns for brides, she quickly became a sensation in Israel. As her brand grew, so did her name, leading her to become a well recognized designer loved and adored by all of her brides. Whether it’s her delicate embroidery, dramatic dress trains, or fine beaded fabric details, each piece exudes artistic character. Each gown is a masterpiece, strongly influenced by her history as an artist.

I had the pleasure of talking with this unique designer. Here’s our exclusive interview:

Galia Lahav

Galia Lahav and Sharon Sever (Photo by Galia Lahav)

Who is Galia Lahav?

I am an Israeli bridal designer making the world a happier place through bridal dresses.

What first inspired your passion for design?

If the question is about first, I would have to say growing up in a family of designers definitely had the largest influence leading to my passion as a designer.

What does design mean to you?

Design is a part of me as a person. It is my life and I am a designer, not just in fashion, but in every category of my life.

Why focus on wedding gowns?

It’s what I am drawn to most as a designer. I am infatuated with lavish lace and luxury silks. I found my niche at a young age, and I love being a part of the most memorable day in every women’s life.

How would you describe a Galia Lahav dress?

A Galia Lahav is a statement dress. Galia Lahav dresses have a personality and are always remembered post-wedding for their iconic style. They are made with the top sewing quality by the best seamstresses in Tel Aviv. I hand select the most luxurious fabrics and laces to assemble my dresses to perfection.

Tell me about your last collection, La Dolce Vita? What was your inspiration?

My last collection, La Dolce Vita was a very special collection inspired by my visit to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I wanted to create something elegant and sexy with a Mediterranean vibe. I worked on creating endless ivory trains and there are many unique layering of textures, colors and fabrics taking place in this collection.

How do you think wedding gowns are reinventing themselves right now? This season I’m seeing a lot of non-traditional gowns, inspired by the personalities of the brides.

Yes, I agree with what you are saying. My gowns are definitely a lot more modern and a step away from the traditional gown. I listen to my brides and I enjoy making gowns that they feel confident in. Times are changing and the traditional gown can’t always stay relevant. I do however mix aspects of traditional in several of my pieces. You will find that I am constantly mixing old and new through my designs.

What makes a bride stand out in your design?

No matter what, my bride stands out because of her confidence. I custom make my gowns so that the bride is not only in her dream dress, but I specialize in allowing her to feel comfortable using soft silks in my lining.

What are the biggest challenges of designing a bridal dress?

When a bride allows multiple opinions to steer her decision on her dress. I think it’s always best to have her make her own individual decision. A lot of friends and family like to get involved in the selecting process and this is a problem because then she is not staying true to herself. I always tell my brides to include two close family or friends for the decision making process.

What message do you want to send to your audiences with your designs?

This day only comes once. Take your time and enjoy the process of making your bridal gown.

How do you feel when you see international brides wearing your designs?

I am always smiling from ear to ear when I see my international brides and fans. It makes me so happy to know that I am loved in places I have not even had the chance to visit yet. It is truly an honor.

Galia Lavah Tullia

Yaniv Edry

Her collections are carried in New York City exclusively by the store Bridal Reflections, a family owned NYC staple that has over 40 years of experience. Each of their three beautifully appointed wedding salons showcase a wide range of fashion from some of the world’s foremost designers in bridal wear.  They pick the designers based on their fashion creativity, quality in workmanship, and reliability in delivering the brides gowns on time. Bridal Reflections feels that “Galia Lahav brings a breath of fresh air to a fitted, sexy silhouette, while also giving a bride classic old Hollywood glam.  They use only the finest laces and fabrics and construct a gown like no one else”.

Galia Lahav’s latest collection “La Dolce Vita” is a love story that takes place on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. It’s a full collection representing a new generation of brides; with iridescent beads lavishly decorating the body, the collection defines a new era while warmly referencing traditional gowns. Galia Lahav gives you old-time romance with a modern day silhouette.

The next Galia Lahav Trunk Show will be from December 3 to 7 in New York City. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity and sign up at Bridal Reflections.

I leave you with her latest collection La Dolce Vita. It’s just pure eye candy for any woman dreaming on her fairytale. Can you guess which gown I will wear on my wedding day?

CHECK OUT GALIA LAHAV’S NEW COLLECTION, ‘LA DOLVE VITA’

If you haven’t heard Galia Lahav’s name before. It’s about time you do! Check out her gorgeous new line of gowns that marry sexy style with romanticism…