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Spotlight on: Rivini

Rivini is a Canada-based bridal design house by Rita Vinieris (hence the name!) - one that is so successful that Rita founded Alyne, a sort of "diffusion" line, making more "accessible" gowns (read: affordable!) in 2013. Rivini was founded in 1995 as a response to Rita's friends asking her to design alternatives to the puff-sleeved, OTT meringue dresses that were hanging around after the 1980s. Now? The dresses maintain the no-frills simplicity that Rita's friends first called for, with added layers of detail that contribute to their luxurious feel.

For spring 2015, Rita looked to photograms for inspiration - images created by layering objects on photographic paper (crucially, no camera is required). Translation? She layered lace on lace, ribbon on silk, transparent fabrics over opaque linings to create gowns that, close-up, look as if they're made of 3D fabric. Who knew such simple silhouettes could be so interesting?

The best news of all is that Rivini's gowns are a steal, at least when compared with dresses by Berta Bridal and Galia Lahav, our most recent designer spotlight subjects. You can go home with a Rivini gown for less than $3,000 (although it will always depend on your chosen store, the number of alterations you require and the time you give them to create your dream dress!). Check out the list of stockists on the site.

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