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Bridal Buzz: Talk About Style!

Check out the haute happenings in Charleston’s fab style scene

Read on for the aisle-style buzz of the local bridal world involving (from left) Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant; A Signature Welcome; and Emily Kotarski Bridal Studio; Images by (gown) Jennifer Collins Photography, (gift box) Gayle Brooker, and courtesy of Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant.

February 7, 2017

Talk About Style!
Check out the haute happenings in Charleston’s fab style scene

Dolled Up Digs
Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant (843/884-9518,, the just-over-the-bridge icon of high fashion for nearly 50 years, has had one heck of a gorgeous face-lift. The 20,000 square-foot boutique (which carries his-and-her ready-to-wear and red carpet looks from Armani Collezioni to Marchesa and Alice + Olivia) added 2,000 more square feet to its footprint, faced its exterior with sleek travertine tiles, and added two private his-and-her lounges with dressing rooms, velvet and gilted seating, chandeliers, and, we hear, champagne. Sounds like the ideal setting to find your MOB her ensemble or for you to score your rehearsal dinner frock.

Thank You Very Much
Looking for the perfect thank-you for your maids? Check in with the luxe gifting service gals at A Signature Welcome (678/372-5127, for their latest: hand-picked jewelry from Shashi, a favorite of celebs as well as that of Vogue, Victoria’s Secret, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle, and chic Deco-inspired fare from Bissell and Blaise, where ASW co-founder Lindsay Bissell helps design dreamy baubles. Besides the surcies themselves, the pristine boxes—tied with luxe ribbons and topped with calligraphed tags—are the stuff of Pinners’ fantasies.

Try This at Home
Luxury bridal boutique Maddison Row (843/720-7979, now posts all sample gowns from their shining roster of first-name-needed-only designers (Vera, Romona, Lela, Monique, etc.) online and will mail the finery to you on spec to try on at home if you’re not in town. Also—they’ve moved! Swing by their chic new showroom at 189 Saint Philip St. (at the corner of Cannon and Saint Philip, in the former Urban Nirvana space) to see the gorgeous gowns in person.

Want a made-to-order gown designed just for you? Head to Emily Kotarski’s (484/459-8782, second-floor studio on King Street where she’ll walk you through her simple process that includes picking a gown “base” then tweaking the style, materials, and add-ons to suit your body and vision. The bubbly Parsons School of Design grad definitely knows how to bring out the princess in every bride.


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