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&FORLOVE was founded in 2014 by two longtime friends, Angel Spendlove and Lisa Blunt, who hoped to add a splash of rebellion to bridal fashion. Tired of traditional bridal rules, the duo played with the perception of what bridal fashion can look like when challenging the norms—layering authentic style with non-traditional materials like micro sequins and geometric lace. With all production in Canada, the slow-fashion brand sustainably donates a tree through One Tree Planet for every dress sold. It offers a gown that extends its impact beyond the wedding ceremony and with a memory planted forever.
For the 2024 collection, the duo took to the shores of O’ahu, Hawaii. The tropical landscape was the perfect backdrop for the collection,
aptly named “Surfrider.” The collection poetically evokes a desire for sun-soaked romance and channels the duo’s admiration with the beach. Offering femininity with an intimate edge, gowns are made from pure silk, shimmering sequins, and crepe-back satin, painting the enchanted image of a beachy bride with her toes in the sand. Iridescent sequins mimic
the reflective waters of the sea, and unusual pairings of an exposed back and puffed sleeves make for the perfect masterpiece for a bride wanting something slightly rebellious but elegantly tasteful.
Monvieve delivers deeply artistic and visually inclined haute couture collections of bridal accessories like veils, headpieces, and headbands. Delicately crafted and fresh off the couture runway, Monvieve pulls inspiration from global subcultures and merges veiling, millinery and couture textile arts to reveal captivating and emotive pieces.
Entirely handmade in Italy and France by master artisans, Monvieve’s underlying philosophy is originality. This ethos enacts a level of intentionality and deliberate detailing that elicits imagination. With pieces revealed during Paris Couture Week, their headpiece collection of veils revisits horsehair and delicate materials with distinct old-world Italian craftsmanship. Misty colourways of blushed ivories and pale metallics offer tulle in breathtaking arrangements to exude sophistication. The timelessness of the pieces extends beyond modern elegance and is meant to be viewed as an artistic heirloom passed down through generations.
  &FORLOVE: photo courtesy of @FORLOVE. Monvieve: photo courtesy of Monvieve.

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