Showcasing fresh designers is what a&bé bridal shop specializes in, and its latest collection to arrive at the store is a perfect homage to that philosophy. On Thursday, a&bé welcomed Truvelle, a Vancouver-based bridal house, to its store, beginning with a three-day trunk show. The dresses, designed by Gaby Bayona, are styled with airy chiffons, and some are intricately embellished with sequins, lace, and beads. The complexity that goes into Truvelle’s designs is evident: One dress was hand-beaded in Spain, another was dip-dyed by hand, and the romantic open backs and lace overlays are perfectly stitched (by one talented seamstress that Bayona adores). Truvelle isn't afraid of color: Grey, blush, and rose gold sequins adorn a few of the gowns, while the chiffons come in a multitude of soft hues, even including whites for the more traditional bride.
Bayona notes that any woman can wear her designs: Each time a gown is tried on, any preconceived niche of what a Truvelle bride might be falls away. And, despite the serious detailing, the dresses are at a great price point, fitting in with a&bé’s affordable selection. a&bé bridal shop, 1607 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-238-1300, aandbebridalshop.com