At Farah Novias Barcelona you can discover a whole new experience on how to look and feel beautiful on your wedding day; exclusive designer bridal gowns, glamorous bridesmaids dresses, stylish evening wear, special occasion gowns and stunning bridal accessories. Farah offers you the finest and the most elegant wedding dresses in her comfortable and luxurious boutique where you have access to top leading international bridal designers such as Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta Carolina Herrera, Anne Barge, Amsale, Catherine Deane and Homa Bridal 

Finishing Touches…

A Bride should select her jewellery with elegance and discretion.Less is more. She must choose which elements to emphasise, and her dress and glowing skin will provide the perfect setting,From art deco earrings to glamorous old Hollywood necklaces, take inspiration from the most stylish Silver and freshwater pearls with Swarovski crystals by  Homa Bridal for your wedding day.

 

 

Carolina Herrera on Breaking Dawn’s Bella wedding dress

Carolina Herrera revealed that it took her over six months to create Bella Swan’s wedding dress for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

“We did three fittings. When she initially put on the dress and looked over her shoulder into the mirror, she was very moved,” Herrera says. “In that moment she was not an actress or a character in a film but instead a bride, and a happy one at that.”

“I took into consideration the character of Bella and Kristen’s portrayal of her, and what this fantasy character would choose to wear for the most important day of her life,” she explained. “It’s made of a crepe satin with two inserts on the front and beautiful silk thread topstitching. The neckline is a slight V, just enough to see the collarbones. The back is oval-shaped, with a Chantilly lace border veiled in tulle. It’s very romantic, and when all the details come together, it creates a vision specific to Bella’s style and personality.”wedding. The dress was created from crepe satin and French Chantilly lace and there are 152 buttons at the back of the dress and 17 buttons on each sleeve.


Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2012

“How wonderful to do a bridal collection,” says Carolina Herrera. “The fantasy and the romance, I love it. It gives me great pleasure.”

Traditional to informal, sensual to shy, dramatic to demure: 14 gowns reflect 14 personalities of today’s Carolina Herrera woman. Designed for a relaxed wedding on the beach or a traditional ceremony at the altar, a second wedding or a first-time bride, each one is a celebration of stylish romance. “I wanted the bride to be the dream,” Herrera says.

The Spring 2012 Bridal Collection is made of lovely pleasures for a woman on one of the most important days of her life. Herrera looked no further than the women who wear her clothes for inspiration, adding delicate flourishes to the relaxed chic that has made her gowns adored by brides around the world.
“The real women of today wear these dresses, and they should be the inspiration. This is an homage to them.”

Traditional fabrics are contrasted with surprising choices such as a duchess satin that is faintly color- blocked with the palest dove gray and champagne. Wool and silk is another unusual choice, woven from opaque to sheer.
Embellishments are luxurious but subtle in a sparkling bouquet or Art Deco and floral embroideries that the bride can choose from to customize her gown. A black-and- white floral appliqué adds an unexpected, graphic touch to a lace gown.

The petticoat of each gown is embroidered with the bride’s initials in blue, matching the grosgrain ribbon stitched into every waist. “I love the hidden details,” Herrera says.
“All of these elements make the collection now,” Herrera says. “I love that each gown has a different personality. Each is special and luxurious in its own way, just as the woman who wears it should feel on this very important day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vera Wang on wedding gowns..


 How early in your life did you become involved in fashion?

My mother loved clothes and as a child, I used to accompany her as she shopped Parisian and American couture.  My career in fashion career started when I was twenty-two.  I started at Vogue in 1972 and stayed for sixteen years, eventually becoming senior fashion editor.  In 1988, I joined Ralph Lauren for two years as accessories design director.  In 1990, I went out on my own, opening a salon in the Carlyle Hotel in New York City to showcase my inaugural bridal collection.

 Why did you decide to become a bridal wear designer?

My idea for my business came to me as I was looking for my own wedding dress.  I couldn’t find a wedding dress I liked.  Unfortunately, at the time, there was nothing like I wanted – something modern and sensuous yet feminine and elegant.  I realized other women were probably feeling the exact same way, which inspired my business concept.  Soon after I launched the business, I got a lucky break: my friend Sharon Stone wore one of my gowns to the Oscars, which really put me on the map.

If you were to be inspired by different fashion styles of the last century, which decade would you identify with and appeals to you the most?  Which designers have inspired you and which ones do you admire most?

I have particularly loved the 60’s into the 70’s, because I was living in Paris then.  I really loved what Yves Saint Laurent did for women.  He put women in men’s clothing.  His vision of women was very free, but sophisticated. Then in the 80’s, I loved Armani and Chanel – Armani for its modernity and Chanel for its femininity.  Their designs really represented two sides of the coin. Then from the 80’s into the 90’s, I became in love with the Japanese and still am today, from Yohji Yamamoto to Comme des Garçons to Junya Watanabe.  I also love what Jill Sander was able to do, she took minimalism to a whole other level.  And today, Prada and Marni have really made clothes about art and lifestyle, not just about art.

Are there any Oriental influences in your designs?

There is always an Asian influence in my designs, it’s inevitable.  The Asian aesthetic is about grace and femininity.  There is a sensuality and a sense of whimsy.  So I am certainly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic from the past and present.  No matter what the styling or the fit, I like women to look sensual and graceful.

What do you believe differentiates you from other designers?

I am very aware of the client and a woman’s body.  I am fanatical about proportions and fit.  I can work on proportions for days just to design the perfect bra to create a good bust line or the placement of a godet to form a beautiful line.  I work with the proportion, fit, and weight to make the clothes feel balanced.  Even my heavier clothes are very light constructions.  Also, another hallmark of my designs is my painterly use of color.

You have really revolutionized the world of bridal fashion.  How would you define a Vera Wang dress?

 It’s really more about creating something that’s true to a woman’s style.  There’s nothing more intimate than a wedding or evening gown.  A wedding is a joyous event, and the bride’s dress should always reflect that.

 

The Universe of Farah…

You  must be very excited to be able to offer Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta dresses for the first time in Spain?

Yes, I am very excited to be able to offer the Spanish bride the bridal collections  designed by two of the most recognised international designers. Carolina Herrera as a woman is a symbol of elegance, glamor and sophistication and her dresses have been worn by many women in the world. Vera Wang is the pionear in designing glamorous and elegant dream wedding dresses. She always combines elements of trends and fashion that are the perfect blend of tradition and beauty, with avant-garde touches.

What are the key elements of your latest bridal collections?

The 2012 bridal collection is presented for sophisticated brides, inspired by romantic styles with touches that accentuate the more feminine side of the bride. There are a lot of flowing and smooth lines, lace embroidery and delicate bows or sashes. Romantic dresses inspired by French gardens with cotton tulles, French lace and hand embroidered organza skirts  that are perfect for the brides who are looking for a modern gown with the traditional elegance.

What is your philosophy and what do you offer the Spanish bride?

I want to offer brides and my clients the opportunity not only to feel perfect in their dress but to enjoy the feeling of being very special when deciding to choose a dress from one of our designers for such an important occasion, and this desire is reflected totally in the warm welcome that awaits them in the store.

At Farah Novias we have an intimate, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. After 25 years working in the bridal world, I have the essential experience to be able to advise the bride in creating her ideal ‘look’, including accessories. We like to give our brides a personalised attention so that they have the opportunity to try our designer bridal gowns at an affordable prices that is attracting customers from all over Spain.

Unique Jewellery, Objects of Arts from New York

At Farah Novias we are not only dedicated to dressing the most elegant brides in Spain but we offer a selection of unique and exclusive accessories for any special occasion.

We have perfect jewellery and complements for the bride, bridesmaids and guests of any stylish and elegant wedding. You can choose from different styles of earrings, elegant bracelets and vintage style brooches as well as necklaces of pearls and Swarovski crystals. They are unique, hand made pieces that can make the difference between looking stylish or really beautiful.

We also have tiaras and veils. The whole range has been designed by Homa a designer who sells her range in Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and is noted for her hand made jewellery and tiaras with pearls and semi precious stones which are integrated into her designs like works or art.

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Amsale Bridesmaids

Whether you are the maid of honor or the sister of a stylish bride or you are invited to a  charming wedding , you do not have to go crazy looking for an elegant, fashionable and exceptional party dress. Farah Novias, the international designer boutique, has just expanded its range of Amsale bridesmaids dresses, a beautiful collection of dresses that will fit perfectly into any wedding with distinction and style.

 

Oscar de la Renta, Icon of Style…

Your passion for art started when you came to Madrid to study painting, what made you move to a country, which at the time was going through many cultural changes? How did you become interested in the world of fashion?

-I went to Spain to become a painter, but to prove to my father that I could earn
money I also took some fashion-illustrator jobs at newspapers. My interest in the
world of design grew more and more, and I was later hired by Balenciaga as an
illustrator and eventually as a designer.

From the beginning you showed great talent and worked with leading fashion designers such as Balenciaga and Antonio Castillo. What did you learn from these legends?

-Working for incredible talents like Balenciaga and Antonia Castillo, I learned about
the extraordinary artistry and immense skill involved in couture collections. Today
I apply some of that same detailing and craftsmanship to my own designs.

You say “the best way to dress is when you are noticed first by your presence
and then by what you wear. Please give us an example?

-The first time you see a bride walking down the aisle. In that moment, it is not
about the veil or the gown – all eyes are on the girl.

You have created your line of jewelry, eyewear, perfume and accessories, and have worked as the couture designer for Balmain. What made you decide to design a prêt-à-porter bridal collection?

-I have been designing and producing wedding gowns for private clients for years. In
fact, the demand was so great that we decided to design and show a complete
collection. The new ready-to-wear bridal line was a way for us to expand and reach
women around the world.

This is your second bridal collection; the first one received an overwhelming
response in the United States and South America. How do you see the Spanish bridal
market?

-We are very excited to bring our bridal collection to Spain. My Latin background
largely influences my designs, which will make the collection easier for Spanish
brides to identify with right from the start. Also, our wonderful selection of
romantic and classic bridal gowns will be perfect for the Spanish bride, whose style
tends to be more traditional and timeless.

How would you define Spanish woman?

-Spanish women are bold and passionate. They are not about minimalism – in life and
with fashion, they are colorful, spirited, and feminine.

How has your Latin blood influenced your designs?

-My Latin heritage has influenced me never to hold back. This innate passion
surfaces in the beautiful embellishments, intricate laces, and ornate embroideries
of my designs. Also, having grown up on the islands of the Dominican Republic, I have come to believe that there must always be an easiness to clothes, even with the most serious and glamorous of gowns.

Has your last bridal collection been inspired by your past collections of
prêt-à-porter evening gowns, and do you intend to reflect that traditional bridal
fashion is evolving into something new?

I approach bridal differently from ready-to-wear, but there are similar threads
running through both collections because I always design with one goal in mind – to
make a woman look her best.

How did you maintain the same classic and elegant look without being influenced by the last avant-garde trends seen in the last collection?

-A bridal gown should be fresh and fashionable, but it is also important for it to
have a sense of timelessness. A wedding is a very special day for a girl, one that
she will look back on forever. Twenty, thirty, even forty years later, she should
still find her gown beautiful and be happy with how she looked on that big day.

What are your rules for creating a feminine and sensual woman?

-The key to making a woman look beautiful is making her feel beautiful. That is when
she will look her best.

You arrived in the United States with a lot of illusions and achieved a great
deal in a short time span. Is there a secret formula for success in life?

-There is no real secret to my success. I love what I’m doing and I work hard at it.
I have spent over forty years learning about our customer and how to make clothes
well. For me, my great joy and pleasure is being at work, and being in my studio
designing a collection.

Most of the people who know you describe you as being very humane. Is this true?
-I hope so. I have always remained true to my Latin roots, whether it’s helping
build much needed schools and day-care centers in my native country, the Dominican
Republic, or serving on the boards of important institutions like the Americas
Society and the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute.

I am also immensely grateful to the United States for all it has given me. As an
active board member of New Yorkers for Children, The Metropolitan Opera, and
Carnegie Hall, I am able to give back and also support the arts, my other true
passion.

Carolina Herrera Presenting Her Bridal Collection in Farah Novias

1- How does the collaboration with Farah Novias started? Why did you decide to start designing bridal dresses?

Farah Novias is an exclusive designer bridal boutique who is presenting the collection for the first time in Spain. We liked their intimate, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Farah personally selects the range of dresses which reflects the varying requirements of her Spanish and expatriate brides from a simple and informal look through to a glamorous and sophisticated style, always with undisputable quality and details. Far from the philosophy of masses she finds the most suitable dress for each bride with a very personalized attention.

2- Do you reflect the same trends you present in the new york runway show in your bridal collection?

Absolutely. I always try to use the main concepts of the runway gowns in designing the bridal collection, with a special twist that makes the dress different from the evening collection.

3- How do you define the Carolina Herrera bride?

Sophisticated. Romantic. Innocent and Chic.

4- What was the inspiration behind designing this bridal collection?

The Spring 2012 Bridal Collection is made of lovely pleasures for a woman on one of the most important days of her life. Herrera looked no further than the women who wear her clothes for inspiration, adding delicate flourishes to the relaxed chic that has made her gowns adored by brides around the world.
“The real women of today wear these dresses, and they should be the inspiration. This is an homage to them.”

5- Which fabrics do you like to work with ?

Traditional fabrics with surprising choices such as a duchess satin, silk tulle, mikado and silk chiffon