location: Across the US + AUS, NSW
willing to travel: No
prices from: KAREN WILLIS HOLMES offers three collection with varying price ranges: Bespoke Collection: USD$3,000 to $8,000 KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES: USD$2,985- $3,700 The WILD HEARTS Collection: USD$,2000 to $4,600
describe your artistic style: Karen Willis Holmes established her couture presence in Australia in 2000, the success of her designs inspired Karen in 2004 to create bespoke and Ready to Wear Bridal collections. These collections catering to clients who require a wedding gown with couture- like quality and innovative designs. Bespoke Collection: This collection evokes Karen’s love of corsetry and structure. Featuring classic silhouettes, these gowns are hand crafted with expert workmanship & high quality fabrics. KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES: This collection captures the imagination of the modern bride. Initially, created from the increased demand for off the rack gowns, the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection focused on exceptional fit, centered on exquisite embellished and embroidered details. The WILD HEARTS Collection: The WILD HEARTS Collection offers the free spirited bride a sophisticated wedding gown. With a desire to continue her distinctive stylish and sophisticated design aesthetic, the WILD HEARTS Collection showcases gowns, overlays, jackets and capes, capturing a romantic and ethereal feel for the bohemian bride.
what inspires you? I believe my style is very feminine and focuses a lot on silhouette. I draw inspiration from fashion archives especially the corset structures of gown - the detail work of the interior structure of a gown which for the outside is unnoticeable but internally there are so many components which create a great shape. I am also inspired by the fabrication and embellishments I work with - beautiful laces, embroidered and beaded pieces, and I believe this shows through as my ‘signature style’ as well.
what do you love about weddings? The best thing is making the wedding gowns. I get to create masterpieces that I love and being a part of someone’s special day - in most cases the most important day of their lives - to me is a big honour.
what's your travel policy? We don’t travel, however we have our flagship boutique in New York as well as four boutiques in Australia. We are also growing our stockist stores in the US, as well as the rest of the world. We also participate in trunk shows and pop up shops across the US.