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Talking “French Girl Style” With Singapore Bridal Gown Designer Ee-Lyn of Love, Yu

What is “French Girl Style”?

It has been described in myriad ways - effortlessly chic, cool and confident, elegant, natural, not showy, and having the illusive je n'ais se quoi – the intangible quality that French women seem to possess that makes their carefree sense of style so attractive.

In today’s feature, Ee-Lyn of local bridal gown label Love, Yu explains French Girl Style to brides in Singapore and takes us through her latest collection Nuit Blanche, which channels French Girl Style from top to toe!

Ee-Lyn, thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous Nuit Blanche collection! What inspired you to create it?

Ee-Lyn: Nuit Blanche, which literal translation means “White Night”, is a French term used when one decides to spend a sleepless night out and about until the dawn. I was inspired by French women and their understated style. I've had the opportunity to work with French brides living in Singapore recently, and every time I see them I marvel at how cute they look, from their hair and make-up to their choice of clothes, with what seems to be minimal effort!

These brides often lament that there's nothing simple enough in the local market for them, and are drawn to Love, Yu for those reasons. Working with them inspired me, and also gave me an insider’s perspective on what they look for in a wedding dress.

Interesting tidbit - the gowns in the Nuit Blanche collection are named after French ladies I've worked with!

What is French Girl Style? What’s different about the French Girl bride?

Ee-Lyn:

1) The gown that the French Girl bride chooses reflects her daily personal style. Yes, it may be more detailed and special because it is her wedding dress, but her choice is often what she can see herself wearing to a regular event. In other words, nothing over the top! This is quite different from some (not all) local brides, who may prefer to get a gown they don't typically get to wear. Very often my French clients will bring a summer or work dress from their closet and ask if I can add a particular detail or silhouette to their wedding dress. This brings me to point 2…

2) The French Girl bride doesn’t worry about blending in with the rest of her guests with a gown that's too “simple”. Some brides I've worked with worry that their gown may not be spectacular enough to differentiate them from their guests. The French Girl bride doesn’t seem to care as much! I really like what Paris-based bridal designer Laure de Sagazan said – “they don't want to look like a real bride, and the wedding dress is just a continuity in their life, not a beginning".

3) The French Girl bride likes to feel comfortable in her wedding gown, meaning lightweight fabrics such as silks, French laces and cottons. Her gowns use silhouettes that allow her to move quite freely, which usually means sheath and column silhouettes, and soft A line skirts. When the French Girl bride picks her shoes, she makes sure those are comfortable too - no crazy 5" stilettos!

4) Less is more. Even when it comes to hair and makeup – the French Girl bride goes for simple, loose buns, light make-up, and minimalist accessories such as tiny pearl or diamond earrings. And I think the end result is that on her wedding day she looks her best and most radiant, but still completely herself. You won't hear a guest exclaiming how glamorous or different she looks on her wedding day. The French Girl bride doesn’t aim to be transformed – instead, she chooses to preserve her own style and personality on her big day.

 

Sophie: A lightweight silk chiffon sheath gown with subtle lace details

Fleur: A duchess satin column gown with pleated detail

Emeline: A lace and tulle short sleeve ball gown

Anaelle: A beaded lace strapless gown

Raphelle: A loose fitted drop waist gown, inspired by 1920s flapper dresses

Lorene: A short sleeve, V back beaded lace gown

Celine: A French lace skirt that the bride can choose to wear with a top of her own. I made this with the French civil wedding ceremony in mind (much like our ROM) – brides usually choose short dresses instead of long for these events.

Marie: A layered organza ball gown skirt, paired here with a cotton jersey bodysuit to mix casual and formal. It reminds me of a ballerina.

 

Love, Yu’s gown collection pieces range from $2000 - $3000, bespoke pieces from $2800 and up.

 

Thanks for sharing your insights into French Girl Style, Ee-Lyn! And Wedding Scoopers, we hope you enjoyed this introduction to French Girl Style – may you say “Oui” to the French Girl’s effortless chic and carefree style every day!

 

 

Vendor Information
Wedding Dresses: Love, Yu
Email: yu@weloveyu.com
Facebook: @weloveyu and Instagram: @weloveyu_
 

{This feature is brought to you in collaboration with Love, Yu.}