April 8, 2010
HiP Paris friend and wedding planner, Heather, from Rendez-Vous in Paris, recently met with Aimée Lohrebauer, an utterly romantic wedding & cocktail gown designer who recently opened a delightfully inviting atelier in Paris. A talented designer, she has taught at Parsons School of Design and freelanced for companies including Ralph Lauren, Kenzo and Nina Ricci. After years of working for other brands, she is now putting the finishing touches on her first official gown collection, signed LOHR Couture.
While sipping tea out of vintage china and nibbling sweet macarons seated in velour covered chairs she’d spotted at a local brocante (flea market), Aimée talked frankly and earnestly with Heather of her passion for design, fashion and weddings.
So, what’s the best part of being a gown designer?
First, with her gaze drifting towards the sunny window, she came out with a true artist’s response: “Draping,” she said, “the step between the design on paper and the first pattern. While working, laying, scrunching and draping the silk, satin or lace on the dummy, the fabric is full of possibilities and has the potential to become anything.”
Then, she looked me in the eye and came out with a true woman’s response : “And, the moment the dress is ready. I take 2 steps back and realize it’s perfect – there’s a feeling of accomplishment, admiration and 2 seconds of pride, followed by excitement. Once it’s done, I can’t wait to show the bride!”