Tara Lauren embodies a romantic, fresh, elevated bohemian aesthetic designed with an admiration for the spirited confidence of today’s modern bride. With inspiration from 70s style icons and the charm of the inherently feminine, the collection incorporates the dynamic between the raw timelessness of romance effortlessly juxtaposed with the distinct boldness of the alternative bride.
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Establishing her couture presence in Australia in 2000, the success of her designs inspired Karen in 2004 to create her BESPOKE bridal collection. This collection caters to clients who desire a wedding gown with couture-like quality, innovative design, but with the ease and price of a ready to wear wedding dress.
In 2012, Karen responded to increasing demand for off the rack gowns by designing the Ready to Wear Collection - KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. Focusing on exceptional fit and centered on embellished and embroidered details the designs compliment the Bespoke Collection and offer brides a glamorous wedding day look.
In 2015 the WILD HEARTS Collection was released offering the free spirited bride a sophisticated wedding day look.
The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES couture atelier & workroom is based in Sydney, with boutiques in Australia, located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney & Perth, as well as the New York flagship boutique in Soho.
The brand is also carried in national and international stockists in Hong Kong, Ireland, the UK, Poland, Canada and the USA.
The company employs 40 team members in their workrooms and boutiques, & creates the wedding gowns from the BESPOKE and WILD HEARTS Collections in Australia, providing a hands on approach & commitment to detail, using only the highest quality imported fabrics, laces, & beading from around the world. Gowns from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection are designed in Australia and hand beaded and embellished in India.
Karen's collections reflect her lifelong love of fashion, and celebrate the spirit of today's modern bride, who is both stylish & sophisticated all with a Karen Willis Holmes twist.
Image photographed by Hannah Blackmore for HOORAY! Magazine.