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Wedding dresses fit for a queen

Renee Minus White | 3/6/2014, 11:20 p.m.
Bridal looks by TeKay Designs

TeKay Designs, a couture house based in Houston, Texas, presented an impressive Queen of the Brides collection in New York. Its gorgeous gowns feature both historical and cultural significance. The design concepts are sophisticated shapes in fine fabrics, textures and colors.

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Bridal looks by TeKay Designs

TeKay’s show opened with an acoustic soundtrack of a chorus, chromatic luminance and a branded light projection. Beautiful models strutted down the catwalk in elegant designs. Some gowns were accented with colorful embroidery, while other ensembles were enhanced with an angelic shimmer of beading details. Women from various cultures throughout history have inspired the designer of this Queen of the Brides line. Each gown represents a woman of royalty.

For spring ’14, TeKay is offering specials to brides who are looking for matching bridal party dresses, gown accessories or statement jewelry pieces. TeKay also specializes in bridal creations for themed weddings.

“Each season, new gowns are added to the collection,” explained Kimma Wreh, fashion designer and creative director of TeKay Designs. “Women of royalty are represented from all over the globe through these gowns. Places such as Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East are represented. The gowns express cultural themes that resonate with many cultural groups.

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Bridal looks by TeKay Designs

“This is why it was so important for the Queen of Brides collection to be presented in New York City during Fashion Week. New York is a melting pot of cultures, and I am proud to present a bridal collection that acknowledges style aesthetics that many cultures have contributed to society.”

Named after Queen Amina of Zaria, the first four looks are embroidered satin gowns with trumpet silhouettes. Queen Nzinga, the Amazon queen of Matamba, West Africa, is represented with an elaborate hand-stitched gold gown. It’s designed with a chocolate-hued embroidered bustier top and mermaid-style skirt in beaded lace and embellished with silver rhinestone trim.

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Bridal looks by TeKay Designs

The Queen of Brides collection was accessorized for drama during the couture show. However, each dress can be styled for a more contemporary look. They also have pieces that are accompanied with an optional bridesmaid dress. The Empress Candace of Ethiopia gown has champagne-toned lace fabric that covers the body with a cathedral train. Scalloped lace trims a stitched bodice with a crystal shimmering neckline.

In the fourth segment of the show, there was an exquisite gown that emulated Queen Cousart Margherita of Savoy, Italy. This bridal ensemble has a peplum top and mermaid-styled skirt in beaded lace. It’s embellished with silver rhinestone trim.

“We believe sharing cultural royalty is a significant way to pass on the legacy and the heritage of family,” stated Wreh.