NARCES is a womenswear line renowned for its romantic, glamourous and elegant eveningwear and cocktail dresses. Since launching in 2014, dramatic and fashion-forward wedding gowns have also been a part of the NARCES style story. Who is the NARCES bride? “She is a dreamer,” shares Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi, our creative director, designer and founder. “She is creative. She is diverse and dynamic in her style. She sees fashion as art. She seeks the unexpected. She is willing to take risks and is open to ideas.”
Read on to get to know Nikki, NARCES and our artful, bespoke and romantic wedding style.
What makes NARCES a unique and inspired bridal fashion choice?
“A wedding gown should be in line with how you dream of your event, how you would envision to present yourself and how you feel your outer skin should communicate during this special day. This gown should become a part of you and emit emotions and feelings for that day. I see the wedding look as a work of art and not just a garment; one that embellishes the body. This special, highly personal piece is the result of all the specific details the bride would bring to the design process.”
How do you push the boundaries of convention with your wedding styles?
“At NARCES, we step away from the typical stereotype of what a wedding dress is and play with unconventional silhouettes, colours, textures and deliver a fresh take. Our dresses, jumpsuits and suits are all customizable and can live on beyond the wedding day and become an extra-special part of a woman’s occasion wardrobe.”
What is your design philosophy, inspiration and signature design details?
“Inspiration for my fashion art is creating a mix of elements which are entirely unexpected—feminine with masculine, romantic with industrial, vintage glamour with street style. Signature design details include artful 3-D floral details, modern lace textures and gowns featuring an innovative use of illusion and sheerness.”
What is your process for working with a bride?
“All dresses are designed by me, created and made by the NARCES team with a whole lot of love in Canada. We start with an initial consult by appointment at our Toronto store or virtually. At the start of your creative custom journey, you will meet with our specialists on a one-on-one basis. This consult is to discuss with our team how you envision the event or the custom piece you dream of which could also be through any inspiration ideas or images. During this appointment, our latest collections and designs are reviewed and discussed for further fabrics and silhouette inspiration. We would also discuss any customization—our love for designing and creating unique pieces especially for you is something that is at the heart of our brand. Once decided, we move into the design consult and begin brining your dress to life. All ideas and inspiration will be combined in a sketch created just for you. From here creation of the gown begins. Fittings are the final step, and we work to ensure every detail is absolutely perfect!”
Favourite celebrity bride?
“I have MANY! In no particular order: Queen Soraya, Grace Kelly , Lady Charlotte Wellesley, The Duchess of Windsor, Giovanna Battaglia, Victoria Beckham, Zoë Kravitz
Miranda Kerr, Dita Von Teese and Serena Williams”
“A perfect wedding dress is…
“…. the outer layer that emits your mood and emotions, with you as the starring role in your dream night”