Saturday, November 10, 2012

Create Your Perfect Dress... Design, Fix, Alter or Dream Up Your Perfect Dress. Couture Creations is Here!

Great News! A fantastic new dress shop has opened in Cold Spring Harbor! Couture Creations on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, is the creation of Lori Toth an amazingly skilled, creative, and wonderful person who can alter, create, and/or design your dream dress...

In the shop you can work with Lori to design a dress for any occasion, shop from her selection of high end consignment items, or have an already purchased item altered to your liking. 

Even if you don't need a dress, Couture Creations is worth a visit!

My experience with Lori came because for my own wedding, I had no interest in typical wedding salon dresses, I wanted something different, something beachy but elegant and cool, for my Fire Island beach wedding. When I learned that Anthropologie was launching a wedding line, I LOVED the idea, stalked the promo site, and waited for February 14th, 2011 to roll around for the official launch of BHLDN. And then I ordered 7 dresses. 
Yes, that's right 7... To try on in the safety and comfort of my own home and then easily return the rest.

When they arrived, I immediately loved one, but it needed alterations, and a little tweaking to create my perfect dress. But who could I trust to deconstruct this beautiful dress and re-construct it to fit me perfectly? I asked around and eventually found Lori. 

About Lori: 
Lorri Sue Kessler-Toth is the sole designer and owner of Couture Creations Inc. Although the company itself has only been in business as of 2000, Lorri has almost 25 years of experience in the fashion industry in all phases of production including design, first-pattern draping and production patternmaking, as well as the actual fabrication of the garment. She also has experience in grading and can sketch her designs before any work is started.

Prior to starting Couture Creations, Lorri had worked at Vera Wang as a Production Patternmaker for seven years with responsibility for the Wedding Gown and Ready To Wear line. Lorri also worked the NYC Sample Sales for Vera Wang as the primary Alterations Consultant and performed the necessary changes to that line of bridal gowns if you were fortunate enough to have attended one of those events. Rounding out her experience with top bridal houses was a short freelance run with Carolina Herrera.

Lori and I worked together on the dress that I had chosen and transformed it into my dream! This was no simple task, the fabric was delicate, and design intricate, but Lori was fabulous and made it work! Here are some pics...

after
before
Here's the original dress (left)... I wanted the front to be slightly higher so that I could easily walk in the sand barefoot, and longer in the back so that it trailed a bit when I was barefoot, but so that it was off the ground when I donned my (swoon) Badgley Mischka heels for the reception and dancing.
Here's a view of the back of the dress.

 And the side... perfect length when barefoot! 
She also fixed the proportions which were a little off for my size. 

But don't just take my word for it! Here are other dresses that Lori has created...


The above bride had (like me) purchased her dress online, and Lori altered it perfectly for her exact fit!

And here's one more Couture Creation by Lori! 

Love the car pics too! For more samples, visit Couture Creations on Facebook, or stop in to chat with Lori and see the gorgeous new shop!

Sparkle On!
 - Kathy




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