Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Real Bride...

Stella & Minh

Stella met Minh through one of her bridesmaids, Julia, who jokingly told Minh ‘there was no way Stella would go for him. Minh took this as a challenge and a few months later, succeeded!’ – And now 8 years later they exchanged vows and celebrated an elaborate wedding day at Carousel, Albert Park Lake.

Apart from Stella looking nothing but perfect in her KWH couture gown, the whole day was delicately planned and judging from photos we are sharing with you, both Stella and Minh have great taste and all the details of their wedding day are simply beautiful. With the help from A Lavish Affair, their inspiration was a rather regal theme and they drew ideas from ‘mansions, gold detailing, apricot/peach and gold…. I wanted a royal mansion and a feeling of luxury!’ – Which worked beautifully at the location and complimented her KWH gown as Stella was after something ‘vintage, with different textures, soft and feminine’.

Minh's proposal was a surprise at the snow - ‘Since our first year of dating, Minh and I would make a trip to the snow every year for the past 7 years. At times we would go alone, other times we would have friends come up with us. This year, we had a group of friends join us and they all knew that Minh was going to propose. Towards the end of the second day, some of our friends decided to head home but I wanted ‘one last run’ down the peak of the mountain. I guess Minh took this as an opportunity and gave everyone a little look to say, ‘this is it! All our friends got the message and headed home, Minh and I took the chairlift up to the peak alone. After getting off at the peak, Minh suggested we take a break after a long day and enjoy the view before the day ends. We sat down and as soon as my bottom hit the snow, he jumped up, settled on one knee and proposed. I was speechless and couldn't say anything until he had to ask, “Is that a yes?” to which I replied, “of course!”

We want to thank Jerry Ghionis Photography and videographer Marcus from C2 video for his enchanting work (below). They have captured Stella and Minh’s day beautifully and created wonderful memories for their friends and family to remember. 

A huge thanks to Stella and Minh for sharing their day with us and we wish them the best of luck with their married life togther!

 Karen xx

Monday, December 26, 2011

As Seen In...

White Magazine

The stunning Angelina gown from the Karen Willis Holmes - Ready to Wear collection is featured in the 14th issue of White Magazine!

The Angelina gown has a fishtail silhouette which is draped in a soft ivory tulle. The extended bodice is extremely flattering and the embroidered diamanté detail on the sheer shoulders add just the perfect amount of detail. 

Karen xx

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Twelfth Day of Christmas...

Embellished Motif Headpiece

Vintage inspired, this intricately beaded headpiece is a gorgeous addition to your look. The details in the beading and embroidery are stunning, adding that extra glamour to you outfit. 

Karen xx

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Eleventh Day of Christmas...

Entrance at Sunset Petite Earrings

Be inspired by the style of a bygone era with these demure drop earrings. Set in a unique oval frame, these earrings offer beautiful circular crystals that are sure to enchant every bride.

Karen xx

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tenth Day of Christmas...

Art Deco Belt

A stunning embellished belt inspired by the Art Deco style, this belt accentuates your waist and makes a striking accessory. 

Karen xx

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ninth Day of Christmas...

Dakota Lace and Bead Fascinator

Using the delicate Dakota corded lace, this exquisite hair comb is sprinkled with Swarovski crystals and pearls, giving it a soft and stylish look. 

Karen xx

Monday, December 19, 2011

Eighth Day of Christmas...

Paris Earrings

These beautifully designed Art Deco inspired drop earrings exude elegance and come in a very flattering length. 

Karen xx

Friday, December 16, 2011

Seventh Day of Christmas...

Lace Cuff Bracelet

This striking embellished tulle cuff  is an elegant addition to your look. The meticulous embroidery of silver beads and diamantes on the tulle back is sure to look nothing but elegant on your wrist. 

Karen xx

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sixth Day of Christmas...

Beaded Lace Motif Headpiece

Make an impression with this lovely beaded and embellished lace 
headpiece. This headpiece is carefully encrusted with pearls, gems, diamantes, embroidery work and sequins. The detail is gorgeous and the combination of beads makes it a very versatile and spectacular piece.

Karen xx

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fifth Day of Christmas...

Regalia Earrings

WOW factor earrings! This pair has intricate pave detailing and looks extremely elegant with your hair up or down. The antique design adds charm and grace to your look and will be a piece that comes out for those extravagant occasions we love.

Karen xx

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fourth Day of Christmas...

Entrance at Sunset Bracelet

Bringing tradition into the modern with this stunning, vintage inspired bracelet.  Designed to sit atop your hand and around your fingers, this bracelet invites you to re-define the classics and make them your own.  Featuring two crystal encrusted charms, surrounded by shimmering antique silver chains.

Karen xx

Monday, December 12, 2011

Third Day of Christmas...

Embellished Grosgrain Ribbon and Flower Belt

This lovely embellished ribbon with organza flower detail adds a great personal touch your look. The mixture of the fabric and texture makes it a versatile accessory.

Karen xx

Friday, December 9, 2011

Second Day of Christmas...

Chandelier Earrings

These earrings are definitely going to draw some attention! They are a beautifully detailed design, embellished in rhodium cubic zirconia, giving you a strong and sophisticated look.

Karen xx

Thursday, December 8, 2011

First Day of Christmas...

Embellished Headpiece

You will surely make an outstanding statement with this stunning diamante encrusted silver headpiece. Its perfect sparkles will highlight your look in a very memorable way.

Karen xx

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We Love...

‘The Age of Excess’

As featured in MarieClaire – December 2011

 Revel in extravagance, lavishness and art deco decadence as Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, of cult Australian label ROMANCE WAS BORN, unleash their theatrical aesthetic for Marie Claire.

Anna use to be part of the KWH team, and I am a huge supporter of her work with Luke for ROMANCE WAS BORN.  Their creativity, aesthetic and design is inspiring and I was lucky enough to collaborate with them on two wedding gowns for their Spring/Summer 2012 runway show.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Samantha Wills Bridal Collection

We are very delighted to launch the alluring and sparkly new Samantha Wills Bridal Collection at KWH stores and on our E-boutique.  The Samantha Wills Bridal Collection combines the brands signature style with ‘burnished metals and clear crystals, all designed for a bride with a modern and romantic taste.’

I recently went to the launch of this new collection and was very impressed by the exquisite pieces I saw. Their inspiration was drawn from Art Deco chandeliers (which I love!), and merging that with contemporary and outstanding designs.

Here are the some of the delightful pieces you can find on our E-boutique.  

Karen xx

Friday, December 2, 2011


We have an exciting new addition to our Ready to Wear collection. The Hailey gown has an exquisite strapless beaded lace bodice with half circle organza and tulle skirt, tied at the waist with a silk satin belt. This gown is very flattering and the waist tie can be accessorized in many different ways, adding a personal touch. 

Karen xx