Designer Spotlight: Gilles Montezin

The debut of his first bridal collection was an instant head-turner at this year's Bridal Market in New York City.

NYC plays host, twice a year, to the largest bridal fashion event in North America - we're talking Bridal Market, where the biggest names in media turn out to see the best designers in the world showoff their collections. team is invited to Bridal Market every year to bring Canadian brides the latest wedding styles straight from the runway. With the prestige of this event, and the grandeur of world renowned designers, it's humbling when you find a diamond in the ruff designer that grabs your attention. Gilles Montezin, a French Canadian, debuted his bridal collection this year and he is our pick for the hottest new designer.  

Montezin has a flare for haute couture; he studied at the legendary L'ecole de la Haute Couture in Paris, France, where he learned his signature techniques. Debuting his ready-to-wear collection in 2004, Gilles moved into bridal in 2009.  

Besides creating elegant and luxurious dresses, Gilles pays special attention to the fine details of his gowns. His dresses are so well-crafted; the inside is just as gorgeous as the outside. A detail we loved was the optional body shaper - his trademark, "Le Cinch" corset, can help brides take up to four inches off their waistline, creating an hourglass look. As well, Montezin's strapless necklines scoop slightly higher at the armpit, a small detail that is designed to cover a not so appealing bulge that many woman experience. He truly knows how to flatter a woman's body.  

We had the pleasure of meeting Gilles at bridal week this year and we can't wait to see what he creates next. Although Gilles is French-Canadian, the American market has fallen in love with him.  

Montezin's collection is offered by select department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Kleinfeld. His work has caught the eyes of stylists and celebrities across the world; most recently his work was featured in ELLE Sweden, Women's Wear Daily, and worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in the film Sex and the City.  

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