It takes one to know one! That used to be the snarky retort to an unwanted comment, but for Elizabeth Fillmore, it should be her motto. As a woman, Fillmore clearly understands a woman’s body and what it feels like to wear a dress that slinks perfectly over the female form. As a designer, Fillmore instinctively understands what women want to look like on their wedding day and how to give it to them in a modern, understated way.
Fillmore’s collections always dance between pure romance and a sexy, retro starlet appeal. Her woman is a bit of both. Playing off the mood of the moment with a 1930ʼs silver-screen vibe, her Arielle gown is impossibly chic in bias silk crepe with the most beautifully draped and extremely flattering long sleeves. Sweet, floral vine embroidery keeps this dress from coming off too strong. Joan Crawford was absolutely fabulous but a little too edgy for brides today and Fillmore gets that. She designs with the acknowledgment that there is a line to be drawn--when to give and when to take away.
The Isabella gown is another great example of her skill. A gorgeously cut trumpet gown, classic with its strapless neckline, is given a twist with its cut-away peplum detail. Peplums are a huge trend to be sure, but might not be every bride’s cup of tea. Fillmore’s peplum barely graces the top of the hips, revealing a pretty, easy shape in front while pulling the fullness to the back so the pouf becomes almost a bustle. Witty, charming and very sexy.
The romantic side of Fillmore’s personality delights us as well. The Arabelle is Fillmore’s personal favorite. A soft slip gown in slinky charmeuse hides under a long, light layer of her Rose Garden Guipure Lace that is quietly cut-away in front and back. The Narelle gown is a bohemian beauty and floats past us in weightless Chantilly lace with crisscross antique floral appliques and a carefree open back.
Knowing what women want to wear is the challenge of every talented designer today, but knowing what women love to wear is the domain of every talented woman designer. Kudos Elizabeth!