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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES COUTURE AND READY TO WEAR GOWNS

February 2012 Collection

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D h couture Daphne t gown There will be a ready to wear version shortly

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES is a well-established brand & renowned Australian designer, widely acclaimed in today's fashion marketplace, offering trend conscious women that perfect wedding gown. Karen’s collection reflects her lifelong love of fashion, influenced in particular by the 18th century and the 1940’s, celebrating the spirit off today’s d ’ modern d bride b d bbothh stylish l h andd sophisticated h d – allll withh a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES twist. Originally, from England, Karen travelled back to London after completing her studies in Australia, and worked for a high profile fashion label in the UK. Karen found her calling in bridal couture and returned to Australia to start her first bridal wear business in Perth before making the move to Sydney in 2000 and established the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES brand. The main appeal for Karen in bridal wear was, and still is, in its unfaltering demand of attention to detail and that exceptional fit. In 2004 following the success of the couture label, Karen was inspired to create a ready to wear bridal collection, catering to clients who require a wedding gown with couture-like quality, innovative design, and a high level of customer service, but with the ease and price of a ready to wear wedding dress. The company has a couture atelier with the design & manufacturing studio in Newtown Sydney, Sydney and three ready to wear stores in Australia, located in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as interstate and international stockists and an online E-Boutique. All stores also have available a beautiful selection of veils, wraps, jewellery and various accessories. The company employs 30 team members in their workrooms and stores, and manufactures all of the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES LABEL wedding gowns in Australia, providing that hands on personal approach and commitment to detail, using only the highest quality li imported i d fabrics, f b i laces, l andd beading b di ffrom aroundd the h world. ld The 2012 Summer Collection by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES is a stunning mix of striking silhouettes and beautiful embellished details. Karen has been inspired by and has focused on accenting the décolletage and waists with embellished shoulder epaulettes and b lt belts. Featuring tulle, organza, heavy twill, heavy crepe satin and silk georgette fabrics in ivory, natural and vintage pink hues Karen has played with juxtaposing elements of strong silhouettes in delicate fabrics. This photo-shoot encapsulates an old world glamour amongst ancient ruins showcasing the gowns and highlighting the stunning embellished features.

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Alexis P11-01 Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Description:

Crinkle silk georgette Diamante trim on left hand side hip Ivory 8 - 16 Strapless corset bodice with asymmetrical ruched draping with raw edged bias strips and embellished side skirt detail.

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Allegra P10-04 Fabric: Colour: Trim: Sizes: Description:

Corded lace and tulle Ivory Grosgrain ribbon belt with crystal drops 8 - 16 Bustier strapless fishtail gown with tulle circles and corded lace bodice

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Allegra

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Alyssa P10-11 Fabric: Color: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Organza Ivory 8 - 16 ACC-14 ACC 14 – Diamante belt Corset based gown with rolled edge organza ruffles, layered from the bodice to the skirt

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Alyssa

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Ashley P10-06D Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Silk georgette Natural 8 - 16 Belt ACC ACC-15 15 – Art deco buckle belt Bustier gown with draped & ruched bodice and skirt in silk georgette, with front neck ties & drape.

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Ashley featured eatu e in Bridee to Bee Magazine aga e November ove e – Ja January ua y 2012 0

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Becca P10-06G Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Powerloom silk Ivory 8 - 16 Leaf Brooch Strapless bustier with draped bodice, bias skirt with paneled back for full fishtail train, finished with a tie at the waist

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Bethany P10-06B & Train – Bethany P10-06Btrain Fabric: Colour: Size: Description:

GOWN Lace and organza TRAIN Organza Ivory 8 - 16 Gown - Bustier strapless lace A-line gown with detachable sleeves and ruched organza waist feature and back godet in skirt Train - Four full layers of ruffle organza train – detachable

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Betsy P10-02 Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Description:

Spot tulle Ivory 8 - 16 50’SS inspired corset base gown with delicate sleeves, 50 sleeves circle skirt , all in spot tulle

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Betsy

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Brooke e

Worn with Brooke detachable train and Art Deco Diamante Belt

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Dakota P10-14 Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Corded Lace Ivory 8 - 16 Hand made silk Meagan rose V-neck corded lace, slim-line gown with georgette frill sleeves and waist tie

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Dakota

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Estelle P10-07B Fabric: Colour: Trim: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Lace bodice & glimmer tulle Ivory Grosgrain ribbon waist tie 8 - 16 Diamante flower brooches Corset bustier styled feature bodice with lace and ribbon top stitch work & half circle tulle skirt.

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Estelle Featured in Bride to Be Magazine

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Evie P10-15 Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Description:

Silk powerloom / dupion Ivory 8 - 16 Ruched bodice with spaghetti straps, straps wrap tie waist with full pleated skirt

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Avery is the short Evie gown 27


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Faith

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Felicity P10-07C Fabric: Colour: Trim: Sizes: Description:

Tulle Ivory Diamante embroidery and beading on bust line 8 - 16 Corset bodice, tulle full multi layered skirt with ruched bodice, silver embroidered and beaded bust line

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Felicity

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Greta P00-01F Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Description:

HCS – Heavy crepe satin – silk Intricate diamante front bodice and shoulder detail Ivory 8 - 16 V-neck slinky satin gown with bodice and front drape with shoulder and front diamante detailing

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Heidi P05-03D Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

French corded lace bodice and silk georgette skirt Velvet ribbon waist tie Ivory/ Natural 8 - 16 Spider Brooch Corset bodice with corded French lace & silk georgette skirt, finished at waist with velvet ribbon tie

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Jacqueline

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Julia P11-04 Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Silk powerloom Ivory 8 - 16 Megan rose on waist Ruffle collar one shoulder gown, with bias skirt & tie belt

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K th ne Katheri with shoulder corsage

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Katherine Worn with the organza shoulder corsage – ACC-05

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Keisha P05-03F Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Description:

Sequined silk georgette Velvet ribbon hip tie and diamante buckle Ivory 8 to 16 Strapless corset gown with bias skirt in sequin silk georgette overlay & velvet ribbon hip detail.

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Keisha –

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Kimberly P10-06C Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Silk georgette Natural 8 to 16 3D Flower Belt Asymmetrical bustier gown with draped silk georgette overlay straps & ties

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Lauren P10-10A Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Description:

Silk georgette Natural 8 - 16 V-neck V neck softly draped asymmetrical gown with paneled skirt and waist tie

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Lauren

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ACC-14 Diamante belt

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Madelyn P11-02 Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Description:

BODICE - Silk georgette SKIRT - tulle Ivory 8 - 16 Strapless gown with twisted & ruched georgette bodice fitted to waist & tulle circle skirt

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Madelyn

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Natalie P05-03A Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Description:

Crinkle silk georgette Velvet ribbon waist tie with crystal drops Ivory 8 - 16 Corset bodice, ruched with raw edged bias strips. Paneled overlay in crinkle silk georgette

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Natalie P05-03A & Natalie Belt ACC-08 Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: D i ti Description:

Crinkle silk georgette Ivory 8 - 16 Natalie Belt G Gown - Corset C t bbodice, di ruched h d with ith raw edged d d bias strips and paneled skirt overlay in crinkle silk georgette Belt - Powerloom silk, top stitched, with Diamante feature detail

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Paige P11-03

Fabric: Colour: Trim: Sizes: Description:

BODICE - Sequin silk georgette SKIRT - Organza & tulle skirt Ivory Silver velvet ribbon waist tie with crystal y drops p 8 - 16 Bustier gown with sequin bodice fitted to waist & organza & tulle circle skirt

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Paige with Paige Overlay P11-03 & P11-03overlay Fabric - Gown: Fabric - Overlay: Colour: Sizes: Description: Variations:

Sequin silk georgette bodice and organza & tulle skirt Organza Ivory 8 - 16 Bustier strapless bodice with circle skirt shown with dramatic overskirt cinched at the waist * Sample has lace-up fastening this can also be ordered with button back * Waist will look stunning with a diamante belt feature.

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Ribbon corset bodice P02-04A / Velvet ribbon bodice P04-13B Petal skirts - Fishtail/A Fishtail/A-line/Full line/Full P02 P02-07C 07C Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Description:

Organza for skirt & velvet ribbon bodice Satin ribbons on bodice Ivory 8 - 16 Petal skirt - Layers of organza cut in petal shaped circles, with three versions - full skirt, A-line and the fishtail Velvet ribbon bodice - Organza wrapped bodice with velvet ribbons Ribbon corset - Corset bodice with top stitched ribbon detail

Velvet Ribbon Bodice & Fishtail Petal Skirt

Ribbon bodice corset with A-line petal skirt

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Real Bride Kate in the

Velvet Ribbon bodice full petal skirt

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Rebecca P06-01B Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Powerloom silk Ivory 8 - 16 Hand made silk Megan rose Asymmetrical draped corset and skirt

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Renee P10-08A Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: D i ti Description:

Powerloom silk Ivory 8 - 16 Leaf brooch St l Fi Strapless Fishtail ht il fitt fittedd corsett gown with ith side id draped bodice, circle skirt

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Roberta P08-12 Fabric: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Shantung silk Ivory 8 - 16 Sequin flowers on shoulder corsage Ruched strapless corset bodice, bias skirt with 3 ruffles on the hem

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Roberta Styled with: train and shoulder corsage

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Samantha P11-05 Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Description:

HCS – Heavy crepe satin – silk Diamante detail on waist and on shoulders Ivory 8 - 16 1930's inspired soft bias gown in heavy silk satin, with draped front bodice, and diamante waist and shoulder detail

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Sm Samantha featured on the cover of Sydney Bride Spring 2011 Magazine 63


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Sasha Sasha

Sasha

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Sharon P07-13 Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Description:

Powerloom silk Satin ribbon and top stitch detailing Ivory 8 - 16 Corset gown with ribbon & top stitch bodice detail, with a bias paneled skirt

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Sophia P09-06 Fabric: Colour: Trim: Sizes: D i ti Description:

Glimmer tulle and French lace detail on bodice Ivory Buckle belt (detachable tulle shoulder detail - not shown) 8 - 16 St l ttulle Strapless ll gown, with ith circle i l skirt, ki t French Chantilly lace bodice detail. Detachable shoulder detail & belt.

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Sophia Styled with diamante belt

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Tiffany P10-12 Fabric: Color: Sizes: Description:

HCS – Heavy crepe satin – silk Ivory 8 - 16 Soft bias gown gown, low back with draped cowl neckline & draped straps

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Theresa P08-17A Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

De-lustred Satin Silk georgette ruffle on neckline & side drape Ivory 8 - 16 Diamante Brooch Bias gown with soft georgette ruffles at the neckline and on the skirt, tied with a satin bow at the waist

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Tracy P10-16A Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Description:

Silk powerloom Diamante shoulder detail Shell Pink (Available in Ivory) 8 - 16 Ruffle collar gown, with bias skirt and diamante shoulder detail & tie belt

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Vanessa

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Veronique P05-03I Fabric: Trim: Colour: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

French Chantilly lace and tulle Velvet ribbon waist tie with crystals on the ends Ivory 8 - 16 Spider brooch Delicate French Chantilly lace on corset bodice, bias base skirt with sheer tulle circle overlays

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Real bride in

Veronique

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Victoria P10-01 Fabric: Colour: Trim: Sizes: Styled With: Description:

Lace Ivory Velvet ribbon hip feature with crystal drops 8 - 16 Hand made silk Megan rose on hip Strapless corset gown with allover lace & velvet ribbon hip detail

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Button & rouleau loop fastenings alternative on the corset gowns

FABRIC: COLOUR: SIZE: STYLED WITH:

Organza Ivory 8 to 16

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KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Available March 2012

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KAREN WILLIS HOLMES COUTURE AND READY TO WEAR GOWNS

February 2012 Collection For more information pplease contact: karen@karenwillisholmes.com.au (02) 9519 3901 KAREN WILLIS HOLMES PTY LTD Unit 501, Flourmill Studios 3 Gladstone Street, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia +61 (0)2 9519-3901 karen@karenwillisholmes.com.au www.karenwillisholmes.com.au 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Styled with ….. These items are not included in the price of the gown. They can be ordered separately if required All the gowns which have a corset base have lace-up backs as standard for the sample gowns – this makes your sample very flexible for sizing Client corset gowns can be ordered with either lace up backs or with buttons and loops (surcharge for buttons and loops) Minor pattern alterations can be made to the gown patterns – e.g. higher neckline or lower armholes, etc. (surcharge for pattern alterations) ALL of the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES collection gowns are MADE IN AUSTRALIA – they are made when ordered – which is why we are h happy to make k minor changes h to the h gowns. *Only the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns are made in India – these will be sold from stock 85


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KWH Lookbook - February 2012