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This Made-in-the-Bay Couture Is a Bride's Dream

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Photos via Alyssa Nicole by Jess Sorensen

Specifically, Alysssa Nicole's designs are "demi-couture," which means you'll get high-quality couture hand-sewing and construction in a garment you that won't you can wear anytime—as a bride and beyond. And you won't have to choose between awesome dress and awesome venue, budget-wise. The designer released her new lookbook today, featuring her spring 2014 White Noise collection. It's all shoppable at the Alyssa Nicole website now. The most expensive dress is a wedding gown for $3,550, but most pieces cost between $260 and $415, with a few fancy outliers. If your man (or woman) put a ring on it recently, this is a great place to look for your perfect vision in white. It's also the place to go if you just love a beautiful, handmade garment that won't break the bank.

On Saturday, Alyssa presented a press a preview of her collection, and we took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her design process and her love of the city by the bay. Check it all out below!

What was your inspiration for this collection?
"My inspiration for my Spring 2014 Collection was White Noise. I interpreted my inspiration into color which is why I designed the collection to be in different shades of white. My concept began with the idea of static which is why I designed the collection out of textiles that illustrated the sense of static-like metallic silk and drop shadow chiffon."

Why did you decide to go demi-couture this season?
"I designed a demi-couture line this season because I enjoy designing garments that are handcrafted with couture detailing. It's important to me that I design garments that can be worn every day, so I designed a ready-to-wear collection that maintains the high quality construction of couture handcrafted pieces. My line Alyssa Nicole is couture in that everything is hand crafted and has limited runs. Each step in the process from design to production is done by myself in my San Francisco design studio. This season I went for a more polished and mature collection than in previous seasons."

Do you like designing bridal?
"Absolutely! I really enjoy designing bridal. I've had more requests for bridal recently so I designed a silk organza wedding gown with sculpted ruffles that resemble a sea shell or soft petals."

How do you feel about being an SF designer? Are you ever tempted to move to New York?
"I love being a designer in San Francisco because the fashion and independent design community have always been so supportive of each other. San Francisco is my favorite city, I love New York and I love LA but I just cant imagine leaving San Francisco! Maybe someday I could move but for now I am going to continue designing Alyssa Nicole in San Francisco."
· Alyssa Nicole [Official Site]
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