While the pandemic has complicated the way couples say “I do,” designer Laurie Underwood is making sure the bride’s wedding look is the least of her worries with a new line of interchangeable bridal separates from her brand Laury Bride.
Underwood, a Project Runway veteran and Detroit native who’s now based in Chicago, released The Forever Collection last October. Comprising 14 pieces and accessories ranging from $125 to $725, the line embodies the classic beauty of traditional bridalwear but adds updated twists. The pieces cater to the bride who wants multiple looks that are easy to swap as she transitions from the ceremony to the reception to whatever else her big day might hold.
The Asha and Camari strapless bodysuits feature detachable mesh and puff sleeves, with side zipping and snap closures for easy changing. The Penny midi skirt features an airy, detachable capelet train, while the Dina and Ellie skirts provide all the traditional bridal flair of a flowing train. The edgy yet elegant Mona pant — one of Underwood’s favorites — is a one-legged pant with a culotte short and a peplum waistline. All the interchangeable pieces are made of a matte satin fabric that makes them easy to mix and match. For the finishing touch, brides can slip on the Charlotte double bow mule and then transition to the reception in comfort in the LB trainer, a vegan leather floral sneaker.
From the moment Underwood decided to design bridalwear, she knew she wanted to think outside the box; the idea for The Forever Collection came to her a couple of years ago, but when the coronavirus hit and radically altered couples’ nuptials, she knew the time was right for separates that many women would find more realistic than an elaborate formal gown.
“Now you can really do these interchangeable [pieces], because weddings are more intimate. They’re smaller,” Underwood says. “Brides are like, ‘I need something quick because I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, and I just want to get married.’ So, the interchangeable pieces work with that vibe of this smaller, intimate wedding. If you want to have this big, extravagant wedding, the interchangeable [pieces] can work with that as well. So, when COVID came along, I got on to the opportunity to create the collection. And here it is, it’s here.”
Shop The Forever Collection at laurybride.com.