The creative director at Kenneth Pool isn’t named Kenneth. In fact, it isn’t even a man. The label was founded in 2003 by Ethiopian designer Amsale Aberra, who was already renowned for her Amsale and Christos Bridal collections. Her Kenneth Pool label has been recognized for its “embodiment of fantasy and drama with its grand ball gowns, luxurious fabrics and exquisite beadwork.”
FlirtationLearn more about “Flirtation”
Flirtation: Hand-beaded tulle. Strapless Tulle ballgown with softly draped bodice and natural waist. A-line skirt scattered with vintage crystal embroidery.
MagicalLearn more about “Magical”
Magical: Tulle, strapless dropped waist ballgown with Tulle crumb-catcher neckline. Midriff and full skirt feature delicate tonal embroidery.
Aphrodite: Tulle, strapless ballgown with fully beaded low dropped waist bodice. Skirt features scalloped tiers of delicate shimmer beading.
Heirloom: Royal Duchess Satin strapless ballgown with delicate crystal beaded bodice. Full skirt with glove button detail and grand beaded appliqué at side hem and train.
The Kenneth Pool Fall 2010 Collection is made up of mostly fitted bodices with dramatic, full ballgown skirts. The delicate beading found in several of the gowns creates a very polished look. And, though it is often reserved for skirts, note the creative use of tulle above the waist with the adorably-named ‘crumb-catcher’ neckline found on the ‘Magical’ dress.
Royalty: Royal Duchess strapless ballgown with softly draped bodice. Full skirt is adorned with self-fabric roses, Crystal accents and pickups. Natural waist is accented by crystal beaded belt.
Extravagant: Royal Duchess Satin strapless ballgown with crystal beaded bodice and front hem appliqué. Chapel train features glove-button detail and grand beaded appliqué.
Royal duchess satin adds extra glamour to the full skirts above. The Kenneth Pool Fall collection offers some more streamlined looks as well. In fact, Real Housewife of New York Bethenny Frankel wore a slim-fitting Kenneth Pool gown at her April wedding – and she was seven months pregnant at the time!
Brilliance: Silk Jersey draped halter gown with sweep train and draped tulip peplum. Natural waist bodice has richly jeweled belt and halter strap.
The ‘Brilliance’ gown above features two of our 2010 wedding trends: a peplum and a halterneck.
Corinthia: Empress Satin strapless column gown with beaded tulle overlay and sweep train. Draped empire sash is accented with brooch at front, flowing into satin ruffle.
To find a Kenneth Pool near you, or check out the whole collection online at www.kennethpool.com
Designer Amsale Aberra
We’ll be showcasing designer Amsale Aberra’s other collections, Amsale and Christos later in the week.