Listen up, all you single ladies (and those about to put a ring on it): Savannah Miller has just launched a bridal collection for Stone Fox Bride. Which means if you’re not exactly the tulle-ball-gown-at-the-country-club-type bride, your dreams of silk, ease, and everlasting chic are now that much closer to becoming a reality.
Miller is no stranger to weddings or, for that matter, designing an easy-yet-flattering shape. Having established with equally chic sister Sienna (yes, that Sienna Miller, patient zero of the mid-’00s boho street style movement; star of screens big and small) the contemporary line Twenty8Twelve, she went on to do a solo collection of elevated basics. This new collaboration is her official entrée into wedding dresses, though it’s worth noting that she’s not exactly a novice—she did design her own. Seen it? Google “Savannah Miller wedding dress” and you’ll find an image of her on an English moor in procession with an unspeakably photogenic family, clad in a silk velvet gown with a hood (be still, all your bride-to-be hearts out there!). This same image was espied by one Molly Guy of Stone Fox Bride, who did what you do with all visual depictions of one’s own personal #goals—she Instagrammed it. Miller double-tapped, DMs were exchanged, and the rest is very modern history. “We started that conversation about 18 months ago, and started developing the collection in April this year,” Miller told Vogue.com over the phone, during a chat that ranged from the topic of her own wedding to the larger implications of modern love (more about that in a minute).
Though her wedding dress is beautiful in any setting, it makes even more sense in her personal context—take note, autumn knot-tie-ers. “I had this sort of merry, abundant, feasty type of wedding, with banquet tables heaving with plums and grapes and apples, and candelabra with wax drippings on the tables. Reindeer skins over the benches—very much a medieval banquet vibe,” says Miller. It may sound extravagant, but just look how wholly at ease she looks doing it. “My main thing is the bride feeling comfortable and great on her wedding day and having that effortless elegance,” Miller says, and she invoked that old style truism of clothes not wearing the person, the person wearing the clothes—one that’s never more axiomatic than upon one’s nuptials.
One particular design from the new collaboration, a silky style with lace sleeves, was inspired by a brushed cotton caftan Miller wore to her civil service, with the fabrication lightened up and the lacy bits added for a little sex appeal. What did stick around: the total comfort of the thing. “It’s an incredibly flattering line—to have the gathering in the center front means that the woman can be relaxed and comfortable, and it really draws the waist in,” Miller notes.
And that silk and velvet hooded cloak number that played such a large role in her life can be yours, too—she’s made an homage to her own much-Pinterest-pinned wedding dress (and perhaps the seminal piece in the whole collection) for Stone Fox Bride, with whose owner she has total, natural synergy. “Really, [Molly Guy and I] are very similar in our approach to the way things should look, and we just get on really well—she’s like a sister now,” says Miller. “I was originally drawn to Stone Fox Bride because the aesthetic felt very much at one with my own. I’ve always dreamed of making wedding dresses, and this is absolutely how I imagined they’d be, and the setting—it’s a perfect fit for me.”
Plus, Miller brings an undeniably British edge in all the right places—a combination of out-in-the-country charm and to-the-manner-born splendor. One’s thoughts often turn more continental (ahem, look to the French Girls Do It Better school of thought) when looking for effortless, everyday chic, but where bridal ease and casual sybaritism are involved, the Brits do it best (think: Kate Moss in John Galliano). “I think that whimsical bohemian thing, and the way English people do it, is something [Stone Fox Bride] has always aspired to, because of the Old World-y and Guinevere vibe—it’s all very English,” says Miller. “So it has brought something new, but it isn’t a radical departure.” But there’s no trace of Renaissance fair here. Miller and Guy shared more contemporary common inspiration in the ’70s and early ’20s, too, so it’s not all cone hats and corsets. “Our points of reference really are the same,” explains Miller, “our interpretations of them will obviously be different.”
For Miller, wedding dresses sydney chic and interpersonal honesty go hand-in-jewel-topped-hand: “You have these delusions as children of marriage and the wedding day, and that it’s about the dress and flowers and everything. I think as humans in relationships, these days everything is a lot more honest. I think the more honest we can all be every day, the better. And I think those weddings where people are themselves but a little polished—there’s something so beautiful about the rawness of that. And I really love the honestly of that kind of experience when I go to a wedding and it’s real, and these people have been through it and they’re committing to each other. It’s a really interesting time in the world generally, not just from a fashion perspective. Relationships are much more a growing process rather than this perfect cutout picture of wedded bliss.” Hear that, Pinterest? Gone are the days of the bride having always to adopt the virginal princess stance. These wedding dresses are for the woman in full bloom, in the prime of her adulthood, which, let’s face it, comes a good deal later.
And as to the future of the Savannah Miller–Stone Fox Bride partnership? If you don’t have any nuptials on the horizon (or even serious prospects) just yet and feel markedly silly earmarking a dress in advance, don’t worry: “We’re already plotting and scheming about our next moves,” Miller reassures. “There will be more additions soon.”