Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing P’Nina Tornai, one of the world’s top couture wedding dress designers. An exclusive designer for Kleinfeld’s in North America, P’Nina’s attention to detail and custom Swarovski bead work make her dresses one of a kind and desirable to fans and brides worldwide. Not only is she an incredibly talented woman, she is kind with the sweetest way about her – so lovely that you can’t resist smiling as she talks and just want to give her a huge hug.
Read on to learn more about this one of a kind designer.
What is your process?
I always bring out new dresses regardless of my runway collection that I have once a year. I show always in October for Bridal Market but whenever I have an inspiration I create my dresses, I don’t wait for a collection. I don’t work like other designers. I didn’t study fashion. I feel something inside of me, it’s like a volcano and I create whatever comes from my heart.
Which piece is your favourite out of what you’re showing today?
That’s like asking a mother who is her favourtie child! But this is my current favourite. You can also wear it to an event as it also comes in black. I choose certain dresses to also be part of my evening collections so they’re both in bridal and evening.
Are these crystals custom, they’re incredible
Yes, we invent them. They don’t exist anywhere. We work closely with Swarovski to create a look as if they’re hand drawn so they’re very unique and one of a kind.
Tell me about your newest collection, Love
Love by P’Nina Toure was created because for so many years throughout my career I’ve been getting all of these letters and messages from brides saying that they love my dresses, that it’s there dream to wear one of my dresses but they cannot afford one. So these brides from all around the world have really touch my hearts and because I’m known as one of the most expensive designers because my work is different, so detailed and handmade I decided to make a new collection that I’ve been working on for a whole year now called Love. Love because I’ve decided I wanted to give back all of the love that I’ve received from brides over the years that have loved my work but haven’t been able to afford it. So all of these dresses in this collection are under $5,000.00. They’re accessible, affordable with the P’Nina fit and detail.
What advice would you give to a bride to-be who’s looking for her dream dress?
The number one thing I would say to a bride who’s looking for her dream dress is to follow her heart. Choosing a wedding dress is not like choosing any other dress. It’s karmatic, something above shopping for a dress, it’s a dress that will embellish you on the most important day of your life. So it needs to be something you connect with 100%.
Follow your heart and enjoy every second of the journey because it ends. It’s once and you want to look back at it in a positive light without any stress. Just enjoy. Your heart will tell you when it’s the right dress just like it told you when it was the right man.
Thank you for such a lovely interview P’Nina! Your dresses are just as fabulous as you are!