Within the basic bridal vocabulary, there may be nothing extra iconic than a strapless ball gown. Its princess-like proportions make it a spectacular, fairy-story choice. But my brides are never simply searching for a traditional gown, so I am always looking for ways so as to add a bit more drama and intrigue, even once I’m working with an iconic silhouette. Though Ottilie appears almost like a normal strapless gown, I’ve added asymmetric straps to make the bodice look rather less straightforward. The crisscross straps, made with French tulle, attach with snaps and create a harness effect. They provide the bodice an attractive, architectural, drapey look. It’s slightly edgy, but the sweetheart neckline retains every part so candy and youthful. A nude, structured base with my signature basketweave impact and robust boning molds the body into shape, ending with a drop waist that reveals off the curve of the body. This type of development makes the gown extraordinarily flattering, but additionally quite elegant.