Celebrity bridal designer Amsale Aberra who passed away from cancer last week lives on through tribute show

PHOTO: Designer Amsale Aberra on the runway during her Kenneth Pool 2013 Bridal Collection show at EZ Studios on Oct. 13, 2012 in New York.Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images
Designer Amsale Aberra on the runway during her Kenneth Pool 2013 Bridal Collection show at EZ Studios on Oct. 13, 2012 in New York.

Sun shone through the Gramercy Terrace atop the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Eighteen floors up, closest to the clouds, a tribute was held for the late celebrity bridal designer Amsale Aberra.

The designer, who's dressed brides such as Jessica Alba, Ayesha Curry and Hilaria Baldwin, passed away last week, succumbing to uterine cancer. She was 64.

But for more than 30 years, her classic designs appealed to brides who appreciated quality over swarms of tulle, who desired a timeless design over the latest bridal fad. And on Friday, succeeding design director Margo Lafontaine delivered what brides have come to expect.

It started with a dress... Amsale Aberra on her wedding day, 1985.

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After the Nouvelle Amsale collection brought tons of affordable silk bridal gowns down the runway, her eponymous collection impressed. The more upscale spring 2019 collection, which includes Amsale Blue Label, featured Chantilly lace, oversized bows perfect for any bride wanting to make a statement from behind and Amsale's signature, illusion.

PHOTO: A model walks the runway at the Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 runway show at Gramercy Park Hotel on April 13, 2018 in New York City.Slaven Vlasic/Amsale
A model walks the runway at the Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 runway show at Gramercy Park Hotel on April 13, 2018 in New York City.

As the show ended, a tribute video played, featuring Aberra's career highlights, including her appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Then, the music cut off for an appropriate moment of silence.

PHOTO: A model walks the runway at the Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 runway show at Gramercy Park Hotel on April 13, 2018 in New York City.Slaven Vlasic/Amsale
A model walks the runway at the Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 runway show at Gramercy Park Hotel on April 13, 2018 in New York City.

Then the final dress, which was Aberra's very first design in 1990, gracefully marched down the catwalk. The floor-length duchess satin column gown, featuring a sheer illusion neckline, was paired with long silk gloves. And the back of the dress had added drama thanks to a pleated train, with hand-rolled satin rosettes.

Some fashion insiders who had been taking photos of nearly every design on the catwalk put down their phones to wipe away tears.

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