She’s doing the damn thing with a dazzling twist. Becca Kufrin made her grand debut as the Bachelorette on Monday, May 26, and she certainly didn’t let her last stint on The Bachelor overshadow her first night as the season 14 franchise lead.
For the premiere episode taped at the Bachelor Mansion in March, Kufrin chose a slinky, white sequin gown, remarkably reminiscent of a wedding dress, and that’s all due to the designer behind the piece: Randi Rahm. “Seeing one of my pieces on the show gets me excited as a designer,” Rahm tells The Knot. “As a woman designing for women, I know how important it is for one to ‘feel good’ in what she’s wearing. That’s the number one goal.”
On the night Kufrin met her future fiance—yes, she is engaged—the Bachelorette greeted each contestant in the “Pearl” gown, a backless, slim-cut piece encrusted with pearls and Swarovski crystals.
“The simplicity of this design accents Becca’s beautiful curves and her figure,” Rahm says. “This gown has a modern, sensual sensibility which seems to describe her choices this season. This halter style comes from a bridal collection, but there is something so elegant about a woman in white. The luster of the pearls added with the shine that the crystals bring, make Becca beam.”
The piece is is for brides with an extra voltage of confidence, says Rahm. “Her sophisticated taste demands something that is carefully thought out and meticulously executed—but in a quiet and elegant way,” the designer continues. “This dramatic gown, with its subtle elegance, presents a lot of versatility.” Rahm describes Kufrin as “confident,” “sensual,” and “modern.”
“There is a sense of awareness and assuredness in the way Becca carries herself, and I think this is evident in her fashion choices,” she says. “After the way things ended on the last season, it is very admirable to see a woman turn a difficult situation into a positive opportunity.” (As recalled, Kufrin was dumped by her former fiance, Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr., in favor of runner-up Lauren Burnham. The entire breakup, which took place weeks after filming had wrapped, was documented for national television.)
Rahm, of course, is familiar with the franchise as she works closely with Bachelorette costume designer Cary Fetman season after season, and has emerged as somewhat of a mainstay on the show, dressing everyone from Rachel Lindsay to JoJo Fletcher. “It’s always so exciting to learn that the Bachelorette has chosen my designs over the hundreds [of other] options,” she says. “There is satisfaction knowing that thousands, if not millions, of women are watching this scene thinking how amazing the Bachelorette looks.”
In turn, the brand has received a deluge of interest from viewers. “It’s also a global phenomenon [and] in that sense, it is certainly a valuable stage for the Randi Rahm house to shine,” she concludes. “We have gotten countless requests, inquiries, and attention for the pieces that have made it to the show. Women turn to the show for a lesson in glamour and style, and it’s great being part of that fashion awakening. It is very meaningful that there is so much support from the show’s superb stylist Cary Fetman and the Bachelorette women that have worn my pieces.”