The recently concluded Spring 2015 Bridal Fashion Week in New York City showcased a variety of bridal gowns from sought after designers like Oscar de la Renta, Marches, Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Packham. In a runway presentation, these fashion houses threw a broad outlook into designs that would dominate bridal fashion in the coming fashion season.
The designs ranged from Grace Kelly inspired traditional Victorian gowns to caftans outfitted with lace and trimming for getaway weddings like island and beach destination ones.
In a surprise twist, the doyenne of bridal fashion Vera Wang opted to show her latest collections through an online video promotion which, of course, had a much wider reach and gave rise to much sharing of comments and views through a much larger audience.
The spotlight was once again back on the traditional white bridal gowns; Herrera’s designs were about luxury detailing, embellished lace, crystal belts all in strapless designs.
Jenny Packham won herself a ‘champion for all women’ award with her recent show that opened and closed with the most beautiful and traditional bridal gowns, except that there was one most reassuring factor running through the collection. The sizes were for well endowed Plus-Size women showing that even those without perfect curves could show off their body outline in near perfection without having to squeeze themselves into smaller size fittings and hoping they won’t bust a stitch somewhere. The inspiration for the current designs came from Madame Yevonde, the British photographer who specialized in portraits of women socialites of the 1930s. There was a throwback to the Hollywood era of the 30s where popular stars featured in elaborate evening wear gowns with beaded overlays.
The peerless and gracious style of the former Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly has inspired many a fashion line and Marchesa hit bull’s eye this season. One of the season’s collections was a dress that mirrored the one worn by Grace Kelly when she married the Prince of Monaco in 1956; Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen bridal gown was a takeoff on this style. The collection showed off some mid-ankle length bridal gowns, a fashion trend that is becoming very popular in recent times. For those wishing to make an oomph statement, the slinky lace dress with sweetheart neckline was right on the dot.
Here is a designer that looks to paintings for inspiration, John Singer Sargent being the lucky one here. The collection titled ‘my ethereal daydream’ featured tulle gowns with layered tiers and cascading hemlines, the perfect choice for the romantic bride. The Mermaid Hemline again found a place in the collection and was an instant standout. What was even most interesting were the gown options in colors beyond traditional white like mint green and periwinkle, indicative of changing trends.
Oscar de la Renta
His signature styles often keep his creations ahead of the line and this time around also, the designer’s loyalists were absolutely pleased with his creations. The taffeta gown design was strikingly ‘Audrey Hepburn’ style. His beach style wedding collection made an impact for brides choosing to have destination weddings; equally outstanding were the short dress options.
Known to think out-of-the box, the cue for this season’s collection from Wang settled on romantic grunge, specially the sheer floor-length lace gowns. The designer drew particular praise for the ethereal quality of some gowns that were layered in chiffon and had unfinished hems. In one of their earlier collections, they made a stunning style statement with an all-black collection of gowns and this time too, the boundaries were extended with a collection mix of strapless, traditional gowns.
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