Pushing Bridal Boundaries
story by kim wadsworth
Things felt very intimate at the Bridal Collections in New York for the upcoming Fall Winter season. Editors, bloggers and bridal boutique owners crammed into small spaces including outdoor restaurants; designer ateliers; personal apartments; penthouses; and lofts to view the latest designs. The mise en scene approach to presentations included models gathered en masse, offering their own animated presentation. Some let ‘feathers fly’ by twirling and flipping their plummed skirts; or lounged on couches looking languid but always mysteriously beautiful. Other designers kept the flow of models moving, while making flowers, beautifully appointed staging and personal commentary engaging. For those onlookers enthused by fresh ideas in bridal design, it was an exciting moment to gasp as a stunning gown entered the room and have the designer look at you and say, “Oh, I’m so glad you love it!”
Gahlia Lahav The motto, “You are Queen” was fitting for this presentation. For those who might be “Game of Thrones” fans, this collection inspired by royals, was bountiful in silk tulle embroideries, Chantilly lace, floral design elements and extravagant silhouettes. The crowning touch? Actual gold leaf applied to the hair, then accessorized with yet another crown. Sheer capes, capelets and trains gave it all a regal feel.
Claire Pettibone The Romantique Collection with its embellished necklines, backs and sleeves, conveyed a refined mood; and the embroideries and scalloped laces offered a touch of celebrity glamour. True to her Californian roots and vintage vibe, homage was paid to both beach and bohemian brides with crocheted laces, sexy backs, and sheer accents perfect for a walk in the sand or vows in a forest.
Anne Barge Gowns were beautifully presented with enormous gilded frames accented with floral arrangements as backdrops at every turn. Never abandoning her classic style, Anne took a fresh approach by designing gowns in modern silhouettes decorated with pearls and crystals over silk crepe; precious lace appliques trickling down layers of silk chiffon; and Italian crepe flowing in feminine silhouettes. Headpeice and jewelry designer Debra Mooreland for Paris styled each model with an incredible crown, tiara or body jewelry.
Berta With so much beadwork, exquisite laces, shiny stones and soft chiffons in sequences and patterns, each design was made so memorable. The fit of each gown accentuated the body, giving it the look of a customized creation. With the look of lingerie, much of the collection was based on transparent fabrics mixed with beadwork, resulting in a collection unlike anything else.
Marchesa Similar themes of regal beauty and garden themes of blossoming florals and flourishing rosebuds were apparent. A favorite featured layered tiers of sheer blush tulle paired with ornate embroideries of organza roses and hand-cut petals.
Sabrina Dahan The talent once behind designers like Monique Lhuillier, Sabrina specializes in embroidered creations with immaculate attention to detail. Her latest collection was full of color and light-as-air fabrications. Hand-beaded leaves and flowers on tulle were accented with a colorful palette positioned loosely around beautiful necklines and layers of floral beading.
Anne Barge: Glittering epaulette body jewelry
Gahlia Lahav: Models en masse looking mysterious
Claire Pettibone: Vintage vibe with lace capelet
Emmy London: ‘Cinderella’ shoe
Sabrina Dahan: Colorful floral embroidery