At this years Fall 2015 Bridal Market designer brought a sense of elegance, sophistication, and eccentric embroideries for the modern day bride. Keeping the romance alive in Manhattan here are a few of the best dresses seen on this past weeks runways.
“I wanted to say that you can have fun at your wedding,” said Reem Acra after her romantic fall show. “You can be sexy, sensual. It’s about the shapes, the cutouts, the make-believe.” She made her point with the show’s opening look: a short-sleeve, embroidered cropped top in silk georgette with a matching skirt. Acra draped her brides in cascading pink and white flowers, even weaving them through their hair with battery-operated lights. Ornate corsets and embroidered lace tops worn with voluminous silk taffeta ball skirts heightened the drama, while sexy, sheer-illusion dresses showed off Acra’s signature, lavish embroidery.
At Oscar de la Renta not surprisingly, Amal’s silhouette — an off-the-shoulder, A-line gown with a floral lace overlay Alamuddin’s boasted 14 yards of Chantilly lace — informed most of de la Renta’s latest fall lineup. He also played with shorter looks; a cotton eyelet tea-length dress and a silk faille trumpet gown with a cutaway hem added a youthful charm. And for brides who want to infuse tradition with a little faux-homespun craft, de la Renta showed a ballgown in filigree-embroidered macramé with long, detachable sleeves.
Charles W. Bunstine II’s fall collection’s extensive show notes cited a mix of inspirations, including the complexity and craftsmanship of Charles James’ work. The sculptural satin gowns certainly veered in that direction, although his ivory lace embroidery numbers read more Art Deco. Pops of pink, navy, black and red meanwhile provided something for the more unconventional bride. The second look, a beautiful slinky off-the-shoulder trellis lace gown with a train, demonstrated a refined elegance that triggered audible gasps among guests.
Angel Sanchez ventured into a relaxed and feminine direction for fall, experimenting with new techniques such as 3-D cutouts, as well as Chantilly lace, embroidered thread work and handmade floral appliqués. The results were stellar. The designer said the collection was about romance and falling in love, which was translated via frothy details, i.e. cascading flowers embroidered on tulle, silk bows and daisy adornments. The show’s opening look, a floral jacquard swing gown with a collar and short sleeves, was fit for the fashion-forward bride, as was the V-neck gown with tulle insets and lace cutouts.
Romance with a focus on traditional bridal fabrics defined Vera Wang’s fall lineup: think tulle in abundance. She had layers of it underneath silk crepe bustiers; Chantilly lace and nude sheer materials added an element of illusion to voluminous ballgowns. For those after a leaner silhouette, the collection featured five beautiful made-to-order column dresses in nude, rose and ivory metallic lace.
Ines di Santo
Ines Di Santo took fairy-tale gowns to new levels via illusion-lace appliqués reminiscent of ice-skating costumes and glittery finishes, such as iridescent sequined underlays. Pink ballgowns demanded attention, but the most sophisticated styles were the understated columns with Art Deco embroidery.
Zuhair Murad knows very well how to keep his place in women’s hearts. Lebanese designer instantly attracted wave compliments after publication of his Fall 2015 Bridal Collection. This bridal collection stunned NY Market with embroideries, lace, and crystal detailing.
The Israeli designer, known for her plunging necklines and sexy form-fitting silhouettes, creates truly one-of-a-kind wedding dresses with a high level of detail. Last season Dror brought us a collection full of delicate tattoo lace, champagne underlays and flapper-inspired fringe that had a distinctly vintage undertone. But for Fall 2015, she takes a more romantic, regal approach to her designs as seen in a long-sleeved De Calais lace sheath gown with gold hand-beading, an off-the-shoulder ball gown with hand-embroidered leather, silk thread crochet, pearls and Swarovski crystals, and a crotchet illusion top dress with two (yes TWO) daringly high slits. The collection also includes a series of stunning mermaid styles with intricate beading and layered lacy tulle skirts, plus plenty of super pretty coverups with cream colored stones and shimmery crystals.
Carolina Herrera during her intimate bridal presentation, she preferred to invoke more expected catchwords: “romance, femininity, fantasy.” Herrera applied them with restraint, making deft work of paillette embroideries, laser-cut appliqués and beading on the ivory lace and satin gowns. Standouts included a slinky, off-the-shoulder lace look under a bolero and a short-sleeve gown with a sheer illusion, floral-embroidered back.