Ah, the “other sister” of the fashion week family … Bridal Fashion Week comes in with the changing of the leaves (and a drop in the temperature) delivering a look at what top designer’s are bringing to the table. While the majority of us aren’t donning a wedding gown anytime soon, there’s rarely a runway show that sparks such feelings of stylish appreciation. Seriously, where else can you get away with thousands of dollars worth of silk, 3D flowers on your waistline?
We’re speaking to romantics, of course, but even cynics should pay attention this season. A new crop of – well, cropped – hemlines (and waistlines, for that matter) hit the flower-dotted aisles near you in just a few short months. We’ll paraphrase the trend and a popular idiom by simply saying, brides of a feather flock together. Yes, that means wispy adornments and other 3D appliques decorate plunging necklines and shear, asymmetric silhouettes all season long. And honestly, we couldn’t be more excited about it.
Maybe it’s because the first one we saw was the fantastical illusion of a gown by Reem Acra.
Or that it was followed up by a slightly less shear version by Angel Sanchez. The flowers and the shear fabric are the stars on both, and while they may each take a tweak or two to be cathedral appropriate, they’re still walking strong down the catwalk of our dreams.
We also die for the chance when fashion can trump functionality (what better place to do so than the runway?) so Jenny Packham’s nude, off-the-shoulder gown sprouting feathers from its core still has us reminding ourselves to blink (featured at the top of page). Not an inch of this dress goes unnoticed, and that’s something we can’t forget.
For someone’s – anyone’s – big day, this season is one we’d consider renewing our vows for.