AT THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER, DURING A SPLENDID INDIAN SUMMER, THE BIG APPLE PLAYED HOST TO AN EDITION OF BRIDAL WEEK, WITH AN ABUNDANT CALENDER OF EVENTS THAT DETERMINED NEXT WINTER’S ‘WHITE’ FASHION. ULTRA-PANORAMIC AND CAPTIVATING LOCATIONS REVEALED BEFORE INDUSTRY INSIDERS, CHARMING LOUNGES AND LOFTS AWASH WITH LIGHT.
Let’s discover the New York bridal trends with Giuliana Parabiago, the Sì Sposaitalia Collezioni ‘special correspondent’.
(Dresses Viktor&Rolf Mariage by Marijke Aerden - Tadashi-Shoji)
THE INVASION OF BOWS
Flashy, big, macro, bordering on the gigantic, bows truly are here, there and everywhere. They have been entrusted with the task of marrying the décor, showcasing strategic points and representing a romantic note; they are that additional twist that multiplies to form garlands, extends to create trains and embellishes to fashion necklaces. The romantic, flashy star of the show, both expressive and irresistible.
(Dresses Inbal Dror - Reem Acra)
High-necked, strict, rigorous, overdressed and chaste gowns, the only quirk being the shirt collar... this season’s bridal gowns dress and overdress, albeit their figure-hugging silhouettes. Heavier and substantial fabrics are preferred, opaque and consistent, to trace precise and sharp profiles that are feminine in their sculpted definition.
(Dresses Inbal Dror - Vera Wang Bridal - Naeem Khan)
Bustiers that incorporate the outline of the bra, sculpted corsets free from underwiring and boasting pleating; the upper part of the gown is re-designed, but before allowing itself to cascade into a silken and billowing tulle and chiffon skirt, it appears as artfully tailored, delicate armour.
(Dresses Ines Di Santo - Viktor&Rolf Mariage)
Kate is making history whilst living the dream, with the ‘princess’ dress becoming an essential part of each and every collection. Stylists are perpetually re-inventing it, confident that they have the bride's approval, and as a result they have gone one step further. Exaggerated and full skirts, awash with crinoline, assembled with tulle and layers of chiffon; extravagant, exaggerated, extreme and dedicated to women who are sure of their deportment.
(Dresses Naeem Khan - Reem Acra)
Before now, they were solely used for decorative purposes; however today, pearls, rhinestones and fancy diamonds have become extra-special materials to weave capes and straps and provide the gowns with structure. Precious details that create ‘shape’, design volumes and caress the body, defining new, contemporary and splendid sirens.
(Dresses Berta Couture - Justin Alexander - Zuhair Murad)
To contrast the trend for rigid, opaque and rigorous fabrics, we have graceful, floaty and airy gowns; gowns that flutter, twirl and dance alongside the bride with every step, creating a moving frame. At times, they interpret an overskirt, a cloak or even a train, irresistibly and evanescently framing the bride.