The inspiration for Marchesa spring 2018 bridal collection comes from the mystical pathways of the flamboyant garden that surrounds Castle Howard in York, England. “We were thinking about the English bride, but it’s still quintessentially Marchesa”, Chapman and Craig explained. And indeed, the wedding gowns are romantic, feminine and vivid with bold black details and abundance of floral embellishments.
We can’t help but dream of spring weddings in the country when we look at Marchesa's dresses that are dripping in floral motifs, ruffled bows and cascading layers of tulle. From breath-taking voluminous ball gowns to seductive fit-and-flares and short, girly frocks, there is a look for every style of outdoor wedding you can imagine, and each of them is a masterfully designed creation.
The new element Chapman and Craig included in the collection are the black details on white dresses. The contrast is eye-catching, but the detailing is very subtle, i.e. the black velvet bows and sashes tied around the waist, pinned into the hair or featured on the necklines. The mini cocktail dress with a ruffled skirt and black ribbons was paired with black sandals and black lace socks, and we love this refreshing and youthful bridal look.
Other striking features include bell sleeves, tulle capes, detachable tiered skirts, off-the-shoulder silhouettes with bows tied around the arms, dropped-waist bodices, bare backs, feather embellishments and gleaming pearls sewn onto luxurious fabrics. The designers used a range of fabrics such as silk faille, stretch crepe and lace to create an array of silhouettes, each catering for a different type of bride. While delicate laces were tenderly enveloping the body, puffy tulles were used to construct soft ball gown shapes and thicker materials enabled more structured silhouettes.
The wedding dresses with 3D blooms were extraordinary, but we also loved the less elaborate designs. The gowns really showed off the quality of fabrics and craftsmanship. And the styling? Those lavishly bejewelled chandelier earrings and ponytails accessorised with velvet ribbons looked absolutely stunning!
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