There isn’t a single white dress in Vera Wang’s new collection and yet it is undeniably bridal, exuding romance, femininity and nostalgia. As she is naturally inclined to darker, moodier hues and extravagant clothing, this line-up truly represents her unique sense of fashion which is always influenced by art.
Inspired by the works of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, she retained the retro ballgown silhouette from the 17th century, but with utterly modern skirts. Even though they appear to be just “piles of tulle”, a lot of work has been executed by hand, including dying, pleating and “deconstructing” the fabric. The idea was to illustrate movement throughout each stunning piece. Lining up the layers was an artistic process as these flamboyant skirts blend together various textures and colours. It is truly impressive to see the dresses up close and feel the complexity of crinkled tulles!
The chaotic, overflowing skirts were juxtaposed with “disciplined” corseted bodices which are inspired by vintage underwear but nevertheless are still very contemporary. Unique touches included scalloped necklines, deep plunges, hand-draped tulle overlays and basque-shaped peplum waists. For brides who prefer slimmer silhouettes, there are equally opulent fit-and-flare and A-line styles which also feature tulle skirts, as well as two streamlined dresses in nude silk accentuated with the suit of armour-inspired armbands and shoulder pieces.
The colours of this collection are truly sensational! Yes, we know that pink wedding dresses are oh-so-fashionable right now, but Vera Wang took this trend to the next level by mixing together hues you would never expect to see in a bridal gown. Blush pink and nude shades were entangled together and occasionally topped with layers of cardinal red, deep plum, fuchsia, lavender or forest green. And if you look closer, you will start noticing elusive details like luxurious macramé lace hems and delicate grosgrain ribbons hidden in-between clouds of tulle.
And because she wanted to keep the focus on incredibly intricate textures created only by shaping and mixing together coloured tulles, Wang used bold embellishments which didn't spoil them, but only added a new dimension to these otherworldly designs. She accentuated the waistlines with gigantic bougainvillaea-coloured faille flowers, forest green organza blooms and hand-fringed silk blossoms.
For further information, and to view this stunning collection, contact:
Vera Wang Bride
Shop 5, InterContinental Hotel
117 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW Australia
Phone 02 8203 0903
Editor's Tip: The Bride's Diary Team loves finding styling inspiration in art and literature and we adore this truly magical collection by Vera Wang. And, while the strong colour palette may not be for every bride, you can find so much inspiration in the superb fabrics and exquisite detailing of each unique style. We hope you love it as much as we do! – Anna.
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