Named ‘Charm for the Centuries’, the new Lela Rose bridal spring 2019 collection boasts a selection of utterly modern and feminine wedding dresses for ‘cool and independent’ brides. The mood of the collection is ‘relaxed formality,’ and whether it is an elaborate floral ballgown, a laid-back, vintage-style lace wedding dress or a slightly rebellious trouser suit, every piece has a unique romantic touch.
The designer explained that she had created this collection for brides who “definitely want a gown, but don’t want to feel like the gown is wearing them”. It certainly wasn’t a traditional line-up of wedding gowns but had some elements of nostalgia. Pretty details such as flirty fringe trimmings inspired by the 1920s, vintage laces and classic silhouettes added a romantic and old-fashioned feel to the collection, but the focus really was on the modern elements.
Inspired by the idea of “bringing southern charm to the modern age”, Lela Rose introduced some bold, fresh elements to her bridal line and we loved each and every one of them! Her ideal top was a strapless, double-breasted peplum top with pockets and was designed to match the cigarette-shaped bridal trousers. Embellishments were gorgeous too and included architectural bows, flapper-inspired fringed laces and the brand’s signature three-dimensional flowers. Contemporary elements also included detachable trains and crystal embroidered tulle overlays on top of floral silk chiffons.
The colour palette included traditional whites, while the materials included a wide range of bridal fabrics including some innovative and unexpected ones. Classic materials were occasionally replaced with floral embossed matelassé or silk wool, and we have also seen lots of soft silk chiffons, crisp crepes, ethereal tulles and embroidered laces.
There was just a sprinkle of glitter, a lot of stunning floral adornments, and a couple of perfectly sculpted but embellishment-free looks. Our personal favourites included the Carondelet – degrade 3D floral embroidered V-neck gown with open back, the Soniat dress with a dramatic bow at the back, the Monroe wedding dress made from floral embossed matelassé featuring a portrait neckline and detachable Watteau train and the beautiful Darlington gown with a silk and wool tailored bodice and a full A-line floral embroidered skirt.
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