Brides, prepare to fall in love all over again because it’s bridal season, and thanks to the designs of Bridal Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017, it’s never looked more beautiful.
As we all know, finding true love is merely one important piece of the wedding puzzle, while falling in love with the perfect gown is yet another! For some, the former may be rather simple, while the latter…let’s just say endless hours flipping through bridal magazines and countless dress fittings can be a bit exhausting.
As Bridal Fashion Week has come to a close, it is safe to say that your task is about to get much more difficult.
With the beautifully embroidered and luxuriously laced dresses of Italian-born designer, Ines Di Santo, as well as the vintage, beachside-inspired gowns of California-native, Claire Pettibone, the two designers swept us off our feet, proving that there is truly a dress for every type of bride.
“Imagining the flowers that emerge in the season and the path they take from seed to sunlight, I have used lace, embroideries, and movement in my gowns to push toward an unexpected place.”
-Ines Di Santo
Inspired by spring, Ines Di Santo sent her soft, romantic collection blossoming with floral embroidery and delicate details down the runway, stealing the hearts of both retailers and brides-to-be alike.
The show kicked off with a multi-tiered ruffled ball gown topped with an embroidered illusion bodice and short sleeve bolero jacket, setting the scene for the variety of spring designs to come. Staying true to her inspiration, Di Santo paid homage to the blossoming season with her closing design, “Bloom”, a floral print ball gown with delicate flowers growing from the ground up.Fall/Winter 2016 collection, various alternative, risk-taking designs flowed down Di Santo’s runway. In fact, the designer featured a one-shoulder asymmetrical pant suit with floral embroidery and a detachable peplum skirt in her latest collection, which resembled the illusion bodysuit that strutted down the runway last season.
“In California, anything goes.”
On the opposite side of the bridal spectrum is Claire Pettibone, the proclaimed “queen of bohemian-chic couture”, who looked to the Pacific Coast for this season’s inspiration. Named after west coast beaches and neighborhoods, each gown evoked the dream-like, fantasy quality of Los Angeles.
Similar to Di Santo, luxe lace and embroidered designs lined Pettibone’s runway, however, with a rather vintage, romantic vibe. Designs featured in the collection also captured the city’s Spanish roots as “Olvera”, “Palisades”, and “Bel Air” were adorned with fiesta flowers, organzas, and beautiful lace embroidery.
Perhaps the stars of the collection were Pettibone’s intricately designed back silhouettes, that would perfectly pair with sunsets on the beach or breezy walks through the vineyard. Other highlights included lower, open back designs, which appeared in the lineup in various forms as well, adding a certain Californian sex appeal to the rather modest collection.