Marchesa Notte's Tiernan gown.
Remember when Alexander Wang teamed up with H&M to offer a more affordable collection? Or when Target brought Phillip Lim to the masses? Frugal fashionistas everywhere rejoiced. There's no denying that designer and retail partnerships are trendy, and now brides can participate in the fun, too.
Marchesa—a brand that typically caters to those with a budget of $20,000 and up—teamed up with BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding brand, to design a capsule of five bridal gowns. Marchesa Notte, as the line is called, represents a fraction of BHLDN’s 2016 Spring Collection, featuring more than 30 dresses.
Karen Craig, designer and co-founder of Marchesa, said in a statement the collaboration was exciting because both companies share a goal of making women feel like the most beautiful version of themselves. Through this partnership, she added, more brides will be able to discover the beauty of Marchesa.
Marchesa Notte's Opal gown.
The two dresses highlighting the collection are Ephra and Opal. Ephra combines BHLDN’s signature illusion neckline with Marchesa’s delicate beading. Its abundance in lace and silhouette are marks of a traditional Marchesa gown. Opal on the other hand brings together floral embroidery with an unexpected high-low silhouette for a hint of drama.
Marchesa Notte's Ephra gown.
Other dresses include Lilou—which has a sweetheart neckline and romantic, flowy feel to it—and Tiernan, featuring metallic lace and tulle, and topped off with a bejeweled, sheer neckline. Finally, Estella is simpler, yet decorated with touches of intricate embroidery and flutter sleeves.
But the best part of the Marchesa Notte capsule is that each of these gowns can be found for less than $2,200. This collection isn’t available at Twin Cities Anthropologie locations, but you’re more than welcome to direct questions regarding Marchesa Notte to your local shop. You can also find it online anytime.
All photos courtesy of BHLDN.