Our favorite trend specialists and local wedding gurus, The Wedding Guys, were in New York City last month taking in all the hot happenings at Bridal Week. Lucky for us, they’re sharing their findings with us here, on Aisle File.
Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2015 collection drew inspiration from the surreal beauty and fantasy of a jewelry box. Her show opened with a perfectly poised ballerina balanced en pointe pirouetting center stage.
The gowns that graced the runway were dreamy, ultra-feminine, and subtly glamorous. The pastel shades of mint, lavender, primrose, and blush created a playful twist on tradition reminiscent of the popular colors of the 1960s. With luxurious Chantilly and re-embroidered laces, layers of sheer tulle and beading allow brides a distinctive and exquisite look, which has been Monique’s signature in past collections and continues to be her brand and label. A stark difference this year is a two-piece crop-top, tea-length skirt and antique gold strapless mini. My favorite was her Elizabeth gown in Rose Gold embroidered tulle illusion long sleeves with detachable shoulder streamers/train.
“I wanted to say that you can have fun at your wedding,” said Reem Acra after her romantic fall show. “You can be sexy, sensual. It’s about the shapes, the cutouts, the make-believe.” Leave it to the daring talent of this avant garde designer to shake it up when it seems the direction of the market is going traditional.
Reem Acra’s show-opening look—a short-sleeved, embroidered, cropped top in silk georgette with a matching skirt—was met with some interesting stares and inquisitive raised eyebrows. The bare midriff for a designer who, of late, seems to be known for her Goddess flowing fabricated gowns, seemed to invoke dreams with brides draped in cascading pink and white flowers. Halo-lit headpieces inspired the “Let There Be Light” collection, while ornate corsets and embroidered lace tops were balanced with voluminous silk taffeta ball skirts. While sensual and sexy silhouettes grace the red carpet, Reem Acra took a note from Hollywood with her sheer-illusion dresses showing the brides natural form and lavish embroidery as her signature element. It seemed as though the regal ball gowns in Reem Acra's past collections were just that—a thing of the past.
LA VIE en ROSE lyrically illustrated the overall thread woven throughout the Cymbeline Fall 2015 Collection. Know for their European flare, their gowns are as light and soft as a rose pedal. The fun part of meeting with Cymbeline is their love for their gowns—or maybe it’s just the French in them coming out. It’s as if they want you to meld with the fabrics and the way they feel.
Their crop tops and bolero’s are some of the most stunning with embroidery and beading. Most designers have a tendency to create these in lace but what we loved is the amount of hand beading incorporated by Cymbeline. This year the long train is IN and their detachable train design in organza edged in lace evokes mystery and ethereal romanticism. Next time, we would also like to see them push the limits a bit more like they have done in the past really exemplifying the meaning of Unique Chic!
Katerina’s passion is to design for a princess, and after knowing Katerina since 2009, she has really embraced that passion and fully come into her own. When we think of ball gowns there are very few we think of who really do it justice. We say if you are going to have a ball gown, make it grand and make a statement. The one thing about Katerina’s designs is that they are not just Princessy, they are elegant, sophisticated, and evoke femininity with a grand presence. From low backs tastefully designed and executed to her gowns' handwork and beading, this is what we call true couture.
In a world where every designer wants a celebrity to wear their gowns, Katerina always says, “Our brides are our celebrities.” We think this speaks volumes about her philosophy and reputation as of the hardest working designers in the industry!
Artistic expression in bridal fashion today seems to run the gamut. As much as designers try and have their own brand or niche in the industry, so many succumb to simply what sells, which can have an effect on their overall direction and vision for their collection. Jorge Manuel is a talented up-and-coming designer who is true to his fashion form creating strikingly original and complex designs that include intricate painstaking hand detailing. When you see Jorge’s collection move across the floor, it’s a fluid movement, one of the most breathtaking moments.
Jorge's mind is always creating, and the magic of a wedding day seems to inspire the magic he creates. The Fall 2015 collection takes us though a time of refined stature, success, and overall beauty. The gowns are layered in multiple layers of silk organza, lace, and three-dimensional flowers. This season the length of the trains and cathedral veils are so graceful and purely unique to each of his silhouettes, which makes a great signature piece for his brides.