Last week, I was listening to one of my students talking of her home town: she was saying that her favourite shop there is a wedding dress shop. When she mentioned the shop, I had a sort of revelation. I have always loved bridal gowns since I was a child: one of my most treasured memories is when my mother let my sister and me try her wedding dress on. It was very simple (she got married in the mid 70s), more a tunic than a dress, but I remember I loved it so much: everything – the dress, the gloves, the flowers on the veil – screamed pure romanticism to me. When I got married, I wore a very simple dress myself, but I haven’t stopped dreaming of a showstopper, the dress everyone has always dreamt about but never dared to actually wear.
Whenever I hear that a famous designer has released a bridal collection, my heart rejoices, because admiring beautiful (and romantic, most of the time) dresses makes me feel like the kid who used to look forward to wearing her mother’s wedding dress. My favourite bridal collection ever was designed by Giambattista Valli in 2008, but I’ve recently been impressed by Marchesa spring 2011 collection. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s style can be considered a symbol of refined elegance, so it’s no wonder that their bridal collection is to die for.
Some recurring elements of Marchesa’s style – the Empire waist line, the Grecian mood, flower appliques and rosettes, draping and the massive use of tulle – can be found here, too. I know many of you will probably dislike the dress above, dismissing it as a meringue bridal gown, but I think it’s simply stunning. Yes, it is a triumph of ruched tulle, but the volume of the skirt is not bulky nor over-the-top; I also love the strapless bodice and the delicate train, which extends the skirt like a puffy cloud.
I’ve never been a fan of mermaid line dresses, but these two are impressive: the first is extremely simple, with the draped bodice made of embroidered tulle and a gorgeous sweetheart neckline, while the second is more structured. The tiered skirt is topped by tulle rosettes (awww, sublime!) and the bodice is made of draped silk with flower appliques.
The dress on the left is so Marchesa! It’s beautiful in its simplicity: it is made of silk with a draped georgette overlay and flower appliques accenting the strapless bodice. The same draped georgette was used in the second dress, where the flower theme can be found in a different version. Am I the only one who thinks the ruched peplum and bodice remind of a Cattleya Labiata orchid?
These two dresses are very similar to the previous ones: the first has an Empire waist line, one shoulder and flower appliques, while the second has a short train, draped skirt and a ruched tulle decoration on the bodice.
I could identify the designers of these dresses even if I were blindfold, only from their description. The dress with the Empire waist line accented by a diamantè embellishment is so Marchesa, and the same can be said for the embroidered strapless bodice, decorated by draped georgette bands. Though not particularly original, these styles are classic.
The flower theme recurs in these lovely dresses: the first is made of silk and has tulle decorations (a big rosette on the bodice, a draping on the shoulder and a draped band going around the skirt; this last detail is quite unique), while the second is made of silk, organza and delicate lace. This one has a ruched asymmetrical peplum, too.
Wearing a short wedding dress is like a mystery to me (the same can be said of not wearing a veil, but probably it’s me who gives importance to old traditions), but I understand the reason why some short models have been included in the collection. They are so beautiful: one is all made of silk flowers, while the other is very similar to a style of the spring/summer 2011 collection, an explosion of tulle and tiny feathers.
Short dresses again, but a bit more structured than the previous ones: one has tulle and silk flat layered tiers and a rose-shaped decoration on the bodice, while the other is made of irregular tiers trimmed with lace.
Both these dresses are amazing: the first somehow reminds me of an Armani Privè spring 2008 dress, for the idea of the pleated fans decorating the skirt and the bodice; the second, on the other hand, beautifully reworks the theme of the flat layered tiers.
These styles are definitely among my favourites: both present the theme of the embellished yoke, that can also be found in the spring/summer 2011 collection. The dress on the left is all made of tiered tulle (see how it curls at the hem, beautiful!) and has an Empire waist line, while the second has a column shape and is completely embroidered. The veil completing the second dress is amazing, as it is embroidered like the dress.
I decided to close the post with this dress because it’s simply breathless: first of all, I love its delicate cream white shade; then, I cannot help but gushing over the embroidered strapless bodice, the voluminous – yet sleek – skirt with train and the short veil. I like it so much because I think it’s the perfect modern version of the classic evening dress we’ve seen many times in Old Hollywood movies.
Does this collection include your ideal wedding dress or would you like to (or did you) wear a completely different dress?