253: Other People’s Wedding Dresses: Bridal Fall 2015
It’s that time of year again- when the new bridal gowns hit the runway with the sole purpose of making you feel bad about the dress you already bought.
JK, obviously. If you like wedding dresses, but are maybe not engaged, October and April are the ultimate eye-candy months. I’m sure everyone’s fake wedding Pinterest boards got some major updates this week. But if you’re a bride, it can be a kind of confusing time- a lot of new trends, the possibility that the fashion gods may declare the gown that you just purchased to be over, stuff like that. Sometimes it’s better just to turn your head and pretend it’s not happening.
Luckily for me, I’m not organized, and I’m still in the design/research phase of my dress project. So the bridal shows mean lots of inspiration- and ideas of what NOT to do.
Therefore, in lieu of a sketch today, my six favorite things from Bridal Market, Fall 2015 (plus one thing I feel conflicted about):
If I were getting married in winter, you bet your ass this would be my rehearsal dinner look. If they say that a bride shouldn’t change her style for her wedding day, then this is my spirit gown. A cashmere sweater and a non-restricting skirt? Yes, please. Also, despite the fact that it is embodying the season’s most over-used trend, crop tops (see below), it’s demure enough that I could almost see a real bride rocking this. Almost. I dig the styling of this look as well- the flushed cheeks, the tousled hair, the brows- it’s what I like to imagine I look like when I wake up (although I know it’s really more this).
Ah, my alma mater. There’s a part of me that kind of never wants to like the Vera collections, because it’s kind of like running into your ex and hoping that they got a bad haircut or that their new girlfriend is a mess, no matter how long ago you broke up or how mutual your split was. So there’s that. But- I kind of dug a lot of stuff in this Fall 2015 collection. Tons of lace applique, lots of delicate florals and encrusted beadings in pretty colors. I love the architectural detail of this bodice.
The colors in this collection were like a beautiful macaron box- it really stood out in season that was pretty uniformly white and ivory. Although this candlelight/ecru/gold/whatever dress was on the more traditional side of the spectrum (moreso than say, the purple dress), this guy was my favorite in the group. It’s a pretty luxe dress that I’m guessing would retail for the price of a car (two if you get a Suzuki), so it’s more princess fantasy than anything us mere mortals could hope to afford. I could do without the shoulder streamers, but hey. Not my business.
Honor x Stone Fox Bride
The best collection I’ve ever seen from Stone Fox Bride. They should keep this collabo with Honor going. Usually SFB falls a little too far into the Coachella zone for me, but the sweetness and girliness of Honor brought it right back into the sweet spot. I love the sheer side panel and the graphic floral appliques. Plus, you can’t go wrong with that volume in a short skirt.
I usually think of Watters, a huge bridal/evening conglomerate, as a slightly more upmarket David’s Bridal, and therefore almost never look at their collections (because I’m a snob). But this dress is pretty f***ing chic. Love the textile, love the transparency, love the sleeves and the silhouette. Their white flower backdrop is pure Chanel Couture Spring 2009, but hey, it was a good look.
Ok, so the nipple is probably not going to fly- but if you put a nude tank under this, perfection.
I’m a little on the fence about this one- in the sense that I don’t know if I love or hate this gown. Like the Theia ensemble above, I think this one is going to be a tough sell- it’s a dress that you would DEFINITELY look back on in 10 or 20 years and say, “What was I thinking?” It’s way too trendy- by the time this is available for real brides next fall, I’m sure the crop top thing will be on its way out.. That being said, I’m finding myself really attracted to how CLEAN it is. The clean lace tank, the precision draping, the clean, clean skirt. It’s kind of perfect.