The quirky modern bride-to-be can rejoice – Max Mara’s fall 2016 bridal collection is made for unique personalities from the women of today. The brand didn’t take one venue and run with it, but thought broader and designed for a variety of wedding destinations, from an extravagant church to a quaint backyard garden.
The silhouettes themselves are as diverse as they come. The styles aren’t for the woman seeking a traditional wedding, complete with classic ballgown, but rather for the fearless fashionista, who wants to push the boundaries on her big day. Max Mara has always fallen to the quirky side, so this collection fits right in with the house aesthetic.
Some of the dresses seemed to draw inspiration from classic runway silhouettes recreated with white, bridal fabric, like the high-low dress, featured with a geometrically structured bodice and floor length back with a slight train. This is an interesting look for the aisle – not unheard of, just difficult for a designer to successfully pull off. In the case of Max Mara, the attempt was successful, and for the right woman, this could be a stunning moment in its aisle debut. There is something remarkable about the craftsmanship in this gown, because the dramatic bustline acts as the initial focal point, before allowing the eyes to wander down to take in the rest of the unique aspects about the intriguing cut of the dress.
Other looks are subtler, like the one-shouldered Greek goddess inspired, simple cut gown. The satin garment is still far from traditional bridal, but is one of the most recognizable. It’s simple, elegant, and maintains a regal appeal, allowing the bride to command control of her day.
The most shocking silhouettes available within the Max Mara fall 2016 bridal collection are the jumpsuits. Like the high-low gown, this is nothing new in the bridal world, but something that is still not totally accepted in the everyday world for its deviation from the norm. And the same goes for the mini dresses.
A great many of the dresses in this collection seem like everyday eveningwear dresses that were reconfigured for weddings. With a little tweaking of the fabrics and in some cases the color, these dresses could translate perfectly for professional or evening party settings. The looks in this collection are perfect for the modern day woman who has a more casual outlook on life, and can appreciate the finer details of a garment without getting caught up in the traditional standards for bridal gowns.
Max Mara gives us fur, bubble print, and structure in innovative ways new to the bridal industry. Finding women who want to portray this casual new image of a bride will be an easy feat in today’s ever-changing society. Now, these designs aren’t for your everyday, average woman. It will take a true personality to fill out these bridal gowns, but women who fit this description will draw the whole room’s attention, regardless of her choice of dress. If you plan to walk down the aisle in one of Max Mara’s fall 2016 bridal gowns, then all the power to you.
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