Jaw-dropping hand-painted blooming flowers and curve hugging silhouettes flood Romona Keveza’s fall 2016 bridal collection that recently took place at New York Bridal Fashion Week. On the one hand, the collection brings classic and sophisticated monochrome designs featuring flowing fabrics and opulent lace, while on the other hand there are those dramatic floral-embellished princess ball gowns and short cocktail dresses perfect for an unconventional wedding.
Internationally renowned as one of the most admired fashion designers, Canadian-born bridal designer Romona Keveza has been creating wedding dresses since 1999. Her signature mark is the never-ending devotion to the most celebrated stars of the 20th century, whose evening dresses are a huge source of inspiration for Keveza. Her inspiration stems largely from some of the most sophisticated brides from the previous century, such as Princess Diana of Wales, Caroline of Monaco and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. That’s why it’s very likely to see at least one mermaid dress in any of Keveza’s collection, and that’s also why she usually favors classical lines over more deconstructed, contemporary lines. For these reasons, she is mainly known for her clean lines (which at times may be regarded as architecturally precise), and for her classical modern style, which has so far seduced, among others, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz.
The Romona Keveza fall 2016 bridal collection particularly reflects the spirit of immortal icons such as Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly, thanks to its ethereal lines and feminine attitude. However, since the very first pieces, we spot Keveza’s desire to mix modernity with traditions, reflected in the convertible gowns, purposely designed to allow the bride to feel self-confident and comfortable both at the ceremony and the reception. Hydrangea printed ball gowns, shortly followed by their shorter cocktail versions, give us a taste of what the modernist Keveza is capable of, even if this means distancing a little bit from her ultra classic designs.
Shimmering details and floral lace embroideries keep the initial hand painted theme alive, introducing the second and more conventionally sophisticated part of the collection. In this second part, pale pink and crisp white dresses have fun alternating themselves, at times matching their delicate silhouettes with unusual vegetable bouquets and beaded belts.
Softly draped silk dresses officially open the ‘classic Keveza’ line-up, showing a breathtaking amount of mermaid and voluminous dresses. Mikado gowns and sweetheart necklines take the collection to it most sensual turn, reaching its peak with some sleek off-the-shoulder pieces. Although the collection clearly focuses more on mermaid pieces, Romona did not forget to add some fluidly delicate flared dresses, which seem to be almost weightless. At the same time, she managed to offer her brides-to-be some of her renowned tailoring skills, utilizing architectural lines and high-waisted metal belts.
Last but not least, we can’t forget to mention her great finale, which will probably blow your minds: a long-sleeved voluminous ball gown embellished with crystal lace and rhinestone buttons, matched with a chapel veil closed the show, the fairy scent of which seems to be directly inspired by every girl’s dream.
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