For his Truly Zac Posen fall 2016 bridal collection for David’s Bridal, Zac Posen chose Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to serve as his muse. He served his inspiration well, as Jackie O would have undoubtedly loved to walk down the aisle wearing the bridal wear, or attend events in Posen’s special occasion dresses.
Each dress had its own charm, but seemed to be stuck between old and modern times. You can clearly see where Posen was trying to modernize his looks, but his execution made the looks seem too stuck in the past. With his past collections being so elegant and modern, it was an unexpected line to come from Zac Posen.
His off-the-shoulder full-bottomed skirt was flawlessly crafted, and the shape was a beautiful blend of the two fashion eras. This was the most successful bridal gown in his collection, because this timeless silhouette didn’t seem to be leaning too far in any one direction. And with the simplicity of his thick-strapped mermaid dress, he was able to create a gown for women with the self-confidence to wear the silhouette. Both of these dresses were spot on with his inspiration as well as his tie-in between classic and modern fashion.
Some of his other bridal gowns didn’t quite hit the mark, however. The looks seemed like they were trying to incorporate aspects from younger and older women’s fashion sensibilities, and ended up on the drab side. His knee-length dress had a great concept, but the proportion of the bottom took some of the youth away from the look. The bodice could have been a real stand out, if the skirt had been brought in.
A similar matter was with his strapless bridal gown, in that the overall silhouette was lovely, and the bottom had a great flow to it, but the neckline didn’t do much for the fit of the dress. If a softer cut had been used, or perhaps a minor sweetheart detail, the dress would have been fit for any bride-to-be, or even Jackie O herself, for that matter.
Despite these details, which are just subjective suggestions, the Truly Zac Posen fall 2016 bridal collection was undeniably pretty. There is nothing structurally wrong with the dresses, and any bride who falls in love with these dresses will be beautiful on her wedding day walking down the aisle.
His evening dresses were more translatable to modern fashion, and definitely had their own great qualities. His all-black dress with thicker straps was the most interesting, as the monochromatic color scheme allowed the structural details to stand out more. The bodice was crafted flawlessly around the model’s frame, with a beautiful neckline and unique waist, and the simple skirt allowed it to be the star of the dress.
Any woman who wishes to wear Zac Posen’s gowns for fall 2016 will be beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so it is all up to what you think of the dress, how you see yourself in it, and how you feel in it. Anything other than that is unimportant, especially if it’s your wedding dress!
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