The Vera Wang fall 2017 bridal collection is a definite departure from her last few collections, though not less romantic in any way. The soft, floating silhouettes still molded to the shape of the models in a way that feels very much like a fairy tale in some of the looks.
The first eight looks are very ‘emo wears white’, which may seem like a contradiction, but one look at the longer than effective sleeves and the open dropped shoulders and the contradiction seems real. The sleeves were not a surprise, however, as they made several appearances on Vera Wang’s spring collection runway, though in the expectedly dark colors and with the same off-the-shoulder and drop shoulder appearances. In this medium, however, it looks fit; it is just a jarring addition.
The aesthetic Vera Wang was aiming for with her fall 2017 bridal collection was ‘youthful’ and while she has certainly hit the mark on the target age, the sleeves are a hit or a miss that will benefit highly from the Vera Wang label. The second look is a full-on stunning wedding gown that is very reminiscent of a fairytale, though the dress should only be worn by the brave. The gauzy, weightless appearance of the dress appears nearly inconceivably delicate.
Look three is more substantial, with a draped neckline and draped off-the-shoulder accents and again with the exaggerated long sleeves. Looks 4, 12, 13 and 14 are a testament to beautiful construction, though the last look of the collection is the epitome of sultry take on a romantic medieval dress. The seriously deep V-shaped neckline is not for the faint of heart and the sheen of the material is a definite boon to the overall look and it is one of my personal favorites from Vera Wang’s fall 2017 bridal collection.
The perceived youthful aesthetic of the collection does not rely only upon the sleeves thankfully and though some of them are a go – without a bouquet I am guessing – they all feature a delicate tactility. These dresses are each very unique, with the best option in my opinion being the lace overlaid mermaid gown with high neckline of sheer large floral lace that travels beautifully up the neck and stands out on the model’s skin.
While the messy styling and fishtail braids were not the best option for a bridal collection, even one as adjusted and leaning out the box as this collection was, the styling did complement the gowns in a very original way. I think it will be a long time before mermaid gowns are out of style and this gown with the plunging V-shaped sweetheart neckline was a perfect example of just the perfect amount of too much.
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