When it comes to second to none bridal panoply, the American fashion designer Vera Wang keeps all extravagant brides under her thumb. Her outré designs, at times even utilizing high dozes of scandalous transparency, are among the much-anticipated samples by those who have a nuptial ceremony in the cards or who just have a yen for reveling in utmost sophistication and finesse. The Vera Wang spring 2017 bridal collection already unveiled brings in just another dose of pulchritude again full of fragile tulle, organza, lace, pearls, ruffles – in a nutshell, all that reads delicacy and subtlety.
While other bridal designers bring their collections into open in front of the audiences with a range of brides alternating each other on the runway, Vera Wang discards jumping on the bandwagon, rather preferring to apply her creations in a film to show them in action meandering through real life avenues. For already three seasons in a row Vera Wang exposes her vision over bridal beauty through short films.
After displaying French grandeur (Chasing Alix) and Spanish passion (Hotel Madrid) the previous two seasons along, this time around the bridal beauty connoisseur embarks on revealing the restraint of the British monarchy and the grandeur of English aristocracy via Désir à L’Anglaise film directed by Gordon von Steiner. The film shows well-heeled lofty brides flaunting through English gardens decked out into some voluminous ball gowns – the full atmosphere raising utmost drama within us.
The Vera Wang spring 2017 bridal collection is devoid of those black accents that we were so enthused to see in the fall 2016 collection, painted all white and showing only one blackness on a pair of lace-up gladiator high-heeled sandals surprisingly matched with a fragile flaring gown. Full skirts with long ground-sweeping trains are playing the first fiddle but it is definitely not the skirt theme that makes us saucer-eyed but the Shakespeare-style ruff collars worked out of delicate tulle and sometimes even reaching so high as to cover the brides’ pout.
No matter how persistently Vera Wang tries to drench her spring 2017 collection with English restraint and conservatism, it keeps on protesting against English aristocracy postulates. And we see a range of signs of the rebellious souls. That scarcely palpable free falling lace dress with a bejeweled belt around the waist mysteriously shows off legs, another one with a heart-shaped bustier and a ruff collar exposes an intriguing sky-high center slit, while those diaphanous corsets entirely revealing the boning technique and infused with some boudoir accents are truly far cry from anything discreet or conservative. And when an Aztec-style feathered headwear, a lace mysterious mask or unique cornrow braids come to arena that drums up anti-English devilish vibes, for sure.
Yes, Vera Wang’s provocative teasers “Courtly Love, Modern Grandeur, Sheer Seduction, Secret Rendezvous, Silent Signals, Day for Night, Gardens of Regal Delights” are from stem to stern elucidating her majestic bridal collection with provocative winks in between.
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