From fairy-tale princess gowns to feathery mini-dresses, bold skinny trouser looks and showgirl sequins, Bridal Fashion Week had something for brides of every size, shape and style inclination. White reigned, as did classic silhouettes to please the most traditional bride. For everybody else, there were splashes of color, fluttery floral applique and sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. Highlights from the spring 2017 collections:
Christian Siriano for Kleinfeld
After a smaller, capsule collection for the famed bridal shop, Siriano teamed with Kleinfeld again on a broader range.
His show stopper was a pricey pink ombre ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and skinny straps. As an evening wear designer, Siriano said bridal was a natural fit. He created in a range of sizes up to 24 or 26 — and a range of price points from about $3,500 to about $19,000.
Noting most dresses can be modified, he showed a lot of sleeves. There were long lacy ones on a column gown and a structured, off-the-shoulder pair in satin, embellished with tulle and strings of pearl.
One of his mermaid gowns included cascading ruffles. He used four tiers of ruffle at the bottom of a white, tailored suit jacket with matching boot-cut trousers.
Siriano also offered a range of hem lengths, from well above the knee in an appliqued mini to a fitted tea length with an ornate high neck and dramatic train.
In a backstage interview, Siriano said he’s enjoying his first full push into bridal with the 27 pieces for Kleinfeld after focusing most of the time on evening.
“But the customer is so different,” he said. “There’s not as many rules. You can get away with trying new things, doing new things. It’s a little fantasy dream world.”
Ines Di Santo
This was a sexy runway dominated by sheers holding lots of floral creations in place. Romance meets sensuality is how the Toronto-based designer likes it.
While many of her looks were fit for royalty, complete with extra-long trains, she also ventured into over-the-top. An ultra-short hem with just one long lace sleeve had tulle skirting that skimmed the floor in back and leggings mismatched with floral embellishment, offering the appearance of one bare and one covered.
Spring itself was her inspiration this time around.
“The flowers, the garden, the beautiful trees, the sky, the sun,” Di Santo said.
There were other vibes, in a sleeveless illusion Palazzo romper, for instance, with an encrusted bodice and dramatic detachable bell sleeves.
Oscar De La Renta
Designer Peter Copping is making his mark gradually at the storied Oscar de la Renta label, with a mind toward preserving his predecessor’s legacy and modernizing the label in his own way. In his bridal collection, Copping included some looser shapes — not everything was cinched tightly at the waist, princess-style — and even some short bridal gowns.
“I was thinking of the different women who are brides and the different ways women can get married,” Copping said in a post-show interview, “because it’s not always the same rules or traditions that people are looking for. So I think it’s important within the collection to have a good cross-section of dresses, some short, some big columns, a real mix of fabrics.”
Indeed, some of the gowns featured the sumptuous, extravagant embroidery for which the house is justly famous, and others featured much subtler embroidery for a more modern look.