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It’s All About Bridal Fashion Week- For Now.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Herrera. 

If you are affluent in fashion, you know very well of Paris, New York, Milan and London Fashion Weeks, whether it be spring or fall; but are you well-versed with Bridal Week?

This writer, was not. I always knew that some designers, like, obviously, Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta, were known for their bridal gowns, but I never knew that there was a dedicated week for showing them off, like there is for the above mentioned fashion weeks. I guess when you are not a soon-to-be bride you are not too concerned with designer bridal gowns. However, after one look, I was hooked.

Bridal Fashion Week is much more than just bridal gowns, it’s a chance for designers to entirely change the scope of what traditional wedding gowns are “supposed” to look like, in each of their own particular ways.

Photo courtesy of Vera Wang.

Vera Wang, who has dressed Heidi Klum and Chelsea Clinton for their weddings, displayed quite an existential modern day collection. The line screamed for millennial attention, while simultaneously exuding millennial characteristics: dignified, yet daring.

Classic silhouettes, structured, and trimmed with lace, but sheer, with black accents; generally a big no-no for the big day, Wang decided to run with it, creating a new scope for the new modern bride, while still staying true to her previous bridal lines.

Photo courtesy of Oscar de la Renta.

Oscar de la Renta himself still can be seen in this season’s Bridal Spring 2016 line, even with his passing last October. Peter Copping, the new creative director for the brand, told Vogue that he wanted this line to be entirely focused on the bride… Ahem… who else?

“You have to remember: Most of these dresses are seen from behind,” Copping told Vogue. “That was something I really wanted to consider: to think how it would look when the bride is in front of everyone, and to make it as gorgeous as the front.”

Now that’s all sorted out, we can focus on the collection. Copping was able to retain the regal elegance that de la Renta set forward when he began his fashion house in 1965, that being, simple and elegant, while giving off the essence of individuality and exclusivity. For example, a cocktail gown, white, with lace trim and a high neckline, right after a feathered corset ballgown, this collection was an example of the smooth transition from de la Renta’s hands to Copping’s.

Photo courtesy of Marchesa.

Marchesa, who dressed fashionista Blake Lively for her wedding to Ryan Reynolds, is relatively new to the bridal world, only beginning in 2004. Known for their delicately embellished and sophisticated gowns, it is my belief that color was on the mind of Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, the founders and creative directors for the brand.

It seems that an eggshell-ish creme color decorated their Bridal Spring 2016 collection, with no white in sight. The hue of the gowns did not misguide their tone, however. Marchesa kept with their mission: designing one-of-a-kind detail-oriented gowns to the brides who crave worldly couture, but this time, with a loss of white.

Bridal Week may be that second-leg layover from the spring fashion weeks, but it is just as worthy, if you give it a shot.

See more trends from Bridal Week Spring 2016 here.


A Fashion Legend Passes Away

The Oscar de la Renta website remembers the iconic fashion designer.
The Oscar de la Renta website remembers the iconic fashion designer.

Influential fashion icon and world-renowned designer Oscar de la Renta died at the age of 82 on Monday, October 20th in Kent, Connecticut, where he and his wife, Annette, resided. The Dominican designer has been at the forefront of the fashion industry for the past five decades – having dressed first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama.

The immediate cause of death has still not been announced but De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, though last year told the media that he was “totally clean” of the disease.

The sad news has created an outpour of tributes for the designer who had created friendships with both political and fashion professionals like former First Lady Laura Bush and Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.

“He never once complained about his illness, always positive, always looking forward. His last words to me were I love you, and I said I love you back,” Anna Wintour writes on Vogue.com.

“We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful,” former first lady Laura Bush said to CNN on Monday evening.

The award-winning designer began his passion for fashion and design at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. The then 17-year-old designer’s sketches were first noticed by the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, who then requested a dress to be made for her daughter’s debutante ball. The pictures of his design-come-to-life for the ball were sent to Life magazine and, from there, De la Renta’s career emerged.

Known for his ready-to-wear designs, De la Renta made the move to the Big Apple after getting a coveted spot to work with Elizabeth Arden. From there, the designer went on to be the first Dominican to become the creative director for a French fashion house at Balmain.

Even with his passing, the Santo Domingo native’s legacy will live on with his fashion house, which will debuting their first collection in New York in February.

One of De la Renta’s most recent and highly-acclaimed designs was for human rights lawyer Amal Alammudin and Hollywood’s once most-eligible bachelor, George Clooney’s wedding in Venice, Italy last month.

The most recent accomplishment before the designers passing took place at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in 2013, where former first lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented De la Renta with the Founder’s Award aka the “Oscar” of the fashion world.

Along with his legacy, the designer leaves behind his wife, Annette de la Renta, an adopted son, Moises, and two step-children, Alex and Eliza Bolen, who currently run his fashion house.