Thursday, April 17th 2014
Drawn to their exquisite beadwork, intricate embroidery and refined bohemian inspired aesthetic, Temperley is always on my must visit list for Bridal Fashion Week.
With afternoon light spilling through the penthouse event space of The Gansevoort Hotel in New York and the scent of a signature Temperley candle burning, The LANE team and I, were treated to a fun afternoon viewing the new Spring 2015 pieces from Temperley Bride, as well as some of the signature styles and current Ready to Wear collection.
From the new collection my favourite pieces were those that were more effortless in their silhouette and detailing, We definitely found ourselves obsessing over the ready to wear line and how perfectly it translated for bridal. There were a number of amazing white and blush dresses with intricate embellishment and raised hems, that would be perfect for a non-traditional bride or ethereal bridesmaids!
Wednesday, April 16th 2014
Visiting Houghton Bride and seeing their new collection is one of my favourite stops on the New York Bridal Fashion Week calendar. The effortlessly cool label, full of New York edge is always unexpected, fun and draws a heavily influence from ready to wear styles rather than traditional bridal looks.
When I heard that designer Katharine Polk was drawing inspiration from the 90’s and the rise of the supermodel icons like Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer, for her Spring 2015 collection, I couldn’t have been more excited. 90’s minimalism is one of my favourite eras for its simple, careless and edgy vibe and who better to bring this to life than Katharine.
Presented at Canoe Studios in Chelsea New York over looking the Hudson River, the industrial west-side space exuded the coolness and energy of the Houghton Bride Spring 2015 collection. 18 pieces were shown in two different groups and really resonated with two different styles of brides. Those looking for chic minimalism given a personalised edge and brides who want a more feminine and lady-like look!
My overall favourite pieces from the collection were the sequin mesh gown, the short sleeved guipure lace dress with full skirt and open back, and the cascading Chantilly lace skirt paired with the short sleeved Chantilly lace top.
Here’s a look at my behind the scenes images from the collection showing. You can read our full review of the collection and see all the looks on The Guide.
Tuesday, April 15th 2014
Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim and Derek Lam might the names at the forefront of fashion today, but if you think of iconic brands and New York establishments, Oscar De La Renta is where it is at! The young guard come and sometimes go, but there is truly something to be said for a house that has a brand history of half a century and an 81-year-old designer at his helm.
For a girl whose love for fashion began long before I had saved up enough pocket money to buy my first Vogue, Oscar De La Renta is one name that has been there since the beginning. So for me in terms of not only career defining moments, but life moments, attending the Oscar De La Renta Spring 2015 Bridal show, presented high above Byrant Park in New York City, it doesn’t get much bigger.
While I am all about the new and edgy, what I find so inspiring about the house of De La Renta, it that for a brand so rich in heritage, it is still so of the moment. As an avid reader of Oscar PR Girl and a close follower of Oscar’s ready to wear collections, I am ways so excited to see what the designer does next and how the brand stays current.
As sat amongst the worlds fashion media and buyers, and watched the show and the iconic designer take a graceful bow, I can’t begin to describe to the feeling I had, other than that I was part of something truly magical. The luxury, details and extravagance of the gowns and the collection clearly only comes with a designer and brand history so established.
Although the silhouettes remained classic and refined with a mix of A line and trumpet gowns and illusion and off the shoulder necklines, I loved that the collection showed Oscar's understanding of what women want and a definite awareness of todays modern bride. There was a number of pieces clearly inspired by a relaxed, more effortless bride or even an exotic barefoot on the beach elopement. In the mix was an all white cotton A line gown with an embroidered trim, as well as a white cotton bikini.
Here are some of my personal favourite looks from the show. You can see our review of the full collection on The Guide.