Sunday, April 17th 2016
Often marking the end of an inevitably huge week, arriving at Naeem Khan’s studio for the final show on the bridal week calendar always feels a little like saving the best until last…this season proving no exception! Pulling inspiration from every corner of the globe for Spring 17, the designer described this collection as a celebration of originality, and ‘thinking outside of the box’.
Kaftans, sequins, gypsy embroidery, and a finale gown in black, we found ourselves in the midst of a collection unlike anything we’d ever seen. Not least of all, because the detail and technique involved in each piece was so unbelievably exquisite, it felt more akin to art. Only entirely wearable. And as their creator, there’s this beautiful sense when talking to Naeem, of someone who is so appreciative of this craftsmanship, of the work involved in bringing each piece to life, his vision for each gown translated and realised through a team of artisans, each weaving their magic. Stepping backstage this year was absolutely stepping outside of the box - and stepping into another world, witnessing first hand a collection that surprised and moved you, exactly as art should.
See the full runway show on the style guide.
Saturday, April 16th 2016
Arguably one of the most original bridal brands to emerge in recent seasons (finally designers who understand the type of gowns we want to wear & how we want to feel, helping shake the bridal stereotype with not a voluminous ballgown paird with a sculpted, strapless sweet heart neckline, in sight!), expectations were high heading backstage at Mira Zwillinger. Exceeding them all, we watched the magical creations of mother / daughter design duet Mira and Lihi come to life, grateful to be backstage as the incredible detail of these gowns is best appreciated up close. Between the creative chaos of pre-show activity, we stole a few moments with Mira to discuss and the inspiration for this dreamlike collection...
The LANE: The set and the staging looks absolutely beautiful…a hint of things to come?
Mira Zwillinger: Yes, can you feel that it is all about blossom…?
TL: It feels very botanical...
MZ: Yes the name of the collection is actually Whisper of Blossom…the moment when first buds start to pop up after a long, stark Winter.
TL: Which feels exactly like what New York is doing at the moment!
MZ: Yes for us its’s a very unique, short time that the flowers pop up, the beauty of nature that influences our collection. A fleeting moment of magic and beauty and this is exactly what the brides want to be on their special day. Unique and beautiful. The palette is many shades of blossom, all the muted colours, with the layers of silk creating the shadow effect. New in this collection you can see that we have crystal pleating, we use this as it’s very soft and mirrors the unfurling of the flower…the rest you will see in the collection!
TL: We’re so excited to see the show. Mira, do you have an ongoing muse or does she change every season? The woman that you picture when you’re designing?
MZ: It changes for every collection, it really takes time to get the muse, but when we get it….in this collection you will see it, for us it’s a very exceptional collection, very special, very feminine, and I think that you will be able to feel the Whisper of Blossom.
TL: It feels very dreamy and delicate….
MZ: We used a lot of flowers which we dyed by hand, a lot of layers of fabric, the petals in each flower are very unique.
TL: Lastly Mira, do you have an ‘ideal Woman’ would love to see wearing your designs…if you could dress anyone?
MZ: You may laugh but i would love to dress Julia Roberts!
See our full collection review, favourite gowns and detailed pictures from the Spring 2017 show in The Style Guide.
Friday, April 15th 2016
Kicking off Spring 2017 Bridal Week this year... we entered the dreamy sunlit studios backstage at Marchesa, A collection we're always dying to see revealed, and a fascinating glimpse into the world of this renowned fashion house. Every detail executed to perfection, threads stiched, gowns steamed, hair braided, lips stained... seeing the creative vision of designers Georgina and Keren brought to life is a pretty magical experience.
This year, it was Marchesa's more decadently beaded gowns balanced with seductively sheer, ethereal fabrics that we fell in love with...a slightly more daring and regal take on their signature whisical, romantic style, and one we couldn't get enough of. See our full collection review, dress highlights and detailed pictures from the Spring 2017 presentation in The Style Guide.