With the ethereal glow of golden afternoon light spilling in through stained glass windows and onto the worn hardwood floor of the enchantingly iconic, Hoffman Hall in Chelsea’s Highline Hotel, Israeli designer Inbal Dror, with her show-stopping gowns, inspired thoughts of the old and new world, where glamour is darkly decadent and innocence needs a little edge.
With an incredible 35 new pieces for fall (all with her signature daringly glamourous aesthetic) and blending an affinity for an edgy modern bride with handcrafted details and couture skills, this collection awoke the spirit of the wild at heart. From grand silhouettes and almost impossibly, opulent textures to the illusion tops and embellished racer style backs - everything about the collection was bold, edgy and took statement to the extreme.The silhouettes were figure hugging and details made a daring statement. Skin was exposed, backs seriously low, sides cut away, double slits thigh high and floor sweeping trains exaggerated.
While an Inbal dress evokes an undeniable glamour through drama and embellishment (and perhaps isn’t for the minimalist), the mixing of textural fabrics brings a romance and softness to the look. Ruffled layers of complementing fabrics on trains are paired with bustier, mermaid silhouettes. We imagine these styles sweeping the floors of a black tie affair at a beautiful rustic venue.
While there was a range of gowns with voluminous tulle skirts, we we’re drawn to the looks that blended the signature drama of an Inbal train with the romance of a long sleeve. Our favourite, slightly nostalgic for the iconic long sleeve & low back, lace Pucci dress that forever inspires. Inbal however, married solstice lace with crochet and handmade beaded pearls and crystals, to give this look a more glamourous mood. It was both elegant and ethereally opulent. For the girl drawn to oceanic romance and a mermaid-esque aesthetic (think The LANE Pushing Back the Dawn editorial), there was an incredible tulle skirt dress with iridescent silver embellishment on an illusion top.
While for the show a more regal aesthetic enveloped, with hair worn in slick middle buns, topped with gilded crowns, we envisage a slightly more unruly and element swept look for these gowns. A captivating juxtaposition that awakens an effortless sense of glamour. Think textured hair left wind-swept and faces natural, but luminous and dewy.
(See more of our coverage from the Fall Bridal Shows on The LANE Backstage )
Photography: Abby Ross