After a shapeshifting year of chaos and change, this season is a pivotal one for bridal. Out of challenge and disruption comes transformation. From pressure comes an unwavering clarity. In a year that turned our worlds upside down and brought our whirlwind lives to a standstill – it forced rare moments to pause. To subtract what wasn’t necessary and focus with precision on what was. To know and chase what lights us up inside. Curiously exploring what designers had dreamt up through this time of change, The Lane Bridal Week is a stage for artful expressions of challenge, unpredictability and revolution.
Set amongst the otherworldly salt flats of South Australia, in partnership with Australian fine jewelry house, Hardy Brothers, The Lane’s digital runway is a curated edit of new season bridal looks from the world’s most renowned designers and newly discovered boutique brands. A hand-picked selection of dramatically decadent and effortlessly simplistic gowns and fine jewels captured amongst the dramatic landscape, suffused in wild contrast, ethereal magic, and raw beauty.
Boldly exploring drama through exaggerated proportions and voluminous silhouettes, this season gowns blurred the boundaries between fashion, art and bridal. Impactful and experiential, grounded in modern cuts and balanced with delicate fabrics, these are gowns for modernists who want to make a bold statement about their personal style.
Sculpted layers of tulle in cloud-like silhouettes graced the collections of Kaviar Gauche, Viktor&Rolf Mariage and Vivienne Westwood, destined for an enchanting open-air setting or a venue steeped in dramatic proportions. Sweeping trains, statement bows and weightless puff sleeves crafted by the likes of Maticevski, Karen Willis Holmes and Love Honor, while Viktor&Rolf Mariage, Alca Line Bride and Christie Nicole adorned gowns in bold beadwork en masse. The key to wearing dramatic styles is an elegant balance of proportions – silhouettes that flatter (rather than swallow) the feminine form with a cinched waist or subtle reveal of skin through diaphanous fabrics, a thigh-high split or simple off-shoulder bodice.
Stripping back all unnecessary adornment to reveal contemporary silhouettes, designers opted for reflections of the modern woman’s shifting values. Unapologetically uncomplicated, gowns spill with effortless ease, impossible lightness and simplicity. Masterful draping and modern tailoring is key, created with undulating satin folds and featherlight silks that fall with elegance.
For an understated seaside or rooftop soirée, opt for simplistic, nonchalant styles of sheer fabrics and sweeping trains carried poetically by the wind from L’eto, & For Love, Costarellos and Shona Joy. For a statement take on the trend, contrast structured, refined gowns such as Vivienne Westwood, Maticevski and Alon Livné White with a moody industrial warehouse setting or ambient candlelit reception.
Spilling with ethereal romance, gowns of featherlight fabrics dotted in whimsical botanical adornment captured a longing for earthly connection this season. From wild, rambling floral embroidery through to whimsical appliqué and antique petalled lacework, each piece delicately entwined whimsical femininity with contemporary silhouettes.
For drama and contrast, style sweeping, floral adorned pieces by the likes of Naeem Khan, Monvieve and Ella Moda inside a dramatic ancient abbey or church ceremony. Textural, botanical inspired dresses by Daalarna and Love Honor work perfectly for a spring garden soirée. For a more subtle touch to romance, layer a simple, understated silk gown with an embroidered A La Robe skirt or Bo & Luca wrap top for your ceremony.
We would like to acknowledge the Kaurna people, Traditional Custodians of Lake Bumbunga on which this shoot took place, paying our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.
Music / Christian Patey
Creative Director / Karissa Dalton & Emma Westblade @ The Lane
Brand Partnerships / Stephanie Tarlinton & Bridget Vallis @ The Lane
Film Director / Alan Harca
Cinematography & Editing / Sam Vincent @ Dear Vincent
Drone Operator, Camera Assistant & Sound Designer / Josh Taylor @ Dear Vincent
Associate Editor / Luke Russell @ Dear Vincent
Photography / Jessica Aleece
Digital Operator / Mollie O’Sullivan
Production Manager / Lucette Romy
Hair & Makeup / Joanna Luhrs
Hair & Makeup Assistant / Krishelle Galang
Fashion Co-ordinator / Liana Gow-Killingbeck @ The Lane
Fashion Assistant / Natalia Gomez
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