Never the bride

I’ve pictured myself in beautiful embroidered, princess tulle, 70s bohemian or backless white dresses very often. However, I have never pictured or dreamt about wearing THE dress on THE day.

Close friends of mine will probably underline that when speaking to me about wedding attire, it’s something like a one way conversation. I can add my style critique to their ideas, I can probably design a wedding dress for them (I have several sketched here and there), I can select the accessories for them as well as the shoes. But I will never speak about my own big day fantasies. Why? Because I simply have none.

You might think that this is one of those bitter always the bridesmaid, never the bride situations. Well you’re wrong. So damn wrong.

I am more than happy to live and to know that THE day may never come. I don’t need an excuse to don exquisite designs, be it in white, peach or nude. Wearing something borrowed is almost a daily occurrence for me (I like to occupy the boyf’s wardrobe, and wear his tees and ties), I wear blue when it matches an outfit, oldies and vintage are also a part of my style and who doesn’t buy and wear something new every now and then?

My wedding fantasy is blank. I don’t feel a strict obligation to wait for proposals, diamond rings and months (if not decades) of planning wedding receptions just to be the centre of attention in a white dress for a day and a half. I do casually look through wedding dresses and think that they would definitely work in different contexts, not only brides or their maids – but that’s the couture lover speaking in me.

Here’s a selection of a few beautiful designs from New York’s Bridal Fashion Week. Would I wear them? Yes. To a wedding? Who knows, I might but not necessarily.

Vera Wang New York Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2013
Oscar de la Renta New York Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2013
Oscar de la Renta New York Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2013 1
OSCAR DE LA RENTA BRIDAL 2013 with detail

Gowns by Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta from New York Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2013

(Images: WWD and Nathan Kraxberger)

Pret-a-reporter’s picks of NYFW

Pret a reporter pick of NYFW

1. Alexander Wang – as usual relaxed chic with an unexpected slit here and there. Ahh, this coat is something I’d love to wear with barely there shorts.

2. Badgley Mischka – super glamorous and decadent. This deconstructed blush coloured gown looks very vampish with dark lips.

3. Betsey Johnson – so deliciously 80s.

4. BCBG Max Azria – the white dress I’d love to be seen in anytime. No, really, please hand it over to me right now.

5. Carolina Herrera – big hair, long gloves and gowns. Jackie O’s back.

6. DVF – Diane’s collection was a play with colours rather than prints that she specialises in. It was so refreshing. I actually struggled to pick only one look!

7. Donna Karan – the art of being a woman. No one portrays it better than Donna.

8. Doo Ri – it’s not only about drapey jersey anymore – it’s about mixing drapes with other textures. Not keen on hair and make up (or the lack of both?), but the outfit is potential perfection for the office.

9. Helmut Lang – slit, drape, slit, drape and leather up. Such a damn feel good collection.

10. Jenny Packham – a throwback to the 30s and 40s. And Jenny can throw me back there any time she likes as the collection oozed sophistication. Quite refreshing to see constructed outfits when other designers are playing with deconstruction.

11. Oscar de la Renta – I was forcing myself to select one but I physically couldn’t.

12. Narciso Rodriguez – will allow you to show off your perfect pins. Take that opportunity.

13. Prabal Gurung – detailed and extravagant.

14. Zac Posen – belle of the ball, the final frock took my breath away.

The trends that are most definitely here to stay:

  • Long gloves, all around the runways, so you will most likely be wearing long gloves next season, evening out or not;
  • Slits – prepare to stock up on 100 den tights as the skirt you’ll be wearing is going to have a thigh-high slit, no matter its length or the weather;
  • Big hair – we’re talking big, loud volume, people! Just look at Herrera’s girls.

New York Fashion Week’s trends wrapped up

There were loads of brilliant collections thrown together by designers this season – all very wearable and of course covetable.

Here’s a rough round up of what we’ll be wearing next summer:

Michael Kors does urban safari – think strong animal prints, utilitarian cuts, khaki shades and deconstructed knitwear.

Michael Kors Spring Summer RTW 2012

Michael Kors Spring Summer RTW 2012

Pin up prints dominate at Anna Sui – Christina Aguilera’s Candyman meets the Great Gatsby. Key: chiffon dresses, head gear, lots of leg show and clashing prints.

Anna Sui Spring Summer RTW 2012

Anna Sui Spring Summer RTW 2012

Deconstructed statement prints at Rodarte, think dresses which need little more in terms of accessories in order to steal the show.

Rodarte Spring Summer RTW 2012

Rodarte Spring Summer RTW 2012

Oscar de la Renta introduces us to his version of a couture-loving Esmeralda – floaty dresses, crochet work and full skirts. Very FULL skirts.

Oscar de la Renta RTW 2012

Oscar de la Renta RTW 2012

Proenza Schouler insists on cat eye frames and adds unexpected cuts and slits to an otherwise demure and functional collection.

Proenza Schouler Spring Summer RTW 2012

Proenza Schouler Spring Summer RTW 2012

Badgley Mischka transforms women into sweet sweet candy with a splash of Galliano’s couture cuts. Delicious enough to eat, let alone wear.

Badgley Mischka Spring Summer RTW 2012

Badgley Mischka Spring Summer RTW 2012

It’s safe to say that next summer’s strongest trends are the following:

  • Cut outs and deconstruction – a flesh-showing cut here, a purposed tear there  becomes the norm;
  • Prints stay strong, clashing prints stay stronger;
  • Maxi skirts with slits steal the spotlight – legs do the talking and should be talked about;
  • Waists stay high.

(All images: Go Runway)

London Fashion Week, here we come!