Marchesa Bridal SS16

Marchesa is a brand renowned for its magnificently detailed and romantic eveningwear. Designs for the brand’s bridal line maintain this precious reputation by showcasing all the hallmarks of the signature Marchesa style: classic silhouettes often referencing historical fashions, extraordinary fabrics and a generous dose of feminine embellishment. Just like the ready-to-wear, the designs of Marchesa Bridal are overseen by Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, both of whom were in attendance at this season’s bridal presentation, and available to answer questions posed by any of the guests invited to see the beautifully displayed dresses in the gilded ballrooms of New York’s St. Regis Hotel.

For its Spring 2016 collection, Marchesa Bridal presented fifteen gowns that didn’t shy away from glamour, but which looked remarkably light and airy, despite encrustations of metallic threadwork, three-dimensional fabric blossoms and cascading ruffles. Plays on transparency and layering meant a generous use of tulle, organza and lace – fabrics that add elegance and drama without adding bulk or weight. These materials also served to emphasize an overall feeling of delicacy, a particularly lovely thing for a spring collection.

Flowers were a recurring theme seen throughout the different looks, underscoring the springtime feel of the dresses. Blooms of various styles were depicted via threadwork embroidery, feather appliqués, or fully articulated fabric petals. These techniques – especially when used to execute a dégradé effect or to enhance the shoulders and collar of a cap sleeved gown – make a strong argument that Marchesa’s confections transcend the realm of fashion and cross over into that of art. And what bride wouldn’t want to wear a masterpiece on her most important day?

About the Author

A fashion stylist, event designer, and style writer, Lucas Somoza has a keen eye for all things beautiful. Based in Paris, Lucas regularly collaborates with Olivia throughout Paris Fashion Week, producing editorials and contributing reviews of designer collections. You can follow Lucas on Instagram at @LucasSomoza.