Stripped-down silhouettes reinforced with layers of airy chiffon, crepe, and organza are garnished with various incarnations of floral detailing for a collection that offers the spring and summer bride an ultra-feminine yet easy beauty.
Crocuses give way to poppies, next anemones, and finally, the summer daisy. As spring’s first buds break through the soil, we’re reminded twice of their presence when a breeze brings their scent our way again.
With the airiness and zealous growth of the season informing its matching collection, heavier, structured silhouettes give way to lighter, more ethereal ones. Body-conscious columns and fitted bodices with gently billowing skirts make up the majority. Dimension is recreated through meticulous layering of diaphanous fabrics and soft, trailing embellishments.
Influences from elegance past—everything from 40s glamour to 60s cheerful-chic to the bohemian 70s— are easy to spot, as is the modern take on them. Burnout flowers bloom delicately across a Parisian-inspired halter gown. Laser-cut and crocheted blossoms sprout from shoulder to hem on a mid century-favored tank silhouette. And embroidered florets edge each of the tiers of a shoulder-baring boho pull-on.
Bringing the sense of occasion to these anything-but-ballgown gowns is this exploration of dimension and embellishment by way of fabric manipulation. The result is an assortment that can be as easily worn on a beach as it could in a church or in a garden; the key word is ‘ease’. Spring 2012 ushers a less-fussy, effortless sophistication, with a characteristic helping of whimsy.