Sheer romance

Sheer Romance

Light-as-air dresses which hint at the skin beneath, cascading ruffles and blush hues took over the runways during New York Bridal Week, the 2016 Spring Ready-To-Wear and Pre-Fall shows, evoking an undeniable sense of romance. 

The fabrics were beautifully ethereal, dreamy and intoxicating in tulle, lace, organza, and wisps of sheer silk.

Achingly beautiful, these romantic silhouettes create an ultra-feminine mood, yet lend themselves equally to both a modern and more relaxed, bohemian style. Think swaths of silks, delicate embroidery and soft chiffon in breezy, light-weight full length dresses.

Look to Alexander McQueen for translucent layering of silk and ruffles with a bit of edge, Reem Acra for embellished botanical references on sheer bases, and Marchesa for striking dresses featuring embroidered lace floating on soft silk.

Houghton’s artistic director Katharine Polk drew inspiration from Penny Lane and Kate Moss in the ‘90s for her collection of sensual, unstructured silhouettes in effortless fabrics like silks, lace, cotton, soft florals and fringing, which created a dreamy motion down the runway. While Claire Pettibone’s whimsical silhouettes use delicate fabrics like lace and chiffon and Sophia Kokosalaki’s floaty designs are light and fluid with a romantic air.

Inbal Dror used an unexpected colour palette of gold, ivory and vanilla mixed with sepia, nudes and blush embellishment details, and designers like Amsale, Jenny Packham, Mira Zwillinger and Monique Lhuillier played with subtle shades of blush, nude and cream.

It is no surprise the boldly romantic trend has continued, having been seen throughout the Spring Bridal collections including Valentino Haute Couture, One Day Bridal and Suzanne Harward, as well as the Spring RTW collections including Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Giambattista Valli and Balenciaga.

There is a dreamy, timeless sensuality to this style. The light touch of featherweight, sheer satins and silks and soft layers of tulle gives a barely there feeling, and creates a fluid, flowing movement which will look incredible in photographs and will almost have you wishing for a windy day.

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