’The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her.’ Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975), French haute couture designer and one of the most influential figures of fashion history, together with Chanel and Lanvin.
10V17 BARCELONA. – The 27th edition of bridal fashion week in Barcelona premiered the evening of Tuesday, April 26. Backstage, the international model Karolina Kurkova looked at the media for the worldwide launch of Pronovias group’s little sister brand ‘Studio St. Patrick’, that made its stage on the catwalk with a princess versus siren collection. And meanwhile, Rosa Clará, who opened the spring fashion event, provided the last little brushstrokes for her show with sensible artistic vision.
2017 has become the most international fashionable wedding edition to date for Fira Barcelona’s ‘Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week’ event claiming to be the largest in Spain. Between 25 and 30 April all eyes in the field went on the city during the celebration of its 27th meeting right by the exposition of the 2018 collections in regard to costumes and ornaments to wear for brides and grooms for the duration of 25 national and international author’s fashion parades to consumers, prescriptors and mass media alike.
The Rosa Clará‘s 25-dresses-collection is the most unstructured in her history since 1995 and in the 15 years that she has been participating in Barcelona’s runways, she acknowledged to me, who apart from being wise is modest. Properly pronounced and pretty wide necks in moderation. The cape replaces the bridal veil. Delicate long sleeves and V-neck and heart neckline go hand in hand together. Each bride dress not with inner lining is made from fine, lightweight fabrics as Italian plumeti, exquisite guipures, crepe or silk tulle and laces. Charming and romanthic clothes: paste jewellery and spangles scattered carefully on the dress and floral embroidery.
Constantly escorted by lush Beyoncé and Kardashian, bold Yolanda, Cristina and their homonym company ‘YolanCris’, loyal to their transparencies and boho chic lace since 2005, made it a double when they exhibited a couture collection and a ready-to-wear one recalling the folk cosmo and the boho Gypsy trend of the 70s in a romantic feel.
‘Purity’, the singular most confidential Inmaculada García collection, promised her 3-lines jewels: the romantic ‘My Essentials’, ‘My Couture’, and that of millenial generation ‘My Secrets’, as if precious metals were extracted from a quarry. Silks in different textures, feathers and crystal embroidery are the stars and shape 27 incomparable dresses.
In his first show in Europe, the Venezuelan architect by profession designer settled down in New York, Angel Sanchez, played ‘Rose Mist’ and a selection of some of his best-liked creations of his past collections ‘Moonlight Romance’ and ‘White Garden’. He was the guest of honor and the indisputable protagonist of the gala evening hold in Pedralbes Palace on April 26.
From her workshop in the Valencian Benaguasil to the world with Balenciaga and Josep Font influences, the two generations of ‘Isabel Sanchís’ bet on a haute cruise by the forties, fifties and seventies. Metallized embroideries stand out, as well as asymmetries, the considerable ornamentation applied onto the fabrics, not forgetting tulle and organza volumes.
30 years among haute couture laces are attributable to a loving delicate and awe-inspiring Russian woman living in Israel. The ‘Victorian Affinity’ collection by Galia Lahav is devoted mainly to Jeanna Margaine Lacroix, a truly dressmaker approach to the Victorian style. Jewel-embroidered dresses without end tails and classy capes in silver and ivory colors.
Finally, with the Greek Demetrios, resident in the island of Manhattan, New York, I very happily spied on two-piece dresses, removable tails, variety of sleeves, capes and boleros, strapless and sweetheart necklines, lace and satin fabrics and golden, white and ivory tones between the highlights.
Written by Adelaida Subías
Photo Credits: Adelaida Subías
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