Fashion is one of my favorite forms of self-expression. I love the combinations and relationships that flux between the life and art in fashion, how music and fashion both create and inspire one another. Below are some of my thoughts on new bridal fashion, specifically, Vera Wang Spring 2016. Fashion is born in runway theory and expression. The material world comes alive when artists put their own street-spin on the creative collaborations. Vera Wang does just this with her 2016 Spring collection. Vera’s mark on the fashion world has been as defining as calligraphy on white silk. Before entering the bridal market, Vera was senior fashion editor at none other than Vogue for a decade and a half. Now, she is shocking the world with rule-breaking bridal designs.
Vera Wang brings high fashion to what is perhaps the most conventional social norm of all—marriage. Vera started her first bridal boutique on Madison Avenue, NYC in 1989 after being bored of rooms (and seasons) full of predictably poised wear. Today, this institution of church & state takes a spin on the runway through Vera’s rebel hues, sinful sheers, and contemporary silhouettes.
Vera loves to play with color. She brought recently translated something blue to jewel-tone engagement rings, and her recent collections have sent a storm with red, mauve, and—gasp—even black ball gowns. Black may be associated with luck in Chinese culture, but to Americans its best fit for LBD’s (popularized by glam Hollywood’s black and white films) and funerals. Critics have mixed reviews on the hues.
On the other hand, brides traditionally wear white for the ceremony. Some say a white gown symbolizes a bride’s purity. Others say that the tradition comes from a more practical sense born from the cost-effective absence of fabric dyes. Perhaps the new colors are a reflection of our society’s new values. In terms of politics, spirituality, and wellbeing, experts say we’re tending toward secular. Additionally, lace sheers and cutouts hint at street-style’s influence. Ballet-inspired tulles are reminiscent of American adolescence and Vera’s dance past. Oversized girlish bows underscore the oversized girlish fantasy of weddings overall.
Piece of the gown are sometimes kept immortalized as a blanket, or reworked into modern wear. Vera’s 2016 designs could transcend the “one-day” mentality by being worn again. This expands to a woman’s general fate—asserting that there is, indeed, life after marriage in the modern world. Traditionally, the wedding has been idealized as the best day of a woman’s life (My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, etc.). Through role-breaking colors, fabrics and silhouettes, Vera Wang’s Spring 2016 collection broadens the choices of ladies as brides, and women.