BRIDE DRESSES NEW COLLECTIONS: TRADITION AND INNOVATION
From 14th to 17th of April in Milan there was the Bridal Week, an annual appointment with the new collections of wedding dresses, where the new trends of 2024 were presented.
Many new features, a lot of attention to detail, innovative and eco-sustainable fabrics, but also a return to the sartorial and embroidered clothes as in the older times.
Many new proposals that also solve the dilemma of the double dress, the desire to change the look between the ceremony and the party. And so here it is the dress that is put together and taken apart, to which details can be added and removed, added and subtracted. Unpredictable dress, with a guaranteed ‘wow’ effect: the showy and important corolla sleeves can be removed, leaving room for the neckline; the train and the wide skirt disappear revealing a perfect sheath dress; the rigorous bodice frontally opens into a daring neckline. A versatility that leads to a subsequent use, projecting the dress into a prolonged temporal space. The game works above all with the two pieces: the tank top with thin shoulder straps, the top that leaves a hint of belly exposed, the transparent shirt, garments that can easily be used over time. Then there is the neo-romantic style, because the dress remains inextricably linked to the location that will see it on stage.
As for the places that are sought increasingly special, out of the ordinary and peculiar, also the style has lost its rigidity, rigor and obvious formality to express a new romanticism, made of lightness, transparencies of variable density and sophisticate spontaneity.
A less sexy trend, made of precious fabrics, Italian or French, with an alternation of transparent and opaque and small important details.
The new collections also wink to the vintage style, to that slightly lived-in look, a detail that can take away the feeling of being too new. An embroidery, a slightly retro bodice, a lace that belongs to tradition, a handmade detail. Clothes that preserve the art of making, the craftsmanship, for the pleasure of a dress that can tell a story and that often belongs to the much sought-after Made in Italy. The “full lace” dress returns, or the croquet petticoat, the cotton lace doubled with nude tulle, but also the deliberately unfinished, with the selvedges left fringed as if they were ethereal feathers. The floral-themed jacquard fabrics are back, sustained, consistent and three-dimensional as a reference to the past with a modern cut.Then there is particular attention to detail, which can be a small belt to mark the waist, completed with a buckle, a band tied at the waist, a shoulder pad that becomes decoration, perhaps covered with small flowers or diamonds, a thread of pearls as a profile, a fabric studded with points of light, it is the details that make the difference. New and different signs, that define modern volumes, while the bow remains a great classic.So, for the future you, you are spoilt by this embarrassment of riches!
• 1 ANTONIO RIVA
• 2 CHIARA BONI
• 3 PETER LANGNER
• 4 ELISABETTA DELOGU