The Vera Wang Fall 2016 bridal collection, entitled ‘Hotel Madrid Part Two’, showcases a Spanish theme through the art of flamenco. The 17-piece collection features silhouettes varied from the conventional—a long-sleeved shirtdress style with hand-appliquéd lace—to the subversive, in the form of a princess dress with a sheer bodice sitting atop layer upon layer of gossamer-thin tulle.
The ethos of the collection was clear: Wang wants her bride to feel sexy and sensual, with hints of the exotic. Every style comes with detachable bows, and clever black corsets acted as a subtle nod to the costumes sported by toreadors. There are more traditional takes on dressing for the big day, including a made-to-order stunner featuring hand embroidery with pearl accents and an ostrich feather–trimmed skirt. Oversize bows adorn many of her sultry, boudoir-inspired looks, complete with cutouts, sheer illusion mesh sleeves and intricate hand-embroidered passementiere bodices. A hint of darkness is de rigueur in Wang’s collections, and nothing said dark like an all-black silk taffeta gown with a collared neckline and a gigantic, cutaway bubble skirt.
Vera Wang Bridal plays with proportion and volume for the fall 2016 season, featuring high and low hemlines as well as ball gown shapes with dramatic tulle. A focus on embroidery on the bodice and large bows add a feminine take to the lookbook’s rock and roll styling including platform heels and shaggy, jet black hair.