Inspired by young love, Vera Wang Bridal’s Fall 2017 collection presents romantic shapes with edge.

Vera Wang took her cues from Verona, Italy, in the 17th century. While previous seasons saw Wang creating frothy confections for her brides, this season returned to a sense of majesty. “I felt it was time we make a fashion statement with silhouette, architecture, and a bit of pomp and circumstance,” said Wang.

The new season focuses on traditional touches such as corsets and draped fabrics. To contrast the button-up accents are sheer layers of macrame lace and tulle. Necklines variate from off-the-shoulder styles to plunging v-necks. Sleeves are overly long on many dresses for dramatic effect. Compared to past bridal seasons, Wang took a more traditional route with a white and ivory color palette.

That idea was best exemplified by the most grandiose look of the bunch: an A-line dress featuring fringed silk organza flange at the skirt, a corset bodice with hand-knotted ribbon detailing, and crystal and pearl embellishments on the latticelike neckline. Old World interpretations were given modern updates through exaggerated draped sleeves, fluid off-the-shoulder treatments, and imaginative front slits. “There’s a certain formality and a certain grandeur,” Wang offered. “But hopefully—hopefully in a new way. Deconstructed but still constructed.”