For the Vera Wang Fall 2018 bridal collection the designer is attempting to redefine ball gowns; their our interpretation of a modern Grace Kelly. In complete contrast to the styles from last season, “I am seeing that girls today are ready for a return to classicism; there is a wanting for something simpler…it’s not necessarily traditional, but with more restraint,” she said.
Ver Wang has come back to a more classic bridal style for the season stemming from different cultures, people’s differences, their histories, how girls live, get married, celebrate, allowing us to see bridal in a different context. This freedom from trend influence allows for things like veiling, florals, sashes and full skirts that simply get reinvented. This season, shawls and shrugs have been replaced by textural boas, and veils have been swapped out for feathers and brooches worn organically in the hair as part of the hair, rather than being placed in a coif or atop brides’ heads.
Being surrounded by young women encouraged Wang down the path toward her own exploration of the world of Dior. The new collection is more of an “embracing” of the late designer’s impact. The influence on the modern ball gown is to credit for its omnipresence in today’s bridal vernacular, but these full skirts have a certain youth and charm and a point of view that, Wang hopes, is deliberate.