The Vera Wang Spring 2019 bridal collection included pops of color, cascading ruffles and dramatic, oversized floral details. Nearly every color of the rainbow was featured in the collection, and the silhouettes are as bold as the hues.
“I wanted to explore translucency and movement, and obviously color, but in a new way,” she said, “in order to ignore certain ‘bridal’ dictums, like white, beading, acres of lace, and traditional ball skirts.” Drawing inspiration from the canvases of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, she deliveres romanticism with a touch of edge.
With books, songs, and films the designer focused on his use of color and light, from a subtle burst of magenta peeking out from beneath a train to neon grosgrain bows and a crimson corseted gown. Hand-painted by Rebecca Moses, the frottage detailing was a time-consuming process but one Wang considered necessary. “That’s the only way to achieve a luminous, painterly effect—imperfect but nuanced.”
Wang broadened her scope with a series of tulle-heavy pieces that nodded to the costumes of the Ballets Russes, and she kept up the momentum by focusing on movement—an idea evident in Inez and Vinoodh’s photographs of the collection. With dance being a key component of most weddings, one has to wonder why more designers don’t consider movement in their designs. By keeping things airy and artsy, Wang was at her best.