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Behind the Dress | Mabel

Light ivory V-neck silk crepe soft mermaid gown with guipure lace cap sleeves.

My collections over the years have ranged from elaborately sculpted, architectural constructions to romantic, frothy confections. But my roots in bridal come from a more minimalist place. All the dresses in my Spring 2014 bridal collection offer a pure, beautifully stripped-down point of view, and none more so than Mabel.

I wanted Mabel to be a blank canvas that let the bride be the focal point—a quiet whisper of a dress, as opposed to a scream. At first glance, the gown looks deceptively simple—a soft mermaid gown in dense, matte silk crepe, completely unadorned except for a flutter of guipure lace in the cap sleeves. But I find that this minimalist quality is what makes the bride look so intoxicating. The opaque crepe falls off the body like pure liquid silk without ever feeling too wispy. It gives the gown a silhouette that is exceptionally sleek, reminiscent of the glamorous gowns of 1930s Hollywood.

For a textural counterpoint to the smooth crepe in the gown, I’ve used just a hint of fern-patterned guipure lace in the sleeves. This denser, more old-fashioned type of lace adds a very graphic, high-impact detail. I find that when you strip back all the embellishment, suddenly the slightest suggestion of decoration, like lace, becomes even more striking.

A plunging neckline shows off the skin, but without any vulgarity. I especially love how the deep V in the back subtly highlights the shoulder blades—such an elegant and delicate statement!

A wedding gown doesn’t need to be overly complicated in order to make a strong impression.  Mabel is the height of effortlessness and confidence.

 

 

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