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BEHIND THE DRESS | MARA

Light ivory and black Y-neck architectural silk faille mermaid gown with peplum accent at waist.

Of all the gowns in the Spring 2014 collection, Mara is my most edgy design, and also one of my favorites. Every architectural element that inspired me in this collection—precise silhouettes, graceful curves and the spectacular contrast of light and dark shapes—came together in Mara. It’s a dress that really speaks to a forward-thinking bride who wants to make a very bold statement on her wedding day—but without any froth.

Mara is very artful, and sleekly minimal, cut in crisp, thick faille. A structured mermaid gown, it’s impeccably constructed without any stretch—or wrinkles. What breaks up the uniformity of this hard-edged silhouette is the Y harness, a very daring, high-contrast piece layered over the bodice on both sides of the gown. Made from faille as well, it’s attached to the waist, so you get this very subtle, bubbling peplum effect at the bottom.

I’ve always been inspired to use more active, sporty elements like this in my ready-to-wear and in Mara, it just felt like the perfect way to enhance and augment that beautiful precision. It’s an unconventional decoration, almost like a racer back, but that’s what gives the dress such a novel, refreshing sensibility—futuristic, even.

Mara will be a revelation for the bride who wants a very chic, timeless silhouette combined with a fashion-forward spirit of experimentation.

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