Renaissance Meets Infanta Meets Princess: Oscar de la Renta Bride Collection Spring 2013
NYC Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2013 ended last week and so, what were the highlights? What will next year’s “Summer” Brides be wearing…or inspired by? By the looks of it, lots of color, ball gowns, frill, and ┬ápeplums. Take a look:
Mantilla Diva: Dominican Republic model (and Oscar de la Renta muse) Arlenis Sosa in a fire-red strapless red Bridal Ball Gown, fit for a Goya painting, Oscar de la Renta Bride Collection Spring 2012

Red Bridal Brigade: In Vera Wang’s Bridal Collection for 2013, all her dresses were in various shades of red–three looks above
Eggplant Ball: eggplant/maroon colored strapless gowns from the Vera Wang Bridal Collection Spring 2013–These are shown on the runway for “impact” and to deliver a “Designer’s Vision” but the samples that end up in the salons will probably be white, off-white and creme, of course. And some could probably work for the bridesmaids, Maid-of-Honor, and so on–if they are willing to do a “Pippa” and upstage the bride!

Peplum Ladies: ┬áSeveral designers showed the peplum detail in some of their Spring 2013 offerings–Here are two from Venezuelan-born designers: (Left to right) Angel Sanchez strapless fitted gown with asymmetrical cascaded peplum detail; Carolina Herrera strapless gown with peplum detail.

Marie Antoinette Goes Hunting vs Princess Di Redux: Two ball gown/”Princess”-style offerings during NY Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2013–(Left to right) Carolina Herrera Bride Collection Spring 2013 strapless gown with a “double breasted” silhouette drop-waist torso and folded-and-pleated gown skirt; Marchesa Bride Collection Spring 2013 ball gown with drop-waist bustier and lace neck-and-sleeve detail and very 80’s shape.

NIKOLAKI Brides: Finally, here are a couple of my own NIKOLAKI Collection Bridal gowns: (left to right) ┬ástrapless off-white stiffened high-low gown in hand-made sequins/paillettes and “crushed” silk organza; strapless fitted silk duchesse gown with full pleated “Watteau” back.