Realized Runway: Bridalized

So it's no surprise to anyone that I'm a big fashion freak, I love haute couture runway ridiculousness. I think I get to see things from a different perspective: part idealized feminine fantasy, part costume, part artistic play on proportion. Most of what gets sent down the runway during fashion week isn't really ready-to-wear, but it does represent the style ideal we'll start to see in stores soon. With that in mind, I'm always interested in what's coming next around the fashion bend, and wanted to share a few of the things I saw coming out of Paris last season:

Elie Saab - Gossamer Glamour:

Super soft floaty fabrics that balance with gobbed on crystals. By keeping everything tonal, the play between richness and lightness was perfectly balances, and the whole thing sparkled like a diamond set against a deep backdrop. It reminded me of Vera's "confection" skirts (swirls of whisper light tulle and organza) and the slim sexiness of Monique's "Chandler" (in bridal spring 2011) with floral applique and dense beading floating away into chiffon.

Valentino - Renaissance Angels:

The ton of the show was religious, but surprisingly modern. Think the classic mix of hard and soft, sweet and sexy. The models looked like Renaissance paintings with pale angelic faces and elongated shapes that seemed to float in from another world. The thin, tiered shapes from Modern Trousseau and the play on layers of ruffles from Junko Yoshioka are perfectly on trend!


Armani Prive - Asian Inspired Asymmetry:

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This goes a little further out of the box. Armani's stark black and white's with touches of oriental-ism reminded me of the impressionist obsession with the Far East. It's aesthetic is clean and modern, but infused with that European softness that makes it so complex and intriguing. I love the soft banding of Modern Trousseau's Portia (chiffon and satin beautifully contrasted) and of course the east-meets-west chic goddess of them all, Ms. Wang. Note both dresses with the modern-edged torso hugging corsets that create new shapes around the body. You're seeing the trend here first folks!!!

It might not be apparent right away, but fashion really does speak to us and have great things to say if you listen. It's not always about taking it right off the runway, but use it as inspiration to feel just as beautiful and special!