Fashion is having a love affair with anything galaxy, space and constellations at the moment, with absolute killer looks from Chanel, Gucci and Saint Laurent dominating my heart.
Way Out Wedding favourite Otaduy’s latest collection, Galactic Love, takes inspiration from the same pool and more subtly reflects it, most notably in the details on the Andromeda, Spica and Galatea dresses.
This shoot includes many of the dresses from the collection but rather than go space-age actually styles them ‘1990s meets high street meets couture’. Definitely my kind of look, mashed up so.
Stylist Monica Anoz says,
“We wanted to achieve a bold style, with grunge touches, lots of leather, and vintage elements, such as Gucci pearl shoes, grid t-shirts, jewellery, cowboy boots and black sunglasses. However, we wanted to keep the classic touches like silk, embroidery, and exquisite fabrics to the touch and sight.”
We never stopped orbiting together. We are the universe.
It was the galactic styling of this lookbook shoot from Northern Irish bridal boutique Archive 12 that caught my eye on Instagram: the projections of constellations onto the model, echoed in her make-up where stars adorn her face, all grounded with a grungey pairing of trainers and gown. Well, it’s just modern bride styling perfection for me.
I’ve had Hermione de Paula on my heart-eyes radar for ages, and thought it was about time I showed you in full just what I love about her modern designs.
I adore the playful details such as the wedding day date embroidered right there into the design, as above, and the confident sexiness of that thigh-high split (below) dealing an unexpected sucker-punch just when you thought it was a reasonably conservative dress.
On her website, it sums up her ethos better than I can:
“Working more as an artist than a typical fashion designer, Hermione celebrates the flora and fauna of the landscape around us: secret messages combine with flowers in disguise and paradisiacal prints for you to find.”
And Harpers Bazaar US said,
“Her flair for ‘Romantic Surrealism’ results in designs that surprise upon closer inspection.”
Now if that doesn’t leave you aching to see more, I don’t know what to do with you.
I caught some of the shots from the Miss Bush Bridal 2017 lookbook on Instagram, and was immediately hooked. Sometimes dresses are shot in a studio and so the lookbook just looks a bit static and lifeless; endless images that all end up looking the same and you can’t tell one from another.
Not so with this shoot…
These gowns are brought to life and given a context, in fact a back story, based on what actual visitors to The Chapel (where Miss Bush Bridal lives) have said, and the thoughts and inspirations these things sparked in M.D. Emma’s imagination.
And I love the ethos of the company – that it’s not just about one person, but more that it’s a team of creatives who’ve broken through the ‘professional distance’ boundary into a blurred swirl of friends and collaborators, of family and colleagues, and that this has meant the creativity has blended and risen to a different level. There’s an intimacy to these images that you only get when a team does this. And it’ll make you connect with the beautiful dresses so much more…
You all know I have a major piece of my heart that belongs to vintage and preloved bridal, so I was thrilled to have Kate Beavis from the National Vintage Wedding Fair submit this piece on why vintage dresses rock, along with a beautiful styled editorial, shot by Claire Macintyre…
This stunning bridal collection from Jane Bowler Studios is one of the most exciting things to appear on my wedding radar. The avant garde designs and materials are just incredible and so utterly up my street I could pop.
I love how the strict edges and stillness of the geometric plastic shapes sit beside the softness and fluidity of Heather Orr’s macrame and of AM Faulkener’s veils (embellished by Jane as a collaboration). It’s an arresting relationship of opposing qualities. Very clever, modern bridal; filled with connotations of strong and armoured and also soft and romantic.
The future is here and it’s going to blow your mind.