Vera Wang, how you impress thee.
Vera Wang, the leading designer of ivory bridal gowns, made a bold move during New York’s bridal fashion week this past weekend by showing black wedding dresses in her Fall 2012 bridal collection. Instead of being turned off by this seemingly misdirected choice of color scheme, and as a subscriber to Brides magazine, I was, well, turned on by Vera’s dark collection. [Side note: Why I’m subscribed to Brides magazine…don’t ask. I have many subscriptions to fashion magazines that are sent free to my home in L.A. and I actually have no idea how it happened but I somehow got onto the subscription list of Brides — and yes I look through every page. In my defense, it’s been a while since I’ve been home.]
The collection caught everyone’s attention with Vera’s subdued direction in an otherwise bright and light industry of ivories and off-whites. Vera was inspired by “witchcraft” and created a collection that consisted of beige and black gowns, with fitted bodices, intricate detailing, and fairytale-like skirts. With hair, makeup, and colors being a bit drearier than what you’d expect to see on one’s wedding day, the whole collection was still romantic with a beautifully dark twist. However, before we can gush about how much we love Vera’s black wedding dresses, we should ask ourselves: are Vera’s Fall 2012 bridal gowns something one would wear on their wedding day – a day most young girls dream of as their dazzling moment as the bride-to-be?
After browsing through the photos from Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 bridal collection, I turned to my boyfriend: “If we get married, I’m wearing black.” This was said without thinking much about how unconventional anything other than a white wedding dress may be and how upsetting it could be for said mother-in-law and my known to be traditional, sometimes overbearing Chinese mother (and probably freaking the significant other out— woops!). After going through the collection a second time with my boyfriend, we agreed that the beige colored dress did look quite pretty and would be perfect for a less somber and still radiant bride. New York bridal fashion week, I’ve never heard of you ’till now but you sure did showcase some great stuff. Kudos.
After much thought though, I do think it’s ridiculous that Vera’s latest collection, although beautiful, made so many headlines just because of her color choices. And who wouldn’t wear a black wedding gown designed by Vera Wang? She could design a dress in any way possible, and we’d still wear it. So now, could black be the new bride’s white? And what’s so great about traditional white anyway? A symbol of purity…pfft.
Now the real question: would you wear black to your wedding? Tell us in the comments and vote in the poll below!
by Amethyst Wang
Images via Brides.com
Check out a slideshow of Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 bridal collection here.