Sofitel Melbourne began in the hotel’s foyer with groups of women and a few supporting men highly anticipating if they’ll find the dress of their dreams tonight.
Cappellazzo Couture graced us with their collection of outstanding bridal pieces. Magnificent dresses filled the catwalk with models accompanied by very well behaved Samoyeds. The girly girls celebrated voluminous skirts, structured corsets, and extensive detailing. No stark whites, soft colours of cream, latte and smoky grey. Bows are big and carefully placed to emphasize waistlines and necklines, metallics, sequins and frills brought character to the entire collection. Glorious fabric gathered around the décolletage, the straps, and the waist. Vertically all detail was strategically placed and divinity was accomplished. The back of the dresses received attention with clever strap placement, a green frill on one following the movement of the straps and stylish v back cuts. Tulle was also evident in dresses and veils and vintage headpieces complimented each dress. My favourite was actually a dress that reminded me of a Grecian Goddess. Simple yet so effective. Straight cut with frill detailing on waist, with a flowing straight skirt. Diagonal straps and material was perfectly gathered but the dress looked so soft and elegant. Cappellazzo creations will keep you happily ever after.
Already at the top of many girls’ lists when they start their wedding dress quest, Baccini & Hill did not disappoint. In true form Baccini & Hill commenced their collection with their statement vibrant orange gown. Flowing and sweetheart cut which meets a detailed clasp. Waists and hips are a feature with luxurious fabrics wrapping and meeting with lace, bows and beading. Flower features on shoulders, geometrical structured bodices and patterns are reinforced with crystals and beading. Structured, flattering and filled with volume, no skill was spared. The classic tulle is also back in underlay’s, mixed with satin and on gathered veils. The collection is inspiring, unique and filled with luxury. Here you’ll find the forever dress.
Always trying to achieve the unforgettable dress, Mariana Hardwick did just that. Her collection was intensely stunning. Elegant and sophisticated pieces, understated style and every dress was wearable, comfortable and moveable. Seems the bridal world is experimenting with colour as greys and latte colours became bolder emphasizing the intricate detailing on the dresses. Luxurious fabric strategically draped to create the flattering silhouette Mariana Hardwick is famous for. Symmetry is no longer fashionable, as geometry was played with and diagonal straps teamed with horizontal waist detailing and vertical beading. Fabrics merged as silks met lace, and sheer patches of fabric weaved into the materials. Long gloves and head pieces have made a return. The collection was romantic, full skirted and fashionably classic.
Croce & Colosimo Couture heart-stopping collection blew the audience away. A breathtaking collection of intricately detailed structured bodies and embellished dresses. Burlesque inspired corsets, and carefully placed ribbons and ties. Romantic lace and vintage detailing. Straps are adorned with flowers, and embellishments, draping fabrics and tapered pieces. Fabrics were merged and satin bows and detailing around lining sat over beading and detailing to provide a more streamlined design. Patterns and voluminous dresses created a scene and draping and gathering of fabrics. The attention to detail on these dresses is outstanding, designs are unique and wearing a Croce & Colosimo creation guarantees you the best dressed Bride.
I prepared myself for the last fascinating collection of Linda Britten. A fresh approach with a mix of evening wear and bridal wear, both of which could be used as an alternative for the other. A powerful emerald green dress approached the catwalk, with draping fabrics, creased and moulded to the silhouette. Tulle was evident in pieces, along with luxurious fabrics adorning the silhouette. An amazing red gown with waistband fabric wrapped, and frilled and tapered at the top, it flowed down into a full skirt of femininity. A statement dress and so flattering with a bold colour. It was love when I saw it. Linda’s collection also featured the ever popular lace which is all over bridal at the moment. Cape style chiffon draped from the back of dresses, colours were merged and shoulders and décolletage shared the limelight with embellishments on straps and across the neckline. There was a no fear factor in this collection and the inspiring pieces created pure momentum.
Also in compliment of the ladies, one gorgeous male model joined us in Henry Bucks. Again, bright colours teamed with the classic suit were featured. Henry Buck did not shy of blue, orange, green and metallics. This label has broadened its horizons, and happy to mix the bright with the dark, play with cuffs and collars whilst keeping a sharp quality.
I left Hot Brides wishing I had a day to plan for. Then I realised thanks to the mix of bold colour, I can use the dresses as an alternative evening gown. Lovely.
Words – Angela Fedele
Photography – Patrik Nemes PNP Media