21 BRIDAL MOMENTS FROM HAUTE COUTURE WEEK WE’RE SAVING FOR LATER
Giambattista Valli haute couture spring/summer 2022. Weddings and couture: these are two things that operate firmly within the realm of fantasy. We can usually rely on haute couture fashion week for deliverance from considerations of practicality and functionality, for a brief reprieve for our weary eyes, in the form of runways lined with frothy tulle and voluminous taffeta and rococo-style bustiers (thank you, Schiaparelli). This is especially the case for brides to be, for whom runways are mood boards in motion. At haute couture spring/summer 2022, designers certainly provided ample inspiration for the betrothed. At Dior, a calm, pared-back femininity was the order of the day: Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection, created in collaboration with the Chanakya School of Craft in India, a long-time collaborator of Dior, put the emphasis on embroidery not just as superficial detail on top of an extant piece, but as part of the fabric of a garment. Swipes of bold, white eyeliner provided inspiration for the modern, graphically-inclined bride. At Chanel, a similar thread of feminine freshness ran throughout, apparent in appliqué flowers, in velvet bows, in the swish of pleats. Meanwhile, Daniel Roseberry’s collection at Schiaparelli was more influenced by forces beyond this world, and saw models sent down the runway in cosmically-inflected, sci-fi cinema garb, from giant brim hats to medallion necklaces, to metallic, shining armour. Would you wear a gilded vine bustier to be wed? For a surreal take on wedding wear, look to Roseberry for guidance—as long as ‘traditional’ isn’t how you’d describe your tastes to the wedding planner. Here, Vogue rounds up the best bridal looks from Paris spring/summer 2022 haute couture fashion week.