Once upon a time, Vera Wang was the one brides turned to for princess-worthy wedding dresses that came complete with a strapless sweetheart neckline and a cloud of tulle for its skirt. But after breaking the mold with black dresses one year, a collection of rose-hued dresses the next, and more recently, two seasons of sexy, sensual designs, Wang has done it again.
For spring 2016, the designer was completely transparent in her intentions—literally. Picking up where she left off for fall 2015, she has taken the slinky silhouettes to the next level with super sheer lace fabrics. Delicate Chantilly lace bridal gowns are paired with matching ivory Chantilly lace bra and panties, or with contrasting black pieces. Soft hand-pleated tulle skirts pool at the feet, and lace fabrics cling to the frame. Here, it's a fine line between bridal and lingerie.
As for the non-sheer designs, the standouts include a minimalist cut-out mermaid gown with a bra top and a dramatic black gown with an exposed midriff and a skirt extravagantly decked out in ostrich plumes.
To see her vision through, Wang has encapsulated her bridal collection with a short film titled Hotel Madrid, directed by Gordon von Steiner. "Hotel Madrid. The beauty freedom mystery and intoxication of Spain. Intimate and personal, these women inspire a subtle yet nonchalant sexuality," Wang says of the film. "Louche, lazy, luxurious. This is fashion through a youthful yet sophisticated lens."
Watch the film below, and click through to see all the breathtaking wedding dresses from Bridal Fashion Week.