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November 2015

Designer Feature: THEIA Fall 2016

For Fall 2016, Creative Director Don O’Neill takes the THEIA bride somewhere far away back in time. Gowns are sensuous and daring, made for brides who aren’t afraid to reveal a little more of themselves.

The inspiration for this season’s THEIA bride was made clear from the start: She walks a dark and dreamy pathway seen through the foggy haze of a 1920s opium den. Her inhibitions disappear and endless possibilities for her wedding gown shimmer in front of her eyes. This woman is free to redefine what marriage means to her and she can be what her inner desires want her to be.

Artic white faux fur chubby over hand embroidered diamond sequin slip dressIvory Satin back crepe gown with beaded illusion tulle threadwork neck lineSnow white silk chiffon caftan with crystal embroidered neck linkCloud white Spanish tulle gown with hand embroidered crystal epaulettes and waist cincherIvory satin high-low slip dress with silk chiffon and fringe skirtBlue smoke “Geisha” embroidered tulle gownCream hand embroidered floral slip dress with fringe

So, down the runway are glamourous bias satin gowns that fit the body like a second skin—something we haven’t seen in a while—as well as Spanish tulle cinched with diamonds. The rich jeweled tones, shimmering fringe, and sensuous textures invite others to reach out and touch her feminine side, yet also speaks of being in total control.

Poppy red hybrid rose embroidered tulle halter gown with satin aviator scarfIvory satin spaghetti strap slip dress with Chantilly lace mermaid skirtIce white lurex swag fringed V neck gown with high-low ball skirtPoppy red bias silk satin cowl neck slip dress with satin ribbonsPoppy seed black bias silk satin slip dress with Chantilly lace rufflePoppy red silk organza Infanta ball gown with jet black lace embroideryDiamond white tulle one shoulder gown encircled with a hand embroidered crystal and sequin mirror dragon

Every visit to THEIA’s runway has been an experience for me. Don O’Neill’s romantic and mystical vision adds a little something special to each collection, so that each piece is more than just a gown for a faceless bride. I love how each gown has its own character and tells its own story. Shouldn’t that be a prerequisite for every wedding gown?

THEIA is available in the States and online.

Credits: Images by Robert Mitra courtesy of THEIA. Feature image cropped from original.

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Designer Feature: THEIA Fall 2016