Singaporebrides | Fashion

April 2016

Designer Feature: Tony Ward Fall Winter 2016/2017 Ready-to-Wear

The Tony Ward Fall Winter 2016/2017 Ready-to-Wear collection is full of enchanting, glittering pieces that are inspired by nature’s icy wonders.

We met Tony Ward at his trunk show in Belle & Tulle last month, and were regaled by the radiant glamour of his latest collection. For Fall Winter 2016/2017, Tony Ward created a series of scintillating gowns that glittered with deep, vibrant hues and richly layered textures. Known as Prêt-à-Couture, the collection falls in between ready-to-wear and couture, offering brides luxurious design at a fraction of the couture price point.

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The Lebanese-Italian fashion designer drew inspiration from the icy silhouettes of mountain ridges and frozen waters in earth’s coldest places, to craft gowns that mimic the cracks and lines formed by crystalised water. Playing with light and transparency, Tony Ward layered gossamer-thin and hand-painted macramés, gazar and lace, and glittering beaded embroidery to recreate light’s reflection on ice. To echo ice’s transparency, beautiful cracks are layered into the gowns, offering glimpses of lace or skin beneath.

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Echoing the sharp lines and pristine structures of glacial formations, the gowns have sleek, clean silhouettes with a fashion-forward edge. The minimalist lines are juxtaposed with rich layers of detail, like the frozen surface of a lake cracking in quicksilver quickness to reveal the moving water beneath. Rich fabrics speak of the luxury behind the collection, and the intricately detailed silk embroidery and organic shapes of the asymmetrical appliqué echo nature’s wondrous textures. Jewel tones add depth and vibrance to the gowns, with Tony Ward playing with ombre hues and accented colours to give the embroidered gowns a modern feel.

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Amongst the luxe pieces, a silver and blue diaphanous gown hit me like a blast of fresh, cold mountain air. Made to look like deep blue glacial waters rising to form sculptural, icy peaks, the gown graduates from a midnight blue, like the depths of the ocean, to a pure silver, and is overlaid with sparkling crystals embroidered to look like water drops and glacial cracks. To complete the look, a diaphanous hand-painted ombre cape ripples lightly over the gown like mist shrouding a glacier.

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The Tony Ward Fall Winter 2016/2017 woman is a powerful one with many different facets, just like how a majestic glacier melts in the winter sun to reveal shimmering, softened edges and the sparkle beneath. Brides who are looking for a luxe gown that showcases their personalities can find fashion at an affordable price tag with this beautiful collection.

Tony Ward is available at Belle & Tulle in Singapore.


Credits: Images courtesy of Belle & Tulle.