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Maximalism and bustle: trends in wedding dresses

DURING the recent ‘Weddings at the Peninsula and More’ wedding and events fair, we couldn’t help but feel a little thrill of delight that the grand venue was ready for perhaps some of the most romantic weddings in the world. the city. The sense of excitement was heightened by a wedding dress fashion show in the lobby on September 3, featuring Manila Fashion Festival bridal collections from Steph Tan, Vin Orias and Jun Escario.

We tracked down the upcoming trends for this wedding season through the collections of these three designers.

No brides in cocktail dresses here. Steph Tan and Jun Escario’s collections featured trains, long skirts and wide prom skirts. Smaller dresses would have been eclipsed when descending the grand staircase at Le Pen, which served as a runway. Even Jun Escario’s singular cocktail dress had a skirt made from layers and layers of fabric forming the illusion of multiple book pages; perfect for more literary brides.

While Vin Orias’ menswear designs for grooms featured traditional white, his designs also featured plum and burnt sienna suits for the dashing groom. Other suits on the runway showed iridescent pale pink and navy blue.

Low-key weddings were vital during the pandemic, and great dress details were lost on Zoom screens. With a return to face-to-face interactions, designers wasted no time in ensuring that every detail, embroidered or not, would not disappear on blurry screens and the camera by highlighting every stroke of embroidery with crystals and pearls.

Now let’s listen to the back of the dress. Walking down the aisle, the dress should make an impression on its way down the aisle, and Mrs. Tan and Mr. Escario wouldn’t let the moment pass. Ms. Tan’s Daniela dress is particularly mesmerizing, with a wide ballgown skirt and a bustle made of a huge ruffle, making the back of the dress appear like a voluminous pile of whipped cream or petals. With Mr. Escario, scarves and capes dragging to the ground complete the effect. — Joseph L. Garcia