Recently launched, Spanish bridal company Pronovias, debuts their 2013 Collection in South Africa. The Pronovias 2013 Collection is full of flowers with extremely elegant choices for brides in all styles- from romantic gowns with very flowing skirts to cosmopolitan silhouettes for a softer more textured look. Classic patterns inspired by flowers and petals are a triumphant success in this collection while bold yet light and comfortable dresses are formed using lace, chiffon, tulle and gazar.
Rather than using pure white, these models have a ‘nude’ base, which subtly emulates the bride’s skin. Gowns are fashioned over this with sheer ivory lace, guipure and Chantilly, each worked individually by hand. Scissor cut tulle is also used to create original looks with points, flowers, bows and other interesting details.
Another trend we see in this 2013 collection is the “double dress”. One of buttoned tulle, very easy to wear, which gives the bride great aplomb during the ceremony, however, when the party begins this can be removed, revealing the perfect figure-skimming mermaid dress.
When it comes to embroidery, rather than creating contrasts the trend this season is to create iridescent effects with transparent and white palettes’ that reflect natural light and blend beautifully with the sparkles on the dress itself. Small pieces of mother-of-pearl and ivory are also used, tracing tiny handcrafted branches of coral and flowers.
Strapless and asymmetric necklines are still the most popular choices, along with spaghetti straps and sheer tulle sleeves. Dresses with trains abound in this collection, long for religious and short for civil ceremonies. The veil, the bridal accessory par excellence is here this season with guipure lace appliqué finished with broderie anglaise. As an alternative, there are tulle, chiffon and organza capes and capelettes, which tie at the neck and flow out generously, as well as figure skimming boleros and jackets that form part of the dress. The keys to this season are plunging backs and the waist, which is emphasised with ribbons, knots and belts.