Vera Wang always shows towards the end of bridal market -- but no matter how many days we've been going, and no matter how many gowns we've seen over the past week, her show always feels fresh, new, and inspiring. Her Fall-Winter 2011 bridal collection, she says, represents a study in volumes and draping, with a real emphasis on necklines and the backs of dresses and gowns. (As we know, the back of the gown should not be an after-thought, because you spend the first part of the ceremony with your back to your guests.)
The other words Vera uses to describe the collection are "languorous, delicate, diaphanous -- with trains that epitomize grace in motion, making the bride feel ethereal both for her entrance and exit." I think ethereal is the perfect word for Vera's collection. She creates an ethereal/dreamy and romantic effect while at the same time providing gowns for a modern woman that have a touch of edginess.
It's such a fine balance to find a dress that feels chic and current but timeless at the same time. I always joke with Vera (now that I've been to almost 20 bridal markets since my own wedding) that I loved my Vera wedding dress so much that if I were to choose a dress again today, I would still have chosen the same exact dress -- and that says a lot considering I've seen thousands and thousands of dresses over the years.