Premiering her new affordable collection, Blue Willow, Anne Barge treated us to not just one, but three collections for Fall 2012. The Blue Willow collection speaks to a bride who loves Barge’s hallmark of beautifully cut, wearable, feminine dresses. She’s a fashionista looking to make a chic, quiet statement on her wedding day at a great price point. Swirly circle skirts layered in tulle and dotted net tiers, like the Marigold and Anya gowns, give this tight grouping an airy softness, while her more classic cuts, like the satin trumpet Sage and lace and organza A-line Swansea, give girls the option for traditional, pretty polish.
The La Fleur collection smacks of sophistication with a wide variety of styles, from silk chiffon goddesses, like the Sussex, to giant fluffy floral organza ball gowns, like the Mayfair. We loved the Chelsea, a silk shantung architecturally-cut gown with a vertical seamed bodice contrasting a horizontally banded hem. The jet embroidered sash was the perfect accompaniment to this crisp white ball gown.
Barge’s Couture collection represents her signature esthetic with interesting fabrics like an abstract silk jacquard she uses for a pretty asymmetrically draped A-line, called the Cambridge. She also uses loads of lace, from the 3-dimensional Giupure laces to a more delicate Chantilly that is gracefully layered over latte silk charmeuse for a play on color. Lace is Barge’s big statement of the season, making an appearance on many of her dresses.
One look we love is her sexy little mini in Giupure lace that sits under a voluminous silk taffeta overskirt, the Chatham. This double-duty dress gives a bride the classic look she needs for her ceremony and the fun, flirty look she wants for the party. Barge also played with long, sleek bodice dresses with wild skirts in undulating and chevron patterned organza. It’s not all prim and proper at the house of Barge.