A couple of seasons ago, designer Rita Vinieris shifted design gears. For her Spring 2012 collection she shifted those gears into overdrive. Vinieris showed a high-octane collection filled with new silhouettes, striking embellishments and what appears to be a brand spanking new outlook on her classic wearable wedding gown. Known for fantastically cut dresses that can flatter any shape, Vinieris took that long-standing know-how and married it to fresh, daring ideas.
Flowers and flutters of every incarnation decorated bodices, skirts and trains. Easy trumpet shapes and A-line gowns flatter the female form, giving way to organically-draped skirts and dramatic waves that rise and fall to one side. Layered horsehair peplums create airy, light volumes. A simple mermaid gown is a showstopper in peach gazar, with a delicate bit of lace peeking out above an architectural crumb-catcher. Simple with just the right balance of romance.
Lace made a major statement in the Rivini spring collection. Vinieris's dramatic mermaid with an asymmetrically-folded skirt in structured gazar has a long-line bodice draped in Chantilly floral lace. Totally unexpected and totally beautiful.
Clean, natural waists were shown in abundance. Easy to wear and flattering on most, the natural waist sits slightly on the high side giving the appearance of a long, lean silhouette. Many waists were delicately circled with pretty, sparkling jeweled belts or floaty fluffs of tulle and organza flowers.
Racing full speed ahead, Vinieris's collection was a standout in a weeklong runway joy ride in hot pursuit of the perfect wedding dress.