Never underestimate the power of the girlie-girl. Certainly Tulle designers Lia McNairy & Antonio Gual don’t. The second full collection for their Tulle line basks in a sugary-sweet femininity, but never feels silly or contrived.
Fitted mermaids have kicky skirts in layers of ruffly tulle as the Lizzie, or get topped with a double pouf in blush duchess satin, resulting in the Brett. We adore their looks cut in mini and tea-lengths. For shorter brides, these dresses are heaven-sent. The Nieves, a retro-feel strapless number, has a pretty draped bodice and a swirly, layered circle skirt that perfectly flatters at the ideal mid-calf tea-length.
McNairy & Gual successfully manage to balance a totally romantic look with their cool, modern design sensibility. Their ball gowns drape softly and have a laissez-faire ease to them. Soft swags that seem to casually fall over skirts are chic without feeling uptight. June, a full A-line gown in Dotted Swiss, is ideal for a summery garden wedding. This bride might be barefoot with a DIY boho floral wreath as her only embellishment. There is a youthful sophistication to the collection that this pair works right down to the last ruffle and bow.
The addition of the Tulle Social collection brings their sweet and sassy aesthetic to a tight group of party dresses that were just made for every bride-to-be and her band of BFFs. Navy and black fashioned in lace, velvet and smocked chiffon are cut in a variety of silhouettes and lengths. A short black lace fifties-style dress, Meghan, has a pleated pouf skirt and sheer lacy bracelet-length sleeves topped with a puff at the shoulder. Super cute!
If you’re looking for a narrower silhouette, the Alex, a midnight navy sheath with lace overlay, is Catherine Deneueve-cool. Its pencil skirt hits just below the knee, the jewel neckline is a great alternative to a low-cut and it’s all perfectly wrapped up in a black velvet bow. Just add a pointy-toed stiletto and you’re chic-to-go!