Ethereal, enchanting, mystical or mesmerizing? THEIA White's Spring 2015 bridal collection was inspired by the Goddess Danu, a legend of designer Don O'Neill's homeland of Ballyheigue, Ireland.
The mythical Goddesses of Don's ancestors were said to be seen moving across the bay in a "swirling
veil of mist". You can see that muse in the light tulle and delicate lace trailing the brides on the runway. Flattering mermaid silhouettes are a given for this theme, as are the slinky draped long gowns that look like they envelop a statue. Hand-embroidered and beaded gowns elevate each dress into art.
Despite the ancient inspiration, the THEIA collection takes some modern interpretations of bridal fashion. The silver lace and crystal gown offer an alternative to classic white. The cropped top and full skirt is a fresh way to incorporate current fashion trends with traditional fabrics. The short, meticulously beaded dresses are perfect for the bride ready to dance. Many of the dress backs had unusual, but flattering cutouts (need to show off a tattoo?)
I have to say, I was also totally in love with the crystal head pieces that worked as a veil alternative. The elegant flower bouquets from Fleur de Pascal were given a luxurious upgrade with crystal floral arrangements that created a dimensional sculpture to be held. This was also a great way to accessorize a simpler gown for a bride who isn't comfortable with a big and showy frock.
Sure, you can be a princess on your big day, but why stop there when you can be a THEIA Goddess? Beautiful job Don O'Neill!
Photos by Craig Bannerman