There is something really satisfying in seeing a gigantic ballgown at NY Bridal Fashion Week. Isabelle Armstrong won day 3 of NYBW with dresses with the most volume. Maybe it's the excessive yardage of tulle or watching a size 0 model try to navigate a giant satin structure around a narrow runway turns.
Trumpet gowns and artful shirring and draping made many of Armstrong's styles a great choice for many body types. There were clean, satin silhouettes or intricate all embroidered lace styles. The fashion show took place in the beautiful Lotte Palace hotel. You would recognize it as the entrance to the Van Der Woodsen's apartment in Gossip Girl. The interiors were recognizable in many other scenes. It served as a glamorous backdrop to the gorgeous gowns.
The silhouettes may be traditional, but the execution was updated. Instead of heavy sequin embroidery of yesteryear, laser-cut petals were used. Instead of traditional ruffles to create volume, sweeping angles of draped organza looked like they defied gravity. Sweetheart necklines were cut into extra-deep plunged V shapes for unexpected sexiness.
I love seeing Isabelle Armstrong's bridal collection develop and strengthen season after season. The most elegant young brides of the world must be noticing too.