Like the many women and muses that inspired El Greco, Van Dyck, and Rubens, YolanCris’ Bridal Studio Collection 2017 pays homage to the many aspects of feminine charm, beauty and sophistication. The YolanCris woman like the muses of El Greco, Rubens, and Van Dyck are fearless, romantic, heroic, strong, yet poignantly innocent, and all these superior qualities are expressed in a bridal collection that has imagery that borders on couture-like aspirations is still accessible with retail value.
In this debut collection during New York International Bridal Week, the YolanCris Barcelona-based, design duo of Patricia and Yolanda Perez have brought their haute couture bridal collection to a market that is desperately in need of their specific point of view. The US market, currently, is oversaturated with bridal collections that fit easily into the commercial bridal market, and with the exception of a smaller coterie of bridal brands—Inbal Dror, Inez di Santo, Galia Lahav, and a few others—there is a void of bridal brands that can appeal to that bridal consumer looking for those kinds of bridal wear.
With YolanCris’ Studio Collection 2017, Patricia and Yolanda Perez places their brand solidly in the bridal couture sphere. And their reference point of the various shades of the universe of feminine virtue served this debut collection well.
There is a definite nod in this collection to the regal singularity of Victorian style evidenced in the fabric richness of lace, organza, and embroidered tulle with fine beading that is used to create floral patterns. There is also the gold wheat motif, which rears its head a lot in this collection, an iconic symbol of growth and fertility, as well as food and seed. The gold wheat motif symbol for growth and fertility is a symbol that is recognized internationally by different cultures and relates to primordial symbols of nuptial unions and progeny.
Highlights of this collection include chiffon layering, corseted silhouettes, diaphanous oversized blouse, diaphanous and nude bridal dresses that symbolize elegance and sensuality, bishop and lantern sleeves, and twill walking and circular skirts. And these varying points of view and directions all seamlessly came together in a cohesive collection that was beautiful, awe-inspiring; yet accessible.
Standout looks in this collection are the wedding bolero with raglan sleeves of gold brocade damask, wedding dress of ivory silk chiffon hard torn with gold jeweled rings, wedding dress with sweetheart neck of gold organza brocade with hi-low skirt, short blush tulle dress with golden wheat appliques and enlarged shoulders worn with blush tulle detachable train, and peplum silhouette pink dress with 3-D golden wheat appliques on bodice.
—William S. Gooch