Rivini by Rita Visnieris Bridal Fall 2019

It was in with the old and out with the new at New York International Bridal Week this season. Bridal often plays on two themes, the beautiful white dress, as is the gold standard, and the whimsical, often creating fairytale like gowns making women feel as close to a princess as possible. Many designers were even inspired by Meghan Markle’s wedding dress when she married Prince Harry this past spring.

Then there was Rivini by Rita Vinieris. The brand is typically known for their bridal gowns with a twist, and this season they did not disappoint. The traditional ball gown silhouette the brand is known for received a modern makeover with halter top bodices, but still had the brand’s traditional elements like tulle-tiered skirts.

The standout pieces from the collection this season were the graffiti jumpsuits, that were something never seen before from the brand, and looked like they could have fit in right at New York Fashion Week in the ready-to-wear collections of Jeremy Scott and Johnson Hartig of Libertine. This was Rita Vinieris’ bid for a younger, hip customer who goes against the grain. She’s a party girl with a penchant for the colorful, who doesn’t hide her light under a bushel. It was a great creative approach on the designer’s part, without trying to look like she was desperate to court a younger customer.

It is hard to think of jumpsuits as a staple for the bridal wardrobe, but like all other women’s wear categories, bridal has evolved and adapted. Vinieris also didn’t forget the power of a good sleeve either, with sleeve detailing on dresses including traditional sleeves and circular flounce sleeves. For a good wedding dress not to look like another white dress, it needs those little details.

Photos courtesy of chicagobridalweddings.com and nymag.com

Collectively, Vinieris fall 2019 collection was an exercise in new age creativity. The brides’ needs are changing and bridal collections must adapt to the change. As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is at once a caterpillar and a butterfly.”—Kristopher Fraser

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