As the rain clouds gathered strength over New York, we dashed to the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd street. Outside, crowds of shoppers and workers jostled umbrellas but inside, flickering candlelight and a catwalk in the round was the setting for the double collection of Galia Lahav.
The new bridal darling showed the first 'ready to wear' collection simply titled 'Gala' in a slick runway presentation inspired by capitals of the world and modern day love stories.
Although still infinitely sexy, this collection focused on modern fabrics and techniques with the emphasis on comfort. Ornate layered skirts with cutaway bodices in embellished lace with glass beading, silk chiffon layered with soft tulle in shades of blush and nude with sheer illusion panels and delicately ruched embroidered lace dresses with trailing organza trains gave a romantic and dreamy boudoir-like feel to the collection.
With the dimming of lights and the addition of a single red rose to the candlelit centerpiece of the library, were were introduced to the 'Ivory Tower' couture collection.
Inspired by medieval princesses awaiting the return of their beloved knights from the conquests, each model wore a headpiece worthy of the mother of dragons - black feathers, high crystal spikes, a metal and feather crown, while the gowns featured gothic elements - a red riding style cape with capacious hood and super long train in organza over an embellished lace gown, a racer neck lace dress with metal collar, draped 'pearl necklace' swag back and sleeves, glistening hand-beading on textured lace.
The signature sexiness of Galia Lahav is going nowhere, but a new softness adds an air of whimsy and romance to both collections.
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