The unveiling of creative director Herve Moreau's 2017 collection for Spanish bridal powerhouse Pronovias is understandably a much anticipated highlight on the Barcelona Bridal week calendar.
The invitation gave a hint of the evening ahead - the title 'Le Ciel' in silver sparkles, the promise of numerous supermodels walking the runway and a celebrity strewn crowd. We certainly weren't disappointed.
Seating the capacity crowd under hundreds of hanging tea lights like stars in a night sky as the invite promised, the show opened with Victoria's Secret supermodel Irina Shayk in a skintight crepe sheath with feather trimmed long sleeves.
This was swiftly followed by fellow Victoria's Secret angel Romee Strijd in a simply cut but equally fitted crepe gown - completely plain but for a built in crystal 'necklace' and embroidered train.
Bias cut crepe featured heavily in the collection, softened with delicate detailing such as feather epaulettes, tulle shoulder streamers and crystal embellished sleeves. Dresses were kept slick and modern with sharply cut racer backs , a deep cuffed cowl neck and illusion panels. Not for the bride hoping to have a three course sit down reception and cake, I imagine.
Super sheer chiffon, embroidered tulle and thigh high splits added a sexy sophistication and trains featured on dress after dress, from a sheer tulle embellished Watteau train to a fully draped lace cathedral train on a silk taffeta ballgown.
There were baroque regal touches of lace high necks and traditional voluminous ballgowns but each classic dress was given a subtle modernity with the details such as slit side pockets, an undulating overskirt, a plisse pleated tulle capelet.
My stand out gown was a second-skin embroidered tulle and lace dress with demure high neck and magnificent silk taffeta hooded cape which billowed like a parachute on the catwalk.
Irina closed the show in seriously sexy style, a fitted crepe gown with split train back exposing a rear panel of embroidered sparkling sheer floral tulle. The ultimate exit dress.