LAST UPDATED: 25th May 2014 at 1:50am
In much the same way that the Ballets Russes dragged ballet out of its old, tired ways, David Fielden's 2015 collection brought a new life to the world of bridal fashion today. Set in Milan's Feira, David and his team built (rather than staged, which is a different game entirely) a catwalk worthy of his expansive vision.
His stage was suitably dramatic: decadent printed columns framed a winding catwalk which was itself lined with real grass and dirt (the source of the satisfying earthy fragrance in an otherwise very industrial space), with a small hill at the centre. Adorning it a playful wooden swing, drenched in winding ivy, and dainty daisies bursting from the vibrant grass.
Much like Ballets Russes founder Serge Diaghilev, Fielden embraced the modern and exploited the avant-garde. In some ways he was deeply conservative - his silken sheath column gowns, for example - but in more ways it was magical.
Laser lace added a new dimension to gowns while leather weave bought a new texture into the bridal world and managed to make it beautiful, supple and covetable all at once. Digital prints on duchesse satin added a modern twist to it all while laser-cut petals and 3D, laser-cut roses made it all undeniably romantic.
Innovative music - including everything from Stravinsky to London Grammar and Bjork - magnified their impact.
Real dancers added extra drama, reminding spectators the power and grace of the human body whilst providing a clear break from one change of clothes to the next.
Short dresses proved popular too - and many will no doubt rejoice at the dresses created for the flower girls, too. But all in all, Fielden reminded us today that bridal fashion, in its most radical form, is costume. And as with all costumes, we should have an emotional response to them.
Closing the show was perhaps the most evocative of all dresses: a sheer overlay adorned in laser-cut petals in pale pink and creamy white, draped over a larger-than-life tulle tutu skirt. It may not be the most wearable of dresses, but boy was it spectacular!
LAST UPDATED: 20th May 2014 at 9:40am
We're off to Milan this weekend to take in David Fielden's new Sposa 2015 collection, and we'll be sharing the journey with you.
This season will be extra special, as David Fielden's 2015 collection is inspired by the famous Ballets Russes. The bridal maverick will no doubt use his background in theatre, ballet and dance to his designs, which what we are sure will be magical results…