In the bridal market, White dresses are rarely news worthy, but for Claire Pettibone‘s Fall 2018, White, or in this case, Cream, Parchment, Off-White… is the main point. Pettibone, known for her colorful, fanciful gowns that are more destination, romantic, & earthy than cathedral, modern & earthy, chose to recolor some of her most noteworthy designs into a more traditionally expected color palette & the results were… stunning.
While we call it a recoloring, Pettibone refers to the collection as a “cleansing of the palette, a touch of pure & classic.” Pettibone goes on, “I know white and ivory are obvious in bridal, but for me, designing a collection with no color is actually a first! Each season is an evolution, and sometimes a fresh start from the last. Since my Vagabond Collection was color-filled, I felt the inspiration for this season to work exclusively in shades of white. There is a simplicity, and a purity to an absence of color, where the focus becomes purely focused on silhouette, texture and detail.”
New too for the season was the introduction of a new range of gowns under the “Romantique” label which will appeal to a more cost-conscious bride. Lesser priced, yes, but lacking in trademark styling & detailing, no… not at all.
Claire Pettibone continued to surprise with every gown she presented. So many of her pieces require second looks to truly take in all the details which are so plentiful, perhaps even a third for fourth look may be warranted. This season, is no different. Some of the back views of the gowns this season were so distinctly different from the front views that the eye was tricked into believing it had just seen two different gowns instead of one. Plunging V-backs were bridged with some lace cross straps to create some of the memorable of such details, as were sheer backs with fully covering fronts, high-necklines with low backs… you get the picture.
Overall, the collection shown for Fall 2018 will serve to add yet another dimension to the richly faceted jewel of this label we all affectionately know as Claire Pettibone.
-R. Scott French
Designer Website: www.clairepettibone.com