By  on May 25, 2011

BARCELONA — Pronovias invited 1,800 specialty retailers, mainly established customers from the multinational’s vast global network and 100 more than in 2010, to its hometown last week for a preview of its 2012 bridal collections. Buyers came from 80 countries, including the U.S. (about 50) and Canada (10).

The company’s annual presentation kicked off with a nighttime runway show in the Catalan National Art Museum’s Oval Room. Featuring 82 styles by creative director Manuel Mota, dresses ranged from body-conscious and fit-and-flare silhouettes to bling-trimmed Empire styles and full-skirted gowns in fine lace treatments and embroidered tulle with lots of sparkle, jeweled belts and trims, feathers, shorter waltz-length veils, the suggestion of a cover-up and, in a nod to the British royal wedding, sleeves.

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