Inspired by the Garden of Eden, Kelly Faetanini’s latest collection embodied a sense of innocence with understated design and a trickling floral and vine motif. Classic silhouettes like A-lines, ballgowns and fit-and-flares were rendered in soft tones of ivory and blush — some with the slightest ombré effect.
Alençon vine lace was applied both sparingly on necklines for an elongated feel or all over for a textural element. Hand-embroidered floral beading could be seen on an A-line tulle gown with soft lace appliqués and dual spaghetti straps, a minimally modern touch that was very refreshing.
Indeed, this was a collection for the traditionalist looking for soft elegance and slight updates to classic silhouettes. But Faetanini dared to play with sheer elements in a way that still felt refined. She envisioned a couple of gowns with lace bodices that showed hints of skin, with one structurally wrapped in a silk mikado mermaid fit that gave the illusion of two pieces — possibly the best example of marrying traditional style with modern design.
It wouldn’t be a Kelly Faetanini collection without her signature ombré, done this season to greatest effect on a dramatic silk organza ball gown with 3-D floral petals. The juxtaposition of a full skirt against a delicately fitted top with spaghetti straps provided a sense of balance for a perfect princess moment. If the petals did feel a little much, Faetanini offers customization to do without appliqués on select styles.