Don O’Neill presented a whimsical fairy tale for his Theia spring bridal collection as he looked to Art Nouveau illustrations by Kay Rasmus Nielsen for inspiration. The result struck a fine balance between Victorian and modern. O’Neill worked his hand with romantic floral prints and weightless embroideries — the most noteworthy of which was an intricate cobweb-lace gown — as well as butterfly appliqués on a crop top and ballgown skirt and even a fairy tale illustration on an airy, sliplike gown.
But this being bridal, a market steeped in tradition, O’Neill also presented more classic options: a re-embroidered lace cape over a simple sheath, Art Nouveau-inspired hand-beaded gowns and a halter gown with a beaded belt. The designer pushed the boundaries with his final look, a 3-D-print corset, which provided the perfect blend of cutting-edge technology and Old World glamour.