Colombia-based designer Francesca Miranda was drawn to the liveliness of butterflies for her effervescent, fairy-tale bridal collection. “A butterfly represents the energy of love, attracting the company of others,” show notes stated.
Working with indigenous Colombian artisans, gowns were meticulously hand-stitched with butterfly or floral appliqués and pearl beading. Miranda’s favorite piece was a whimsical ballgown created from 600 feet of layered tulle and thousands of hand-embroidered butterflies made from four different materials, Swarovski crystals and metallic thread. Her attention to detail including the high-quality craftsmanship drawn from the diverse indigenous talent around her — set her collection apart.
Each gown had an ineffable sense of romance and allure, many of which had elements of sheerness that were never overtly sexy. Modern touches like color and fabric choices helped keep the lineup lively. And classicists will be drawn to the long-sleeved lace ballgown and A-line gown with illusion straps and embellished corset.