Designer Don O’Neill wanted to take the Theia bridal collection back to its roots, embracing the carefree nature of the destination bride. “Times have gotten so complicated these days, so I think we’re all yearning for something easier and simple,” he said before the show. His proposition was a mix of traditional silhouettes and ready-to-wear items with a relaxed bohemian vibe.
O’Neill utilized embellishments like opalescent glass-seed beads, crystals and pearls — at times sparingly around the bust, but more often as eruptions of decorations all over the body — to mimic sand glinting in the sun. The majority of gowns were feminine and pretty, with a couple of standout experimental options including a high-low slipdress with a longer silver Lurex lace overlay and a white slipdress with hand-embroidered clustered flowers created with laser-cut petals and leaves secured by Swarovski crystals.
Though not necessarily a negative, a number of the looks felt more rtw than bridal, like jumpsuits and dresses with shoulder appeal, wrapped in cotton guipure lace, tulle or silk. Done in white or not, these looks could be imagined in a casual tropical setting.
This season O’Neill also collaborated with Irish TV host Gráinne Seoige and her company Grace Diamonds, which launches this fall as a premium appointment-only diamond jewelry design service, on The Sea Queen collection of feminine, boho style jewelry.