As creative director of Theia, Don O’Neill is always busy with weddings. But he’s been especially engaged of late, on more than one level. Not only has he just launched a bridesmaid line for his brand Theia, he also happens to be getting married himself — this summer, to his partner Pascal. But, business before pleasure. For spring 2017, O’Neill stated pre-show that he was inspired by an underwater photograph by Rafal Makiela, particularly the futuristic white light in the image. The result: an otherworldly, Space Age collection, a sort of ode to David Bowie in “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

 

It’s always nice to see a designer step out of his comfort zone and run with a theme, but some of the dresses were a bit too literal with the motif and probably too out there for Theia’s bridal customer. Cases in point: a gown with a lacy floral ruff encircling the head like a halo; several see-through, beaded galaxy-themed dresses and a sheer, molded crystal corset which only Judy Jetson could pull off.

 

Happily, some silhouettes came back down to earth, in a beautiful, intricate way. Key looks included a lace and beaded bomber jacket paired with a sheer lace skirt; a hand-embroidered, mirrored sequin high-low gown, and a silk and vinyl tunic with crystal 3-D flowers over fluid trousers.

By  on April 14, 2016

As creative director of Theia, Don O’Neill is always busy with weddings. But he’s been especially engaged of late, on more than one level. Not only has he just launched a bridesmaid line for his brand Theia, he also happens to be getting married himself — this summer, to his partner Pascal. But, business before pleasure. For spring 2017, O’Neill stated pre-show that he was inspired by an underwater photograph by Rafal Makiela, particularly the futuristic white light in the image. The result: an otherworldly, Space Age collection, a sort of ode to David Bowie in “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

 

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