Vera Wang's Moody Black Wedding Dresses - NBC New York
Thread | NY
The inside line on New York fashion

Vera Wang's Moody Black Wedding Dresses



    Vera Wang is one of the world's most celebrated bridal designers, but her latest collection is sure to puzzle some of her fans. 

    Executed entirely in shades of black and nude, there wasn't a single all-white gown on Wang's spring bridal runway. Indeed, the mood of the entire collection was rather somber, with messy-haired models sporting shades of charcoal and jet black.

    As it turns out, the inspiration for the collection was rather Halloween-appropriate. For spring, Wang looked to "witchcraft," a concept that will surely delight the eccentric fashion world as much as it will drive away conservative brides-to-be.

    But tradition aside, the gowns themselves are gangbusters, particularly a black strapless number with a corseted bodice and slashed skirt, which opens to reveal an explosion of nude tulle and pink lace hidden underneath. 

    Interestingly, brides didn't start wearing white until the reign of Queen Victoria, so the tradition is a fairly recent historical development. Wang's noir wedding garb is certainly unorthodox, but if anyone is going to make a convincing case for all-black bridal, it will definitely be her.