It’s a brand, grand, splendid new week here at The Prepatorium.
It is also Bridal Week in New York.
Above, three styles from Marchesa’s Spring 2012 bridal collection. (Yes, I know, it is barely spring 2011, but the fashion world works on a different calendar.) Most noteworthy? The preponderance of frocks with sleeves, or covered shoulders.
Frequent readers will know how happy this makes your trusty scribe, we have
relentlessly moaned occasionally mentioned a concern that the current sleeveless/bare-shouldered styles are not flattering to all brides.
Oscar de la Renta’s collection was shown this morning.
Once again the designer shows his extraordinary talent for creating stunning gowns.
Of course, not all styles had sleeves.
But it seems we saw more shoulders covered than in previous collections.
The gown we like more than any others is on the left, the design looks like Lillies of the Valley.
The non-traditional looks were also appealing, the icy blue dress is exquisite.
The show closer.
If those aren’t cotton candy dresses, we don’t know what is.
As we first noted last September, the retailer has partnered with St. Andrews for a line of clothing.
Both the Tartan Vest and Golf Skirt are solid basics.
“America’s oldest clothiers, Brooks Brothers, announced Thursday that it will be joining forces with the Home of Golf, St. Andrews Links…”
The men’s collection is significantly larger than the ladies, with 43 pieces to the 6 items offered in the women’s line at Brooks.
However, there are commemorative polo shirts also being offered as part of the collection, with quite a few styles for the ladies.
These are available at the Old Course shop now.
The catalog was actually shot on the Old Course, the photos are gorgeous; many can be seen at the Brooks website.
The new Brooks Brothers blog also showcases the line.
Good for Brooks, this one looks outstanding.
Finally, a quick glance at the final public appearance for Kate Middleton and Prince William before The Wedding. The couple visited northern England today.
The couple faced downpours when arriving in Darwen, but eventually the sun came out. The crowds were not deterred by the rain, how cute are these boys?
Or this little one with her Union Jack, definitely today’s Pretty in Pink.
Miss Middleton was in a fitted navy suit with understated accessories, many of the well-wishers asked to see her engagement ring.
Tomorrow’s schedule is simply brutal, so we’ll see you again Wednesday.