Runway Review: Priscilla of Boston group

Wedding Dresses, Wedding Dresses
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With six separate collections coming down the runway, it's difficult to make sweeping generalizations about the Priscilla of Boston group's show. It's like a mouthwatering buffet of wedding dresses—there truly is something for every type of bride: New England prepsters, Shakespearean maiden wannabes, ultraglam fashion slaves—the list goes on. Fittingly enough, the crowd at the show itself seemed to match the diversity of the gowns: fresh-faced twentysomethings teetering in heels, weary editors wielding iPhones, and old-guard bridal salon owners were all present and accounted for.

This season, the collections were relatively small—under 10 looks each—allowing the designers to really refine (and revel in) his or her unique perspective. The Jewel by Priscilla of Boston collection was the clear standout. Designer Kelly Faetanini, a rookie just four years out of design school, finally found her niche: fun, kicky, modern (and well-priced) twists on feminine silhouettes. The designer focused on one bold fashion-forward detail per gown (a ruffle here, a peplum there), which made for simple yet eye-catching results. Particularly exciting were the two gowns with "surprise" details: one ballgown had a removable skirt, and the finale look was a barely-there strapless lace romper worn underneath a detachable (and sheer) tulle skirt. The look could have been vulgar, but the white lace made it the perfect mix of sexy and adorable...

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