Inspired not by mother-of-pearl itself, but by delicate, pearlescent paillettes, Theia Creative Director Don O'Neill conjured modern elegance for his Spring 2013 collection. Essentially oversize, glorified sequins, the paillettes (pronounced pie-yets) form flowers along the necklines and waistbands of O'Neill's designs. "They inspired me to use shimmering silk crepe-back satin, which beautifully complements the Alençon laces and silk organzas," he says. "I designed this collection for a radiant, modern bride who wants a simple, elegant, and sophisticated gown." If you're in the market for pearlescent shimmer, that's exactly what you'll get.
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—Phillip B. Crook