Seeking to create sensual, dramatic movement while also maintaining a lightweight elegance, Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija designer Charles W. Bunstine II looked to re-worked lace for the Spring 2013 season. "The silhouettes came from the moods I wanted to express," he says, naming both Art Deco and 1950s shapes as inspirations. "Once they were in place, I had to find lace that allowed me to re-craft it to define the body as the design intended."
With this gown, called "Chardae," Bunstine highlights the lines of a bride's body with a silk charmeuse underdress over which sheer lace forms a high neckline and French re-crafted lace and crinkle silk chiffon create the bodice. The back left hip features chiffon and silver thread floral embroidery for a touch of "drama without weight"—or as the designer also calls it, "floating elegance."
Stay tuned for full Fashion Week coverage starting April 11, and see how last season's sketches translated into real-life runway creations.
—Phillip B. Crook