When Don O'Neill, the Creative Director of Theia, told us that his upcoming collection would feature lots of luxe Mongolian wool and cashmere, we knew we were in for a treat. And we couldn't have been more right.
At the start of the show, O'Neill told us that his bride was set in the Mongolian mountains and was a daughter of a shepherd, bundled up in textured layers of the warmer weather fabrics such as felted wool. Turns out the cashmere in his Fall 2015 collection came from a company called Naadam, which sources socially responsible cashmere straight from Mongolian shepherds.
As for the dresses themselves, they evoked nothing short of a winter wonderland with a few special on-trend twists. A few highlights included a cashmere crop-top sweater, embellished with beads, atop a flowing silk chiffon skirt, and a cable-knit turtleneck gown. The embellishments made each model look like a snow queen, with thin crystal beads, fringe, and sequins creating the illusion of icicles. Any lace used wasn't your average romantic bridal fabric — this season, Theia went with heavy, Venice winter lace to make its wintry range even warmer.
@theiaprchick's #BridalFashionWeek show mixed snowy Mongolian elements with traditional Irish flair, and we think this cozy #winterwedding dress shows it perfectly! Photo: @laurenfrankfort #BridesBFW #BridesFashionWeek
Aside from including contemporary faves like crop tops, there were also plenty of ethereal trailing sheer trains and colored dresses like a blue set of separates and a printed purple and gray chiffon stunner. And we can't forget the finale, a voluminous Mongolian lamb poncho worn over a Venice lace mermaid gown for an ultra chic (and cozy!) finish.
Did we mention there were crazy fishtail braids too? That's a hairstyle definitely worthy trying for your wedding.
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