LOVE/HATE: Basic Black


The other day, legendary bridal designer Vera Wang came out with her new line. It’s a little different. It featured a lot of black and black with nude gowns.

I think my views on black at weddings are well known around here. I’m not a fan. I do, however, think that if the bride wants to wear black… well, it’s her wedding and she’s absolutely entitled to wear any darn color she likes. I’ve even seen a couple wedding gowns that feature black that I (GASP! CONSTERNATION!) have actually found both pretty and bridal.

These… I have to say that I’m not loving most of them, as wedding gowns or even as just gowns. I have no doubt that since they’re Wangs, they’re impeccably made and littered with exquisite details it’s hard to see at this size. Overall, though, they read kind of blah to me. The black on black on black is kind of oppressive and the nude just seems drab and sad. Then again, I think most tulle confections are better served by lighter coloration, such as white or pastels. Black tulle is something I appreciate more as a contrast than a major statement.

So yeah, I’m going with hate here. How about you?

4 Responses to “LOVE/HATE: Basic Black”

  1. Lisa in Berlin October 21, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    Me too! …Hate. I am just longing for the days when bridal models will smile again, and not look like they’re ready to kick the groom in the crotch and set the wedding church on fire.

  2. SarahDances October 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Not for me, but I’m always happy to see a wider range of bridal options.

  3. Katherine, Starlight Registry October 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Don’t love, don’t hate- although I think if anyone was going to do it Vera Wang would have to be the one to get away with it…

  4. Susan October 25, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    The first thing that strikes me is that beige & black are two different color groups. If you look good in one, you will not look good in the other – total, irredeemable FAIL!

    That said, brides should absolutely pick whatever they want that looks good on them. We have been accustomed to white weddings ever since the turn of the last century, during the Regency in England, when white became the ONLY formal color for women. It was a status symbol – only the rich could afford pure white clothing, and to have a dress made (there was no mass production back then – you paid someone to do it, or you did it yourself!) that you wore only once? Extravagance! The average woman wore her best dress, of whatever color & fabric – & she wore her wedding gown again & again, too! So no one should feel bound by outmoded tradition (especially when you consider that white came to mean that the bride was a virgin – who are we kidding these days??).