Silk, feathers and sequins take centre stage in 16Arlington’s debut bridal collection

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Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington
Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington

16Arlington is known for its fun, party-ready collections, so when designers Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati set out to create the label’s first bridal collection, it was never going to boring. The dresses – which are available to shop from today – have been designed with a modern, fashion-forward bride in mind, with the collection offering sequin minis, slinky Nineties’ slips and feathers galore.

“Our intention is to break down some of the stuffiness that surrounds traditional bridalwear and approach it the same way we build a ready-to-wear collection,” Cavenati explains of the 20-piece bridal range.

Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington
Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington

Just like a number of other modern British fashion houses, including Molly Goddard and Christopher Kane, who have moved into the bridal market over the past year or so, 16Arlington is setting out to change the face of wedding fashion, hoping to make it a more straightforward process for brides, while also offering those who don’t want to wear something classic, more options.

“The traditional bridal market catered to a single type of woman, a vision that society had carved out and pigeon-holed what a bride should look like,” Capaldo explains. “We love women, they are ever-changing, complex and gorgeous, so the idea of presenting them all with a very singular tunnelled vision of what a ‘bride’ needs to look like seemed incredibly out of touch.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington
Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington
Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington
Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington

“There are women that want a 20ft train and others that will want to get married in a cotton shirt or silk camisole, both are equally fabulous and they should have a variety to choose from,” Caventi adds.

And of course, these changes in attitudes have been spurred on by the pandemic. With a rise in smaller weddings and less traditional events, bridal fashion has shifted with more women than ever looking for a more modern option. This is why now was the perfect time for 16Arlington to launch its debut bridal collection, Capaldo tells us.

“The launch of a bridal collection has always been something that we wanted to do and with the recent shift in what people want for their wedding wardrobe, we felt this is the perfect time to create the 16Arlington take on bridalwear. This shift saw a change in the aesthetic for wedding dressing, a move away from traditional styles, to more party pieces and timeless silhouettes that can be worn beyond the event again and again, and this is what we wanted to propose to our customers in our debut bridal offering.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington
Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington

These changes in attitude gave the brand the perfect opportunity to channel its usual aesthetic and offer brides a fun alternative to what they may be offered by a typical wedding-dress designer.

“There is no doubt that the current landscape has had a strong influence on how we designed and built this capsule, however, we had always planned to do it in an untraditional, non-stereotypical way,” Caventi says. “As always with 16Arlington designs, our woman is at the core of our musings. The intention for this collection is for it to be an extension of how she would buy into our main collections – the capsule includes a number of separates, soft tailoring present, gowns that are relaxed and party dresses that are the all out fun, statement pieces.”

The debut 16Arlington bridal collection is available to shop now on the brand's website, as well as on Matches Fashion, with prices ranging from £895 to £2,700. Meanwhile, customers can also now book in-person appointments at the label's atelier, here.

Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington
Photo credit: Courtesy of 16Arlington

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