Spain: Jorge Terra 2012 Bridal Collection

Jorge Terra is a Madrid-based Brazilian designer who presented a collection entitled “Suspiros de transiçao” (Transition Sighs), a response to his creative preoccupations in, as the name suggests, a transitional stage in his work and a development of its cornerstones: hand-painted silks, illustrations, colored garments and diverse techniques.

This is a bright, surprising and original collection, particularly for the cage head-dresses that decorate buns and updos. I so want to call him the “Alexander McQueen” of Spanish bridal…. It blends a more classic approach with new looks, like elaborate embroidery, feathers peeping from necklines and metal trim that transports us to the age of courtesan luxury.

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Crystal beading also makes an appearance, adding light to designs in a multi-colored palette with metallic hues that stand out along more conventional white, ivory and ecru.

Mermaid shapes and bulky, structured flounced petticoats contrasted with simple cut and lines, strongly defined necklines and XXL accessories all made and appearance. Fabrics ranged from silk crêpe to organza, tulle and satin, mixed together to create different textures, whilst “Bésame mucho” (Many Kisses or more like “Kiss me always”), sung by Sara Montiel, put the last flourish to one of the most eagerly awaited catwalks.

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