Romona Keveza Spring 2013 Bridal Collection

Posted on May 04, 2012

We’re not gonna lie. Sometimes you just hit the wall when it comes to writing about bridal collections; especially if you’re not bridally oriented (e.g, us). That’s when a really fabulous press release comes in handy:

“The collection takes inspiration from one of the pearls of the French Riviera: the elegant seaside resort of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in springtime. Known as the preferred holiday destination and escape for European aristocracy, the international jet set and A-list celebrities, Cap-Ferrat is laden with magnificent villas, tranquil gardens and pastel-colored surroundings.”

Darlings! That sounds SO up our alley! Glamorous weddings on the Riviera? Give us a second to grab our passports and panties and we’ll meet you at the gate!




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  • The red one is WOW!  That can’t possibly be for a bridesmaid, it is so fabulous.  So it’s for some awesome bride who screws convention and gets married in blood red?  I love it!  Looks like something Emily Thorne should wear.

    •  Perfect or something Victoria Grayson would wear to Emily’s wedding so all eyes and attention are on her.

    • Liz Pacem

       The traditional color for Indian wedding attire is bright red (China, too, I think?), so it could work in several places.  I, personally, even as an American would love to go for it.  Gorgeous shade!

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Yes, in China also. In some places (mostly North Africa) I’ve seen straight-up silver. I think they’re a lot more fun than the traditional white in the west and parts of the Middle East, but I’m probably biased.

        • MoHub

          Japan as well. At least traditionally, prior to Westernization. White is for mourning.

          I once saw a terrific production of Madama Butterfly, in which Cio-Cio San wears a white kimono for her Act I marriage to Pinkerton in an attempt to be more American and dons the same kimono before she kills herself in Act III.

    • JasmineAM

      I gasped when I saw it. I have dreams of getting married in a red gown!

    • theblondette

       Red wedding dresses are increasingly fashionable, especially amongst offbeat brides!

      • Baditude

        If that’s a shout out to, I love you forever. But not as much as I love the offbeat empire. 

  • Le_Sigh

    Passports and Panties!  You boys slay me 🙂

    Love the 3rd and 4th gowns – so very “young Catherine Denuve getting married at Cannes” esque.

    • Sarah Thomas

      Passports and Panties would be a hell of a travel memoir.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    Third and fourth down, I’d like to see them on the red carpet in a color. Fabulous gowns.

  • Colleen Robinson

    There are pretty dresses here, but I’d love to see more non-strapless options.

    • SRQkitten

      YES! Am so happy to not be having to brides shop as the vast number of strapless gowns would force me to rethink the marital state. Honestly, when will this trend die?


    • Robyn Morelli

       Some of the strapless necklines are really low and straight aren’t they?

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      OMG NO KIDDING!  Does anyone make sleeves anymore?  Sigh.

  • petalfrog

    Pretty but the veils are distracting (ironically). 

    • Agreed – the dresses look pretty but with the veils, particularly with those lace borders, you can’t see the detail. I can’t say the collection really screams French Riviera. Wouldn’t they need to be pastels?

    • Calinda_L

      Agreed. The veils are pretty (or would be, in real life), but here it just makes it hard to see the details on the dresses.

  • Chantelle James

    There are no sleeves here… not that Romona Keveza is fashion forward enough to pretend that her dresses aren’t strapless with tulle or lace. 

  • demidaemon

    To me, everything but the red dress is dull, staid, and overdone.

  • michelle shields

    I was going to applaud and say yeah for no Kleenex until I saw the last gown. Oh well I’ll get off my soapbox now. Love to see lace making a comeback. Overall, very pretty and I would so wear 99% of these.

  • The first one is stunning. I love the trend of the veils that appear to fall from the top of the head. I realize it’s not practical, but I still think It looks very cool.

  • Lina_bee

    The “Imma cut a bitch” expressions on most of the models’ faces are hilarious. I think I like two of these. The rest range from boring to tacky.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Yep!  I thought “Bitch is getting married today and try to stop her!!” – I think it’s from the Kristin Cavallari collection!

  • mjude

    the red one is a definite wow but i am missing tiny sleeves on at least a few of them.

  • MissAnnieRN

    Perhaps it’s the staging, the lighting, the smiling models, but this one wins the bridal competition out of the collections you’ve posted.  I would wear any one of these gowns.  And I don’t even like lace!  But especially the first one.  And the one shoulder one.

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    LOVE the second to last one

  • MK03

    This is my kind of bridal collection.

  • RebeccaKW

    I like the red one, mostly for the bold color, but I do like what was done with the skirt.  Am I the only one a bit terrified by the model’s expression, like she’s about to pull a knife out of her bouquet and slay the wedding party?

    As far as the rest of the dresses, I’ve liked some of the other collections you’ve posted better.  If I ever get married, I won’t be wearing a dress like this, so it’s not really my market, but none of these seem very exciting.


    love everything about this collection

  • rainwood1

    Very pretty and sophisticated, although the connection to the Riviera and pastels seems really strained.  I can picture the PR person writing that press release and then busting out in laughter.  

  • ChiKat67

    Can’t wait to see all of these on “Say Yes to the Dress”.  

  • Funkykatt

    I hate the ones with the slit, like a former stripper getting married, hoping to return to her old life and big dollar nights. 

  • Judy_J

    I look at this collection and I think to myself, “Sleeves?  Whatever happened to sleeves?”

  • Little_Olive

    Except for the red one, how unoriginal this all seems. Why is it that they are so tied to a style when it comes to brides and the second the dress is not white they get creative? 

  • Boring as hell except for those last two.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    OOOO! THE Red One!!!

  • VicksieDo

    I really like 1 and 3, but what is with the psycho nasty faces?  

  • Jessi03

    So pretty!  The second to the last model looks like Emma Stone.

  • My kingdom for a pair of straps or qu’ell horreur, sleeves…

  • NurseEllen

    These got progressively less “bridal” from top to bottom.  I especially like the first two, and I like that you posted a full-length and a close-up of each dress/model.  Thanks for the pretty!

  • TSkot

    Prettiest bridal collection shown here yet.

  • LACE! I love wedding gowns with lace. This collection is a WIN.

  • Only ONE dress with side spillage. (the one before the RED one).

    Better than Reem’s collection, which had many spillages.

  • I know I’m in the minority on this one, but I’m not all that stoked about the red dress, although I’m a HUGE fan of red and think a bride should wear red if she damn well pleases.  I just don’t find anything innovative, different or exciting about the dress.  It looks like the designer took the paper fans that my 6 year-old daughter makes and attached them to the skirt.

  • Um, Red Bride looks seriously p*ssed off.  Nothing here wows me.  You always imagine “would I get married in that dress?”  Um, with my granny flappers, sleeves please.  Strapless, as if.  Am not taking to the veils here.  

  • Judy_S

    I like this as a collection–very coherent. I love the lace overlays. I guess it would not be the collection to go to if you want sleeves or coverage in general, though.

  • MilaXX

    eh, a bit much for my taste.  It’s just another batch of strapless, poofy dresses. The veils are too long for my taste. The only one I really like  is the one with the weird one should strap.

  • Aurumgirl

    The brides do look like they’ve had a good raging cry and now they’re going to F**K you all up!  Especially the one in the red dress, which is the most innovative of them all, so she should be pleased, I don’t get it. 

    Anyway, out of all the bridal collections, this is another group of “seen one strapless gown, seen ’em all” dresses.  Carolina Herrerra’s collection is leagues ahead of every other one so far.   

  • I love Romona Keveza.

  • Seen it already, but the fabrics look more expensive than normal.  The red one is the only one I really like.

  • Sarah Thomas

    Now this is a goddamn bridal collection. Forget all that next gen, deconstructed nonsense. A bridal dress should look like Edith Head personally waved a magic wand over a Versailles page-a-day calendar and plastered the result onto you in a sexy, angelic decoupage. 

  • sleepycat


  • marilyn

    Don’t believe everything you read.  It is a nice enough collection, but nothing spectactular.  More strapless stuff, but with more lace.  Yawn.

  • giiiirrrr

    Seeing a wedding gown on a model vs. on a happy bride is like eating margarine instead of butter.  You can’t fake love.

  • alyce1213

    I’m no jet-setter or A-lister, but I’ve been to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat quite a few times and I just don’t see the inspiration of that place in the dresses here.  Not in the least.
    I’ve seen these all before. Strapless, strapless, strapless, one shoulder, red portrait neckline, strapless, etc.
    Completely boring and uninspired.

  • Too much strapless.

  • SapphoPoet

    Lovely. I also really liked this group of models, who looked healthy and slender without being emaciated. 

    • alyce1213

      Really?  Some look healthy and slender, but look at the last model in red.  She’s emaciated, note veiny arms and bony chest.  Also #6.

  • Meh. Reem Acra was by far my favorite of the bridal collections you’ve posted.

  • Amy Ellinger

    Now this is just stunning. I would wear every single one as a bride, heck I would wear these to breakfast every day if possible!!

  • quiltrx

    Now see?  These dresses actually LOOK expensive, unlike some of the collections we’ve seen.  Pretty nice.

    And I have to say…that red one is one BAD BITCH of a dress!!!

  • kat89

    Is anyone else as tired of strapless wedding gowns as I am? It’s making the collections very generic looking. That red dress was pretty stunning, though.

  • I love the sweeping white one. I might love it more in red.

  • ccm800

    I like how the first few have their own rice camouflage overlays or something! Love the draped ones that follow!  

  • guest2visits

    Particularly like the first gown. Also the sophisticated one-shoulder 7-8.  The red gown is an improvement over the bedraggled
    ketchup-y red ones from the earlier wedding line. It’s a little too cotilion in style for my taste, though.
    I don’t know why it should be that difficult to make a great red bridal dress.  The color is the biggest concern, I would think, –
    because red is, well, – so red. Just like silver becomes nothing more than grey on some fabrics, and gold becomes mustard or
    yellow depending on the material; red needs special consideration when selecting the fabric. Otherwise it can look really cheap;
    like something you pull out of a plastic bag on Halloween.   There are successful red dresses out there; for evening wear,
    bridesmaids, etc.  I’m sure if we looked at gowns from centuries past there’d be beautiful red dresses there too.
    I think I have yet to see someone seriously take red and make a gorgeous bridal gown of it.

    • roadtrip1000

       I agree that a really gorgeous bridal gown in red has yet to be made. To me the red dress in this collection looks like something Scarlet O’Hara would have sewn if she had had a surplus of dinner napkins.

    • A little too cotillion? Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a dean.

      No, seriously, it reminds me of Dean Pelton’s getup for the “Gone with the Windows” cotillion announcement. 

  • Carla_Charlton

    The long veil over the face reminds me of a shroud.

  • I love this trend of the over-lay with the lace in the first two, it’s a more modern look.  It is much like the Oscar de la Renta over-lay gowns and it would be lovely to see in other gowns (not just in bridal).

  • That’s a lot of words to say “this collection is pretty but it’s nothing you haven’t seen a million times before.”

    Except for that red dress. That thing is STUNNING. I would get married in that in a heartbeat.

  • Ali

    Boring and nothing new. Bridal has been really insipid this year – the only one that has stood out to me was Oscar de la Renta. Everything else has been the same old thing.

    • choco

      agreed, though I would add Carolina to the few good ones 

  • choco

    I feel like the model in the red dress is giving me stink eye…

    • alyce1213

      And the fact that she didn’t use a little makeup to cover obvious chestal blemishes really bothers me.
      Maybe she’s itchy, hence stink eye?

  • kikisayshi

    Love them all!

  • That first dress is stunning. That is all. 

  • Where are the left legs on #5 and #7?

  • Stiff and boring.  The red one is interesting, but the rest are run of the mill A-line bridal blah.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    i see a touch more class in this collection compared to much of what we’ve seen.  i love the heavy lace on the veil in #2, and the
    gown on #6.  i’m loving the sheer veil over the otherwise bare head, almost makes me wish i had worn a veil at my wedding.  but in
    1977, it might have been a bit pretentious due to my previous cohabitation with a long string of characters.  look #3 and the final red one are both gorgeous gowns, but don’t say bridal to me.  here we go from the usual ugly hair of the season to invisible hair.   i guess it would save some time getting dressed.  

  • shopgirl716

    Sleeves.  Still needs sleeves.  

  • KathKo

    If I see one more bridal collection, I’m going to barf…

  • lilazander

    I am surprised to love the gowns. Tey are not mundane, and the red one–I would wear as a bride.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    For a moment I thought Photo Two showed a guest with black slacks and white shoes.   Still, who wears white shoes? 

  • The red gown is too much for me although I adore the color and would love to see the trend flow to everyday brides.

  • Puckndc

    Every one is stunning..except for the fishtail….ganug with the fishtails already…it really doesn’t look that good on anybody!