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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    • Me Again

      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.

      • Jonathan

         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). 

      • foodycatAlicia

        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.

    • WendyD

      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.

    • KAPHM

      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? 

    • Tiger Gray

      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.

    • Andrea Gault

      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.

    • Sara Munoz

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

    • Isabel

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

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

    • Ginger

      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.

    • Karen Clark

      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.   

    • Sarah Caponigro

      I love Romona Keveza.

    • Buffy

      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. 

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    • 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.

    • MinAgain

      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.

    • Laura

      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.

    • Liana Brooks

      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.

      • How to Faint

        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.

    • Nikki

      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).

    • Aaminah Khan

      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!

    • SarahBeth

      That first dress is stunning. That is all. 

    • Lauren

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

    • Kate Lorenz

      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? 

    • Vera

      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!