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The thing about wedding dresses is that most of them, while works of art in their own rite, are heinously expensive (and, probably something you’ll only wear for about 12 hours, making its cost per wear particularly cringeworthy). But more budget-friendly options tend to lack the details that make the dress so special in the first place.
Net-A-Porter is trying to change all that with its first bridal collaboration with contemporary British label Needle & Thread. The collection ranges from just over $200 for flirty separates to just under $1,700 for intricate, hand-beaded wedding dresses.
“Versatility and wearability are really important when buying investment pieces,” Net-A-Porter senior buyer Holly Russell says.
“A wedding dress is often one of the biggest shopping purchases a customer will make in a year, if not in her lifetime, so why shouldn’t these considerations apply?” We couldn’t agree more.
To that end, the collaboration, with an interchangeable mix of tops and skirts (as well as gowns), is remarkably savvy, with looks ranging from minimal to embellished Art Deco-inspired.
Despite the moderate price point, each of the pieces has plenty of detailing, from a floor-sweeping tulle skirt embroidered with crystals ($898) to a hand-embellished chiffon gown ($1,697).
The collection is a little romantic and a little irreverent, something that Needle & Thread founder Hannah Coffin took with her from her days as design director at AllSaints.
It was important to Russell to have a collection that would not only look flawless on a bride’s big day, but something that could be absorbed into her daily wardrobe post-wedding bells, making separates a key player in the collection.
The skirts, she says, could be paired with a simple cashmere sweater, and the embellished tops would be perfect for a night on the town when paired with leather pants and a killer heel.
“Women today are creative, practical, and are breaking the often-outdated rules of fashion,” Russell adds.
“She’s looking to invest in something that feels and looks like it’s one of a kind—and yet is able to be styled down so she can wear it again. Why shouldn’t she be able to?”
Photo: Courtesy of Net-A-Porter
See the entire collection at NET-A-PORTER