I admit, I am truly impressed by Mimpikita’s latest Bridal collection, ‘The Lightness’. Of course with every collection there are looks you love, looks you hate, looks you would change a thing or two about and those you are uncertain over, but with this collection I’m delighted with majority of the 12 designs – just as they are.
The name of the collection, I feel, is not only representative of the overall pastel and white colour scheme, but also indicative of the purity and radiance of a bride on her wedding day – it is her moment to truly shine.
The inspiration of this collection is taken from the period of Romanticism, as well as from designs from past eras such as the 1950s, evidently shown through the small waist-lines, full skirts and harmonious colour scheme. There is also a touch of classic Malay glamour in some of the garments, including the high necklines, long sleeves and lace detailing down the front placket. The collection, as Mimpikita describes it, “defines the bride in terms of modern classical tastes. ‘The Lightness’ celebrates a woman’s most anticipated milestone, and one that gives tradition a twist.”
According to Mimpikita, the drapes, folds, bustle and stitching of the garments are not only for aesthetic and functional purposes, but are also representative of the woman within the garment. Three dimensional and layered – just like the special moments experienced and created by the bride at her wedding.
The key aspect evident in the collection definitely has to be the play with voluminous skirts. Straying away from the now common mermaid tail and trumpet silhouette skirts, Mimpikita utilises an empire, sheath and (well, one) basque waist silhouette instead.
Out of the collection, these are my personal top two.
There is something about the simplicity of this gown that is so alluring, and I can’t seem to put my finger on it! Is it the overlapping lines or the nude fabric? The simple yet absolutely gorgeous white sheath skirt (which I now desperately want in my closet)? The embellished belt? Everything? Must be. How every part of the gown complements one another is just perfection. And though I’ve set my mind on wearing all-white if I ever do get married, I would definitely wear this to another wedding or even just to any formal event.
At first, I was a bit uncertain about the skirt, and thought I would change the silhouette of the skirt to a tighter fit; perhaps a mermaid tail fit. However after some time, I realised that the skirt adds an element of elegance – it reminds me of the ’50s, an era filled with grace and sophistication. The pairing of the fitted top with a full skirt, I feel, is extremely unique for today – most gowns appear to be body-hugging. And so I decided that from the intensive beading on lace to the empire silhouette of the skirt, there is not a single detail I would change about this gown … Okay fine, maybe add a beautifully encrusted silver or cream clasp at the middle of the belt and then it will be perfect! But having said that, I wouldn’t even change the polka dotted top fabric (which I was also initially uncertain about) as I think it creates an interest in texture as it contrasts with the smooth, even surface of the skirt fabric.
Image credit: courtesy of Mimpikita