Columbian designer Johanna Ortiz helped spawn the industry’s current trend of voluminous sleeves, ruffles, and all things asymmetrical. Now, she is expanding her namesake label to delve into the mother of all drama dresses – the wedding dress. As could be expected, her own bridal gown, worn 13 years ago, was “full of ruffles.” This memory lasted to extend to her debut designs for brides who “want to make a statement through the use of movement and just enough volume, maintain femininity, and add romance.” Ortiz calls her bride confident, elegant, festive, feminine, and sexy, too. “They are constantly celebrating life,” she emphasizes, sharing that in the Columbian tradition, bridal parties do a carnavalito in the middle of the evening. They put flowers on their heads and don masks to create a carnival-like experience with music. On the subject of flower crowns, Ortiz says her favorite wedding accessory is a headpiece. From the looks of these ecru, blush, and white creations, one can only hope that her bridal range will develop even further in the following Spring season.
View the Johanna Ortiz Bridal Spring 2018 collection, debuting Thursday, May 18 on Moda Operandi and ranging from US $2, 386 to US $11, 609; (AED/SAR 8, 763 to AED/SAR 33, 056) in the gallery below.