In an unassuming building tucked below Times Square, atmospheric music pulses through a sixth-floor lounge.
The humidity from the street has followed guests inside, crowding the already tiny space with warm bodies. Lotus Threads, a New York City-based wedding fashion brand, has just presented a new bridal line. The collection embodies the “old” city, with art-deco patterns and intricate beading woven into flowing white fabrics.
The young bridal company specializes in these throwback designs. Their social media is littered with pictures of chic Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn and romantic quotes about the Jazz Age. A specifically curated nostalgia for Gatsby-level decadence appears an intrinsic part of its brand.
A majority of the gowns rested on mannequins with false eyelashes, cast in lavender mood lighting. However, actual models wore the more elaborate pieces, accompanied by headbands courtesy of Erica Koesler. Dark branches sporting purple and white flowers arranged by Christopher Polizzoto framed the simple display.
And lastly, hair and makeup provided by Jovanna Rodriguez transformed the models into enchanting Greco-Roman sirens. Fortunately, these sirens spent more time gushing about the gowns than singing visitors to their death.
So, if you are in the market for such sleek elegance and have roughly fifteen hundred dollars to spare, Lotus Threads’ Fall and Winter collection boasts a variety of gowns inspired by the roaring twenties. The multiple spaghetti-strap dresses come paired with crystal embroidered capes. Others have layered Chantilly lace, tulle skirts, and decorative long sleeves. If Daisy Buchanan had married Gatsby, she may have considered the short-sleeved beaded number with its thin crème belt.
On the wall across from the gowns hung a stylized quote from poet Dean Jackson, which read, “She dances to the songs in her head, speaks with the rhythm of her heart, and loves from the depths of her soul.”