Halfpenny London Bridal 2021

By Shayna Seid

Designer Kate Halfpenny’s latest collection, titled “Out of this World,” is an edit of interchangeable separates, dresses, and accessories—including detachable sleeves, overskirts, and capes, which can completely transform a sleek dress. This level of versatility is something we’ve seen a lot this season, as brides have had to have the same qualities with their wedding plans, and designers are listening. In this offering, brides can re-wear elements of looks from their low-key ceremonies to larger and later parties.

Out of this World also continues Halfpenny London’s efforts to design with a ecological conscience—embellishments were often crafted from leftover fabrics and all pieces were designed and made locally in England. “Out of This World was going to be a celebration of my love affair with textiles yet, suddenly, alone with my pencil and sketchbook, the designs which had been so detailed in my imagination began to change,” Kate says. “I took the silhouettes which had already been designed for Out of this World and married them with existing Halfpenny London hero fabrics. Instead of beading we showcased the exquisite patterns and expert construction by adding piping, accentuating the seams.”

We’re particularly fond of the Blaze shrug over a Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy-esque slip, and the Mary sleeves add drama that encourages movement and dancing at a reception. We also know a lot of future-OTM brides will love the Ariel bow on the Iris dress. If anything, this collection celebrates the joy of weddings now and later.