Here’s something different! Famous for her eclectic prints and bohemian aesthetic, ready-to-wear and swimwear designer Mara Hoffman channeled her free-spirit approach into her first-ever bridal collection, delivering seven looks aptly named after Greek, Roman and Hindu goddesses. But the biggest shocker (or perhaps not so much, given Hoffman’s expertise) amid the gowns and skirt sets, are the bridal swimsuits—yes, swimsuits, for romantic shoreside weddings or tropical honeymoons. In fact, all looks were designed with the intention of being worn “by the sea, barefoot in the desert or under a canopy in the forest.” Priced between $300 and $1,700, each beautifully stitched, hand-beaded and embroidered number can be picked up at marahoffman.com. See all looks from her entire “Devotional Collection.”
Naeem Khan is known for his runway stunners, elaborate gowns with intricate stitches and hand-finished touches. Now he’s taking that same approach and washing it in whites and ivories for his first-ever bridal collection, which he debuted in New York this month. “I’ve been doing bridal, but very high-end exclusive pieces,” he told InStyle.com, mentioning his current project, a $250,000 custom dress for the King of Saudi Arabia’s granddaughter’s wedding. “Now, I’m making it available to the people.” His foray into the bridal market featured 25 gowns, which each took hundreds of hours to complete by hand. Every design was named after a city, as Khan was inspired by “where the modern bride is saying her vows.” With its art deco beading, the New York gown evoked a quiet image of the Chrysler Building, while the silver and crystal covered organza Versailles gown brought the city’s Palace opulence to life. The other styles were as beautiful as the cities they represented. Click to see collection, available for brides-to-be for fall 2014.
If Reem Acra‘s fall 2014 bridal collection was summed up in one word, it’d be: transparency. Acutely aware of what brides are looking for, the designer drew inspiration from her travels to create something different, something more couture. “My global brides want something different, so I always have to come up with new ideas, like layering of other colors underneath for that feel of freshness, lightness, that see-through attitude, but not actually see-through,” she told InStyle.com. The designer began working on bridal roughly six months earlier (even before her ready-to-wear line) to ensure a level of ethereal perfection, which was achieved through layers of tulle, illusion panels and intricate embroidery. “Brides are reacting to transparency—everything was well thought of; nothing was done overnight. They look lightweight and simple, but they’re not. The dresses are more couture than ever; the feathers and the headpieces really say, ‘This is a couture house,’ and that’s the message,” she added. Executed with precision, Acra’s elegant line-up encompassed both dreamy and romantic qualities. Click through to see all 24 dresses.
It’s not just long-lost relatives anymore—everyone wants to be a part of your Big Day. Designers especially want in on the action, expanding their collections to encompass more offerings for brides, bridesmaids, in-laws—you name it. For the anti-traditional, shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell added new designs to his existing bridal collaboration with Ashbury Skies with “Cold Feet by Jeffrey Campbell,” which does away with conventional shoe styles and instead serves up edgy, no-fuss footwear like “I do” plated white high-top sneaks and silver cut-out wedges. Likewise, Monique Lhuillier, who launched engagement rings and wedding bands a year ago, widened the scope of her fine jewelry collection (sold exclusively at Blue Nile) to include earrings, bracelets and necklaces. “I can touch more women with this collection—it’s not just for brides, but for bridesmaids, too,” she said at her fall 2014 bridal presentation during Bridal Fashion Week. “My goal is to reach more women and sprinkle that specialness.” In the same vein, jewelry retailer BaubleBar partnered up with wedding site Style Me Pretty and rolled out pretty add-ons for the entire bridal party. Click through to see all launches that are re-thinking the bridal landscape.
There may not have been a particular source of inspiration for Oscar de la Renta‘s bridal collection for Fall 2014, but the designer did look to his previous lines for some help. The strapless pink dress with a Watteau train that showed in his Resort 2014 line was re-envisioned for the bride, modifying the asymmetric hemline to graze the floor, lengthening the train and swapping out the blush hue for a traditional ivory wash. Clean and minimalist at first glance, it’s the wedding gown’s dramatic-yet-elegant back that steals the show. The other nine dresses aren’t as understated. More like confectionery creations, the rest of the collection display intricate detailing, like hand-cut cotton daisy guipure applique, all-over pearl embroidery and lace painted silk gazar. Click through to see Oscar de la Renta’s entire 10-piece bridal line-up that had us saying, “I do.”
Thanks to Dennis Basso’s latest bridal collection for giant bridal emporium Kleinfeld, narrowing down the dress of your dreams just got even more difficult. For his spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear line, Basso turned to Old Hollywood goddesses, including the likes of Ava Gardner, Jane Russell, Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner, for inspiration. Basso approached his spring 2014 bridal line the same way. “I thought, what would all of those great women have worn if they had gotten married in today’s world? I focused on that interpreted into modern dressing with the idea of Hollywood glamour,” the designer told InStyle.com. “There’s a little something for everyone—tight sexiness, ball gown princess, sophisticated allure.” Even though his focus was on the past, Basso still had a finger on the pulse of what brides are demanding now. “Sleeves and lace are very big,” he said, calling out Kate Middleton for setting the trend. “She showed that you can still be sexy but still be covered—it’s a nice look.” We agree! Click through to see his collection for Kleinfeld.
New styles for a new collection! As Temperley Bridal‘s largest line-up to date, Iris 2014/15 boasts a well-rounded tally of 14 bridal looks with daring new silhouettes that celebrate the female form and radiate with the fine craftsmanship that the English brand is known for. ”There is a full range of different styles, for different body shapes in Iris, all designed with the aesthetic I believe in; elegant, feminine, ethereal and timeless,” designer Alice Temperley MBE said in a statement. “Each dress has to be the perfect blend of functionality and fantasy.” In doing so, Temperley covered unfamiliar ground, revealing looks that break free from traditional wedding gowns, including a ’70s-inspired jumpsuit, a voluminous evening swing coat with ruffled silk organza roses and petals, and a floor-length chiffon kaftan. Click through to see the entire collection.
Carolina Herrera is on the rise! With the modern-day bride in mind, the designer changed things up a bit and lifted hemlines, making this her first-ever bridal collection to eschew floor-sweeping gowns. “I wanted to design unique options for every event surrounding a bride’s wedding from the rehearsal dinner to the reception,” Herrera said of her collection. “A bride’s wedding style should be a reflection of her personality…it’s the moment where she can feel her most beautiful.” From cocktail-like frocks to tea-length dresses, her creations didn’t stop short of spectacular with hints of whimsy and fantasy. Romantic detailing was the unifying thread, which included intricate beadwork, Chantilly lace appliques and on one occasion, baby blue ribbon bows—for your something blue! Click through to see the entire Carolina Herrera bridal line-up.