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.
Monique Lhuillier opened up her Secret Garden-inspired world to unveil her fall 2014 bridal collection, which exuded romanticism crossed with a vintage, heirloom quality, set against an antique-filtered backdrop. “I wanted the pieces to feel like they were passed down from generations, so they had timeless, lightweight, effortless feel to them,” the designer told InStyle.com. “The dresses are slimmer—they have a vintage feeling. (Nowadays) brides are looking for more relaxed and softer silhouettes.” Even though there were fewer underpinnings this season, it was clear that her work was no less intricate, with layers of tulle, signature lace details and embroideries rich in floral, lattice and vine motifs in silver and rose-gold threadwork. And her favorites? “I love the gowns with a little color in them, like the smoke dress with a touch of lavender. I introduced the blush color three years ago and it has resonated so well, and it’s now a staple in my collection. When I see a bride in a soft tone other than white, it’s new, more exciting, more interesting.” Click through to see her latest bridal couture line-up.
Marchesa co-founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig dreamed up a gorgeous 13-piece bridal collection for the fall 2014 season, inspired by the allure of the children’s novel, The Secret Garden. The dresses feature handmade floral appliqués and dotted pearl and crystal accents on light fabrics like feminine illusion tulle. Known for their elaborate red carpet couture worn by stars like Blake Lively, the brand showed a range of silhouettes that included everything from grand ball gowns with Chantilly lace detailing to mermaids with cascading blooms. A tiered mini dress with a draped bodice offered a sweet and romantic look for a bride that favors a shorter hemline. Click through to see the entire line.
Vera Wang’s fall 2014 bridal collection was all about one hue: pink! Ever the innovator, Wang snubbed white once again (not that we’re shocked) and showed wedding gowns in vibrant hues of petal, rose, coral and peony — with bow details and large flower appliqués to match. “Pink as sensual, pink as seductive, pink as dreamy, pink as sophisticated, pink as strong, pink as cool. Think pink!” Wang stated about the collection. We are loving the designer’s bolder take on bridal, and the details on the dreamy gowns certainly popped. The dresses, in both voluminous and slinky silhouettes, breezed down the runway to the tunes of a music box and featured the intricate craftsmanship Wang’s bridal house is known and revered for. This collection certainly screamed modern bride, and it has us rethinking nuptial style. Click through the gallery to see the entire collection.
Rubin Singer, the designer who created Beyonce’s one-of-a-kind look at the Super Bowl, now wants to provide the same one-in-a-million feeling to brides. This fall marks the launch of the New York designer’s first-ever wedding dress collection, and we have a sneak peek of what you can expect right here. “This was a natural progression for me,” Singer told InStyle.com of why he ventured into bridal design. “I have been taking so many private client brides lately, and I created a bridal collection for several stores overseas.” His wedding dresses incorporate elements he utilized for Beyonce’s parade down the 50-yard line, converting his signature draping and paneling into designs fit for brides walking down the aisle. “This is an unexpected design approach to bridal gowns, perfect for a bride that seeks to be unique and extraordinary,” he added. Click to see 14 photos of the collection, and then find it in Kleinfeld Bridal and Neiman Marcus starting this September.
Monique Lhuillier sent a collection of 15 dresses down the runway for her fall 2013 bridal collection full of clean shapes and beautiful fabrics. As she told editors, her inspiration was to fit the needs of every bride, “from City Hall to the altar, whether there are hundreds of guests or just two.” The result was a broad but streamlined range, complete with sleeves and strapless, colors and ivory, gowns, and minis. Those shorter hemlines also served a second function—showing off the designer’s beautiful bridal shoes collection. Yet, while she played with new silhouettes and materials, like jacquard, the dresses were still classic Lhuillier, as show-stopping ballgowns covered in lace and tulle stole the show. Click to see the full collection.
Carolina Herrera told editors at her spring 2014 bridal fashion show that this season’s collection would be ”whimsical play on lace,” and she delivered in a big way. The romantic fabric was everywhere, from peeking out from under draped backs to creating princess-worthy sleeves. The feminine designs fit every wedding style, whether you’re saying your “I Dos” as an airy beach bride or a metropolitan-focused city girl. And that’s just what the legendary designer intended: “As the ultimate expression of a bride’s personality, the Carolina Herrera wedding gown is a reflection of her most beautiful self,” the designer said. Click to see the full collection.
Reem Acra‘s spring 2014 bridal collection was titled “Thank You For Your Love” and we were definitely feeling the adoration as we watched it debut on the runway during Bridal Fashion Week. The designer showered us with romance with her undulating and cascading skirts, seductive lace details, sexy draped backs, and the sweetest nothings of all: Embroidered phrases on head and wrist wraps with apropos sayings like “Only You” and “I Do.” Those sweet sentiments also appeared on the showstopping parasols that enveloped gowns in tulle and crystal. “This time I wanted to bring out the sensuality in the bride,” Acra told InStyle.com before the show. “We worked with embellishing the body, rather than making a dress. It’s all about the body, the woman and her sensuality, and making her light, airy, and transparent. It’s all about walking down the aisle with a sensuality, with an emotional power that she has.” Click the photo to see the full collection.