This year’s Bridal Fashion Week was one of the best yet. Featuring elegant bows, suits, white gloves, unusual silhouettes, and unlikely accessories, here are SANT’s top picks.
Vera Wang’s bridal collections are consistently pleasing, but this collection pushes the designer into new territory. Her collection features daring shapes, long sleeves, and lots of lace and sheer. This look is gorgeous and delicate, with a sophisticated deep V and sheer gloves almost mistaken for sleeves complimenting the look.
Viktor & Rolf
The bridal collection from Viktor & Rolf mostly consists of extremely elegant takes on A-line silhouettes. Think silky-smooth fabric with sheer ruffles and bold waists. Apart from this look, there were two short dresses and one jumpsuit. This dress is for any bride wanting to look glamorous and high fashion without the elaborate feel of a floor length dress or long train. And it has pockets!
Lela Rose’s fourth bridal collection is so stunning; three different looks from the collection made this list. Channelling old Hollywood with a modern twist, this collection covers all the bases. Their headband-veils are gorgeous, and every dress speaks for itself, with this example embracing simple elegance. The beauty of this gown is that it can be made perfect with accessories. Featured on the model with sheer embroidered gloves and a short veil, imagine long silk gloves and a long veil, or even a lace shawl to add the finishing touch.
“For me,” explains designer Carolina Herrera, “the most important day in the life of a woman is her wedding, and it has to be romantic, It has to be feminine, it has to be ethereal, it has to be dreamy – it doesn’t have to be sexy”. Herrera’s collection feels like a celebration, covering several different looks for the modern bride. One of the most striking is a simple strapless silhouette, with gorgeous embroidery and pockets.
Elie Saab’s third bridal collection does not fail to disappoint. Gorgeous sparkle and lace feature throughout, and every dress feels close to the traditional princess bride style. This look redefines the off-the-shoulder wedding style, with a thin belt separating it from the flowing sheer bottom. The low veil on the model compliments the upper body beautifully.
Another pick from Lela Rose, this dress is visually pleasing, with a simple silhouette featuring a contrasting off-the-shoulder top and matching choker. Although the choker is a current trend, this look could outlast the trend due to its simplicity. It could also be worn without the choker, or with a simple necklace, with matching gloves, or, of course, a veil.
Naeem Khan’s collection had a gothic-type vibe breaking through the white gowns, focusing on mainly sheath silhouettes. Venturing into new territory, the collection includes jumpsuits, florals, lots of feathers, and layers of beaded necklaces as an accessory. This look is striking for the non-traditional bride who wants to venture outside of the classic white. The long sleeves, high waist, high neckline, and colourful flowers make this dress a standout.
Oscar de la Renta
This 29-piece collection includes dramatic bows, suits, deep Vs, and lots of flowers. This look is soft and warm, letting the gorgeous white embroidery fade throughout the gown. The long veil modelled adds to its dramatic style achieved through a simple silhouette. Alternatively, a headband style veil as featured in Lela Rose would balance out the modern style for any old fashioned or conservative brides.
Sachin & Babi
This collection opened with a long coat over trousers, creating something new for brides, and a trend we’re sure to see more of. They included many unique sleeves and real flowers as part of the designs, not just an accessory. Sheer was used to create a skirt and wrap around shoulders and necks, showing its flexibility. This look is strikingly refreshing – another take on the coat-dress, featuring a long sleeve top that opens to reveal white trousers, and topped off with a large pink bow that drops to the ground.
There’s no better look to finish off this list other than the Lela Rose finale – ‘The Ice House’ bridal coat. Not seen in any other collection, this gorgeous cape-style-slit-sleeve is for the winter bride. With furry floral designs, a fur collar, pearl buttons, and ‘love is love’ embroidered in white on the back, this look is truly captivating. Wear alone down the aisle, or wear as a cover up for winter wedding photos.
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Words: Olivia Spring
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