Since first launching her bridal collection in 1996, Monique Lhuillier has become synonymous with an amazing attention detail and well-constructed gowns, specifically her corsetry. You have seen her gowns on Hollywood red carpets and on celebrity brides — both Carrie Underwood and Reese Witherspoon wore gowns by Monique recently.
1 – At some point in the presentation of Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2012 the royal wedding was mentioned as inspiration. The “Catherine” Chantilly lace gown, shown here from the back, is one of the more regal gowns of the season. The lace has a bateau neckline and a v-neck from behind. The train isn’t as long as Princess Diana’s 25’ train, but it’s beautiful and is sure to attract oohs and ahhs from your guests.
Designer Ines Di Santo found inspiration for her Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Couture Bridal Collection from the city of Florence — both past and present. Baroque beading evokes the cities grand architecture while mermaid silhouettes with dramatic bows were inspired by 21st century Florence.
The 24 gowns in the collection are a mix of voluminous ball gowns to sexy form-fitting silhouettes. Take a look at these five breathtaking gowns:
1 – This fit-to-flare taffeta gown has an Alencon lace overlay and from the front you can see a pink sash, which from behind features a large Obi bow.
Ever the fashion innovator, Vera Wang’s Spring 2012 collection is one of the most fashion-forward of the season. Her deconstructed designs mixed with romantic gowns are always popular with editors and brides.
We saw a lot of celebrity brides wearing Vera Wang wedding gowns last year — Chelsea Clinton, Alicia Keys, Hilary Duff and Lala Vasquez – to name a few. I’m sure some of the celebs saying “I do” in 2011 will be wearing wedding gowns from this collection.
Here are some of my favorite wedding dresses from the runway:
1 – This wedding dress mixes Guipure lace with stiff horsehair. The lace bodice has a high neck and capped sleeve while the voluminous skirt is made from swirling honey comb tulle and horsehair.
The Spring 2012 Christos collection is a mixture of lightweight fabrics and unexpected details. Designer Amsale Abrerra always presents a collection of romantic and elegant wedding gowns that are always at the top of my “best of the season” list.
There are 12 dresses in the collection, here are five that stood out:
1 – If you’re looking for a light and airy wedding gown but want something more than a clean tulle bodice and skirt, the “Nevine” dress is adorned with organza embroidery, which adds a layer of texture.
The tailored look of the Spring 2012 Amsale collection was a mix of stiff fabrics (taffeta, silk mikado and silk faille), pleating and an origami-style bow detail.
Whether discussing fabric manipulation, mixing of materials or elegant embellishments, brides looking for a classic and sophisticated look will love the new Amsale collection. You just have to wait till it hits salons in the fall.
1 – I like simple and the simplicity of this diagonal bow on the “Harper” dress was quite chic. Also, did you notice how one side of the strapless neckline is a natural curve while the other is higher? A number of designers created an off-balanced neckline which adds another subtle detail.