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.
Brides looking for a touch of glamour on their wedding day must make an appointment at a Kenneth Pool trunk show. The Spring 2012 collection is a mixture of dramatic silhouettes and necklines accented with metallic beading.
While some designers can go over board with beading, Amsale Abrerra does not. Her careful placement of adornments add just the right amount of bling to the classic white (or ivory) wedding gown.
Here are my five favorite dresses from the collection:
1 – Tiered skirts have been popular for the last few seasons but the delicate silver embroidery and beading on the bodice and at the hem of each tier add a hint of glamour to the “Zuzanna” tulle ball gown.