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Iconic Wedding Dresses: Kate Middleton

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 12, 2013

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, and Caroline Herrera

This week on the blog, we’re looking back at some of the world’s most iconic wedding dresses that have recently re-emerged on the runways. Who can forget when Kate Middleton married Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011? Throughout their six-month engagement, Kate’s dress designer was kept a secret. It wasn’t until she walked down the aisle that Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton announced she was behind the custom v-neck, long sleeved wedding gown, which featured a full skirt and almost 7-foot long train. This sought-after classic was inspired by nature and the Victorian age. Details included hand-cut flowers embroidered on the lace and 58 buttons fastened by Rouleau loops on the back of her dress. However, Kate’s dress wasn’t the only one that stole the spotlight. Her younger sister, Pippa, wore a cowl neck, capped-sleeved dress that fitted to her body. Check out our favorite look-a-likes above!

Whose iconic wedding dress inspires you? Let us know in the comments below!

Go for Gold!

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 17, 2012

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Maybe it was the 2012 Summer Olympics that inspired designers, because gold (and silver too) made their mark on the bridal runway this week. Metallic embellishments debuted a few seasons ago but this time around they have a beautiful boldness to them.

A very regal color, gold gives a simple white dress the va-va-va-voom factor the glam girl is looking for. If you’re shopping in the non-white dress market (or for a fabulous number for your reception) you’ll find all gold gowns that will surely have all head’s turning.

Marchesa’s majestic ball gown with a full tulle skirt is paired with a structured strapless bodice featuring an ornate gold pattern.

This red-carpet worthy shimmering metallic gold Ines Di Santo gown is as sexy as it gets, with a thigh-high slit in the skirt and a one-shoulder neckline.

You can barely see it but this Reem Acra ball gown with elaborate gold embroidery has an illusion neckline with a high crew neck. The gold pattern continues to the edge of the tulle, creating a capped sleeve unlike any we’ve seen on the runway, and the result is simple stunning.

 

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Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Fall 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Dan Lecca and cannot be used without permission**

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Sheer Beauty

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 16, 2012

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Adding volume as well as a bit of mystery, tulle overskirts have become a must-have detail on Fall 2013 wedding dresses. Designers are showing single layers cut on the bias, hemmed to add a bit of structure, or sheared and layered, as seen at Marchesa (above left). The tulle skirt doesn’t quite cover the beauty of the detailing beneath, whether lace or beading, but creates a thin veil covering the design ever so slightly.

So what silhouettes work best with this trend? All of them! Voluminous ball gowns, sexy mermaids and slinky sheaths all were shown with tulle overskirts. And for brides who want a different look for the ceremony and reception a few designers made removable tulle skirts that completely changed the gown’s look from solemn to celebratory.

Shown above:

This modest floor-length lace gown with long sleeves and a crew neck by Monique Lhuillier has a white cummerbund-style detail at the waist and a single layer of tulle cut on a bias.

Reem Acra’s ornately beaded bodice is paired with a clean white skirt with a layer of pleated tulle.

For a chic, short look Marchesa’s modest lace knee-length dress has a multi-layered hi-lo tulle overskirt making it the perfect style for an afternoon wedding or reception after-party dress.

 

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Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Fall 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Dan Lecca and cannot be used without permission**

See More Bridal Gowns in the WeddingWire Photo Gallery!

The Ball Gown is Back

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 14, 2012

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After a few seasons of seeing sexy silhouettes on the runway, designers have brought back the classic ball gown. Every designer featured a number of show stoppers with a voluminous skirt made from layers of soft tulle or stiff taffeta, which gives a ball gown a classic dome-like shape. Bodices were embellished with embroidery, beading, crystals, or left unadorned with fabric draped and pleated in elegant ways. Strapless necklines took a backseat to asymmetrical and illusion necklines made from tulle or lace, capped and long sheer sleeves, revealing that Kate Middleton’s Sarah Burton wedding gown still inspires designers and brides. Above are three of our favorite ball gowns from the Spring 2013 Bridal Market runway shows:

Dennis Basso, available exclusively at Kleinfeld in New York, layered tissue cut organza to create a light as air gown perfect for any black-tie setting. Brides looking for something a little more avant garde should slip into Marchesa’s Femke design. The three-dimensional floral design is made from silk gazar petals draped into blooming flowers over a strapless ball gown. For a mix of both classic and modern Vera Wang embellished this ball gown’s bodice with ribbon embroidery and paired it with a silk organza flange skirt.

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Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Fall 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Dan Lecca and cannot be used without permission**

See More Bridal Gowns in the WeddingWire Photo Gallery!

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