Proving herself always the innovator, Vera Wang showcased a daring new collection of gowns with her Spring 2015 bridal line. The dress are very Vera, but different from her usual aesthetic. They are, as Vera describes, “Lightness of Being: Delicate and Disciplined. Sensual and Seductive.”
And innovating even the gowns’ presentation, Vera Wang debut them with a short film titled “Chasing Alix” instead of a runway show.
Quintessential Monique Lhuillier. Debuting her Spring 2015 bridal collection at New York Bridal Week, Monique Lhuillier’s latest gowns showcased her signature style: romantic, feminine, lace gowns for the sophisticated bride.
The Spring 2015 show was titled My Ethereal Daydream and drew inspiration from American portrait painter, John Singer Sargent. The collection included an array of necklines and beautiful shades of hydrangea, pistachio and mist.
At the age of nine, most children would be content playing video games or riding their bike, but Lebanese designer Elie Saab was already cutting patterns out of newspaper and using his sisters to model outfits he created out of their mother’s closet.
Later, when he turned 18, he opened his atelier in Lebanon, at first only making bridal couture, primarily for women in his neighbourhood. The elaborate wedding dress designs caught the eye of Middle Eastern fashionistas and of royalty, but it was not until 2002 that his dresses drew even more international attention, with Halle Berry wearing one of his gowns to accept her Oscar for “Monster’s Ball.”
Since then Elie Saab gowns have been continuously seen on celebrities, crowning him an overnight success…that was twenty years in the making. Inspired by the women in his life, the primarily self-taught designer has said that he is driven by a desire to dress women in elegant outfits.
The Elie Saab hallmark look is ultra-feminine, and his creations have the uncanny ability to display movement, even in runway shots, due to their flowing skirts. Silhouettes remain slinky yet defined with the use of high waists paired with skinny belts and silk sashes to top off the graceful, fluid skirts. Striking looks in recent collections have emphasized fairytale-like design with romantic materials and botanical inspiration from Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
Although the haute couture line is what was all over the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards (and at the 85th and the 84th and…) Saab is known amongst brides for his diffusion line for Pronovias, Elie by Elie Saab. Elements of the couture collections blossom in the stunning array of wedding gowns.
These wedding dresses are tailor made for the modern princess bride, while skipping the cliché princess look. Very few Elie Saab gowns are strapless, instead opting for cap sleeves or arm-lengthening lace on sheer illusion mesh. The design is simple, always sophisticated, with a touch of sensualism. Looking for an over the top ballgown? Probably best to look elsewhere, most Elie Saab gowns feature flattering A-line shapes instead.
Beaded bodices full of sublime embellishment composed of precision placed pearls and glittering crystals only serve to enhance the soft, delicate skirts. Cascading sprays of lush floral appliques and meticulous blooming hydrangeas composed of organza petals “fall” down the skirts, onto the tulle trains.
The bride who is most drawn to Elie Saab wedding gowns is one who isn’t afraid of a lil’ bit o’ bling, without sacrificing quality. A woman who wants to be remembered for all the right reasons. After all, the timeless glamour of an Elie Saab wedding dress is not easily forgotten.
Feminine glamour. That’s the essence of Jenny Packham designs. Her look is sought after by Hollywood royalty like Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon (just to name a few). And by true royalty like Kate Middleton who’s often seen in Jenny Packham creations.
British fashion designer Jenny Packham graduated from the distinguished Central Saint Martins College of Art, and launched her bridal collection in 1998. Heavily influenced by 1930’s Hollywood glamour, her gowns evoke the luxury and grandness of the time.
But beyond the unfaltering glamour, the exceptional wearability of Jenny Packham wedding gowns truely sets them apart. Says Packham, “ ‘I love the way really big dresses look, but I think I have a weight clearance with dresses. Even the ones we do that are heavily beaded, there’s a certain point where you think, “No, that’s wrong”.
Instead, Packham focuses on simpler silhouettes created with light, airy fabrics and finished with the perfect touch of delicate beading and embellishments. For Packham, “it’s very much about the person who’s wearing the dress; I don’t want to take over from her.”
The bride who chooses Jenny Packham is a romantic who loves high fashion style. She’s confident and worldly, and appreciates the utter femininity of these gorgeous gowns.
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