Who is the 82-year-old “Guru of Glamour” that designs some of the most classically bridal wedding dresses in the market today? None other than Oscar de la Renta. His decadent wedding gowns are made of all the best things in bridal fashion: flattering silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and beautiful craftsmanship.
De la Renta’s designs have been a mainstay on the red carpet for decades, but he has also dressed celebrity brides such as Katherine Heigl, Kate Bosworth (who wore not only one, but two of his designs on her wedding day) and presidential daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Even Anna Wintour’s new daughter-in-law Elizabeth Cordry chose Oscar de la Renta for her summer 2014 wedding.
After designing bridal looks privately for years, Oscar de la Renta’s bridal line was launched in 2006 and quickly became one of the most sought-out labels by traditional brides in the salon. The wedding dresses de la Renta designs are enduring classics with a touch of nostalgia, made with modern materials and shapes.
Textured ornamentation and layering figures highly and adds luxury to the dresses without distracting. The wedding dresses are refined and minimal, but far from simple. The effortless looks allow the addition of dazzling jewellery and accessories to balance them.
Oscar de la Renta’s classic old-world craftsmanship combines with just a hint of current trends to create a timeless wedding day look for today’s sophisticated bride. Instead of glitzy embellishment, light Chantilly lace appliques and embroidered floral accents extend down onto the skirt in many styles, appearing often in the 2014 and 2015 collections.
The designer creates gowns for almost any body type, including fitted mermaid styles, ball gowns and flattering A-lines. Playful shorter wedding dresses or a hint of blue or pink color are perfect for more experimental brides. Oscar de la Renta’s wedding dresses are sure to make you feel like a woman, not just a princess, no matter which style or length you choose.
If you are a bride who seeks quality and understated glamour with a touch of trend, the legendary Oscar de la Renta may be the bridal designer for you. His wedding dresses satisfy the desire to be a traditional brides with a romantic wedding day look, without compromising on style. Perfect for the modern princess bride!
When it comes to wedding gowns, sometimes nothing can beat that classic bridal style. The beautiful wedding dress creations by Carolina Herrera capture a traditional wedding day look by combining classic chic silhouettes with elegant, ladylike tailoring and detailing.
Fashion great Carolina Herrera has dressed First Ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Michelle Obama as well as celebrity brides like Christina Hendricks, Jessica Simpson, Caroline Kennedy and Renee Zellweger. Herrera herself comes from a great design heritage. She landed on best dressed lists from an early age, and is known for her signature look of a tailored white shirt.
It was friend Diana Vreeland, editor-in-chief at Vogue at the time, who suggested Carolina begin her own fashion line. She hasn’t looked back since, with 280 stores in over 100 countries carrying her label.
Carolina Herrera has been designing bridal wear since 1988, and has stated that when it comes to her wedding dresses, “less is more.” Her timeless looks are refined, almost regal. No single element overwhelms the bride who wears a Carolina Herrera wedding dress, everything works together in concert to create an elegant, uncomplicated look.
Sexy trumpet, classic ball gown and slim sheaths are commonly spotted silhouettes bearing the Carolina Herrera name. Materials range from rich embroidered brocade to laser cut leather or Chantilly and Guipure lace, organza and silk mikado. Surprises like see-through backs, striped trains and hand-painted gold leaves embellish, but do not distract, from that bridal glow.
Brides seeking a timeless trip down the aisle should consider a Carolina Herrera gown. Herrera’s romantic bridal gowns work equally well at casual ranch weddings and country clubs as formal black tie affairs and church ceremonies.
If you are a sophisticated bride who believes less really is more, Carolina Herrera may be the designer for you!
Fit for a princess! Lazaro 3108 is a girly girl’s perfect wedding dress. This strapless sweetheart gown is created with a silk satin organza bodice and full circular tulle skirt. The jewel encrusted band at the waist adds the perfect amount of sparkle and glamour. The gown is available in white, ivory and sherbet.
Lazaro 3108 wedding dresses retail at $3800. PreOwned pricing starts at $1500.
It may come as no surprise that Hayley Paige, one of the freshest bridal labels in the market today, is run by one of the youngest designers in the business. In her mid-20s, Hayley Gutman stepped into the role of head designer at Hayley Paige at JLM Couture, creating the flirty, feminine wedding gowns the label is now known for.
Before striking it out on her own, Hayley designed dresses for some of the biggest names in the wedding world, including Melissa Sweet and Marchesa for Priscilla of Boston. Hayley has stated she knew she wanted to be a wedding dress designer from a very young age, and still approaches wedding dresses with a sense of wonder. It’s clear she has a love for that classic fairytale princess look, one that appeals to many brides.
Hayley Paige wedding dresses are modern and feminine at the same time, while showcasing the fun side of bridal: quirky and charming details. A-line shapes with high-low tiered and flounced skirts are a signature look.
The gowns often appear quite traditional, but include whimsical options like mix and match tops and skirts, removable peplums and boleros, all of which allow the bride to individualize her dress. The 2014 collection has some daring looks not commonly seen in the wedding world. “Dori,” for example, is a gown with an option for a crystal-encrusted crop top, perfect for fashion-forward brides-to-be.
Despite their refined look, vintage-inspired beading provides a little glitz and glam. These touches are combined with unusual materials and trims such as moonstone, cashmere and horsehair. Unconventional stripes and layering keep Hayley Paige wedding dresses flirty and fun, and the pretty but polished gowns lean more towards sweet, rather than sultry or sexy.
For brides who are budget conscious but love the Hayley Paige style, you will be happy to know the designer also creates dresses in the more affordable Jim Hjelm Blush line.
A Hayley Paige wedding dress is perfect for the stylish bride who wants to exude youth and innocence on her wedding day and still have fun without straying far from the classic wedding dress look. The dresses are flexible and would suit a variety of venues, including lofts, museums and churches. If you are adventurous, confident and vibrant, you should definitely consider the playful wedding dresses in the Hayley Paige collection!
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