It’s a truly depressing day when Bridal Fashion Week ends; however, lucky for us – we now have hundreds of gowns to drool over until the next bridal market launch. (Which I’ve happily done over the past two weeks.)
To sum it up: The designers 2014 collections were, wow!
From Carolina Herrera’s collection comprised of short dresses, to Vera Wang’s very pink runway show, to trends like beaded columns, coverlets, 1920s inspiration & metallic lace. Designers today are following the most important wedding rule; there are NO RULES!
For me, a gown that screams elegance and beauty has enough fabric to tell a story. I typically don’t lean toward a sheath gown, covered in sparkle, with a short train. I like the wow factor that twisted fabric and simple embellishments create. Simplicity is stunning. Fabric that hugs the body but enhances it in all right places is a home run. For me, a front running gown cannot forgo effortless beauty and one edgy element that makes it you.
Picking favorites is never an easy task. Whether were talking about parents, foods, or gowns – but here they are in all their glory and sparkle, my top 19.
(All images taken from brides.com – Click on image to view larger.)
19 – Monique Lhuillier; Beaded lace sheath wedding dress with scoop neckline and crystal embellished belt.
This gown screams TREND! It’s a sheath-column gown with identifiable 1920s inspiration. Very Great Gatsby. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a gown with a simple shape, straps, and a little sparkle.
18 – Victor Harper; sweetheart neckline, sheath gown with metallic gold floral embellishments.
A perfect option for a simple, glamorous gown with a red-carpet look. It doesn’t have to just be a wedding gown, this is a formal gala look too!
17 – Pronovias; v-neck, ballgown.
Classic, classic, classic – It’s a regal and simple option that is a perfect fit for many shapes and sizes. It’s a gown that will show off your neck and collarbone. For a bride with a bone structure, you cannot go wrong. The glory of this gown is that it’s so classic – in 10, 25, or 60 years down the road you won’t HATE IT! This is a gown that you can have fun accessorizing to make it yours.
16 – Casablanca Bridal; Style 2145, wedding dress features a full A-line skirt with a beaded illusion bateau front and back necklines, matching fabric buttons trail along the entire skirt up to the satin neckline, finished with a button and loop closure on the illusion back bodice, the skirt has pockets, and a beaded sash sits at the natural waist.
A gown with pockets knows the way to my heart. It’s a perfect option for an emotional bride who wants to have tissues on hand. Besides the efficiency of this gown, it’s an ideal fit for many bride’s body shapes. It’s classic, but has a twist of modern with the sheer, embellished neckline.
15 – Badgley Mischka; “Katherine” strapless tulle ball gown wedding dress with beaded bodice and a sweetheart neckline.
Woah, Dang! A classic cut gown, that would suite Daddy’s princess; yet, it’s sexy and mature. High five to Badgley. (Pair it with Badgley Mischka embellished pumps, and you will look stunning on your big day.)
14 – Monique Lhuillier; Ivory tulle mermaid wedding dress with silver lace applique details on bodice and straps.
If you want a gown with a lot of bling, but doesn’t look cheap – THIS IS YOUR DRESS! The metallic lace applique is a perfect mix of 20s inspiration and modern sass.
13 – Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld; Style 73, silk tissue taffeta ball gown wedding dress with ruched bodice and organza beaded skirt.
ehmuhgawd! How can you resist. This is REGAL!!! Royalty Worthy. It’s bling-free, but the twisting, wrapping, and layering of material makes it so every time you look at this gown you see a detail you missed before. If you want to make a statement walking down the isle, this is a must wear.
12 – Lela Rose; Style B07137, “The Forest” v-neck placed lace A-line wedding dress.
I’ve heard brides say many, many times that delicate lace can look like their Grandma’s table cloth… Long behold this Lela Rose number is everything BUT you’re grandma’s interior design. It’s simple, sophisticated, and stunning. It’s a great fit and hell, any modest grandma would approve.
11 – Vera Wang; Petal strapless silk gazaar ball gown wedding dress with hand draped bodice accented by exposed corset neckline and peony organic pleated flower.
I personally may not be a pink-gown bride, but how can you resist? Want traditional with an edge? Try a color. Vera has a way of making her fabric the key embellishment. You don’t need a belt or a load of accessories – this dress is done right. Have a small torso, but hips that could be a little smaller? This gown will hide those hips and showcase your tiny waist and torso. THANK YOU VERA! (Now make it for me in ivory?!)
10 – Hayley Paige; Style 6400, “Lana” ivory, champagne English net geometric natural waist ball gown wedding dress with twist sweetheart bodice, horsehair tiered skirt, chapel train.
How could you not LOVE this gown. It’s traditional and simple. It has an edge. It has that perfect something to make it match a modern venue or the outside barn wedding. Its versatile without losing it’s bridal feel.
9 – David Fielden; Modest ballgown, v-neck gown embellished with floral elements.
This dress could be described so many ways, and be perfect for so many brides. Southern girl? Country venue? Garden wedding? It’s an ideal cut for multiple body shapes and it’s not strapless, which can be a deal breaker for some brides. The floral elements are feminine, yet not overdone, and the skirt of the gown has some edgy detail that makes it everything but boring.
8 – YolanCris; A-line, embellished and sheer top.
It’s simple, yet detailed enough to make you say wow. It’s modest and feminine, yet trendy and modern.
7- Monique Lhuillier; Strapless taffeta mermaid wedding dress with pleated sweetheart bodice.
This gown has aspects of gowns I’ve seen down the runway previous seasons, but that’s not a reason not to love it. It a twist of feminine charm and southern sexiness. It hugs the body, has ruching exactly where it should, and a pop of edginess mid-thigh.
6 – Watters; Style 5018B, “Carina” strapless corset shown with Style 5089B, “Ashan” soft net ball gown skirt.
Ohhhh, this gown – or should I say two-piece! It’s a corset and skirt paired for a perfect match. I can’t say enough about it. The color, style, fabric and detail. It’s next to perfect.
5 – Lazaro; Full tulle, high-low skirt with an embellished, v-neck top.
This high-low skirt is a PERFECT option for the bride who wants to show off her big-day shoes. It’s sheer straps, embellished top, and tulle bottom give this gown a traditional vibe with a modern and trendy edge and highlights the bride’s waist.
4 – Pronovias; mermaid embellished gown, with a sheer neckline and sheer, embellished sleeve.
A gown for both you and the conservative family members. The mermaid fit is sexy, but the quarter-length sleeves will definitely keep momma happy.
3 – Reem Acra; “Dana” embroidered illusion off-the-shoulder wedding dress with full silk chiffon skirt.
The silk chiffon of this skirt is only half the excitement – it’s flowing, expensive and regal. The top is embroidered and the pattern couldn’t be more delicate and beautiful. The sheer top I’m sure could be layered over material for additional modesty.
2 – Lazaro; A-symmetrical, full horse hair skirt with a strapless, sweet-heart neckline lace bodice.
This dress was a close second for me. Lazaro knows how to make a statement and showcase the beauty of various fabrics together. The a-symmetrical skirt makes this dress modern, while the lace keeps a traditional element. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L
1 – Hayley Paige; Style 6413, “Dori” Alabaster tulle wedding dress with halter high neck alabaster andcrystal bodice, full horse hair flounced skirt, chapel train.
Can this gown be called Kori(e) instead?! I know I like simple, no bling, and material that talks for its self, but THIS IS A STATEMENT GOWN. The crop top, two-piece walked the runway and is available for the bolder bride, however, the one-piece can also be purchased. If the front isn’t enough, check out that back. How can you not fall in love?!
No matter the gown you wear, rock it! If you get overwhelmed deciding – don’t rush. And when all else fails, a glass of red & a to-do list should get you through.