You want to get married in something a little less formal. You’re looking for a city hall outfit. You’re after something strongly fifties in flavour. Short wedding dresses are a great option in any of those circumstances. And the design house Alan Hannah decided to answer that need with their new label, Rita Mae. The dresses speak for themselves – beautifully designed in Marguerite Hannah’s inimitable style. And making the gowns available in short, tea-length or long creates extra flexibility for any bride.
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On my first visit to Paris, I found the women fascinating. Cliche? Probably. But it’s true – French women generally have an understated, effortless style about them that is just so right. And trying to emulate it is difficult, so I instead embraced the tourist look; walking shoes, sun hat and camera slung about my neck. Classy, me.
The same cool, clean elegance in a French woman’s every day wardrobe can be found in their top wedding dress designers. Often boho, always modern, usually understated. Structure seems to be thrown out of the window, leaving me wondering if their dresses would look any good on anybody larger than slim. After all, that’s what structure and corsets are for – pulling all your bits and pieces into the right places. I’ve been sifting through French designers and picking out my top 10 favourites. So in no particular order, here they are:
1. Delphine Manivet
Delphine Manivet encapsulates everything about great French wedding gown designers. Endlessly tasteful, beautifully made, with an element of rock chick that screams coolness (in a good way).
Catwalks worldwide have had their annual explosion of laces, tulles, sparkles and silks. If you’re in the League of Brides to Be Who Enjoy Fashion (otherwise snappily known as the LBBWEF), you’re probably wondering what trends there are to bear in mind when you step on into your local bridal gown supplier. And I’ve put together this little guide to help you on your way. If you find the trends confusingly poles apart, well, that’s because they are. 😀
So here, in no particular order, are my top ten picks for wedding dress trends in 2015.
1. Covering up
It’s official – modesty is currently fashionable. Brides who were always going to go for a modest gown can feel downright smug, because you’ll be spoilt for choice. High necks, long sleeves, and lashings of material are where it’s at right now. Be warned though, if you’ve been blessed in the breast department, high necked gowns will make you look melon-esque.
I’ve had a slight bee in my bonnet in the past few years over wedding dress designers photographing their gowns with accessories that (in my humble opinion) make the dresses even more delicious than they might be otherwise, but not actually selling the aforementioned accessories. So that frothy lacy affair the model had draped around her shoulders? Nope. Sorry, that doesn’t come with this dress. But… that’s the REASON I loved that dress SO MUCH. Wah!
Also, I’ve always fancied the idea of buying a fairly plain (cheap) wedding gown and zuzhing it up with bits and bobs, thus transforming it into giddy couture-esque heights whilst back-patting myself on my thrifty creativity.
SO. I was beyond delighted to discover that Charlie Brear from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company has (cleverly) released a series of accessories that will add sizzle to any wedding dress, and allow a bride to change up her look without having to splurge on a second wedding dress.
Here are some dazzling beauties – see the VWDC website for more »
Whilst the front of this wedding gown is extremely lovely, the back is even more so. Something about the wispy chiffon crossover combined with the jewelled straps is just so very right. See the original gown here »
Mia Mia have released their 2012 wedding gown collection, and (this is a first for me – no, really) never have I before felt compelled to slather a collection of photos all over my body :D. They are deliciously rich and creamy, like an expensive moisturiser or an exceptionally good slice of cake. And testimony to the fact that investing in beautiful photos makes your product just that much more desirable. Drooling over photography aside, the dresses are equally delicious. Mia Mia never fail to deliver beautifully fashionable gowns that are downright pretty, yet not meringue-esque. Check out more on the Mia Mia website »
I’ve just discovered Kisui. There is one word that nicely sums up their gowns, and that is ‘wow’. Simple, clean lines, beautifully put together in the latest fashions to create deliciously beautiful wedding gowns.
They’re based in Germany so I’m not sure about the stockist status for elsewhere, but I’ll get in touch with them to see. Meanwhile, have a look at these beauties:
If you’ve joined the ranks of admirers of the beautiful wedding dress worn by Mila Kunis in Ted, you officially have good taste. A gorgeously warm taupe/gold colour, her wedding gown was designed by the inimitable Monique Lhuillier – a designer whose work is so delicious, it gives you eye ache.
Dress image from Bauer Griffin.
Now oddly, the dress used is from a couple of seasons ago – called Amelie – and it’s not available anymore. HOWEVER. Monique Lhuillier has many other gorgeous creations, some in a similar vein. Here are some other mermaid/fishtail concoctions from Monique Lhuillier that may just fit the bill.
Vera Wang’s 2012 Spring collection is notable not only for the fact that the wedding dresses are beautiful (well there’s a surprise – ha!), but also because they’re colourful. Colour has been a flirtation in past Vera Wang collections, but this collection is a full blown affair. Beautiful, non?
The Vera Wang Fall 2012 Collection is a much moodier matter altogether – titled ‘Witchcraft’, there is not a white dress in sight.
As an ardent admirer of anything Vera Wang, I’m somewhat predictably enamoured, but can imagine it’s not to everyone’s taste. I do love the wintery feeling in the Fall collection which contrasts with the more cheery, lighter tones of the Spring collection.
Vera Wang is a heavily influential figure in the wedding industry so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see brides venturing away from white and ivory.
So, would you wear a black wedding dress??
*Photography of the Fall Collecion by Dan Lecca