Moody. That sums up the photos of the wedding gowns from Claudia Llagostera. And the gowns themselves are wonderful – modern, deliciously unstructured mash-ups of vintage styles, lace and knitwear. If you’re looking for thoroughly up-to-date gowns but still want to feel like a bride, Claudia Llagostera certainly fits the bill.
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.
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 »
Paula Del Vas is another new (to me at least) designer who I stumbled across recently. I’ve found myself more and more drawn to fashion forward wedding dresses of late, and her designs well and truely fit into that category. Beautiful lines, completely wearable gowns, with the odd slightly avant garde design thrown in for good measure.
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:
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
Daniela from Sarah Jassir got in touch a few weeks ago about Sarah’s 2012 spring collections – I was immediately impressed, particularly with the wildly beautiful pink beaded gowns. Everything is cut exquisitely – the top left gown in the picture below is so stunning, I can feel rantiness threatening to spill over.
Sarah has worked for the likes of Amsale, Vera Wang, and Valentino – talent personified. To find out more, go to her website ».
Here’s a few of my favourites, but for more, see the gallery below:
I’m very excited to among the first to get my mitts on the photos of Alan Hannah‘s 2012 High Society collection – woot! There’s one other Alan Hannah wedding outfit that I’ll post about (maybe tomorrow) once I get my hands on the picture – it made me (and everybody else in the room) smile when the model arrived on the catwalk wearing it. Seriously awesome, but anyway, that will wait. Below are my four favourites from the newest collection. And I predict that the sheer poncho over a sleeveless gown will increasingly appear in lots of collections – so lovely!
I spotted this designer whilst leafing through an Italian wedding mag, and had to drag my jaw back up off the floor – so exquisitely pretty. They seem to include lots of soft drapy chiffon in many of their designs, which is seriously wonderful. Enjoy! Check out more of their designs on their (lovely) website too. – Keren
Matthew Williamson is new to the bridal market (though not to fashion), but wow. If you’re looking for style but don’t want to be traditional, he’s definitely worth a look. And kudos for the stunning, easy to use website too. Take a look »