Although bridal week may be over, there were so many gowns to die for! From beading and embroidery to gorgeous silhouettes, the 2018 collections took our breath away. Below are a few of our favorites and why we chose them.
10. Zuhair Murad
Technically this outfit is a jumpsuit, but when adding the removable skirt you get a gorgeous gown. We chose this outfit due to the uniqueness. Not every bride is into wearing a wedding dress on their big day, yet may still want to wear one for the ceremony. This is the perfect fix! A gown to walk down the aisle and a jumpsuit to party all night in!
9. Vera Wang
Who doesn’t know of Vera! She is one of the most popular wedding gown designers around. This season she decided to revamp her image and take a more avant-garde approach and we are IN LOVE! In the words of Wang herself “It’s a total exploration of viewing a wedding gown in another context, but still being relatable to modern, young women.”
When we think of Marchesa, we think everything girly! They are classic and chic with lace, lace, beading, and yes more lace. Although the entire collection is based on an English bride, this final gown would look perfect for that rustic chic bride who is having a barn style wedding. Can’t you just picture those old fashioned cowboy boots hiding under that dress as the bride walks down the aisle?
7. Lela Rose
Like Zuhair Murad, Lela Rose created an outfit that included pants. You can tell that pants are totally in style for this season and look great. This look is very different from the typical flowy, floral embellished gowns from the past and we are loving every piece of it.
6. Reem Acra
If this look doesn’t scream modern, then I don’t know what would. Reem Acra took everyone by surprise by designing TEN black wedding gowns. “It was a celebration of diamonds. I wanted it to be sexy, modern, and very glamorous in a luxurious way,” Acra said. “I decided instead of throwing wedding dresses on the runway, I wanted to express gratitude to women.” Acra hit the nail on the head with sexy, modern and glamorous!
5. Carolina Herrera
Rustic Chic is a very popular trend among designers this season and Carolina Herrera is no exception. She always designs with elegance and class making this dress and season no different. “The most important day in the life of a woman is her wedding, and it has to be romantic, it has to be feminine, it has to be ethereal, it has to be dreamy—it doesn’t have to be sexy.” Girl, no matter what you design it is “sexy” by its elegance!
4. Jenny Packham
Short bridal dresses are something we have not seen much of for the 2018 collections, and we are thrilled that Jenny Packham designed one! Following the trend of rustic chic, the lace on this little number is breathtaking. For those brides who want to save money on their dress, this is one to do so since we would totally wear this dress a million times over!
3. Christian Siriano
To know that this collection is only Christian Siriano’s second, for bridal of course, is amazing! He has always created custom gowns for his customers so it is only fitting that he finally designs an entire collection! He even decided to follow this season’s pant trend with this stunning jumpsuit.
2. Sachin & Babi
Once upon a time Nichole went in for an interview to be a personal assistant. The interview was for an embroidery company that she had worked with while interning at Oscar de la Renta. It turned out that the owners of the company decided they wanted to dip their feet into the fashion world a bit further and their brand turned out to be called Sachin & Babi. Unfortunately, Nichole did not get the job, but to this day is amazed by the designs that are created. Bridal is no exception. When sitting in the showroom you get a feeling of elegance with a modern twist, and this dress is a perfect example!
1. Oscar de la Renta
Sandra D. is that you? Of course we HAD to include ODLR in our list since it was Nichole’s all-time favorite internship and she is personal friends of creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. Doesn’t this outfit just remind you of the movie Greece? The tea length skirt paired with a tank and jacket screams edgy, but remains true to original Oscar de la Renta in the classic silhouette. A very modern approach too, as not many brides think to wear anything shorter than floor length. “Tell me about it stud.”
If you couldn’t tell, the bridal industry this season really broke through barriers from designing pants and even avant-garde looks. The “classic bride” is out of date and these designers/looks prove it with their modern twists. We secretly wish that we were getting married so that we can try on most of these looks!