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Alyne By Rita Vinieris Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Rita Vinieris Alyne Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

Rita Vinieris’s spring 2019 collections are all about confidence, elegance, beauty, and vitality. Paying tribute to the #MeToo movement, the designer is focused on delivering “what today’s modern and empowered woman wants in a wedding dress.” For her Alyne collection, that means meticulously fit gowns in luxurious fabrics, with A-line skirts of varying widths and delicate, understated details.

At its core, the collection is a study in contrasts. Illusion necklines, skinny spaghetti straps, and plunging Vs keep the looks open and airy on top, balancing grand, sweeping skirts below. Modern, architectural gowns in matte crepe get a traditional touch from a long column of covered buttons extending all the way down their backs. The unmistakable femininity of an intricate lace dress is offset with a certain toughness, achieved with accents like crystal beaded harnesses and chokers, sporty tank bodices, and chain braid wraps. Vinieris has also invented a new colour for the season, dubbed “gilver,” which, depending on your perspective, is either a warm silver or a cool gold, seen in floral lace flecked with shimmering metallic thread.

Rivini Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Rivini Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

The #MeToo movement has reached the bridal world. This season, designer Rita Vinieris is taking her cues from the current cultural climate. “The spring 2019 collection is all about acceptance and empowerment,” says Vinieris. Words like “strong,” “confident,” and “courageous” define the collection for her, and there’s no doubt her warrior brides will feel that way too. Each look is named for an inspirational woman past or present, ranging from (Nicole) Kidman to (Marie) Curie. For her NYBW presentation, the styling was straight out of Game of Thrones, with models sporting metallic gladiator sandals and twisted braids wrapped with delicate trailing chains.

Vinieris’s signature Rivini collection showed strong, elegant silhouettes alongside less traditional, forward-thinking options. Meticulously constructed gowns in crepe, lace, and chiffon flatter in womanly, curvaceous cuts. The more minimalist options benefit from architectural details, while classic designs — such as a halter ballgown or a beaded lace and chiffon gown with a exaggerated fit and flare skirt — are updated either via colour with hits of peony pink, or with shoulder accents like fluttering off-the-shoulder sleeves. Power pantsuits in lace or Oxford silk and a sheer lace jumpsuit — made new for the season with dramatic wide leg cuts — will appeal to the bride who wears the pants in her relationship.

Morilee By Madeline Gardner Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Morilee by Madeline Gardner Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

“Endless Love” is the theme of Morilee’s spring 2019 collection, and the romantic, timeless designs reflect it perfectly. The collection has something that will appeal to nearly every bride, with a full spectrum of silhouettes and a generous mix of fabrics — tulle, crepe, lace, satin, and taffeta all make appearances. Designer Madeline Gardner sought to express “subtle glamour” this season, giving each gown its own distinct style of adornment and point of view. Scrolls of embroidery wind down the length of a crepe slip dress that flares below the knee. A princess gown with a voluminous pleated skirt is made all the more regal coupled with a bodice of sparking lace. A champagne pink ball gown is overlaid with wavy lines of shimmer on tulle, which shimmy with hypnotic effect as it moves. Back details are a repeated feature, either through illusion lace designs, sexy diamond-shaped cutouts, or tight rows of covered buttons.

Vera Wang Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Vera Wang Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

Vera Wang abandoned the notion of the white wedding dress long ago. This season, the rebellious designer presented a multi-tonal collection in a palette inspired by Flemish painters and the Ballet Russe. In place of the standard ivory, Wang used a warm beige as her neutral base, complemented with bursts of fiery red, rich plum, saffron yellow, soft lavender, hunter green and the ever-present millennial pink. Voluminous skirts made from of airy tangles of crinkled tulle make up the majority of gowns, off set with structured corset bodices and rippling oversized flowers. Individual shades of tulle are layered and blocked to create organic gradients of colour.

The collection’s few tulle-free looks cut slim silhouettes from nude crepe, and feature armour-like shoulder and sleeve details constructed with exacting precision—a stark contrast to the billowing ballgowns.

Olvi’s Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Olvi Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

Lace-obsessed brides have met their match in Olvi’s. The brand is built on its signature French stretch lace featuring an exclusive floral pattern. With every dress hand-sewn from start to finish by one seamstress — and complete customization available — the line aims to give brides a “completely couture experience” in just 10 weeks. The best part? The stretch lace fabric is designed to give a flawless fit and figure-flattering comfort. (Hello, curves!).

For its spring 2019, the label looked to (what else?) the upcoming royal wedding as its muse. The collection takes the baroque tradition of extravagant, maximalist ornamentation to its, well, max. Textural embroidery, crystal- and pearl-encrusted beading, and sprays of ostrich feathers adorn many of the gowns. A show-stopping A-line gown is covered from cap sleeve to train hem in a flight of appliquéed butterflies. The intricate filigree pattern of a figure-hugging mermaid gown with a strapless illusion neckline and pooling train curves around the body in symmetrical scrolls and latticework, calling to mind a classical Corinthian column. If anyone’s ever called an Olvi’s bride “over the top,” she definitely took it as a compliment.

Gracy Accad Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Gracy Accad Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

Designed for the “modern romantic,” Gracy Accad’s spring collection is full of movement and whimsy, drawing inspiration from the art of ballet. The contemporary looks are destined to land on the “cool bride” Pinterest boards of every betrothed millennial. A short beaded lace romper is shown with a sheer organza ballet wrap top with airy billowing sleeves and a huge, softly tied bow. A hybrid between a perfecto style moto jacket and a fit-and-flare mini dress done in guipure lace begs to be worn long after its wedding day. A midi-length frock with a ballerina-esque scooped neckline and swishy beaded organza skirt was practically made to be Boomerang-ed.

Traditional ballgowns and mermaid silhouettes are invited to the dance, too—albeit with on-trend accents to keep the aesthetic current, such as delicate spaghetti straps, rippling peplumed cummerbund belts, and ultra-poofy detachable lantern sleeves.

Francesca Miranda Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Francesca Miranda Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

If you’re seeking dreamy gowns with a contemporary bent, look no further than this collection from Colombian designer Francesca Miranda. Her expertly coordinated mix of fabrics and textures combine to deliver a line up of dresses that are both clean-lined and soft. Many looks make use of layered fabrics to create a game of peekaboo, with delicate lace cups laid beneath the softly gathered tulle of the deep-V bodice of one dress, and hand-embroidered sequin tulle obscuring the lace lining of another’s slim skirt. A two-piece take on the bridal pantsuit pairs skinny crepe pants under a 3-D floral appliquéd strapless corset top that flares into a dramatic sweeping train at the back.

Removable tulle peplum “tutus” are the accessory of choice, billowing out from waists of a corseted ballgown (with a spray of tulle frill around the neckline that mimics the flare of the overskirt) and a peau-de-soie trumpet gown (with an edgy cutout bodice detail.) Shimmering ribbons are another option which take the place of bridal belts, crisscrossing around gowns and encircling the models’ ribcages for a cinched in look.

Sareh Nouri Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Sareh Nouri Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

Photography by Mani Zarrin.

Inspired by Swan Lake, designer Sareh Nouri’s collection for spring 2019 is a lyrical interplay of opulence (shown through richly textured lace) and strength (as reflected in the lines and draping of traditional mikado, faille, and crepe fabrics), much like the dance genre itself. The lightness and movement the collection’s hero gown, named Odette after the ballet’s White Swan princess gives it an almost musical quality: Constructed from a peachy beige taffeta that seems to glow in the sunlight, the strapless gown features a dramatic high-low skirt, which is given a unique structure with vertical pleating that transforms in a deliberately crunched up, crumpled texture around the hem.

Softly draped bows, climbing vine motifs and crystals sewn in split concentric circles that glitter like tiny stars continue the romantic theme, with the design of each dress playing out like a classical sonata. The skirt of a cocktail-length lace frock poofs like a ballerina’s tutu. The soft straps of a sequined floral lace ball gown drape suggestively off the shoulders, echoing the melodic shape of the bodice’s contoured sweetheart neckline. The origami-like lines of a strapless Mikado gown curve to accentuate those of the model’s body, the tight folds opening up from the waist into a strong architectural silhouette.

Lela Rose Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Lela Rose Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

The spring 2019 collection from Lela Rose is focused on “bringing Southern charm to the modern age.” To do this, the Texan-born, New York City-based designer incorporated vintage-inspired details in to her signature silhouettes. A playful dot-chain embroidered lace drips into tiered flapper-esque fringes on a midi dress. A long strapless double-breasted buttoned bustier (with pockets!) and tailored trousers are done in a textural rose embossed fabric, as is a contoured mermaid gown with a squared off balconette bodice and Watteau train. For a softer look, a slim A-line dress gets a gathered blouson bodice that fades in cut-out floral embroidery towards its sheer bateau neckline.

The finishing touch for Rose’s Southern belle? Softly tied ribbon hair bows — an add-on for many designers this season — that wrapped around the model’s necks to double as wide chokers.

Theia Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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THEIA Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

With a royal wedding on the horizon, it’s no surprise that bridal designers across the board are giving their gowns a regal air. For his aristocratic turn, Theia designer Don O’Neil went for baroque (excuse the pun), embracing the theme by sending a majestic parade of tiaraed princesses down the runway and naming each gown after a woman of nobility.

Known for its soft silhouettes and its magical ability to make fully beaded floor-length dresses look laid-back and downright easy to wear, the label stayed true to its sexy, confident roots while re-inventing a lavish regal aesthetic. Jewelled beadwork was set as curving filigrees informed by baroque scrollwork, while soft sweeping ball skirts offset crystal and pearl encrusted bodices. Major standouts in the collection include: the Georgiana, a tri-tiered lace frock with a narrow silhouette; the Caroline, a softly fluted mermaid with sheer lace sleeves that are delicately puffed at the shoulder and balloon dramatically at the wrist; and the Margaret, an A-line ballgown in metallic silver brocade with opulent beading and a holographic embroidery.

Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

Designer Romona Keveza has a talent for creating elegant, showstopping gowns that command attention, and her Spring 2019 signature bridal Romona Keveza Collection is no exception. Taking international destinations as inspiration, the collection is a cosmopolitan journey through distinctive locales and aspirational venues, making stops in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Japan, and of course, New York City (Keveza’s homebase.)

Each gown is given its own distinct point of view based on its venue muse. A trio of royal sites in the U.K. — Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Balmoral Castle — are represented by demure gowns in clean white five-ply silk crepe with long sleeves and streamlined silhouettes. Delicate lace dresses hail from Villa d’Este and Chantilly Palace, white glossy embroidered satin ballgowns are a nod to the opulence of La Scala and and Versailles. A plunging V-neck halter dress with a sweeping train pays homage to the Rockefeller’s metropolitan address. And finally, intricate floral appliqué blooms from an airy strapless organza gown and and softly fluted number, odes to Japan’s cherry blossom-filled Sakura Gardens and France’s iconic Jardin des Tuileries, respectively.

Francesca Miranda Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Francesca Miranda Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

Drawing on the authentic craftsmanship and diverse indigenous aesthetic of her native Colombia, Francesca Miranda is definitely a designer to watch.

Her newest collection references the golden ages, drawing inspiration from the mid 16th century. In the mix are clean silhouettes and classics details that play on the sophistication of royal attire. A majestic cream and gold jacquard cape woven with shimmering metallic thread (worn over a matching ball gown, of course) puts the wispy versions on other runways this season to shame. The swooping beaded and embroidered pattern of a strapless fit-and-flare gown highlights its curvaceous silhouette, while an open-front tulle coat with billowing puff sleeves and matching lace collar and cuffs provides an ethereal envelope. As the skirt of a deep-V gown, tiers of metallic golden thread become curtains of glistening sunlight that swish and swirl with every movement.

Along with her stunning designs and exquisite fabrics, Miranda’s detailed workmanship is vital to the brand, and it has deep roots. Each gown in the line is handmade by female artisans in the designer’s Colombian home base of Barranquilla. By employing local artisans, the atelier works to preserve traditional craftsmanship and empower the artistic women in the community, with 90 percent of these women being the primary or sole income providers for their families.

Lihi Hod Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Lihi Hod Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

There’s a certain innocence to Lihi Hod’s designs. The Israeli designer has quickly become known internationally for her dreamy, delicate touch. Hod’s fall 2018 collection plays into that sense of purity, while adopting a sensual, lingerie-like feel. Titled “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, the collection sticks to a monochromatic palette of all white, and the designer cites simplicity as its ultimate inspiration.

Soft fabrics accented with feminine ruffles and frills contribute to the vintage boudoir dressing vibe. The delicately draped eyelash lace gown with fluttering cap sleeves shimmers with quiet sequins. A ruffled peplum hems a strapless bustier with exposed boning. Alternating tiers of lace and chiffon play with shadow and light. Accessories, too, have a classical feel. A translucent wrap top with cropped bell sleeves and frayed edges serves as a modest cover up. A veil with circlet of beaded flowers can be fastened, bonnet-like, by knotting its soft silk ties below the chin.

An equal measure of contemporary details provides a balanced counterpoint to the vintage reverie. A look of bridal separates matches high-waisted, pleated trousers with a ruched, knotted top with a single shoulder strap. A long-sleeved, beaded lace dress is complemented with a faux notched-lapel collar, reminiscent of a tailored suit jacket. The neckline of a sharp off-the-shoulder gown followed the gentle curve of the collarbone for an updated, more angular take on the sweetheart.

Muse by Berta Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Unabashedly sexy, Berta Balilti’s Muse by Berta collection is certainly not for wallflowers. Modesty doesn’t just take a backseat to racy glamour here; it’s nowhere to be found. And, that’s just the way Muse brides like it. In describing the line, the brand calls for a “perfect mix of passion and confidence. Fronting edgy silhouettes with soft dreamy fabrics, it is the contradicting mix of elegance and boldness that makes this collection stand out.”

Thanks to the likes of J. Lo., Rihanna, Beyonce and the Kardashian/Jenners, “naked dresses” aren’t quite as scandalous as they once were (see: reactions to Cher in her Bob Mackie-dressed heyday). At Muse, translucent fabrics are rarely backed with opaque linings. The bare skin visible beneath graphic lace bodices is as much part of the gowns’ design as the swirling filigrees of fabric. Silhouettes fluctuate between figure hugging and dramatically flowing, with the latter almost always having a hip-high slit (or two). One gown more or less amounts to a lace teddy covered over with a gathered tulle skirt that opens into a thigh high split over the left leg.

Surprisingly, there’s only one strapless option in the whole collection. Instead, bare shoulders are highlighted by halter necklines. Collarbones bridge the gap between deep Vs, cap sleeves frame out illusion lace bodices and a gauzy tulle number with lace accents has flirty tulle bows tied onto its delicate spaghetti straps for a sweetly feminine touch.

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