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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.

Legends Romona Keveza Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Inspired by the nostalgia and romance of old Hollywood icons, one can think of Legends by Romona Keveza as the more traditional, timeless sister to Keveza’s contemporary signature collection. This season’s collection names such diverse women as Queen Victoria, Consuelo Vanderbilt, and Grace Kelly as muses, taking us through a century of iconic looks.

The collection opens with a tulle ball gown reminiscent of the aforementioned Queen, who popularized the concept of a white wedding gown (she was the royal to wear the colour for her own wedding in 1840). This regal gown features a draped off-the-shoulder bodice accented with tiny crystals and a crystal beaded belt. Ivory silk shantung exudes glamour, whether as a full ballgown with an origami pleated waterfall train (inspired by 1950s Grace Kelly) or a curvaceous one-shoulder mermaid gown accented with a bowed Watteau train (an ode to 1960s Gina Lollobrigida). An on-trend detachable gathered net overskirt with open front adds drama worn over a vineyard lace gown with a fluted silhouette, Keveza’s take on Rita Hayworth’s 1940 style.

For the finale, an organza ballgown with a full skirt, rippling hem, and smooth boned bodice with folded over neckline is a nod to Keveza’s vision for Pippa Middleton — a contemporary look that’s every bit as timeless as the rest of the collection.

Alexandra Grecco Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Alexandra Grecco Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

Alexandra Grecco’s signature contemporary minimalist aesthetic makes the line a favourite of chill brides looking to feel like themselves on their wedding day. In the Chicago designer’s care, even gowns covered from top to toe with appliqués and beaded embroidery somehow achieve a fuss-free, effortless air. Relaxed, comfortable elegance is key (no corsets here).

On a recent vacation, Grecco was charmed by the pastel buildings and hollyhock-lined cobblestone streets of Iles de Re, off the western coast of France, citing the island as inspiration for the collection’s palette of creamy white, warm ivory, and peachy blush. The hand-embroidered vines of 3D floral applique that climb the length of an attention-grabbing gown are doubtlessly a nod to the island’s gardens.

The designer also referenced “silhouettes and details that could be found in a 1920’s circus” in the collection. Case in point: rows of shimmering paillettes and wispy ostrich feathers give a deep-V halter gown a flapper-girl feel. They also playfully trim the asymmetric hem and sleeve cuffs of a short, dance-floor-ready open-backed sheath dress.

Versatility also plays an important role this season. A simple strapless trapeze gown in crepe can be worn on it’s own, or over a long-sleeved pearl studded bodysuit, and with or without a detachable cape train. An illusion frock coat, also studded with pearls and trimmed with standing frilled collar, works as a non-traditional topper a simple silk slip dress. Meanwhile, some dresses skip a step by having a capelet worked right into the construction, rather than needing the extra layer.

The Classy Way To Announce Your Engagement

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So, you just got engaged (congrats!) and you’re absolutely bursting to tell everyone you know. Before you start shouting from the proverbial rooftops (or, you know, on Snapchat), stop and take a deep breath. “It gets tempting to tell the whole world,” acknowledges Kimberly Lee, co-founder of Luxe Proposals, a proposal planning concierge that services Vancouver and Toronto. She suggests taking a bit of time to savour the moment and celebrate with just your fiancé(e). “Make sure you reserve some time to soak in the engagement before announcing it to everyone.”
Once you’ve composed yourself, here are some points to consider on how to get the word out.

Who to tell first…
“Always tell your immediate family first. Mom and Dad should be your number one,” advises Diana Pires, creative director of Truly Yours Planning, a Toronto-based wedding and proposal planning company. Siblings and close extended family come next, followed by best friends.

One caveat: If you or your partner has any children—either together or from a previous relationship—tell them before anyone else. As members of your growing family, it’s essential that they feel included in the decision.

…and how to tell them
The best methods of sharing the news? In person, by video chat (such as Skype or FaceTime), or by phone, in that order. “We live in an age where it is easier to post on social media and change your Facebook status from ‘in a relationship’ to ‘engaged,’” says Lee. “It may be a little retro for some to pick up the phone and share the news, but I think it’s a lot more meaningful than a text with confetti and ring emojis.”

The question of bridesmaids
When sharing the news with your friends, resist the urge to start appointing bridemaids right away. Even if you’ve known since the age of six that you want your sister and your ride-or-die friend since kindergarten to be your co-maids-of-honour, wait until you have a few planning details in place before bringing others into things. There are many factors to consider in selecting your bridal party, so hold off until the initial excitement of getting engaged has passed before making any decisions you can’t take back later. (Plus, delaying your ask will give you a chance to craft the perfect bridesmaid proposal).

Social sharing dos and don’ts
Before making your engagement Facebook official, check in with your partner to make 100 percent sure you’ve both shared the news directly with your VIPs. Trust us: If your future granny-in-law finds out about her favourite grandchild’s impending nuptials from a hastily-posted status update because you each thought the other had called her, she’ll never let you live it down.
When choosing the perfect Instagram photo, Lee advocates for making the announcement with a photo of you and your fiancé(e). “The obligatory ring selfie can wait. Keep the focus on you and your partner.” If you happened to have a photographer secretly capture your proposal, posting one of these shots is an obvious choice, but a quick snap of the two of you in the moment or an old favourite photo will also do. For the caption, short, sweet, and sincere is best; skip the clichéd Beyoncé lyric quote or sappy retelling of your “personal love story.” Lastly, be wary of over-sharing: “Share it in one single post,” advises Pires.

Details to keep to yourself
It’s advisable to keep any planning details, such as the wedding date and location, off of social media, to avoid offending—or tempting—the uninvited. (We’re not saying wedding crashers are a thing, but why risk it?)

When it comes to the ring, you’re certainly welcome to gush about how much you love your new piece of jewellery— just be selective what else you share. “If [it] has significance, like if it was passed down from generations, do share that!” encourages Lee. Beyond that, don’t delve into too many details, she says: “There’s no need to specify how many carats your ring is, how much it cost or where it was purchased from.”

Kicking off the celebrations
An engagement party is a fantastic way to start your wedding celebrations. It’s important to know that anyone invited to the engagement party will expect to be invited to the wedding too, cautions Pires, so choose your guest list wisely. “The guest list for an engagement party is mainly those who are closest and most important to you. Don’t make the mistake of inviting guests you don’t want at your wedding.” A familiar gathering of immediate family, closest friends and your bridal party will make for a more intimate fête than a block party bash, anyway.

Romona Keveza Collection Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Romona Keveza, a New York-based designer (with Canadian roots), is known for her edgy metropolitan style. Her premiere line, Romona Keveza Collection Bridal, mirrors the contemporary aesthetic of her eveningwear, which is a fixture on Hollywood red carpets. For this collection, Keveza designs within the guidelines of her six archetypal brides: The Fashionista, The Aristocrat, The Goddess, The Modernist, The Princess and The Majestic.

This season, the designer used hints of soft silver and champagne gold to break up her stark white palette. Sophisticated silhouettes and luxurious fabrics create a tight collection with high-impact style. For the fashionista, sharply tailored jumpsuits are offered two ways: On one, the straight lines of a halter V neckline are echoed with a sweeping transparent overskirt; for the other, a corseted bodice is offset by pairing with an ultra-soft marabou feather jacket. The aristocrat is embodied in a chic crepe column with an illusion sweetheart neckline appliquéd with lace flowers and leaves, and a detachable overskirt. Another standout is the Keveza’s modernist look: A column of swirling metallic lace that looks almost laser-cut, featuring a halter neckline, low key-hole back and a signature calla lily overskirt. A show-stopping trio of majestic, princess-inspired ballgowns closes out the line, elaborately festooned with fluttering floral appliqués and Swarovski crystal beading.

Justin Alexander Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Sportswear is an obvious influence for Justin Alexander this season: the show’s opening look, a polo-tee-turned-wedding-dress with lace mermaid skirt, is the ultimate preppy pick. A strapless tulle ball gown is also offset with a matching tulle bomber jacket. Another ball gown, this one in luxe matte satin, stars a stream of crystal buttons all the way down the center front.

More traditional details, like intricate vintage-inspired beading and contemporary lace appliqués, find their way onto swishy fit-and-flares and soft A-line gowns. On the whole, however, the collection is pared down, with simplicity making a statement of elegance. Unadorned silk crepe puddles into curvaceous fit and flare silhouettes. Weighty satin is pleated and left bare. Organza is gathered and draped in voluminous shapes.

Veils are forgone in favour of statement making earrings and the occasional cape. The latter are delicate and light— one high-low version in a single layer of tulle is embellished with fluttering floral appliqués; the other, a sweep of chiffon worn off the shoulder, is banded with beaded lace trim.

Lakum Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Lakum Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Aspiring princesses need not apply—Brooklyn-based Lakum’s contemporary designs are not for conventionalists, nor girly-girls. Sophisticated and self-aware, the line “aims to upset the established standards of bridal wear” by “[challenging] traditional norms.”

This season’s manifesto? “Form and space are woven within structure.” The quote comes from late renowned architect Zaha Hadid; the designers also cite artists Joan Miro and Francis Picabia as current muses. The architectural inspiration is apparent in the collection’s sharp, angular cuts, structured fabrics (neoprene is a g0-to) and geometric embellishments (dubbed “rhombus chrome embroidery” by the designers). Silhouettes are structured and streamlined, rarely veering from a body-skimming column (a cropped bustier overlaid with a billow of gossamer, floor-sweeping organza worn over straight-legged trousers is a notable exception.

With nearly half the looks consisting of separates, it’s clear this collection is designed for a new kind of bride— one looking to escape the fussy, frou-frou image of matrimonial ceremony. This girl wants a party, not a ball.

Gala Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Gala Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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For Fall 2018, Galia Lahav sought intangible inspiration in the senses. While her couture line focused on scent and fragrance, the GALA collection took on rhythm, bringing “symphony of sounds to life” through free flowing fabrics and plenty of shimmer. “Inspired by music’s many genres and icons,” the collection is a romantic take on 70’s glam.

Swathes of chiffon and a wrap-style gown look vaguely Halston-esque. Sparkling silver star motifs appear throughout, and intricate laces are used to dreamy effect. A frilled off-the-shoulder gown of made up of softly gathered chiffon cut into uneven tiers and bunched up into short puffed sleeves looks a bit like a vintage nightgown, in the best possible way. Fluttering sleeves and capelets dance on the models’ shoulders.

The layers of an orchestral ensemble are interpreted as layers of delicate fabrics. Delicate lace peeks out from under gathered tiers of Swiss dot. A translucent cover up—trimmed in lustrous pewter ribbons encircling the jewel neckline and petite bell sleeve cuffs—adds a unique and diaphanous dimension worn over a minimalist sheath accented with silver crystal embellishments. An asymmetrical gown wrapped in pink quartz tinted tulle hid glittering undulations of crystalline beading beneath.

Berta Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Ultra-feminine luxury label Berta’s gowns for this season look made for a modern princess—one who wants to ditch the ballgown in favour of a slimmer silhouette. In signature Berta fashion, body-skimming cuts reign here; an A-line with a textural floral skirt and rounded chapel train is as voluminous as it gets. Low backs leave lots of skin exposed. Tulle and lace enfold one another to build ethereal layers of transparency, concealing and revealing simultaneously. Floral motifs flourish in lace and appliques—unsurprising, as designer Berta Balilti praises blossoming botanicals as her inspiration for the season: “As the crown jewels of the plant world, flowers are fascinating to behold, magical to smell and have an endless array of colors. They arouse all senses, and have an admirable inner-complexity.”

Details are dainty and delicate. Slim jewelled belts or beaded embroidery accent the waistlines of many gowns. Diaphanous overskirts and filmy capes hover tentatively around hips and shoulders, respectively.

The diversity of lace on show is astonishing. Nearly every gown seems to be created in a style and pattern of lace that differs uniquely from the last. Some boast painterly flowers or tangles of vines; others, symmetrical filigrees or graphic art deco-esque grids.

Atelier Pronovias Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Atelier Pronovias Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

Atelier Pronovias started out as a family business in Barcelona in 1922, and has since grown to have a staggering international presence, available in more than 100 countries. For its 2018 collection, designer Hervé Moreau worked with organza, crepe, soft satin and French lace to create a collection of dresses with grace and confidence.

Each gown is blessed with its own wow-factor detail. A mermaid gown encrusted with swirls of beading blooms with ostrich feathers as the train flares. A strapless column of wallpaper-esque damask lace is accessorized with a split-sleeve cape. A crepe mermaid gown with an illusion back is adorned with bejeweled epaulets and hip accents.

Even the more minimalist gowns have surprise details. A seemingly simple corseted A-line gains interest from delicate frilled trim along the sweetheart neckline and fluted ruffles hidden in the flowing organza skirt. A bias cut satin sheath pools into an elongated train. A crepe sheath is streamlined in the front, but reveals a fully lace back and train when the model makes her exit.

The collection’s most memorable showstopper? An over-the-top creation consisting of a torrent of strands of clear beads and crystals, dangling from every inch of an illusion mermaid gown.

Reem Acra Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Reem Acra Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Lebanese designer Reem Acra is renowned for her reverent, lavish approach to bridalwear, and this season was no different. The show notes set the stage for the collection’s divine inspiration with the somewhat cryptic phrase: “We are protected. The spirit of the saints.”

For the show the New York Public Library was transformed into heaven’s gate and on the models, bunches of baby’s breath sprouted from headbands and tiaras, serving as halos, equal parts angelic and regal.

Breaking from the expected, the heavenly collection opened with a quintet of unadorned, minimalist gowns in duchess satin and silk crepe, standing as irrefutable proof that clean simplicity can look every bit as opulent as over the top embellishment. Still, plenty of lace, embroidery, and crystal bedazzling followed: A round-neck bodice stitched with glimmering paillettes complements a frothy tulle skirt. The white lace details of a full-coverage gown with long sleeves and high neck stand out even more so thanks to its champagne beige underlayer. An A-line gown embroidered with what can only be yards and yards of gold and silver metallic thread is further ornamented with a crystal bow at its waist.

This season, Acra experiments with toppers. A jewel-encrusted bolero (no need for jewelry here) obscures the bare décolletage of the strapless gown with which it’s worn. A floor-sweeping jacket made from embroidered tulle (a practical alternative to a train) perfectly matches its twin halter gown. And, a pair of enormous bows is tacked on to the straps of an embroidered cape that slips on like a backpack.

Rivini And Alyne By Rita Vinieris Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Athleisure has reached the world of bridalwear, thanks to Canadian designer Rita Vinieris. Her Fall/Winter 2018 runway presentation kicked of with a pair of jersey-inspired lace dresses emblazoned with the number eighteen and the names of the two collections on show: Rivini and Alyne by Rita Vinieris. Next up? Not one but three takes on the bridal pant (Gigi Hadid would approve, we’re sure.) Models wore rose gold sneakers and sporty visors decorated with tulle veils and lace appliques (perfect to re-wear with your tennis whites after your wedding day has come and gone).

Vinieris credits “the multifaceted modern woman” as her inspiration. “The silhouettes this season are new and diverse with a relaxed, yet sensual couture ease. A mix of luxurious modern fabrications either lightly skim or effortlessly sculpt the body with activewear accents.” Make no mistake—this collection packs in the sex appeal. A clean satin gown features a twisted peekaboo cutout in the torso and sky-high slit in the mermaid wrap skirt. Sheer lace gowns forgo slips in place of bralettes and boy shorts. Nearly all sleeves (and there are many, be they fitted, fluttering, or flared) are dropped off the shoulders.

For brides looking to break away from white, Vinieris delivers three options: an embroidered lace ball gown in cool blue; a pale pink fit-and-flare with a waterfall ruffle; and, the finale, a corseted tulle ball gown in icy blue with pink, white, and navy beading—with a matching cape, no less.

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