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Houghton Spring 2017 Wedding Dresses

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Always one to reinvent bridal fashion, Houghton designer Katharine Polk once again catapulted contemporary and ultramodern styles into the spotlight. Inspired by the various shapes and effects of layering, Polk’s 2017 spring collection blends textures and fabrics to bring to life her boho chic aesthetic.

Ruffles and tiered skirts in silk, lace, and chiffon were a mainstay of Polk’s designs, giving silhouettes an element of youthfulness and edge without sacrificing the innate femininity and modern sophistication of the collection. Highlighting the designer’s penchant for unconventional twists were an assortment of lace body suits overlaid with delicate fabrics for the perfect multidimensional, textured look. Cut-outs and sheer layering also played to the spring season, elevating Polk’s bridal pieces from traditional and demure to daring and sexy. A mixture of plunging necklines, high-collars, and off-the-shoulder styles added to the line’s eclectic nature, and featured metallic floral-embellished jewellery, feather accents, iridescent sequins, and belted waists. Looks reflected a retro aesthetic with designs boasting wide-legged bell bottoms and bell-shaped sleeves, alongside 90’s grunge-inspired fishnet stockings, patent leather chokers, and chunky platform heels. Fashion-forward brides looking for colours beyond traditional white and ivory will have a range of shades from which to choose, with several gowns, body suits, and rompers fashioned in blush, dove grey, silver, and black.

To match her unique designs, Polk also unveiled her collection in a one-of-kind showcase, which allowed attending brides to pre-order select looks and accessories seen on the runway. This emerging “shop-the-runway” format is unconventional territory for the bridal fashion world but, if Polk’s designs are any indication, this designer is definitely not afraid to put a fresh twist on tradition.

Photography courtesy of Houghton

Mira Zwillinger Spring 2017 Wedding Dresses

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Mother-daughter design duo Mira and Lihi Zwillinger didn’t hold back the glam and allure when fashioning their latest spring collection. Entitled “Whisper of Blossom” and inspired by the rebirth of nature, the collection highlighted the perfect blend of ethereal elements and bold feminine details.

Ultra-sheer layers and delicate fabrics of silk tulle, lace, and chiffon brought to life the collection’s springtime theme, giving gowns a fresh and light-as-air appearance. Textured detailing, including hand-cut floral appliques, feather accents, and vine-patterned embroidery, added a multi-dimensional facet to the collection, while radiant ornate beading evoked imagery of the first buds of spring.

Classic A-line, fit-and-flare, and sheath silhouettes also graced the runaway alongside shorter frocks, which included a champagne and blush two-piece number, complete with a short-sleeve crop top and matching miniskirt. Brides in the market for sophisticated yet daring designs are sure to adore the designers’ more form-fitting and subtly translucent numbers, which featured both a vertical-beaded long sleeve sheer sheath dress and a plunging V-neck mermaid gown with 3-D floral appliques and glittering bead embellishments.

Photos courtesy of Anton Oparin

Reem Acra Spring 2017 Wedding Dresses

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Reem Acra’s spring 2017 collection was all about elegant versatility and glamour. Known for constructing ethereal and lavish designs, Acra brought her hallmark aesthetic to her latest collection, which saw airy silks and lavish lace take centre stage.

Daring and dramatic looks were on full display, with an abundance of gowns boasting laced-up bustiers, low-cut necklines, and sheer corset bodices. Intricate floral embroidery and appliques, as well as delicate layers, added a softer touch to collection, while also paying homage to the spring season. Capturing the balance between daring details and refined elements was a sleek, ultra-feminine silk georgette gown, with a plunging neckline, re-embroidered lace bodice, and floral lace train.

Central to the collection was also Acra’s exploration of versatility. Keeping in mind the modern bride, Acra fashioned an array of chic detachable accessories, which included removable overskirts, capes, shoulder wraps, and even a convertible embroidered organza train that transformed into a show-stopping veil for the perfect touch of dramatic elegance.

Photography courtesy of Reem Acra

Ines Di Santo Spring 2017 Wedding Dresses

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Floral, fresh, and flirty looks ruled the runway at Ines Di Santo’s latest bridal presentation. Tailor-made for the springtime bride, Di Santo turned to soft layering and botanical detailing to encapsulate the season’s blissful aura. Gowns fashioned in light fabrics emphasized the soft fluidity and movement of each design, while exuding an unmistakable air of femininity and romance.

Di Santo didn’t shy away from exploring the relationship between textures, juxtaposing three-dimensional embellishments and ruffled accents against sleek, sheer textiles. Bringing to life this dynamic look was a sophisticated and versatile plunging V-neck gown, complete with a re-embroidered applique bodice and a floral-adorned long sleeve peplum coat.

Illusion necklines and backs paired exquisitely with intricate embroidery and beading that ranged from playful floral and petal patterns to bolder Art Deco- and Baroque-inspired designs. The collection even featured contemporary pieces perfect for the fashion-forward bride, including a sweetheart illusion neckline Palazzo romper with an encrusted bodice, detachable bell sleeves, and an embroidered illusion bolero. Asymmetrical hemlines, tiered skirts, and larger-than-life ball gowns also reflected the collection’s springtime theme, evoking the impression of blossoming flowers and lush gardens. Di Santo’s closing number, aptly named “Bloom,” was the collection’s most stunning ode to spring, and featured a floral print ball gown with an asymmetrical illusion back and neckline.

Photography courtesy of Getty Images

Liancarlo Spring 2017 Wedding Dresses

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Miami designer Carlos Ramirez hit all the right notes with his latest collection for Liancarlo. Staying true to his signature timeless aesthetic, Ramirez proved that traditional and classic designs can indeed transcend the ordinary. Brides-to-be searching for the perfect lace wedding gown will relish in Ramirez’s latest offering, with many designs highlighting the delicate, classic fabric.

Included in the stunning array of lace-adorned numbers was the collection’s most ethereal and elegant piece: a captivating off-the-shoulder lace gown with a scalloped neckline and sheer back detailing. The collection also showcased more minimalist looks with several dresses boasting structured designs, including a polished white fit-and-flare gown with a sweetheart neckline corset bodice.

Curve-hugging silhouettes dominated the collection, injecting a hint of sensuality, while hues of white and ivory, as well as airy tulle accents, heralded a fresher look in-tune with the spring season. Botanical detailing also infused an essence of spring with gowns donning floral appliques and embellishments. Illusion necklines and sheer sleeves added a contemporary and elegant touch to Ramirez’s collection, and featured prominently on an exquisite off-white lace embroidered gown with floral-accented sleeves and plunging illusion neckline — perfect for the bride seeking an elevated, timeless look.

Photography courtesy of Liancarlo

Kelly Faetanini Spring 2017 Wedding Dresses

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When it comes to crafting elegant designs with a whimsical twist, no one combines these two elements better than Kelly Faetanini.

For her 2017 spring collection, Faetanini turned to the Victorian era and channeled her penchant for modern details and exquisite tailoring to highlight this opulent time period. Lustrous satin, organza, and Mikado silks emphasized the collection’s ultra-feminine, structured fit-and-flare designs, while Alençon and Chantilly lace injected a decidedly more delicate feel.

Joining the collection’s figure-hugging looks were an assortment of equally timeless ball gown and A-line silhouettes — each with its own distinctive touch. Capturing this classic and uniquely chic look was a stunning blush ombre ball gown with a tulle micro-pleated bodice and horsehair hem and pockets. Blush wasn’t the only colour making an appearance in the collection: gold accents and ornate embroidery also added a pop of drama and modernism to Faetanini’s designs, which featured a lavish gold-accented strapless fit-and-flare gown, complete with a detachable gold embroidered skirt. Faetanini saved the best for last, showcasing the perfect blend of glamourous elements and whimsical detailing with a regal 14 carat gold hand-painted goose feather bodice ball gown, coupled with an voluminous ostrich feather skirt.

Photography courtesy of Kelly Faetanini

Mark Zunino Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses

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With its elevated classic designs, Mark Zunino’s Fall 2016 collection is tailor-made for the confident bride who’s looking to put a twist on tradition. Zunino’s latest line is the perfect amalgamation of seemingly simple looks with bold, dramatic elements. Bringing to life this contemporary vision was a strapless plunging V-neck pearlized beaded jumpsuit with a removable layered overskirt, for a uniquely versatile bridal ensemble. Convertible styles were an integral element of Zunino’s new collection, which showcased a handful of detachable flowing trains and skirts paired with form-fitting outfits, including the collection’s opener: a floral laser-cut lace nude romper with a triple chiffon layered overskirt. Curve-hugging, sleek silhouettes dominated the runway, flawlessly capturing Zunino’s red carpet style aesthetic, while classic A-lines and capacious skirts brought both diversity and refinement.

Simplicity and originality were the core elements for Zunino, who turned to all-natural fabrics, including silk and cotton, to fashion his glamorous designs. Metallic hues also made an appearance throughout the collection, which saw several gowns boasting regal gold accents and glittering platinum-crusted embellishments. Brides opting for Old Hollywood glam on their wedding day will adore Zunino’s dramatic gold crepe fluted gown, with a bullion scalloped Chantilly lace overlay and ruffled overskirt.

Capping off the stunning collection was an assortment of black-accented gowns, which featured both floral and linear detailing. Rather than veering into dark and gothic territory, Zunino’s black details gave gowns a modern and elegant touch, as highlighted by the designer’s closing number: an off-white water-painted black floral-print silk gazar ball gown, complete with a stunning crystal and topaz encrusted bodice.

Photography courtesy of Kleinfeld

Kenneth Pool Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses

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Known for its lavish and sleek designs, Amsale Aberra’s Kenneth Pool line boasts the perfect blend of minimalism and femininity for Fall 2016. Structured and clean looks maintain Kenneth Pool’s elegant and refined vision, with gowns fashioned in Alençon lace, tulle and silk charmeuse. Dresses are crafted in classic silhouettes, which include timeless ball gowns and striking fit-and-flares. The collection’s traditionally minimalistic styles are given a bold, feminine edge with glittering beaded bodices, sheer layers and low-cut necklines. Regal-inspired designs also appear throughout the line, with several gowns donning translucent tiered skirts and embroidered illusion sleeves. Channeling this luxurious and ethereal motif was a stunning hand-beaded bodice ball gown with embellished long sleeves and layered tulle skirt. The collection also features looks more archetypal to Kenneth Pool’s sleek yet dramatic aesthetic such as the polished off-the-shoulder, low-cut silk magnolia trumpet gown, embellished with delicate hand-beaded Alençon lace appliques.

Photography courtesy of Kenneth Pool

Lela Rose Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses

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Lela Rose Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses

Lela Rose’s Fall 2016 collection is all about refined, structured designs. From airy organza and silk jacquard to metallic floral fil coupe, Rose’s latest line explores the diversity and interplay of textures by using non-traditional materials and intricate craftsmanship. A-line and fit-and-flare silhouettes were infused with modern, fresh detailing, which included hand-cut floral appliques, pearl beading and crystal accents. Highlighting Rose’s effortlessly chic vision was a sophisticated waxed threaded embroidered tulle gown with a gleaming floral overlay and a daring deep V-neck. Other show-stopping pieces featured a high-neck ivory sheath gown, laden with cascading sheer floral accents, and a crisp silk number with constructed lace cutouts and long sleeves, for a classic, polished look.

Photography courtesy of Lela Rose

Romona Keveza Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses

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No stranger to crafting some of the bridal world’s most sought-after looks, Romona Keveza took her elegant, timeless designs to a new level for her Fall 2016 collection. Presenting both Legends and her signature Romona Keveza line, the designer unveiled an array of eye-catching silhouettes suited to every bride. From ballgowns and fit-and-flares to polished sheaths and flirty short frocks, each collection boasted numerous traditional designs that evoked a decidedly aristocratic feel. Capturing this timeless look was a voluminous, regal ball gown with intricate lace embroidery and beaded accents. Other more form-fitting designs added to the collection’s chic yet sophisticated appeal, which included curve-hugging fits, detachable overskirts, sweetheart necklines and delicate lace detailing. Crisp, lustrous white dresses fashioned in silk illustrated Keveza’s penchant for clean structuring, perfect for the refined bride. Joining the collection’s plethora of gleaming white designs, Keveza also featured pops of colour, both soft and vibrant. While blush-hued pieces added to the line’s romantic feel, it was the collection’s standout silk Mikado dresses that proved the real showstoppers. The standout piece? A mesmerizing Tuscan garden-inspired ballgown featuring a jaw-dropping green and blue hydrangea print.

Photography courtesy of Romona Keveza

Christos Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses

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Building off last season’s romantic and carefree aesthetic, designer Amsale Aberra brought softness and simplicity back to the runway with her Fall 2016 Christos collection. Reinforcing the line’s timeless style, Aberra introduced an assortment of ethereal, featherweight gowns fashioned in tulle, silk chiffon and lace. Classic and elegant silhouettes stayed true to the collection’s signature time-honoured designs, which boasted flowing sheaths, fit-and-flares and voluptuous ball gowns. Traditional looks were given a seductive twist with flirty lace paneling, low-cut necklines and off-the-shoulder sleeves. Dazzling crystal beading paired exquisitely with the line’s lustrous fabrics, giving gowns added depth and dimension. Aberra’s use of sheer layers and ornate décolletages also kept the collection modern and fresh without sacrificing the romantic, heirloom charm for which the Christos line is most famous. While each look proved equally as captivating as the last, Aberra’s modern traditionalist vision truly bloomed in a show-stopping soft tulle ball gown, complete with a lace and silk chiffon panel bodice.

Photography courtesy of Christos

Vera Wang Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses

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Channeling the sultry vision of last season’s Spain-inspired line, designer Vera Wang continued to mesmerize with her Fall 2016 collection, entitled Hotel Madrid Part Two. Geared to the fashion-forward bride who isn’t afraid to forego tradition, Wang’s gowns effortlessly embodied sensual designs with boudoir-styled elements. Sheer illusion accents, bandeau tops and daring cutouts played into the collection’s ultra-feminine appeal, while oversized bows and ostrich feathers added a more whimsical touch. Although the 16-piece collection boasted numerous risqué designs — including a revealing ivory V-neck long sleeve Chantilly lace gown — Wang also integrated more demure styles with a contemporary edge. An alluring light ivory long sleeve illusion organza ball gown, complete with a basque waist and voluminous tulle skirt was a particularly good example of the collection’s modern aesthetic. Dark accents also complemented the line’s ivory and white palette, infusing a hint of playfulness; however, Wang’s inclusion of dark hues wasn’t solely limited to accents and detailing. Opting to inject a more dramatic aesthetic, Wang also unveiled an all-black silk taffeta collared high-low gown, adorned with silk floral details and a hand-embroidered bubble hem.

Photography courtesy of Vera Wang

Pnina Tornai Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses

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Known for her signature dramatic and seductive looks, Kleinfeld favourite Pnina Tornai held nothing back for her Fall 2016 collection. Brimming with bold and extravagant designs, Tornai’s newest collection, entitled Wind Upon Water, channeled nature’s inherent beauty and explored the relationship of earthly elements. Inspired by the imagery of flowing water, Tornai fashioned her gowns with ruffled accents to capture its graceful movement. Sheer layering, luminous fabrics, glittering crystals and rhinestone embellishments evoked the transparency of water and glistening sunlit waves. Curve-hugging mermaid silhouettes also played into Tornai’s water motif, which featured an ultra-feminine sweetheart neckline ivory tulle gown, with Swarovski crystal-encrusted straps, ruched bodice and illusion corset back. Coral-shaped beaded appliques and pearl details added to the collection’s aquatic vibe, while chiffon fringe skirts gave gowns a soft, wind-swept appearance.

Modern, fashion-forward brides will have an array of looks from which to choose, including a retro silk chiffon long-sleeve kaftan, a two-piece crystal-embroidered short sleeve ball gown and — the season’s hottest look — a polished jumpsuit with lace appliques and daring illusion back.

Tornai’s collection would not have been complete without at least one larger-than-life design. This season it came in the form of a voluminous ball gown with Spanish-inspired lace ruffles and frothy layers, reminiscent of cascading tides.

Photography courtesy of Kleinfeld

Rivini Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses

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The latest Rivini collection may have been inspired by frosty imagery, but Rita Vinieris’s designs were an undoubtedly red-hot addition to this season’s bridal looks. Winter brides will adore the collection’s fusion of sensual and icy designs, which saw Vinieris experimenting with glittering crystal beading and frozen blossom accents. Keeping dresses modern and fresh, Vinieris blended textures and sumptuous fabrics, including tulle, organza and lace, to create her multidimensional looks. Floral detailing and 3D blossoms gave the collection a softer but equally edgy allure. Silhouettes ran the gamut, with ball gowns and sheath styles showcasing deep V-necklines, tiered cuts and peek-a-boo lace panels. Highlighting this look was a sleek V-neck crepe column gown with sheer midriff cutouts and translucent veil. Airy elongated wraps and diaphanous layering emphasized Rivini’s chic, winter aesthetic, while long-sleeved numbers showcased just the right amount of coverage for cold weather nuptials. Bringing to life Vinieris’s inspiration of glistening frost over nature was a daring lace slip sheath gown with sheer sleeves, floral embroidery and a full-length veil, evoking a stunning snow queen aura.

Photography courtesy of Rivini

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