By Jordan Staggs
For all the importance and attention placed on the small details of a wedding, there is still one big element that most brides agree is key—the dress, of course!
With more emphasis being placed on throwing unique, personalized celebrations for nuptials and the events surrounding them, an entire wedding industry has risen to the occasion to help make “Big Days” everywhere more magical.
A swarm of the world’s top fashion designers now strives to create wedding gowns that not only wow a crowd on the runway, but also make brides feel exquisitely beautiful walking down the aisle. The array of high-fashion, couture, and custom gowns is endless, assuring any bride-to-be that she can find the gown that matches her personality and wedding theme perfectly.
In the spirit of saying “Yes!” to the dress, VIE has chosen a few favorite designers to provide inspiration for brides everywhere.
Since her first bridal collection launched in 1988, Jenny Packham has grown to world renown with her exquisite bridal wear and evening gowns. This UK powerhouse’s distinctive style is contemporary, but she continually draws inspiration from vintage and classical beauty. Her 2015 bridal collection gives a nod to photographs taken by Madame Yevonde of 1930s British society ladies dressed as women of mythology: Helen of Troy, Venus, and Persephone, to name a few. Packham’s soft color palette and flowing fabrics lend a dreamlike, ethereal romance to the collection.
Lhuillier’s Spring 2015 collection calls upon the most glamorous details, such as clouds of tulle, silk satin organza, and her signature Chantilly lace infused with embroidery and intricate beading. Now one of the world’s most revered bridal designers, she made her start in 1996 and has been sharing her lifelong passion for creating beautiful things ever since. Her bridal collections continue to transcend style and grace, enticing brides in search of sophisticated, stunning beauty on their wedding days.
A few words to describe Reem Acra’s impeccable bridal designs: luxury, glamour, royalty. To create a gown that will satisfy a woman’s desire to feel confident and beautiful on her wedding day, Acra uses her innate talent and sense of style combined with the finest materials, the richest textures, and modern yet classic silhouettes. Sleek satin and lace in fitted styles bring her Spring 2015 collection a sexy, modern edge while retaining an “Old Hollywood” glamour that could transform any walk down the aisle into a red carpet affair.
While relative fashion newcomer Christian Siriano has not yet branched into the bridal realm, this student of such masters as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen certainly knows how to create modern, edgy pieces with an air of old-school class. His Spring/Summer 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection features a pair of breathtaking floor-length gowns adorned with fun, feathered accents and shimmer that are perfect for the bride seeking a fresh take on the white dress.
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