Experimenting with traditional fashion may be one of the most immediate sources for creating totally striking and chic looks. And what is most spectacular is that those looks might serve for any occasion and style. Wedding and bridal looks in general can also be included in this list. Among the new and innovative designs that you can opt for, wearing a short or even a mini wedding dress is one the boldest things you can do. So, that’s what we are going to discuss here, sharing some style tips and tricks on how to wear a short wedding dress.
Meghan Markle tied the knot with Prince Harry on May 19 wearing two bespoke bridal gowns. For the main celebration, The Duchess of Sussex donned a custom Givenchy off-the-shoulder dress, while for the reception she changed into a more “casual” number. British designer Stella McCartney was in charge of designing the second dress for Meghan Markle. She came up with a simple yet stunning halter neck, lightly flared design. Many brides to be started thinking about wearing something similar to their very own weddings. And prayers have officially been answered! Stella McCartney will be selling replicas of Meghan Markle’s wedding reception dress.
To celebrate the opening of her new store at 23 Old Bond Street in London, Stella McCartney will offer a total of 46 replicas of Markle’s reception dress. The designer will drop 23 white and 23 black dresses as a part of the capsule collection ” Made With Love.” The 46 designs from the capsule will differ a bit from Markle’s original reception dress. The faithful replicas will be made of sustainable viscose rather than silk.
The royal wedding dresses throughout the history were never available to the wider audience. However, multiple brands would always replicate them and sell copies of those unique designs. McCartney is making a bold move by offering the almost same dress that Markle wore to her clientele. However, this doesn’t mean that you can easily get your hands on this Meghan Markle-approved dress. The sought-after design won’t be displayed on the sales floor and won’t be available to everybody. First of all, clients will need to request an invitation from the brand just to get a chance to try on one of these dresses. Those who are interested should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment. Stella McCartney will review the emails and send a personal invitation to those who are chosen to potentially shop the “Made With Love” capsule. The designs will reportedly be displayed in a private exhibition space inside the store.
Although it might sound pretty challenging to score an opportunity to try on and purchase Meghan Markle’s wedding reception dress, the price tag is probably lower than you’d expect. While royal wedding gowns cost a fortune, these replicas ring in at $4 646 each. If you are into minimalist designs and want to feel like a real royal at a special event or your wedding, now is your chance to score the dress of your dreams. Keep in mind that Stella McCartney has previously stated that Markle was very much involved in the designing process. If you don’t get a chance to sport a royal dress, McCartney announced that she will expand her “Made With Love”edit into a small bridal collection for Spring 2019.
The royal wedding is five months away, but people are already obsessed with the entire thing. This time things are even more interesting since a royal family member and a celebrity will tie the knot. Plus the bride-to-be Meghan Markle is from the USA which means millions and millions of people outside of the UK will have their eyes wide open for this event. Well, on a great pleasure of the royal-obsessives the first sketches of the potential wedding dress have leaked. The royal family reportedly asked for sketches of bridal gowns from the Israel-based bridal couturier Inbal Dror. The fashion house confirmed the information to People:
“We received a request from the royal family to send a sketch. Unfortunately, it’s a secret and I can’t give more details about the sketch,” a spokesperson for the designer said.
Although the designer wanted to keep the sketches under wrap, TMZ somehow got their hands on the sketches and revealed them to the public. On the first sketch, you can see a waist -accenting gown with puffed sleeves and neckline which plunges to the waist. The second sketch presents the back part of the gown in all its opulence. You can spot embellishments on the back and a mile-long delicate train. The third drawing shows a design that’s on the modest side, something that royals prefer. It’s a charming A-line gown with embellishments along the waist and down the skirt.
The Israeli designer Inbal Dror is well-known for her body-hugging and racy gowns. The designer doesn’t go by the rule that brides need to be all sweet and modest. She mostly offers sultry designs with high slits, plunging necklines and long trains. The fact that Inbal Dror was asked to submit a sketch for Meghan Markle’s wedding dress was very surprising. So far, all the Royals opted for modest, classic wedding gowns. Even Meghan Markle’s relaxed yet sophisticated style wasn’t giving any cues that she’d opt for a sexy bridal gown. Only time will tell if Inbal Dror’s aesthetic will satisfy the royal standards. After all, she is in a tough competition with other designers. Just for the records, her bridal gowns go from $8000 to $10 000, but the price may rise considering the Royals’ affinities for luxury.
Meghan Markle has been a bride on screen in a romantic A-line tulle wedding dress as Rachel Zane in Suits. In 2016 she revealed her wedding gown preferences to Glamour.
“I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.”
She added that some of her favorite brands include indie labels such as Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos, as well as famous brands like Ellie Saab and J. Mendel. Therefore is surprising that Inbal Dror with her revealing bridal aesthetic is in the game. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot on May 19, 2018. We have to wait exactly 5 months to see what the actress-turned-royal will wear on her big day.
Oscar de la Renta‘s bride is elegant, feminine and glamorous. For their first bridal collection as co-creative directors, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia wanted to keep the recognizable spirit of the brand. They paid homage to the late legendary designer by reinventing his most popular elements in bridal gowns. Take a look at the video to see the collection.
Some of the designs were the typical bridal dresses that every bride dreams of. The same ones that make you feel like a real-life Cinderella. Laura and Fernando stole the accurate and precise cuts from Oscar but added their signature touch of contemporary. The voluminous tulle made the dresses graceful and chic at the same time.
One of the most amazing elements in Oscar de la Renta line is the floral details. The designer was obsessed with blooms and involved them very often in his work. Laura and Fernando included them in the bridal collection. According to them, florals are essential for a glamorous de la Renta gown.
Oscar de la Renta’s bride is not only obsessed with gorgeous dresses. She also loves contemporary choices such as jumpsuits and chic ensembles. One of the highlights in the collection is a jumpsuit that features a stunning lace bodice. It was accessorized with a bow in the back.
“We made sure that the collection looked true Oscar, it had typical Oscar-isms, the bows, the sashes. I guess unconventional ways that are exciting for the house, like in jumpsuits and a little homage to Sarah Jessica Parker’s Met Ball moment when she had the signature worn with a denim jacket. We’re catering to all brides and Oscar brides and adding a new, fun, irreverent girl to the mix. A lot of plunging V-necklines, which is a very Oscar trade, everything is garden oriented because he loved gardening.’- Fernando explained.
The Sarah Jessica Parker-inspired dress is the standout piece in the Spring 2018 collection. It also very much reminds of the iconic tulle dress that Carrie Bradshaw wore in “Sex and the City’. The chic bridal gown features a voluminous tulle skirt signed with the brand’s logo. The top part is a simple white shirt. Kim and Garcia added a cute bow on the waist to tone down the edgy vibe. Another unexpected thing is the denim white jacket that is paired with the dress. The whole look was completed with a necklace that says “Just Married’ and striking bejeweled rings.
On Friday the Alfred Angelo Bridal company unexpectedly filed for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This event left thousands of worried brides all around the world. Most of them have already paid their wedding dresses or left deposits at the store. Now, they are not completely sure whether they will get their dresses or even their money back. This caused a storm of negative reactions.
The company stayed quiet for quite a while, without releasing any statement for this totally surprising move. That caused a lot of future-brides to show up in front of the stores, where they didn’t get an answer. Several days later the Alfred Angelo Company released a short vague statement. They urge their customers to contact them by sending an email to email@example.com. Patricia Ann Redmond is the lawyer who is taking care of the case, and she has already received more than 7,500 emails.
“We will post additional information regarding the status dresses on this website as it becomes available. We apologize for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event.” ” the retailer said in the statement.
None of the employees were aware of this situation. The company closed all of their stores and will liquidate all of its belongings to pay the $50 million debt. Even the retail stores that sold Alfred Angelo dresses are taking a huge hit. They have furious customers that ask for their money back.
The social media is already on fire with thousands of angry tweets from dress-less brides. A lot of other retailers are selling some of their merchandise on discount and are organizing special sales in their stores. Some of them even offer express delivery to brides that don’t have a lot of time until their wedding. Women from all parts of the United States are offering their old wedding dresses for the ladies in need. They use the hashtag #AlfredAngelo on Twitter to spread this nice gesture. The brides that are struggling with their budget or can’t afford a new expensive dress can turn to these generous women.
Alfred Angelo was one of the world’s biggest wedding dress creator and retailer. The Florida-based business had more than 60 signature stores all over the United states and more than 2,500 stores around the globe. The designer sold amazing Disney-inspired wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and dresses for other occasions.
On Saturday the beautiful Pippa Middleton tied the knot with her then-fiancé James Matthews. Pippa, mostly known as the younger sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, stunned everyone with a wedding creation by Giles Deacon. Nobody expected less, knowing Pippa’s flawless style. The long-awaited ceremony took place at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. The party continued at the Middletons’ house in Bucklebury.
For months there were speculations on who would design Pippa’s wedding dress. The young bride managed to keep this a secret until the day of the ceremony. There were rumors that Giles was going to be the one when he was seen visiting Pippa’s house around Christmas, with a large bag. At that moment he refused to confirm any rumors and left everything to our imagination.
The bride appeared with a stunning cream-colored lace dress with cap sleeves and high neck. She looked very elegant and gentle in the custom-made gown. Unlike the dress that Pippa chose for the Royal wedding that emphasized her curves, this time she went for an A-line shape. The estimated value of the dress is around ¬¨¬®¬¨¬£40,000.
“I was thrilled to work with Pippa on her wedding dress,” the designer said. “The dress is constructed with a cap sleeve, high neckline and features a corseted bodice with draping to the front and a heart-shaped detail at the back. The bespoke silk cotton lace was hand appliquéd to create an illusion of the dress having ‘no seams’. The lace bodice is embroidered with pearl detailing over an organza and tulle underskirt, which has layer upon layer to enable a floor-sweeping movement. It’s a privilege to show the craftsmanship that my team produces in London and a real testament to Pippa’s support of British fashion.’
The delicate tulle veil accessorized with pearls was made by Stephen Jones. Robinson Pelham is the mastermind behind the beautiful Maidenhair tiara. He has been Middleton’s family choice for many occasions so far. And last but not least, Pippa went for Manolo Blahnik‘s pumps. She chose a customized version of the Seneca bridal heels. The satin pumps were the same color as the dress and featured pearl embroidery. Rumors are that the bride wore the same Robinson Pelham pearl earrings that she wore to her sister’s wedding.
Deacon is mostly famous for his unique and eccentric style. That is why nobody thought that he would be Pippa’s choice for her special day. His collections include predominantly unconventional designs, such as the one Solange Knowles wore at the 2015 MET Gala. It turned out that Giles is perfectly capable of creating romantic and fairytale-like dresses. This might be the dress that will launch Deacon as the new star designer. Deacon stated that his main inspiration was the 1963 movie “The Leopard’, especially the dancing scenes.
“I know they were all hoop crinolines in the film, but there’s something gorgeous about having that great movement, with the skirt spinning round, keeping its shape,’ he said during an interview with Business of Fashion.
The famous sister of the bride, princess Kate left everyone breathless with her impeccable style. She appeared in a peach colored dress by Alexander McQueen. The dress reminded very much of the 80s. This fashion house has been Kate’s choice on many occasions, including her wedding dress from 2011. The simple dress aroused many discussions on the social media, mostly because people expected something more fascinating and vibrant. Nevertheless, the princess looked radiant as always. She complimented the look with a rose-colored fascinator hat and elegant nude heels. This time she let her sister be the center of the attention. Kate coordinated her dress color with the dresses of the bridesmaids and her mother’s dress.
The Duchess has been an acknowledged style icon ever since she married prince William. Her style is very simple but elegant and graceful at the same time. She has been spotted wearing affordable brands such as Zara on many occasions, and every piece that she puts on becomes an instant hit.
In celebration of 35 years of being in business, Carolina Herrera‘s fall 2017 bridal collection was basic in the most elegant, sophisticated way. She kept things classic for her latest line with timeless silhouettes that are just as beautiful and relevant today as they were decades ago. Yet, she also found ways to bring in today’s trends and her own personal touch in ways that made the looks unique in small ways.
Time and time again, we have raved about the designer’s signature timeless elegance, because with each new collection (as with her most recent showing for New York Fashion Week), we continue to be wowed by her ability to keep this up without overplaying it; she has the balance down perfectly between the timelessness and her personal touches, so we’re never bored! And for the bride looking to get the jump on her perfect wedding dress, there’s a good chance she’ll find one to fall in love with from Carolina Herrera.
On top of her timeless aesthetic, the designer also addressed trends that have popped up in recent runway shows; namely, here we saw bohemian and old-fashioned bridal gowns that have us swooning. Her elegant use of lace was romantic, especially in one dress, which was extremely classic and lovely; it featured full, slim sleeves of the gorgeous white lace, and if it had been created by any other designer it may have appeared too dated.
Yet, with Herrera’s careful hand of design, she constructed a look that was both rooted in the past and stunning for the present; it is a look that will be jaw dropping as it walks down the aisle for fall 2017, and it will be just as much so in the years to come.
She also provided a lace look for the bohemian bride. This was easily one of the most romantic gowns in the Carolina Herrera bridal fall 2017 line, with the soft lace flowing around the body in a delicate, timeless way. The large-scale print of the lace was laid over a soft off-white/pale pink fabric, which made for a feminine tone, which was only bolstered by the unlined sleeves falling transparently to the elbows.
Other gowns in the line were simple white with interesting bust-lines. Whether it was through a tulle-lined bust or a triangle cutout, she kept things personalized and unique to play off of the still-classic silhouettes. One of the gowns with a folded-over cup bust-line addressed the recent deconstruction trend from the past few seasons ” the entire gown seemed a bit undone and inside out, with the boning of the top showing through and the rest just a bit over-scale. Because of this, she brought in a bit of edge to the overtly romantic style of the silhouette.
On the other hand, the poofy, pale pink gown created in tulle and organza mirrored the style of a dress, which walked her ready-to-wear spring 2017 runway for NYFW. Here, it was an absolute princess dream dress, whereas the black look from her show had some more edge to it. Both were visual stunners, though, and this one will draw a lot of attention from the feminine brides out there.
This gown is absolutely radiant under the sun, so it is a beautiful choice for outdoor photo ops; if you’ve ever felt the urge to look like a princess on your wedding night, there’s a good chance your dream dress is going to come from Herrera.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
This New York International Bridal Week keeps on mesmerizing us with dreamlike bridal gowns, the versatility of which will perfectly suit anyone. Reem Acra just helped the future brides to expand their wedding wish lists with the Reem Acra fall 2017 bridal collection that directly comes from a parallel fairy-tale world.
“I wanted to stay in my magical garden. You’ll see lots of ballgowns in this collection, far more than I’ve ever done,’ Reem Acra told WWD backstage. “That’s what I see for 2017. Yes, we have the mermaids, the fit-and-flares, but really my focus was the ballgown. It’s all about capturing happiness, this mood of lightness.’
For her Reem Acra fall 2017 bridal line, the Beirut-born fashion designer interlaced her signature modern figures with more magical otherworldly aesthetics, complementing most of her proposals with delicate touches of sensuality that enhanced the figures and put them at the center of attention.
Perfect for an early or even late fall outdoor wedding celebration (depending on where you live), the Reem Acra bridal fall 2017 lineup is nothing but purely romantic, as well as celebratory, both in terms of women’s bodies and the house’s legacy. Reem Acra has been celebrating her label’s 20th anniversary throughout the year, and this fall 2017 bridal collection celebrates the designer’s astounding artisanal skills once more.
Alternating sleek, bright fabrics with see-through laced ones, Reem Acra managed to shape both mermaid and hourglass figures, harmoniously embroidering metallic sequined motifs and even floral embellishments on both the figures. As usual, she then strongly focused on bustier-like tops, here adorned with miniature pearls, butterflies, gemstones and floral decoration that, like a second skin, gently wrapped up the bodies highlighting the silhouettes.
Loads of featherweight organza and silk gazar inevitably helped her recall the “magical garden’ motif, not to mention the delicate tiaras and floral crowns she completed most of the looks with.
As for the most sensual staples, Reem Acra brought in imperceptible little risqué touches that looked sophisticated especially on the mermaid-like gowns. Tactical cut-outs, sheer slits, sweetheart necklines and veils sinuously dropped around the bodices enhancing them.
With ball gowns being the focal point for most of the collection’s staples, structured and layered dresses served as the perfect alternative to strengthen Reem Acra’s utterly romantic dream, treating us to one of her most eclectic and variegated bridal collections created so far.
Little minimalist details, such as lace wrist cuffs, 3D appliqués and cap sleeves perfectly translated Acra’s willingness to capture “moments of happiness’ into reality, leaving us speechless and ironically in a happy mood, indeed.
Photos courtesy of The Knot
Are you dreaming of an outdoor wedding ceremony on the beach? If so, then you might be in the right place! Utilizing its signature ethereal boho silhouettes and the traditional yet modern approach to fashion, Free People has just released one of its most feminine and quirkiest bridal collections ever, rife with dreamy wedding dresses for this summer 2016 season that will make you have the desire to live happily ever after, indeed. Dubbed ‘Ever After’, the 12-piece line-up features model Anna Trosko, who naturally poses for photographer Graham Dunn donning simplistic, flowing gowns with loads of attitude that already can be purchased from the brand’s website.
Although composed of only 12 different designs, Free People’s Ever After collection is definitely versatile and eclectic, and features some of the most unconventional figures you will probably ever see. There’s, however, a common sophisticated and vintage aura a la Free People that wraps up all of these gorgeous wedding dresses.
Alternating sweeping figures with more curve-hugging silhouettes, floor-length gowns with skimpy tops, the collection reflects not only Free People’s aesthetics, but also that of the designers of the creations, who often provide their artisanal services for the online retailer (as for this collection, you will easily spot lines and cuts peculiar of Gwen Jones, Odylyne the Ceremony, Spell and Houton and Stone Cold Fox).
Overall minimalist and mostly dipped in white, the proposals greatly vary in detailing and silhouettes, making sure all the attention is placed on the bride and her personality. There’s one thing for sure about the line-up, and that’s the fact that wearing one of these 12 dresses will help you walk down the (preferably sandy) aisle knowing that your personal style has been fully voiced.
For those who are not looking for the traditional purely white wedding dress, there is Odylyne the Ceremony’s Icarus gown with sparkly golden embellishments and with a certain Greek Goddess allure, which will just look perfect and natural in any outdoor setting, especially if the ceremony takes place at sunset.
If you are considering holding a ceremony after the sun goes down but are looking for a more boho/free-spirited kind of dress to meet your carefree personality, we recommend considering the Spell and the Gypsy Collective’s Gwendolyn wrap gown with delicate intricate embroidery details on the sleeves, front and back that will make you look like you just gloriously stepped out of the Seventies.
Equally billowy and gorgeous is the Aurora Gown featuring a deep front V slit, scalloped trim and three-quarter sleeves perfectly combining the boho-chic style with a more romantic attitude.
The most unconventional and jaw-dropping proposals include a billowy butterfly-sleeved, off-shoulder hourglass mermaid gown designed by Stone Cold, a two-piece look designed by Odylyne the Ceremony that will make us travel back to 1968 (giving us a glimpse of what an outdoor boho wedding looked like in the Woodstock era), and, above all, the ultra-modern, ultra-feminine Stone Cold Fox Jumpsuit, named ‘Monet’ after the notorious French painter. Made in silk Charmeuse and with lace and crochet inserts, the Monet jumpsuit will definitely make many of you say ‘I do’ (at least to the dress).
Photos courtesy of Free People