Each season couture shows in Paris and Milan are pushing the boundaries of bridal fashion offering completely new, cutting-edge designs. Karl Lagerfeld’s collections for Chanel Couture are always ahead of time, and this season his main inspiration was casino fashion with 1930’s flair. From chic cocktail-style dresses in metallic shades to a white satin tuxedo paired with a veil that replaces a traditional wedding gown, it was a truly exciting selection of bridal and eveningwear pieces.
Giambattista Valli’s frothy ball gowns were dripping with oversized blooms and intricate floral embroideries, and even his range of wedding dresses had splashes of vibrant shades, catering for fashion-forward brides who love this unique combination of traditional silhouettes and modern design.
Creative directors of Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli portrayed the glamour and darkness of historical Rome in a stunningly beautiful collection. Shades of black, red and gold are not typical bridal colours, but we think these extravagant looks are perfect for engagement parties! Schiaparelli collaborated with French artist Joann Sfar to create gorgeous illustrated dresses, but also presented some gorgeous monochromatic looks in white, black and pink hues.
Lavish paintings and friezes from walls of Alberta Ferretti’s new 19th century mansion in Paris inspired the designer to create a very romantic couture collection featuring printed silks and pastel florals. Many of her gorgeous gowns would make adorable wedding dresses, especially pieces in gold and white laces or ruched tulle adorned with sparkly crystals.
But the most elaborate wedding gowns were seen at Zuhair Murad’s catwalk show inspired by stars from the sky and of the silver screen. Red, blue, purple or white, these star-studded frocks look like little-girl’s dream, and they come in every shape and form – from cocktail dresses and jumpsuits to show-stopping full-length gowns. The key piece was a bridal look that closed the show: a dazzling long-sleeved embellished ball gown paired with a white veil also covered in silver stars!
Elie Saab’s couture collection features his signature embellishments and many different shades of gold. He looked back to his early work in the 1990’s which is where all these beautiful colours and silhouettes came from. Empire waists and puffed sleeves were a novelty, and we enjoyed seeing this traditional dress shape styled in a modern way.
Alexis Mabille also showcased a selection of couture wedding gowns in soft ivory and pastel tones, adorned with flower appliqués and gleaming embellishments. Stylish details like bejewelled necklines and ruffled sleeves added an antique flair to these wonderfully feminine dresses.
Dresses featuring corsets, florals and ruffles showed us a more romantic side of Atelier Versace, but these feminine elements are not deprived of that sex-appeal which makes this couture label so different from all the others. And instead of that one big wedding dress at the end of the show, there was a defile of pastel-coloured asymmetric gowns with knots, cut-outs, draping, and subtle embellishments.
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