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Browsing through the beautiful bridal collections of JLM Couture, we were particularly taken by how many gowns in the Spring 2014 collections featured stunning back designs. From illusion lace to bejeweled keyholes, there were so many pretty styles we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favorites.
1. An open back flanked by jeweled panels (Gown by Hayley Paige)
2. A unique twist on the traditional keyhole (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
3. A romantic one-shoulder style (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
4. A touch Southern, don't you think? (Gown by Tara Keely)
5. Sweet—and just a touch sexy. (Gown by Tara Keely)
Also related: 6 Draped Backs We Adore.
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5 Figure Types, 5 Perfect Gowns
1. Long & Lean
Hoping to make a boyish figure look a little more feminine? Ruched waist detailing and halter straps are two fail-safe ways to create the illusion of curves at the waist and bust. Extra flouse in the skirt adds to the flirty vibe. Gown: Demetrios Illusions Style 3194.
Contrary to popular belief, the best way to downplay a larger chest is not to completely cover it up. Instead, opt for a gown with a sculpted upper bodice and a medium coverage V-neck. If possible, have the straps tailored to ensure maximum uplift. Gown: Demetrios Destination Romance Style DR185.
Big ball gowns can quickly overwhelm a small frame. If you're willing to buck the tradition of a long skirt, we absolutely reccomend going short. A more compact dress will ensure guests see you instead of seeing what you're wearing. Gown: Demetrios Young Sophisticated Style 2856.
4. Strong Arms
A high neck and prominent arm cut-outs are the best way to show off sculpted shoulders and biceps. If your arms are your strongest asset, consider a gown with a scuba-style halter silhouette. Gown: Demetrios lissa Style 535
Pairing a deep V-neck with a full skirt draws eyes in to the smallest part of your body: your waist. Gown: Demetrios Ilissa Style 545.
Photo by Paper Antler Photography
Whether you’re traveling halfway around the world or to a neighboring state, getting your wedding dress there safely is a top priority.
Traveling By Plane
Most airlines advise not to place valuable items in checked luggage, therefore, a carry-on or protective garment bag are your next options. (Tip: Fold layers of tissue paper into your wedding dress. This will help keep the wrinkles and discoloring away.) Check with your airline’s policy on bringing a wedding dress on board. They may allow you to store it in a closet or overhead bin. However, you can’t always rely on the flight attendant to store it properly in a closet or overhead bin. Consider purchasing a plane ticket for your wedding dress or better yet -- if there are open seats on your flight, it doesn’t hurt to ask the flight attendant if you dress can fly for free.
Traveling by Car
You don’t want your wedding dress squeezed between loads of luggage in the trunk. Instead, drape it flat across your luggage in a protective garment bag.
Unpacking Your Wedding Dress
If you pack your wedding dress in a carry-on or protective garment bag, bring a travel steamer. (Tip: Test on white fabric before you use. You’ll want the steam to come out clear, so it doesn’t stain the fabric.) If you can’t bring a travel steamer, hang your wedding dress in the bathroom, turn the shower on full blast with hot water and watch the steam eliminate any wrinkles.
Another day, another fabulous round of collections! In case you missed the highlights from our first outings with the Fall 2014 collections, head over to the PW blog, where you'll find a fun re-cap of our favorite moments from Theia, David's Bridal, Miriam Haskell, and the one and only Monique Lhuillier. Now, on the beauty of Day 2, of which there was plenty. Pictures are described left to right, top to bottom -- for more from-the-runway shots, be sure to follow us on Instagram!
1. High-Low Hems
Lazaro, Temperely London, and David's Bridal exhibited examples of this unique skirt length, but our fave was this Lazaro stunner. Shoes are such a big part of a wedding ensemble these days, and we love that this look lets them stand out!
2. Structured Ruffles
Mermaid dresses are still going strong, but we love that designers are taking the flared part of the skirt in creative directions. This Kelly Faetanini gown infused an otherwise romantic silhouette with a little bit of prep by attaching an opaque panel to each ruffle. Perfect for a flirty bride who also loves Lilly Pulitzer!
3. Pantsuits, Pantsuits, Pantsuits
Gone are the days when a girl must wear a gown to get married. It used to be that designers would only occassionally exhibit a pant option to serve as a talking point/publicity generator for their collection -- Fall 2014 had multiple designers showing multiple versions of them! These ones are from Alfred Angelo, and we're crediting the rise in same-sex marriages for this. So awesome that designers are helping couples differentiate from each other at the altar without forcing one half to give up their femininity!
4. Following Fashion
Bridal is taking cues from its catwalk counterparts more than ever, and fashion-conscious Hayley Paige turned out so many of-the-moment numbers that we had a hard time picking our fave. This daring crop ensemble is pretty hard to stop talking about, though.
5. Beautiful Backs
The beaded detailing in Badgley Mishcka's Gatsby-inspired collection was outta control -- some skirts were so heavily beaded you could hear them entering the room before you saw them! Less noisy but no less beautiful was this butterfly style open back.
6. Vera 'Thinks Pink'
Vera Wang almost never turns out a traditionally colored collection. Each season she tends to gravitate towards a specific shade, and this collection was all about celebrating shades of pink (we wonder -- was it in honor Breast Cancer Awareness month?). Brides flipped for the shade on Instagram, and we flipped for the oversized, origami detailing.
Our practical side loves the idea of being able to stash chapstick, tissues, and small sentimental items directly on person. This pocketed JLM Couture number looks cool, and allows for exactly that.
8. 60's Style Embellishment
Jackie O would have died over the retro styles at Temperely London. From swing coats to hippie-chic sleeves, the swinging 60's were alive and well with this collection, and we couldn't get enough.
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If you're anything like us (and we hope that you are), you get absolutely giddy over the release of new wedding dress designs. Today we're putting the spotlight on Demetrios, who just released 12 new styles under their Ilissa collection. From tulle ball gown skirts to sparkly accents, this beautiful collection of gowns serves as perfect fashion inspiration for glam winter weddings. Three of our favorites follow below -- click here to see the full collection!
Featured Gowns: Ilissa Style 551, Ilissa Style 547, and Ilissa Style 555.
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From Paula Patton's oversized shoulder ruffles to Lupita Nyong'o's fashion-forward cape, the 71st Annual Golden Globes red carpet was filled with many a major style moment—plenty of which will work for your walk down the aisle. We've broken down the trends from the night and found seven gown styles that will help you steal some of that Hollywood glamour. Happy dress shopping!
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HIGH NECK HALTER TOPS
Well, the 71st annual Golden Globes confirmed it: halter tops are back! This powerful style statement was all over the red carpet, and we love how it shows off strong, sculpted arms and shoulder muscles. It's a great option for fit, modern brides who aren't working with ample cleavage. Gowns (left to right): Theia and Mark Zunino.
Spotted on: Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Elsa Pataky, Edie Falco, Robin Wright, Hayden Panettiere, Monica Potter
Calling all glamour girls! If there was ever a way to sparkle on your wedding day, a gown completely encrusted in sequins is it. Why else would major starlets use this trick when they need to stand out on the red carpet? Gowns: Theia and Karen Willis Holmes.
Spotted on: Camilla Alves, Olivia Wilde (PS -- here's 14 more sequin wedding dresses we love)
BIG BALL GOWNS
Let's face it: this look will never go out of style for weddings. Nor do we want it to! Swooping skirts and fitted bodices signify feminity, which is why celebs and brides alike always turn back to them. Gowns: Monique Lhuillier and Elizabeth Stuart.
Spotted on: Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, Kaley Cuoco
What we were once convinced would be a short-lived trend (remember mullet skirts?) is slowly and steadily gaining more steam at major fashion events—and its seeping into bridal, too. We love this whimsical look because it's playful—and it shows off a great pair of shoes. Gowns: Reem Acra and Temperley London.
Spotted on: Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Dockery, Zooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, Caitlin Fitzgerald
This modern fashion statement is one of our absolute faves—never has such a simple silhouette so immediately connoted sartorial confidence. Bring the style into your wedding day for a look that's equal parts easy-going and in-command. Gowns: Dennis Basso and Hayley Paige.
Seen on: Hellen Mirren, Olivia Wilde, Camilla Alves, Paula Patton, Kristen Chenoweth, Mayim Bialik, Lizzy Caplan, Alexi Ashe, Cat Sadler
Strategically placed lines of sparkle are a glam way to highlight curves and sparkle in photographs—which is precisely why starlets opt for this look on the red carpet. Use their strategy for yourself by trying a beaded wedding gown! Gowns: Mark Zunino and Maggie Sottero.
Spotted on: Kate Beckinsale, Rita Wilson, Hellen Mirren, Elizabeth Moss, Angela Bassett, Rashida Jones, Laura Dern, Melissa Fumero, Madison Walls
Don't want to wear white? No problem! Shine like the Golden Globe statue itself in a slightly shimmery shade of champagne. Take it from the stars we spotted on the red carpet: this shade will make you look (and feel) like a million glamorous bucks. Gowns: Romona Keveza and Austin Scarlett.
Spotted on: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Anna Gunn
One of the most romantic wedding looks out there, and it made a major return on the Golden Globes red carpet. We love this style for a rustic country or garden wedding. Gowns: Lela Rose and Legends by Romona Keveza.
Spotted on: Emma Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Megan Mullally, Melissa Rauch, Rebecca Ferguson
After a full week of scoping out the stunning collections at Bridal Fashion Week, a few trends emerged as favorites among the wedding dress set. After sorting through the lot and sussing out our favorites, the 10 that follow are the looks we predict to see on real brides come Fall 2015. Good news: there's something available for everyone, no matter your bridal style.
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1. BREEZY BOHO
Gowns by: Carol Hannah and Amy Kuschel; Photos by Dan Lecca
From flowy sleeves to floaty skirts, these gowns are low mantinence and perfect for dancing. This gown from Alyne also contributed to the rise in boho.
2. CLEAN AND SIMPLE
Gowns by Jean-Ralph Thurin and Anna Maier; Photos courtesy of the designer and Dan Lecca
These well-constructed silk gowns will emphasize your curves in all the right places—and look just as striking without any embellishment.
3. CROP TOPS
Gowns by Naeem Khan and David''s Bridal; Photos by Dan Lecca
This street style favorite is going bridal, and we have to admit we love the flirty glimpse of midriff. Houghton and Theia also featured crop top bridal looks.
4. GOLD ACCENTS
Gowns by Badgley Mischka and Della Giovanna; Photos by Dan Lecca
Gone are the days of silver being the only acceptable accent for brides! The glam gold made an appearance on many runways this season, and it feels luxe and modern. Sarah Jassir and Amsale also featured this metallic accent.
5. DEEP V
Gowns by Dennis Basso and Inbal Dror; Photos by Dan Lecca
Necklines took a seriously sexy turn this season by dipping lower than ever before. Delphine Manivet and Ines Di Santo's designs also took the plunge.
Gowns by Hayley Paige and Johanna Johnson; Photos by Dan Lecca
This unusual detail really packs personality into an otherwise classic wedding gown, and we bet it'll really wow the crowd when they see the way it moves on the dance floor. This Kelly Faetanini number also makes use the detail.
7. THE FROZEN EFFECT
Gowns by Alfred Angelo and Theia; Photos by Dan Lecca
Between icicle-like shimmer and bundled up snow queens, the Disney movie Frozen definitely served as inspiration for many designers. The brides on Houghton's runway also featured a cozy look.
Looks by Houghton and Naeem Khan; Photos by Dan Lecca
Brides are no longer limited to a dress for their bridal look. Tuck a blouse into a skirt, or opt for a well-tailored pants suit, a perfect ensemble for a same-sex wedding! Rivini also showcased a sheer pantsuit on her runway.
9. SHOWING SKIN
Gowns by Pnina Tornai and Rania Hatoum; Photos by Dan Lecca
The designers this season are daring you to bare by offering sheer skirts, thigh-high slits, and cut-outs galore. Badgley offered illusion detailing, Ines di Santo featured high slits, and Rivini showcased cutouts.
10. Tiered Ball Gowns
Gowns by Anne Barge and Maggie Sottero; Photos by Dan Lecca
For the bride who wants to live out fantasy, this look is playful and romantic! Isabelle Armstrong and Katerina Bocci also made gowns fit for a princess.
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Statement skirts are one of our favorite ways to turn heads down the aisle. And while we're all for intricate layers of ruche and tulle, there is definitely something to be said for bigger, bolder, and simpler. One of the most creative twists on the big ball gown we saw on Spring 2014 runways was the wide panel tier. Skirt layers got larger and longer, and we think the look is just perffect for the bride who wants to look a little more playful on her big day. What's your take on the style? Let us know in the comments!
no. 1 Amsale • no. 2 Alyne
no. 3 Marchesa • no. 4 Ines Di Santo
In case you couldn't already tell, Instagram is one of our favorite ways to cover Bridal Market. We instantly post photos of dresses and details we love, and you instantly tell us whether or not you love 'em right back. After obsessively posting from every collection we visited, the results are in: here are the most beloved photos from our feed for the Fall 2014 collections. Enjoy! (Captions run right to left, top to bottom) 1. Rivini's Epic Ball Gown A perfectly fitted corset that flows into a magical sheer paneled skirt. Seriously, what's not to love about this this shot? VIEW THE COMPLETE RIVINI COLLECTION 2. 45 Flavors of David's Bridal
Believe it or not, all 45 shades of David's Bridal's bridesmaid gowns fit on one rack. Apple, Malibu, and Plum are popular shades, but we hear Mint and Biscotti will be the next big things.
VIEW THE DAVID'S BRIDAL BRIDESMAID COLLECTION 3. Monique's Dreamy Sleeves Brides and bridal fashion lovers alike swooned over this fit-for-a-snow-princess gown by Monique Lhuillier. We can't get over those illusion sleeves! VIEW THE COMPLETE MONIQUE LHUILLIER COLLECTION 4. High-Low at Lazaro
This frothy skirt wowed the crowd at Lazaro's 20th anniversary collection, and we like that it shows off a bride's shoes without sacrificing volume. VIEW THE COMPLETE LAZARO COLLECTION 5. Anne Bowen's Sparkly Back This celestial-inspired gown sparkles with subtle shimmer, a look we know PW brides have come to love :) 6. The Art of the Twirl at Anne Barge Is there any better way to show off a wedding dress? VIEW THE COMPLETE ANNE BARGE COLLECTION 7. The Blushing Brides of Watters
Only time will tell if real brides will fully embrace the pink wedding dress trend, but y'all sure do love the shade on Instagram. VIEW THE COMPLETE WATTERS COLLECTION 8. Serious Sequins from Carol Hannah
Sequins were hand-sewn over the boning of this corset top, and it is absolutely exquisite.
SEE MORE SEQUIN WEDDING DRESSES 9. Sottero & Midgley's Billowing Ball Gown
Another one that completely wowed the fashion crowd, and with good reason. Floaty skirt, sparkly top -- this look is pure bridal perfection. VIEW THE COMPLETE SOTTERO & MIDGLEY COLLECTION 10. Modern Versatility by Modern Trousseau A beyond-cute way to go from ceremony to reception. Love it! View All of the Fall 2014 Collections
Beautiful as a wedding dress might look coming down the runway, something magical happens when a real girl puts one on. Here's 10 of our favorite real Project Wedding bride looks from the year, presented in no particular order. Enjoy!
Related: The Top 10 Bridesmaid Dresses of 2013
1. Helen's Beaded Cap Sleeves
Photo by Jamie Delaine Photography
The beaded cap sleeves on Helen's Lilien Collection gown from Bisou Bridal feel dainty and romantic -- and provide just the right amount of coverage for a more demure bride. Check out more shots in her pretty blush Vancouver wedding.
2. Kendall's Made-for-Dancing Skirt
Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography
The skirt of this Saison Blanche gown was made for twirling! And the beaded bodice fits right in with this wedding's glam Gatsby-inspired decor.
3. Tina's Pink Perfection
Photo by Kristine Marie Photography
This blush organza Maggie Sottero stunner really wowed us -- and Tina's glam taste is evident in every other aspect of her sparkly California wedding!
4. Hannah's Textured Cream Gown
Photo by Anni Cee Photography
The extra-large rosettes on this cream Watters gown bring a dose of modernity to the classic ball gown silhouette -- and it fits right in with Hannah and Joe's autumn-inspired Windy City wedding.
5. Sandy's Southern Charm
Photo by Woodland Fields Photography
For a sophisticated preppy look, this Southern Belle added a custom ruffled collar to her Jim Hjelm halter gown -- and it looked mighty gorgeous against her mix 'n' match bridesmaids.
6. Melanie's Kate Spade Cuteness
Photo by Abby Jiu Photography
Though technically Melanie's reception dress, this short Kate Spade number is perfect for a City Hall wedding! Check out her winter DC nuptials to see her equally gorgeous Rivini gown.
7. Kalista's Unforgettable Jenny Packham Moment
Photo by Sequins and Candy
Look at those sheer epaulet sleeves! Nine months later and we are still swooning over this gorgeous Jenny Packham gown -- not to mention the DIY details and rustic decor of the rest of the wedding.
8. Madiha: A Vision in Red
Photo by Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers
Does a bride get any more beautiful than this? From her bold lipstick to the ornate jewels, Madiha left no detail overlooked for her Nashville nuptials.
9. Lauren's Rustic Ruffles
Photo by Stacey Bishop Photography
Half-sleeves and a layered skirt, all trimmed in lace. No doubt about it -- this bride's custom Paula Nelson Hart dress fit right into her vintage-inspired backyard nuptials.
10. Lori's Retro Lace Look
Photo by Matushek Photography
How fun is this tea-length gown? The birdcage veil and satin heels make it just a touch sassy -- perfect for a bride who wanted "personal touches with doses of personality" for her modern loft wedding.
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