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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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From ruffles and bows to suspenders and plaids, here are some looks all southern couples are sure to love.
1. Neutral Dresses and Cowgirl Boots
Photo by Earthmuse Photography
The variation of neutral above-the-knee dresses with lace detailing make for a quintessential southern bridal party, especially when paired with cowgirl boots.
2. Pinstripe Suspenders
Photo by Maxwell Monty Photography
The classy southern gent will feel right at home in these pinstripe suspenders. Ditch the coat and just pair with dress pants for a more casual groomsmen look.
3. Pale Purple Dresses
Photo by Feather and Twine Photography
From the bateau neckline and off-center bow, these knee-length bridesmaids dresses are perfect for a southern-style wedding.
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
We love these chinos paired with a pale green tie, creating both a fashionable and comfortable southern look for the groomsmen.
5. Spring Floral Dresses
Photo by Oz Visuals
These voluminous flared pale floral dresses are the perfect way to embrace your inner southern belle.
6. Plaid Bow Ties and Suspenders
Photo by Steven and Lily Photography
Add a pop of southern style to your wedding with small details like these orange plaid bow ties and skinny gray suspenders.
7. Pastel Pink Dresses
Photo by Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography
These dresses are fun, flirty and feminine, reminiscent qualities of a charming southern belle.
8. Trendy and Tan Suits
Photo by Joielala Photography
Calling all charming southern gentleman! Opt for preppy tan suits paired with a matching pink tie and pocket square.
9. Cowgirls and Cowboys
Photo by Troy Grover Photography
Don't hide that southern pride! Ladies, go all out with cowgirl hats and boots. Gents, don rustic dress pants and classic suspenders.
10. Pastels and Stripes
Photo by Melissa Oholendt Photography
Bold stripes on the bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen ties create an adorable matching look fit for a southern spring wedding.
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Don't get us wrong—we love, love, love the classic look of a floor-length wedding gown. But after rings have been exchanged and vows have been said, what bride doesn't want a dress that's a little easier to move in? We're big time advocates of a second (and shorter!) reception dress here at Project Wedding, and this sweet little Kirribilla number from Weddington Way is one of our faves right now. Add a few bits of (elegant) bling and finish off with a shiny cobalt shoe for a city chic ballroom celebration.
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Where to Buy: Kirribilla Celeste Little White Dress ($420) • Ban.do Crystal Swirl Brooch Bobbi ($130) • New Look pleated satin box clutch ($22.02) • Lydell NYC stud earrings ($25) • Kate Spade Emison satin peep toe pump ($328)
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!
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no. 3 Marchesa • no. 4 Ines Di Santo
With the cooler weather and changing leaves, fall weddings are the perfect opportunity for the groom and his men to get a little more creative with their wedding day attire. Tweeds! Cardigans! Plaid shirts! Here's 7 fun examples of groomsmen looks we love for autumn.
1. CHECKED SHIRTS
Gingham and khakis are the perfect way compliment a solid suit at a more casual wedding. For a more coordinated look, have the groomsmen match their tie color to the groom's suit. Photo by Taylor Lord
2. TWEED, TWEED, TWEED
Heftier fabrics like courduroy and tweed will keep you warmer for an outdoor ceremony and add texture to photos. We love the way this groom paired his vest and jacket with the palette of reds and cranberries worn by his groomsmen. Perfect for Fall! Photo by Ryan Ray
A darker chambray shirt is the perfect undernote for a navy suit. When expertly pressed and fitted, the look acheives the near impossible: looking dressy without looking stuffy. Photo by Jen Huang
4. V-NECK SWEATERS
V-neck sweaters and collared shirts are a polished casual look—why not bring it into your wedding party? We love the way this group differentiated the best man and groom with suspenders and a cardigan. Photo by Landon Jacob
5. HUNTER GREEN ACCENTS
When we think of Fall colors, we typically think of rustic reds and burnt oranges. But what about the color of pine trees? This wedding party looks totally dapper in their hunter green ties. Photo by Ryan Ray
6. CARDIGANS FOR EVERYONE
From cable knit to shawl collar, we love the way each guy in this wedding party is showing off his personality with a different kind of cardigan. The overall look is cozy and just a touch eclectic—perfect for a modern rustic wedding! Photo by Ryan Ray
7. DARK JEANS
Normally we'd say jeans are an absolute no for any wedding party, but how cool does this group look? We love that they stuck with a darker wash and accessorized with tweed vests. Photo by The Nichols
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Here at Project Wedding, we look at a lot (and I do mean a lot) of real life weddings from brides just like you. And as the resident fashion writer, I've always got my eyes peeled for pretty dresses, jewelry, and, you guessed it, shoes. Just like in everyday life, footwear can make or break a bridal ensemble. Heels can be the quirky reveal of a bride's true personality, or they can be the classic capstone to an already timeless look. Either way, these are the four styles we find brides turn to time and time again.
Will you opt for one of these popular styles or completely buck the trends? Let me know in the comments!
1. Valentino Couture Bow Peep Toes
Photos by Nyk + Cali Photography and Amelia Lyon
These playful platform pumps are equal parts high fashion and flirty. The bow is an extra-feminine touch, and it offsets the fierceness of the 5" (!) heel. Looking for a version you'll feel more comfortable wearing in everyday life? Check out the patent leather style at Nordstrom.
2. Badgley Mischka Randall D'Orsay Pump
Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography and onelove Photography
The layered fabric flower on this classic pump is super romantic no matter which color you go for. Choose between eleven shades over on Amazon.
3. Jimmy Choo Crown Pump
Photos by Ben Q. Photography and Abby Jiu
We bet this heel stays popular because of its simple yet glam design. The subtly textured champagne fabric will shimmer on your wedding day and beyond—how great would these be for a New Year's Eve party? Get them at Jimmy Choo.
4. Badgley Mischka Salsa Pump
Photos by lunaphoto and Nadia D. Photography
Ivory elegance with a tasteful brooch detail—does it get any more classic than this? We see the Badgley Mischka Salsa pump more often than any other heel, and I'm hard-pressed to think of a wedding gown it won't pair beautifully with.
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The new collections continued to take risks and generally wow us on Day 3 of Bridal Fashion Week. From the on-fashion accessories at Watters to Claire Pettibone's gorgeous florals, white wasn't the only shade we were seeing on the runway! Be sure to follow to me (I'm SarahFashionEditor) to have the new collections appear in your PW feed as we put them up, and, in the meantime, here's a quick Insta recap of some of our fave colorful accents from the runway:
1. Claire Pettibone's Gorgeous Florals
Inspired by 17th century still life paintings, Claire's always-anticipated collection featured plenty of her signature colored laces. This black embroidered train extended from a silver gray gown, and was one of our faves. You can see the full dress here.
VIEW THE FULL FALL 2104 CLAIRE PETTIBONE COLLECTION
2. A Playful Topper from D.I.D. by Watters
The Watters runway was full of fun additions to their beautiful bridal looks -- and they also debuted a new collection called D.I.D, which are the intitials of three friends (and co-designers) Dani, Izzie, and Dylan. Part hair flower, part birdcage veil, this blush headpiece was one of our fave moments from the collection.
3. Champagne Ruffles from D.I.D.
This dark tauple down moved absolutely beautifully down the runway -- and the whole audience cooed accordingly.
4. Silver Matte Sequins by Carol Hannah
Our visit to this Project Runway alum's studio was absolutely inspiring. Showing for the first time in a year and half, her gowns were largely inspired by Rorschach ink blots, as both wedding dresses as these famous pyschology tests are supposed to reveal a person's true personality. The bodice on this matte silver sequin gown was outta control -- embellishment was hand-sewn over the exposed boning!
5. Red Lips at Amsale
Amsale's off-set her classic collection with the most classic makeup look -- bright red lipstick. We could look at this shot in 30 years and it would still be elegant.
6. Draped in Darkness from Amsale
Amsale stuck with dark shades of purple and plum for her Fall 2014 bridesmaid dresses. Cut close to the body in slinky fabric, they're perfect for a glam winter wedding.
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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!
Related: Emmy Awards Bridesmaid Dress Look-alikes
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
Don't worry—they're still super cute!
1. Mod Stripes
Photo by Kate Osborne Photography
Chic stripes that really can be worn again—how awesome is this look for a modern winter wedding?
2. High-Low Citrine
Photo by Joie La La
These flowy yellow dresses were definitely a fashion risk . . . that completely paid off! Love the way they look blowing in the breeze.
3. Chambray Polka Dots
Photo by onelove photography
Casual chambray shirt dresses for a casual rustic wedding—this is laid-back wedding style at it's most fun.
4. Vintage Delicacies
Photo by Our Labor of Love
Long sheer dresses that almost look light nightgowns—we're envisioning these in a very Kate Moss-ian English Garden Wedding.
5. Ralph Lauren Rustic
Photo by onelove photography
Suede fringe skirts, distressed leather boots, big belts, white shirts—this is heritage Americana at its most authentic, people.
6. Pin-Up Glam
Photo by onelove photography
Betty Paige style get-ups, complete with seamed stockings and demure gloves.
7. Preppy Ribbons
Photo by Ruth Eileen
A spunky, sweet look for a cheerful southern wedding.
8. Studded Sleeves (and Collars!)
Photo by Jemma Keech
Punky detailing + demure peter pan collar = a glam meets punk meets classic bridesmaid look we won't soon forget.
9. Graphic Black and White
Photo courtesy of Jen Rios Design
Stripes, prints, patterns, and solids—when considered in the same color palette, this seemingly random sampling suddenly seems perfectly styled.
10. An Actual Random Sampling
Photo by Ruth Eileen
We've seen mix and match bridesmaid dresses in the same color family before, but this group is genuinely all over the map. Why does it work so well? Because all of the hues are of similar vibrancy (and those gorgeous smiles don't hurt).
Photo by Matt Edge Photography
Neutral bridesmaids dresses are gaining steam this year, but a bridal party in all white is still a break with tradition. We love that this group went even further by opting for sleek, architectural silhouettes.
12. Floral Maxis
Photo by Ryan Ray
Bold patten in a floor-length silhouette. Bravo, ladies—this is such a fun look for a more formal beach wedding.
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By: Sarah Zlotnick
Glam South Beach wedding coming up? Nothing flatters quite like flirty, ruffly fuchsia on sun-kissed skin. Take a tip from local ladies and keep jewelry to a minimum—a few sparkly gold pieces (and sexy, strappy heels to match) are all you need to keep the focus on the dress. Well, that and a pop of bright pink lipstick.
Credits: Rachel Rachel Roy pave hoop earrings ($42) • Marchesa Notte Faille cocktail dress ($695) • YSL Lipstick ($34) • Gorjana Pristine bar necklace ($100) • BCBG Senna sandal ($225) • Matthew Williamson clutch ($1450)