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Runway Report Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Apr 222015
 
Spring 2016 3D Floral Trend

From left to right: Angel Sanchez, Oscar de la Renta, Rivini by Rita Vinieris
Photos: Indigitalimages.com

Bridal Fashion Week has officially wrapped, but we're still dreaming about all of the incredible designs we saw walk the runway these past few days. From classic standbys to envelope-pushing trend-setters, our favorite designers pulled out all of the stops to wow us with their latest bridal collections. Here, we're spotlighting the five trends we loved most from the Spring 2016 runways.

3D Florals
We've seen this floral trend slowly emerge over the course of the past few seasons, but during the Spring 2016 bridal runway shows this new-take on a classic embellishment was in full bloom. Whether it was the bevy of blossoms on Angel Sanchez's lace sheath, the modern, laser-cut florals on an Oscar de la Renta mini, or the classic rose-bud appliqués on a Marchesa stunner these eye-popping embellishments add texture and depth to any gown.

Spring 2016 Illusion Bodice Wedding Dress Trend

From left to right: Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Hayley Paige
Photos: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier; Indigitalimages.com

Illusion Bodices
Designers reimagined the illusion neckline trend by using the sheer fabric on bodices and skirts. Hayley Paige topped off an ethereal tulle skirt with a completely nude bodice that boasted floral appliqus. Reem Acra went the sexier route, extending that illusion throughout the entire body and using carefully-placed embellishments to cover up. Monique Lhuillier's use of a nude underlay, on the other hand, was more demure thanks to her heavy embroidery.

Spring 2016 Plunging Neckline Wedding Dress Trend

From left to right: J.Mendel, Reem Acra, Naeem Khan
Photos: Indigitalimages.com

Plunging Necklines
While plunging V-necks were popular last season, this crop of deep necklines were less severe and more soft. Reem Acra outlined hers with romantic scalloping, while Naeem Khan and J. Mendel complemented ultra feminine looks with super-sexy necklines.

Spring 2016 Feather Wedding Dress Trend

From left to right: Carolina Herrera, Jenny Packham, Truly Zac Posen
Photos: Courtesy of Carolina Herrera; Indigitalimages.com

Feathers
A playful detail that became popular among some of our favorite designers this season was feathers. Zac Posen placed them under a peplum for added whimsy, while Jenny Packham dyed them blush and tufted them at a gown's waist. Carolina Herrera, on the other hand, went the more subtle route, gently embroidering them at a mermaid dresses skirt to offset its heavy floral appliqués and beading.

Spring 2016 Sheer Skirt Wedding Dress Trend

From left to right: Oscar de la Renta, Rivini by Rita Vinieris, Mira Zwillinger
Photos: Indigitalimages.com

Sheer Skirts
Whether it's the veiled hint of leg underneath a few layers of light tulle like Rivini's mermaid gown, Oscar de la Renta's sheer lace sheath, or Mira Zwillinger's barely-there tulle A-line skirt, all of these sheer skirts create a sweet sensuality that doesn't at all feel overtly sexy.

Apr 192015
 

We're settled into Bridal Fashion Week now, and yet, we still can't get over how many incredible wedding dresses we've seen! Day 3 brought on even more big-hitters: Oscar de la Renta's new creative director Peter Copping showed his first-ever bridal line (spoiler alert: it's gorgeous), Marchesa presented their Spring 2016 bridal collection in the luxe St. Regis, and Amsale's minimalist aesthetic took a glamorous turn. Here, our favorite looks from yesterday's runway shows.

Oscar de la Renta
As we mentioned above, Peter Copping debuted his first bridal collection at the helm of Oscar de la Renta yesterday and it was nothing short of gorgeous. Two looks, in particular, struck a chord with us: a glistening architectural number with a square neckline and sheer layers that Sienna Miller actually wore to the Oscars (in black, though), and a deliate lace sheath that incorporated all we love from Oscar de la Renta but also featured a sheer skirt for a nice modern finish.

Marchesa
If Marchesa does one thing well it's feminine details and insane silhouettes. This look was no exception with its plunging neckline and quietly ethereal tulle skirt. The off-the-shoulder neckline works to make the whole thing look demure, curve-hugging silhouette adds a sensual air to the gown. The floral embroidery works to make it extra feminine, too.

Amsale
The minimalist master played with gold last season and it came back in a big way at yesterday's runway show. We love this look because it's glamorous and sexy and just plain eye-catching. You can tell, too, that underneath the gold-specked illusion exterior there's a masterfully crafted and understated lining.

Bridal Fashion Week is here! For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

Apr 182015
 
Monique Lhuillier Naeem Khan Spring 2016 Wedding Dresses

Photos: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier; Indigitalimages.com

Day two of Bridal Fashion Week was a whirlwind day — with the runway shows in full force, we were inundated with beautiful gowns. From the masterful floral embroidery at Reem Acra and the shimmering details at Naeem Khan to the insanely romantic Alice and Wonderland-inspired looks at Monique Lhuillier, this was a day we'll always remember. Here, our favorite looks from yesterday's Bridal Fashion Week runway shows.

Monique Lhuillier
Sure, these gowns had the Monique Lhuillier stamp: Insanely feminine silhouettes and flowery details that any bride will love, but this season she went for lower-cut necklines and even tried some cutouts. It's nearly impossible to choose a favorite, but this tiered ball gown with delicate shimmering embellishments looks like it was conjured up from a magic spell.

Naeem Khan
The bridal designer always takes something contemporary — like the ever-popular illusion necklines — and turns it on its head with some sort of one-of-a-kind detail. His "Palm Springs" gown was no exception, with its on-trend deep V-neck and beaded exterior. Notice how the beads are scalloped and the florals are just a tad more geometric than the rest of the pack? That's how you make something you've seen a million times over stand out.

Mira Zwillinger
We've long been fans of Mira Zwillinger's excquisite execution of detail, but this season she really knocked it out of the park with her perfectly tailored silhouettes and insanely gorgeous bead and appliqué-work. So much so, that it's pretty impossible to choose a favorite (we refuse!) so we're offering up two. One offers the illusion of a crop top with full-coverage. It's ethereal and modern and the perfect blend of detail and simplicty. The next is fit for a fairy-princess with its delicate, twinkling exterior.

Reem Acra
Reem's florals were in full force this season with the embroideries we've come to know and love from the bridal runway vet appearing on nearly every look that walked the runway. This first look, though, stole our hearts because of how the bodice comes together with the skirt. It offers an airiness that you wouldn't necessarily get from other illusion looks out there, while mixing together with a classic lace skirt.

Rivini by Rita Vinieris
Rivini's collection this season took a more delicate turn with some sheer insets and three-dimensional florals. This gown, in partiular, is so fluid with its sheer mermaid skirt, and sleeves. The keyhole slit adds some sultry flavor while the florals make it sweet — it's the perfect balance between ethereal and sexy.

Bridal Fashion Week is here! For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

Apr 172015
 

Bridal Fashion Week is in full swing, which means we'll be sharing the most inspiring looks from the bridal runways daily. From Theia's whimsical, fairy tale-inspired gowns to Angel Sanchez's tried-and-true floral embellishments, there's already so much to admire from day one of Bridal Fashion Week. Here, our favorite looks from yesterday's presentations.

Theia
It's hard not to love something so inherently ethereal. Culling inspiration from Victorian-era illustrations, Theia masterfully mixed whimsical prints and fabrics to bring these fairy tales to life. What makes this crop top and A-line skirt combo so fantastic is how the silk-print on the skirt is complemented by the Chantilly lace up top. Plus, it takes something that's usually done in a modern way and adds a whole lot of romance to it.

Angel Sanchez
If there's one thing we can rely on Angel Sanchez for, its delivering some seriously jaw-dropping floral appliqués. This sheath is no different, with layers of florals on top of an illusion neckline and long sleeves to give this gown some major depth.

J. Mendel
J. Mendel is a celebrity favorite and for good reason: He knows how to dress a woman's body. This silky V-neck is no exception, with it's ruching at the waist and sexy plunging neckline. Glamour girls will lap up this screen siren-inspired creation in all of its flattering, red carpet-worthy glory.

Lela Rose
Never one to skip on the romantic details, this Lela Rose gown struck a chord with us for its ultra glam feather skirt and sultry bustier. Plus, who doesn't love a sheer illusion one-shoulder. It's just the right amount of sassy and sweet.

Bridal Fashion Week is here! For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

Front Row at Bridal Fashion Week: The Best Looks from Day Four

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Oct 132014
 
Runway Report, Best Looks Day 4

Photo: George Chinsee; John Aquino (2); George Chinsee

Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City! Designers like Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera, Amsale, and more will debut their latest wedding dress collections, and Brides Fashion Director Rachel Leonard will be in the front row for every single show. As part of an ongoing fashion week series, Rachel will spotlight her favorite looks from the day to give our readers insider access to the wedding world's most gorgeous gowns. Inbal Dror, Ivy & Aster, Jenny Lee, and Austin Scarlett were some of the standout shows from day four. Here are Rachel's favorite looks from each collection.

Inbal Dror: Filled sexy yet classic looks, it's no surprise why this was one of the best shows of the day. With off-the-shoulder sleeves and a delicate fringed skirt, this strapless beaded wedding dress is perfect for a glam Gatsby-inspired affair.

Ivy & Aster: The latest collection Ivy & Aster featured boho-cool styles fit for the modern day bride like this pretty, lace-and-tulle A-line wedding dress.

Jenny Lee: While they may seem like contradictory styles, Jenny Lee expertly blended structured corset tops with soft, flowing skirts. The result? Light and airy wedding dress with a ton of style.

Austin Scarlett: Inspired by Gone with the Wind, the latest wedding dresses from Austin Scarlett brought the drama. Flattering silhouettes, expertly-layered details, and just a few perfectly-embellished dresses were shown. This ball gown, complete with a V-neckline and asymmetrical layered skirt, offers elegance and formality all in one.

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

Front Row at Bridal Fashion Week: The Best Looks from Day Three

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Oct 122014
 
Bridal Fashion Week Fall 2015 Day 3

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone; Rodin Banica; John Aquino

Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City! Designers like Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera, Amsale, and more will debut their latest wedding dress collections, and Brides Fashion Director Rachel Leonard will be in the front row for every single show. As part of an ongoing fashion week series, Rachel will spotlight her favorite looks from the day to give our readers insider access to the wedding world's most gorgeous gowns. Watters, Eve of Milady, Alon Livne, and Samuelle Couture were some of the standout shows from day three. Here are Rachel's favorite looks from each collection.

Watters (far left): In a collection filled with plunging necklines and cool, '70's beach-inspired looks, it was hard to pick only one favorite. But this simple, light and airy strapless A-line wedding dress from Watters is just what we'd want for our seaside nuptials.

Eve of Milady (left, center): The latest collection from Eve of Milady was filled with tons of gorgeous beaded details, feminine silhouettes, and elegant lace creations. We loved this sleek trumpet style, complete with a classic sweetheart neckline and just the right amount of bling.

Alon Livne (right, center): Sexy beaded numbers ruled the emeriging Israeli designer's collection. With a deep v-neckline, glamorous high slit, and perfectly-placed beaded details, this wedding dress would look amazing down the aisle, as well as the red carpet.

Samuelle Couture (far right): This head-to-toe lace wedding dress may seem conservative at first glance — it boasts a high neckline and three-quarter length sleeves — but it's the perfect balance of sexy and demure with plenty of illusion details on the bodice and skirt.

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

Oct 112014
 
Fall 2015 Bridal Fashion Week Day 2 Best Looks

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone; John Aquino; George Chinsee; John Aquino

Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City! Designers like Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera, Amsale, and more will debut their latest wedding dress collections, and Brides Fashion Director Rachel Leonard will be in the front row for every single show. As part of an ongoing fashion week series, Rachel will spotlight her favorite looks from the day to give our readers insider access to the wedding world's most gorgeous gowns. Reem Acra, Claire Pettibone, Monique Lhuillier, and Naeem Khan were some of the standout shows from day two. Here are Rachel's favorite looks from each collection.

Reem Acra (far left): The latest collection from Reem Acra, called "Let There Be Light," focused on highlighting popular bridal trends, like crop tops (seen here), pops of color, and metallic details. This stunning silhouette feels so modern, but still inherently bridal thanks to the touches of lace.

Claire Pettibone (left, center): Gorgeous embroidered lace and boho-styles ruled on Claire Pettibone's bridal runway. We love this sky blue gown, complete with sheer long sleeves, and the perfect addition of metallic details.

Monique Lhuillier (right, center): As always, Monique Lhuillier's newest collection put a huge emphasis on soft, romantic styles. But this two-piece wedding dress is fit for the bride-to-be that loves a little bit of edge mixed into her classic aesthetic.

Naeem Khan (far right): Although Naeem Khan is known for show-stopping wedding dresses, the popular bridal designer also has a way with less conventional styles. Case in point: this ultra-chic two-piece lace ensemble. The sleeveless top and tailored trouser are perfect for the modern bride on her wedding day or at her bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception.

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

Oct 112014
 
Fall 2015 Bridal Fashion Week Day 2 Best Looks

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone; John Aquino; George Chinsee; John Aquino

Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City! Designers like Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera, Amsale, and more will debut their latest wedding dress collections, and Brides Fashion Director Rachel Leonard will be in the front row for every single show. As part of an ongoing fashion week series, Rachel will spotlight her favorite looks from the day to give our readers insider access to the wedding world's most gorgeous gowns. Reem Acra, Claire Pettibone, Monique Lhuillier, and Naeem Khan were some of the standout shows from day two. Here are Rachel's favorite looks from each collection.

Reem Acra (far left): The latest collection from Reem Acra, called "Let There Be Light," focused on highlighting popular bridal trends, like crop tops (seen here), pops of color, and metallic details. This stunning silhouette feels so modern, but still inherently bridal thanks to the touches of lace.

Claire Pettibone (left, center): Gorgeous embroidered lace and boho-styles ruled on Claire Pettibone's bridal runway. We love this sky blue gown, complete with sheer long sleeves, and the perfect addition of metallic details.

Monique Lhuillier (right, center): As always, Monique Lhuillier's newest collection put a huge emphasis on soft, romantic styles. But this two-piece wedding dress is fit for the bride-to-be that loves a little bit of edge mixed into her classic aesthetic.

Naeem Khan (far right): Although Naeem Khan is known for show-stopping wedding dresses, the popular bridal designer also has a way with less conventional styles. Case in point: this ultra-chic two-piece lace ensemble. The sleeveless top and tailored trouser are perfect for the modern bride on her wedding day or at her bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception.

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

Oct 102014
 
Angel Sanchez and Theia Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

Photo: John Aquino; Thomas Iannaccone

Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City! Designers like Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera, Amsale, and more will debut their latest wedding dress collections, and Brides Fashion Director Rachel Leonard will be in the front row for every single show. As part of an ongoing fashion week series, Rachel will spotlight her favorite looks from the day to give our readers insider access to the wedding world's most gorgeous gowns. Angel Sanchez, Houghton, Delphine Manivet, and Theia were some of the standout shows on day one. Here are Rachel's favorite looks from each collection.

Angel Sanchez (Above, left): This gorgeous ball gown wedding dress stood out not only for its illusion lace details, but for the unique take on the twisted bodice. Like the rest of Sanchez's collection, this look demonstrates how to turn a classic style into something entirely fresh and contemporary.

Theia (Above, right): With Mongolian-inspired styles, Theia's latest collection is the epitome of winter chic. Filled with cable knits, cashmere, and cozy separates, this collection is ripe for cold-weather nuptials.

Delphine Manivet and Houghton Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

Photos: John Aquino

Delphine Manivet (Above, left): The entire '70-chic collection is filled with plenty of capes, boho-inspired styles, and simple yet gorgeous looks for the boho bride including this delicate sheath topped off with a statement hat.

Houghton (Above, right): Like Delphine Manivet, Houghton brought us back to the '70s with cool-girl bridal looks. Case in point: This fluttering pink sheath, paired with a motorcycle jacket.

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

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