Bridal Fashion Week Is Almost Here! Look Back at Last Season’s Most Stunning Gowns

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Oct 062015
 
Oscar De La Renta Spring 2016 wedding gowns

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It's that time of year again! Bridal fashion week is nearly here, and with the anticipation of fresh new bridal styles walking the runway eating away at us, we thought it'd be worthwhile to take a look back at some of our favorites from last season's presentations. To help get you pumped for the upcoming flood of brand-new Fall 2016 wedding dress collections, we're reminiscing over some of the most beloved styles from the Spring 2016 runways.

Oscar de la Renta
Peter Copping's first collection at the helm of Oscar de la Renta was a knockout, and this lace sheath epitomizes his triumphant premiere. The form-fitting silhouette and sheer skirt create an edgy air that hasn't really been seen in this design powerhouse's repertoire before, while the bows and delicate lace still ground it in sweet territory.

Mira Zwillinger Spring 2016 wedding dresses

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Mira Zwillinger
If we could highlight all of Mira Zwilligner's Spring 2016 runway show, we would. The Israeli designer masterfully presented a range that was so inherently light it totally swept us off our feet. The airy layers, delicate embroidery, and modern silhouettes made our hearts skip a beat.

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Rivini by Rita Spring 2016 wedding dresses

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Rivini by Rita Vinieris
Forgoing glamour for romance, we love the slight peekaboo of the leg in this Spring 2016 Rivini style. The collection, as many did last season, truly played with layers and visibility. The floral adornments ground the modern style in the bridal realm.

Yolan Cris Spring 2016 wedding dresses

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YolanCris
Technically shown in Barcelona, Spanish design house YolanCris knocked it out of the park with their Spring 2016 bridal collection. This tea-length style really sums up the collection well: 3D embellishments, playfully sheer layers, and dainty details. In fact, we loved this dress so much we featured it on our latest issue's cover!

May 242015
 

We can never say enough about Oscar de la Renta — especially when it comes to the iconic design house's latest collection of gorgeous bridal gowns. Spring 2016 was an extra special season, too, because it was the first that new Creative Director Peter Copping designed. The result, unsurprisingly was a sophisticated line featuring darling details, expert craftsmanship, and to our delight, a few freshly modern moments.

Now, thanks to our runway video, you can get front-row access to one of this season's most anticipated bridal runway shows. From the stunning lace to the layered tulle and structural minis, you'll be able to get and up-close-and-personal look at all of the gorgeous details.

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Like many other bridal designers this season, lace had as major of a moment as ever, but this time, Copping turned tradition on its head with a few sheer elements like our favorite number from the collection, a slim-fit lace sheath with sheer skirt and another long-sleeve sheath with three-dimensional lace appliqués.

Shape also appeared to be extremely important with pointed strapless V-necks contrasting a voluminous mini skirt on one gown, and a ruffled tulle overskirt adding airy texture to another.

The romance, too, was at an all time high with painted floral hems, miniature bloom adornments, and as we mentioned above, floral lace appliqés.

This is one collection you won't want to miss! Be sure to watch the video above to catch all of the most beautiful moments in lifelike detail.

May 162015
 

Rivini's Spring 2016 runway show was full of fun little surprises — the skirts flaunted a sheerness that was so playful and light, while the shapes were fluid with wavy tiers. Now, with our behind-the-scenes runway video, you can learn more about the inspiration behind Rita Vinieris's latest collection and get a better look at the gorgeous gowns.

"The collection is all about light and delicateness," Rita Vinieris said of her latest body of work. "I played with a lot of diffused fabrications, sort of layering them so you could see the human form underneath."

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That was pretty apparent throughout the airy range of sheer and not-so-sheer creations.
"It's about seeing and not seeing, a little bit of sensuality," she added. "It's about creating depth throughout the layers, and playing with flowers and a little bit of scrolls."

And while the collection definitely had its own unique flair, the overall aesthetic was pretty consistent with Rivini's fashion-forward point of view. "The Rivini bride is a woman who wants a little bit of fashion with her wedding dress, she's not looking for a conventional wedding dress," Vinieris added. "She's looking for style, a little bit of a haute couture element, she's definitely looking for a dress that extends her personal style."

In our video, too, you can get an up-close look at all of the behind-the-scenes action, from the models getting their dewy makeup looks done to a detail shot of some of the gown's fabrications and embellishments and the hairstyling process.

To see how all of the stunning, modern-meets-romantic looks came to fruition watch out backstage video, above!

May 122015
 
Brides Moda Operandi Wedding Dresses

Photo: Courtesy of Moda Operandi

We recently partnered with luxury trunk-show site Moda Operandi to offer you some of the most stylish dresses straight off of the Spring 2016 runway! Which means from now through Monday, May 26 you can grab one of the gorgeous gowns you saw just debut at this past Bridal Fashion Week. We're talking couture-like creations from the likes of Naeem Khan, J.Mendel, Lela Rose, Honor for Stone Fox Bride and more. Plus, you'll find accessories from designers like Oscar de la Renta, Judith Leiber, and Stuart Weitzman.

To help you browse our boutique with ease, we're showcasing some of our favorite dresses in the shop, by style. Whether you're a romantic at heart, glamour girl or retro bride, we've got something for everyone! Check them out and don't forget to go to Moda Operandi's BRIDES Best of Bridal Fashion Week shop to place an order for the dress of your dreams!

1. The Minimalist
There's no better way to shine on your big-day than in a no-fuss sheath. Calling to mind the iconic gown of Carolyn Bessette, this Delphine Manivet slip dress will definitely take a backseat to you on your wedding day; The Edouard Dress, $2,160, Delphine Manivet

2. The Romantic
Lace, beads, and a scalloped cap-sleeve — this dress is the epitome of romance! With a flowing sheath skirt and a demure high neck and lace details, this gown will make a statement down the aisle; Beaded Lace Gown, $4,630, Costarellos

3. The Glamour Girl
Whether you're looking for the perfect reception dress or a short shift for your City Hall ceremony that makes everyone's heads turn, this beaded, plunging V-neck number is it; The Costa Rica Dress, $5,995, Naeem Khan

4. The Vintage Bride
Vintage brides will adore this retro two-piece. With its ivory satin make and full A-line skirt, it looks like it could've come straight out of the '60s, while the strapless crop top is right on trend; The Malo Bustier, $870, The Yves Jupe Midi Skirt, $1,670, Delphine Manivet

5. The Showstopper
This J.Mendel dress's positives are twofold: It offers an eye-catching (and super on-trend) deep, deep V-neck, all the white boasts a soft blush hue and a free-flowing pleated A-line silhouette. Romantic brides who want a major red carpet moment would do well to wear this gorgeous gown; The Kaia Gown, $8,500, J. Mendel

May 092015
 

Amsale has always had a knack for creating seamlessly slim-fit shapes. Her designs are fluid, and manage to make what may look like something super minimalist pop with its clear-cut intricate tailoring and impeccable execution. This season, though, Amsale Abbera played with some more glamorous details: Gold beads formed a sunburst-like arrangement on the sheer tulle exterior of one sheath, while little sequin-dotted bits of organza create a the illusion of feathers on another. Still, though, Amsale was very, well, Amsale-like at its core, showing body-conscious shapes, a lot amount of well thought-out detail and the sheerest of illusion necklines. And now, you can watch how the entire Amsale Spring 2016 runway came together!

Starting backstage, watch the girls get glam for the runway — from getting buttons into their dresses to poked and prodded to ensure the design looks its best, our exclusive behind-the-scenes runway video really gives you an insiders glimpse at the entire runway process. While backstage, we stole a moment with Amsale herself to hear more about the collection.

"I love weddings, I love brides, to me it's just a beautiful thing to design," she said of her passion. "The Amsale bride is very sophisticated. Someone who really understands classic but also really understands what modern is."

After getting a sneak peek backstage, take a good look at how the dresses move on the runway. With each look walking, you'll get a front-row access to these stunning bridal designs!

See more from backstage at Amsale's Spring 2016 bridal runway show with our video, above!

May 062015
 
Moda Operandi Bridal Shop Launch

Photo: Courtesy of Moda Operandi, Peter Goldman

Did you fall in love with a wedding dress you spotted at Bridal Fashion Week? Well, you're in luck! Moda Operandi, the e-commerce site that allows you to pre-order designer looks straight off of the runway, just launched a Spring 2016 bridal shop! And our Editor in Chief Keija Minor curated a few of her favorite looks for an exclusive trunk show for brides-to-be looking for an effortlessly chic wedding-day look.

Some of the best bridal designers are featured including Naeem Khan, Honor for Stone Fox Bride, J.Mendel, and Lela Rose. Not to mention the always gorgeous Delphine Manivet, Costarellos, and Luisa Beccaria. Plus, there are amazing bridal shoes, clutches and jewelry courtesy of Oscar de la Renta, Judith Leiber, Stuart Weitzman and more.

Here, a sneak peek of the standout styles you'll find on Moda Operandi's BRIDES Best of Bridal Fashion Week shop.

Moda Operandi Bridal Shop Launch

Photo: Courtesy of Moda Operandi

1. Traditional brides looking for an of-the-moment edge will adore this sweetheart sheath from J.Mendel. The cutout makes it contemporary while it's sleek form-fitting cut makes it classic; The Adelaide, $4,400, J. Mendel

2. Just the right amount of sparkle, a plunging V-neckline and a flouncy above-the-knee hemline makes this Naeem Khan number the perfect party dress; The Saint Tropez Dress, $6,995, Naeem Khan

3. Costarellos has a knack for making classic bridal details look fresh, and this lace beaded cap sleeve gown is no exception; Beaded Lace Gown, $4,630, Costarellos

4. Who wouldn't want to dance the night away in these stilettos? Whether you're going for an ultra-glam look or want to dress up a more subdued sheath, these will keep your feet happy all night long; Zohar Pump, $890, Oscar de la Renta

5. It doesn't get more glamorous than a baguette crystal-dotted clutch; Baguettes Goddess Clutch, $2,195, Judith Leiber

For more of BRIDES Best of Bridal Fashion Week looks (and Keija's top wedding-day tips), head over to ModaOperandi.com now through Monday, May 25.

May 022015
 

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig never cease to disappoint with their dramatic-meets-intricate-meets-romantic wedding dress designs. This season's presentation — set in the luxe St. Regix — was no different with its figure-hugging silhouettes and ever-so-delicately placed twinkling details. In our up-close-and-personal video of the collection you'll see how every flower bud was sewn into the bodice and watch every scalloped bit of lace attached to a bit of organza.

"Every wedding is magical, and I think that's why we enjoy doing bridal so much because you're just celebrating the most magical moment in your life," Georgina said of why she and Keren love designing bridal so much.

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As for this particular Spring 2016 season, they took to some of the biggest trends (plunging necks and backs, three-dimensional florals, the works), while keeping the collection ultra-sophisticated and elevated at its heart.

"We've gone for a lot of body form silhouettes, low-cut backs, a lot of fishtails, you'll see a lot of three-dimensional florals a lot of florals in general," Keren continued.

Besides looking at the intricately hand-sewn details, you can get an up-close look at the rosy beauty like the just-pinched pink cheeps, soft petal-hued lip and a slicked back side-chignon with a bejeweled barrette. Not to mention, we zoomed in on the ladies's latest venture: Engagement rings! Just press play over and over to check out the sparklers, stunning gowns, and more.

WATCH: Go Backstage at Maggie Sottero’s Fall 2015 Runway Video

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Apr 232015
 

Maggie Sottero is a favorite among brides-to-be because of the design house's classically feminine designs. Not to mention, they aren't afraid to use a bit of bling. We can always rely on the popular line to produce something romantic with a touch of what's on-trend to make these wedding dresses feel just as timeless as they feel of-the-moment — the designer's Fall 2015 collection was no different. From the lace mermaids to the alluring illusion backs and, of course, a good dose of sparkle, these gowns offered up just as much romance as they did glamour.

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We went backstage at the bridal powerhouse's most recent runway show to get an up-close look at not only the shimmering dresses but to also see how the gorgeous beauty look came together. Whether it's watching the hairstylist craft the perfectly undone updo or witnessing the makeup artists give the models that wedding-day glow, watch all of the pretty details unfold in our exclusive runway video.

Not to mention, you'll get to see these how these dresses move. There's something so much more exciting about seeing the heavy-does of crystal shimmer in the spotlight as the models walk than looking at them in a photograph.

Want more from Maggie Sottero's latest bridal line? Get front-row access to all of the gorgeousness in the video above!

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

Apr 222015
 
Bridal Hair Style Braids

From left to right: Courtesy of John Perez, Davines North America, and Claire Pettibone

If you're wondering whether the braid trend will be dying down anytime soon, the answer would be no. This season, Bridal Fashion Week showed us it's only gaining momentum. Here, three gorgeous ways to wear braids on your wedding day — no matter what your aesthetic.

1. Rope-braided chignons
Reminiscent of a "flower in bloom," this demure chignon is perfect for modern, classic brides, says hairstylist Joseph DiMaggio, who created the look. (Because it's swept back, it also provides the perfect canvas to display a statement headpiece, like the seashell crowns at Naeem Khan's show.) To get the style, apply volumizing mousse from roots to ends. Separate hair into two sections — one front, one back — extending from ear to ear. Use a blow dryer and a large round brush to gently pull hair up and away from the face. (This will create subtle volume at the crown.) When it's dry, sweep your hair into a ponytail a few inches above the nape of your neck. Separate the ponytail into two smaller sections, tightly twist each portion, and secure with small elastics. Twist both sections together to create a single twist, and you have a rope braid! Shape it into a chignon and fasten with bobby pins.

See more: 10 Beauty Tips We Learned Backstage at Bridal Fashion Week

2. Embellished braids
Because Reem Acra's gowns featured intricate beadwork, she decided to forgo jewelry and used the hair as accessories instead, says DiMaggio. To get the look, spray a volumizing mist at the roots, then brush volumizing mousse from roots to tips — it will keep your hair smooth and in place. Blow dry with a large round brush, gently pulling hair up and away from the face. Separate hair into two sections — one in the front, one in the back — going from ear to ear. Secure the back section into a low ponytail with a hair tie. Create a center part with the front section, braid hair, and fasten with an elastic. Next comes the fun part: Use thread the color of your hair to intertwine rhinestones, pearls — or whatever works with your wedding theme! — throughout the length of your braid.

3. Bohemian ponytails
Claire Pettibone's collection was inspired by Little House on the Prairie, so hairstylist Laurent Dufourg created wispy, undone ponytails with braided details to go along with the theme. "We wanted it to look like the models were riding horses in the wind," he says. (For those of you getting married outside, know that this style is one that looks even better when the breeze picks up!) To get the look, start with air-dried hair. Then create two small braids on either side of your head and secure with small clear elastics. Set them aside and pull the rest of your hair into a low ponytail with an elastic, letting it cover your ears. Crisscross the two braids over the elastic and secure with bobby pins. Finish by working texturizing spray throughout the length of the ponytail.

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 +.

WATCH: Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2016 Bridal Runway Show

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Apr 222015
 

If you can rely on Carolina Herrera for one thing, it's to host a super-sophisticated runway show. From the elegant designs to the breathtaking bouquets and pitch-perfect beauty look, there's always something to admire at the designer's presentations season after season. The photos from her latest runway show are great and all, but it's hard not to want to see these classically romantic creations up-close-and-personal. Enter our runway video, which zooms in on each design so that you can give it a full once-over before you continue to gush.

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Whether you want to see the finely cut-out lace or the sheen of a skirt, we're giving you front-row access to one of the most sought-after bridal designer's most recent show. Take the demure off-the-shoulder lace cutout number with a gold lining. You'll see exactly where and how the blooms are made to pop above the gilded interior, while examining the seams of a trumpet skirt on another design.

Not to mention, you'll get a good look at how these masterful creations actually move (you don't want to be stiff as a board on your big day, after all!). Witnessing the feathers float atop one mermaid skirt made our hearts flutter. It's also a great chance to take a good glance at the beauty look, which for this show, featured princess-like rosy cheeks, pink lips, and wide-eyes.

Want to see the the rest of Carolina Herrera's Spring 2016 collection come to life? Watch her entire runway show in our exclusive video, above!

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