Christian Siriano and the Craft of Complexity

by Samantha Mitten

Christian Siriano is slowly expanding his bridal line after jumping in head first last season to craft his first bridal line. But don't let that fool you as he knows exactly what he is doing. From frothy tulle skirts and textured embroidered bodices, the collection is full of consumer favorites. While it is not what you would call a revolutionary collection, it still has the soul and the essence of a Siriano piece. And as his bridal collections slowly take shape it is worth noting that his ability to fuse commercial need with artistic expression has reached a new level and that bodes well for all the to be brides. 

Bottling Bohemia with Temperley London

by Olivia Moreau 

The Temperley London has always been a child of the hippie-chic' movement. The charm of Alica Temperley's previous collections has always been rooted in that flower-child, bohemian aesthetics. And people love it. So it would be imprudent to change everything that is good about Temperley London, and Alice knows that. This bridal collection is a collection with a bit more variations of that much sought after look, that has made Alice Temperley the favorite flower child of London. The '50s a cap-sleeved gown with a full duchesse satin skirt was probably the standout of the collection but each piece exuded a sense of whimsy, a sense of playfulness with the urgency of nostalgia and longing. And we loved it. 

The Levity of Diversity with Naeem Khan

by Katerina Hayes-Long

The modern, outré bride cannot be boxed into a singular aesthetics. No one knows that more than Naeem Khan and this is the reason he is so popular among his customer base. This Spring bridal collection is exactly what his customers want with a diversity of silhouettes there's everything for everybody. While this collection may not reinvent the wheels it has the ingredients to appease a lot of people. From embellished bodice and ostrich-feather skirt to a beaded jumpsuit the movement and the flow the collection is firmly rooted in diversity and uniqueness of each bride and for that, an NK bride would thank Naeem for it. 

Elie Saab and the Poetry of Elegance

by Lotus Ladegaard

Elie Saab entered the fashion world as a bridal designer in the early 80s and made a name for himself creating beautiful bridal wear with lace, silks and detailed embroidery. The Lebanese designer was the first non-Italian designer to be a member of the Italian Camera Nazionale della Moda. Over the years, his unique style of fusing western and eastern culture has gained him a strong following from royalty to divas to fashionistas alike around the globe. Elie Saab’s spring 2017 bridal collection ranges from beautiful gowns to carefully designed jewelry and accessories. From beautiful off-the-shoulder ballgowns to a-lines, Elie Saab delivers classic elegance mixed with romantic femininity. The a-line with lace top and a full- length robe along with the embroidered and beaded moderate ballgown are my favorite styles. Overall, the collection is every bit beautiful and exquisite, however, it is also somewhat expected. Granted most bridal designers do not aim to be fashion forward, nevertheless, it still feels like many of his other bridal collections. Luckily for the fashion forward, Elie Saab also has an eye for accessories. His eye for detailed embroidery and beading, lace and beautiful fabrics has also been put into creating accompanying jewelry and accessories, just to put the icing on the cake. The most successful pieces are the accessories. Swirled simple and elegant jewelry which will let the embroidery and beading on the gowns shine, beautifully embellished veils and fur shawls are all little details that will complete the look. Elie Saab has a huge following around the globe and for a good reason. His 2017 spring bridal collection will undoubtedly do well with his fans and many brides will be seen wearing his creations, this year. 


Spring in Bloom with Reem Acra's Bridal Collection

by the Editorial Staff

Reem Acra kicked off the Bridal Spring at Tiffany & Co in New York. It was a celebration of Reem Acra's partnership with the iconic wedding brand. Starting the show with 12 black gowns and ten introducing the white collection was a stroke of genius as it provided a binary dissection of Reem's ability to create fantastic arrangments with both colors. While the intricate dress making was on full display the inspiration for the collection was no less intriguing. Reem accompanied by four security guards took sketches of the Tiffany Diamond (which was last worn by Audrey Hepburn) to create a collection of vivid imagery and intricate dressmaking. 


Vera Wang and the Contemporary Bride

by Lotus Ladegaard

Vera Wang hardly needs any further introduction. Upon graduation from Sarah Lawrence in art history, the designer became the youngest editor at Vogue, where she stayed for 17 years until she joined Ralph Lauren. After a couple of years at the fashion brand, she resigned and founded her own bridal line. Since then she has also produced several evening wear lines.

This Vera Wang bridal collection is everything we have come to appreciate about Vera's work. Exquisite feminine tailoring with an eye for details and with a modern twist. With a limited amount of looks, Vera Wang still manages to show good range with flowy and aetherial gowns as well as more tailored and architectural gowns catering to many fashionista brides. With oversized sleeves and draped details, Vera Wang has created a very contemporary bridal collection that will appeal to a wide audience that is looking for something different and special. The lace gowns are absolutely exquisite and have all the bridal feel you would want, while the more tailored and draped dresses would work well down the aisle or on the red carpet. The multi-layered gowns with sleeves are among my favorites. They have an almost fairy like quality and will work well with those seeking something a bit more romantic. The black accessories and details she has created for some of the looks stands out in this collection. Vera Wang has created a beautiful and contemporary bridal collection that will appeal to many fashionistas around the globe.


Revisiting Timelessness with Viktor & Rolf

by Olivia Moreau

Viktor & Rolf introduction to the bridal market came as no surprise to anyone as the design duo is known for their high-minded exquisite pieces.  The second iteration of their perfect wedding gowns is a joy to behold. The avant-garde edges are still there but the simplicity and the foundational aesthetics of a perfect silhouette are not absent on any of these pieces. The flocked sequins provide the softest and addictive touch while filling up the aisles with a sense of grandiosity. The satin bows and pleated tulles are just part of the garnish that is both magnificent yet simplistic. Ultimately it is an homage to timelessness and it is a worthy homage.    


Zuhair Murad for Better or for Best

by Olivia Moreau 

Zuhair Murad is top of his game. There's no denying it. With each collection, he is constructing a tapestry of excellence and this collection is no different. 

The singular focus on intricate dressmaking along with exquisite silhouettes are complemented by white silk, satin and see-through embroidery that would make you want to get married more than once. All humor aside Murad's collection is befitting of a discerning bride who puts class over flash yet never forgoing that extra sense of chic'. Visually these dresses are elaborate and expansive, from a dressmaker's perspective they are as high on couture you can get and from a consumer's perspective they are worth every penny. 


Lela Rose and the Petals of Spring

by the Editorial Staff

Lela Rose makes pretty things. They are pretty, functional and ultimately a slice of sunshine as they should be specially for bridal wear. This season is no different. The slim gowns and functional dresses made this collection a breath of fresh air. Rose’s signature flower appliqués were complemented by square-neck A-line dress garnished with raw-edged silk and crystal embroidery and to top of, a pantsuit comprised of an off-the-shoulder silk faille top with pearls stitched along the edges and matching trousers. The whole collection came together like a perfect wedding day.