Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2014 showed off another season of stunning aisle-worthy confections, all thanks to Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier . . . and the list goes on. With each runway presentation came another "here comes the bride" moment, of which inspired countless oohs and aahs in response. From traditionally modest cuts adorned with vintage lace veils to princess-like ball skirts with corsage-embellished bodices to skin-revealing back details on even slinkier floor-length silhouettes, to tulle-infused fishtail hems and decadent embroidery, every bride will find The One in this lineup. Click on to see the latest wedding-dress fare — with Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, THEIA, and Temperley Bridal also inside — right this way.
Brides looking for fresh-faced, classic makeup can end their search at Oscar de la Renta. Working with Mikey Castillo, makeup director for Le Métier de Beauté, the iconic designer wanted to create a woman in the vein of Grace Kelly — someone in "the bloom of her beauty," as Castillo put it. Satin eye shadows and barely there eyeliner created a graceful look that any bride can pull off on her own.
The look: Satin-finish eye shadows, rose champagne eyeliner, subtle pink hues.
The inspiration: A woman feeling most beautiful on her wedding day.
Key tips: Work your eyeliner tightly into the eyelash bed so you don't see a black line over the eyelid. This will keep your liner in place all day.
At the Monique Lhuillier bridal show for Spring 2014, models were transformed into a modern version of Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly. The hair by Kérastase was an elegant updo that could be converted into three different styles between the altar and reception. Makeup by MAC was simple, yet the matte finish will stay put through the last dance.
The look: Matte makeup and a simple rolled chignon
The inspiration: A modern mix of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly
Overheard backstage: While most brides ask for a dewy finish, a matte complexion looks better in photographs.
Marchesa, Vera Wang, and More — Over 100 of the Most Stunning Wedding Gowns From Bridal Fashion Week
You don't need a ring on your finger to appreciate the plethora of gorgeous gowns spotted at this season's Bridal Fashion Week. But if you do happen to be heading down the aisle, what better time to scope out the best and most beautiful gowns straight from the runway? For Spring 2013, both Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Romona Keveza sent models out in crimson-hued dresses (making us wonder, "Is red the new white?"), Monique Lhuillier designed princess-worthy gowns in tufts of Chantilly lace and beautifully constructed tulle trains, and Angel Sanchez channeled a mermaid-meets-futuristic vibe with edgier silhouettes and a frosty palette. And that's just the beginning — we've got Machesa, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, and more inside. Just click the slideshow to see all the extraordinary wedding dresses now.
For 2013, Oscar de la Renta proved lace and tulle are just as, well, bridal as ever. The show opened with a pleated silk velvet column gown, reminiscent of Kate Moss's gypsy-inspired dress, and continued with a stream of gowns, complete with all the bridal trimmings — and then some (think blue tulle, fur stoles, and feather cameos!). The standouts for us were the gorgeous cathedral veils and the flower girls who preceded every model. Watch the entire show to get inspiration for your big day!
You don't have to be engaged to appreciate the beautiful gowns seen at this season's Bridal Fashion Week, but if you are, there's no time like the present to start looking for that magical dress. For Fall 2012, we spotted a number of gorgeous wedding dresses to fawn over ranging from beautifully embroidered mermaid silhouettes from Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta to short and chic renditions from Carolina Herrera. For the experimental bride, we spotted some gorgeous black and patina-tinted gowns from Vera Wang for you to consider. Just click the slideshow to see more extraordinary wedding dresses from Bridal Fashion Week now.
This week we ogled the hot international stars at Cannes (and looked back at the film festival's history), celebrated the wisdom of our mamas on Mother's Day, learned about love from birthday boy Robert Pattinson, and eyed avant-garde gowns at Barcelona Bridal Week. See what you may have missed these past seven days in our week in pictures slideshow.
If you're shopping for a wedding dress and don't want to pick through last season's leftovers at a sample sale, fight the crowds during a trunk show, or can't make it into a high-end bridal salon and play with computers while you shop, you can still be on top of the bridal game by checking out the latest styles as they come down the runway (without ever leaving your couch). The Knot is giving you a front row seat during bridal fashion week (yes, there is such a thing), with live streaming action from three major bridal designers: Carolina Herrera, Priscilla of Boston, and Oscar de la Renta.
I don't foresee myself walking down the aisle anytime soon, but that won't stop me from peeping at the latest bridal fashions from Jenny Packham, Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, and Temperley London. For Fall '10, the designers supplied us with an abundance of fabulous, frothy layers of tulles, taffeta, lace, and ruffles. However, what really caught my eye were a surprising selection of fancy short frocks and even black dresses – who dares? Check out the bountiful best from Fall '10 Bridal Fashion Week!