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.
It's that time of year again: wedding season. White wedding gowns are classic, clean, and timelessly elegant, but for Spring 2013, designers including Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, and Romona Keveza showed a bevy of crimson-colored wedding gowns that are sure to impress when you walk down the aisle. Whether you're looking to take a fashion risk on your big day or can't resist a bright bold hue, try out one of these ruby-red gowns on your wedding day. On Allison McNamara: Simone jacket.
>> After last season's all-black collection, Vera Wang is doing monochrome again — but this time, it's all about the red. Or, as the collection's title, "Mei Meng" — Chinese for "beautiful dreams" — suggests, perhaps it's all about the Chinese market. The brand plans on entering Asia this year, and bridal is the first push. "Vera is most known for her bridal," president Mario Grauso explained to WWD recently. "So we feel it is safest and easiest for us to lead with bridal." With red the traditional wedding color in China — it symbolizes prosperity, love, and joy — it makes sense then that these 15 Spring 2013 bridal dresses would come in so many shades of the hue. Brides-to-be in North America, however, do not fear; Wang will offer each gorgeous gown in ivory shades as well.
Inspired by the traditional Chinese wedding color palette and the celebration of love, Vera Wang has designed yet another stunning collection of ethereal bridal gowns — all dripping in the boldest, most luxurious red hues. There's a reason why Vera's name is synonymous with "fairy-tale wedding," and you can see it in every intricately folded gauzy ruffle, sheer décolletage overlay, innovative corset silhouette, and frothy rose-tulled skirt detail. And while you can opt to have any of these designs made in the more standard ivory color, we love that Vera has once again gone off the beaten wedding couture path without ever forsaking her signature brand of immaculate tailoring and feminine sensibility. Of course, that's not to say there isn't something in her Spring 2013 collection for everyone . . . because there is. For the classic bride, look to her sweetheart-shaped strapless gowns; for the modernist, try a deeper two-toned plum-red V-cut gown; and for the daring set, check out this cutout corset, backless number. Ready to jump right into this gorgeous lineup? Click through now to see the complete Vera Wang Spring '13 bridal collection and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments!
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Viola Davis has us seeing green at the Oscars. Her formfitting Vera Wang gown floats out at the bottom in chiffon pleats, and the bodice has elegant beading along the top. She's accessorized with a big diamond cuff, diamond clutch, and emerald earrings for a look that's totally luxe. We love the color she chose for the red carpet, as well as her natural hairstyle. What do you think?
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Gorgeous clothes are only part of the excitement of New York Fashion Week — there are also the creative, cool beauty styles. This year, trends from New York ranged from easy braids at Rachel Zoe to flowing, straight hair at Theyskens' Theory, to giant bouffants at Carolina Herrera. Here are some of the shows that pulled off the trends that everyone will be watching this Fall.
>> Vera Wang's Fall 2012 collection was an ode to gray and an exercise in contrast. Whisper-weight sheers — Wang's fabric of choice since last Spring — were a focal point again this season, but this time around they were tempered with architectural pieces in wool and bouclé. There were also bursts of orange to juxtapose murky hues and superlong layers to soften sculptural, boxy shapes.
It was an intriguing assortment, but aside from some really dynamite outerwear, there was little here that could live in the real world. Nevertheless, we all know Wang is capable of making clothing that women adore — she's spent the better part of two decades proving it — so if she wants to flex an experimental muscle once in a while, so be it.
Vera Wang explored the relationship between hard and soft, structure and fluidity in her Fall 2012 collection. Like many of the collections this season, Wang's clothes had a distinct architectural feel via artful prints and super-structured outerwear. On the flip side, dresses were sheer and made of flowy chiffon, a softness that she countered with sparkly tops resembling armor (very pretty armor that we might want to wear out at night). Big coats were a win — many of them had oversized hoods and big fur collars that made them look like positively yummy options for Winter. With Vera's innate talent for constructing insanely beautiful dresses, we paid special attention to her eveningwear options, particularly one pale blue dress of layered chiffon and organza that, with a slip underneath, might just appeal to the celebs in the front row, including Viola Davis, Maria Sharapova, and Leighton Meester.
- Trends: Architectural prints, sculptural silhouettes, sheerness.
- Colors: Gray, black, camel, a gorgeous dutch blue and bright orange for contrast.
- Key Piece: The coats with big hoods and oversized collars; a dutch blue organza dress.
- Accessories: Big wedge booties and boots looked futuristic but were also a bit heavy.
- Who Would Wear It: With Leighton Meester, Maria Sharapova, and Viola Davis in the front row, you can assume a diverse group of women might be attracted to Wang's artful sensibility here, but overall it's geared to women who don't want the classics.