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.
The Spring 2012 runways were awash with a lovely new hue: seafoam green. A particularly fresh and delightful alternative to white, this pretty, unexpected pastel emerged in dress form at Tory Burch and Vera Wang, and cropped up on suiting separates at Rachel Roy and Rodarte. To get the full scoop on this newest shade of green, watch our trend report now!
Hot mama Sofia Vergara hit the red carpet at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards looking extra sexy in a coral one-shoulder Vera Wang gown. The Modern Family leading lady paired her colorful frock with emerald and diamond chandelier earrings, a gold Lorraine Schwartz cuff, and Stuart Weitzman pumps. We added a green and gold clutch to complete Sofia's sassy style. Copy this look when you shop our editor's picks.
Sofia Vergara is known for wearing some of the sexiest red carpet looks in recent history, and her Emmys ensemble is no exception. Donning a coral-toned, one-shoulder Vera Wang in a form-fitting, mermaid silhouette, Sofia brings it all together with a coordinating tangerine lipstick. A gold cuff, oversized emerald earrings, and smoky eye makeup (CoverGirl, natch) provide the finishing touches. Does Sofia get the coveted "love it" vote?
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>> Vera Wang has been known to work some dark references into her ready-to-wear collections, and Spring 2012 was no exception. Citing Alice in Wonderland, the designer's show notes riffed on the idea of "tailoring and transparency" — and there was plenty of both. A series of all-white looks opened the show, cutting a sharp silhouette in perforated piqué, organza, and tulle. Waists were nipped with drawstrings or boning, and juxtaposed by full-flared peplums galore. Softness came in the form of whisper-weight chiffon; in graduated-hem skirts it was drawn up high in the front and left to billow smoke-like behind. While most of the collection flowed from one monochromatic look to another, Wang did give us one print: a psychedelic take on 18th-century wallpaper that swirled ethereally in grey, violet, and jolts of pink. The effect was trippy and intense — and at times even beautiful.
With an eclectic front-row crowd that included Kim Kardashian, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Serena Williams, and a dramatic last-minute arrival by Beyoncé, the Vera Wang Spring 2012 show already had a buzz going by the time the first ethereal white look strode down the runway. It was a collection inspired by Alice in Wonderland — Tim Burton's version, no doubt — that mixed Vera's skill for soft feminine touches with an edge; chiffon dresses had drawstrings, floral prints seemed to morph into something totally trippy and neon-hued, and the skirts were cut away to reveal the models' long legs clad in gladiator heels. Some of the more fanciful looks included a yellow corset with peplum boy shorts and techno cotton eyelet cropped vests layered over corsets. We remain most entranced, however, by the first series of white looks, as the play between transparency and tailoring, between softness and edge, seemed most natural and truly channeled that Alice in Wonderland magic. This can be no coincidence considering Wang's reign as one of the world's top bridal designers.
We caught up with Leighton Meester at the launch of Vera Wang's newest perfume, Lovestruck. The trend-setting starlet told us what's on her Fall shopping list — midi skirts and calf-length booties — and why she has a thing for smaller handbags. And, as we anxiously await the new season of Gossip Girl, Leighton revealed why she admires the style of her character, Blair Waldorf. Plus, find out Blair's most daring outfit this season — hint, she's taking a cue from Kate Middleton!
>> After announcing yesterday that she's going into the engagement ring business with Zales, Vera Wang has complete another, more personal transaction: She's bought herself a home in Beverly Hills, as she's spending more time in Los Angeles, according to her real estate representative.
The midcentury modern home was listed in March for $10.9 million; Wang bought it for about about $10 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. It was completely renovated by the previous owner, real-estate investor and designer Steven Hermann, and has four bedrooms, a home theater, and glass walls. There's also a pool and spa.
>> The dress Ralph Lauren designed for daughter Dylan to wed hedge fund founder Paul Arrouet appears in the August 2011 issue of Vogue. Lauren, who reportedly consulted with Vera Wang on the dress's design, decided on a handmade duchesse-satin, silk-tulle, and georgette embroidered dress with a tiered, nine-foot train. "I had to do something that was better than ever before," he told Oprah before the June 2011 wedding, which took place at his 300-acre Westchester County, New York estate. "When you do something for your family or your daughter, I mean it's the only daughter I have — beautiful girl. I want to just give her something that she'd really treasure and give her something that would be really amazing. I want her to feel fantastic."
Lauren also designed the bridesmaid's dresses in Dylan's Candy Bar-logo colors, with specially-made Spanx if the wearer so opted. "I also was inspired by a New York Times front page of one of my father's Spring/Summer collections where they showed the finale lineup of all those vivid colors of satin evening dresses," Dylan explained.
Saks Bridal Department is known for their extensive wedding dress collection, so we picked out three dresses perfect for a black-tie wedding! From hand-beaded applique to cathedral-length trains to a Kate Middleton-inspired look, here are three wedding dresses ideal for a formal setting. On Allison: Topshop dress