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Our Favorite Dresses From Spring ’15 Bridal Week

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Vera WangSomething old, something new, something Bali, something blue. That was our takeaway from the Spring ’15 bridal collections presented in New York over the last few days. Despite the influx of new labels and big retailers (such as J.Crew and Anthropologie) entering the market in recent years, most women still want a traditional look for their big day, and so there was no shortage of white lace, tulle, beading, and couture-like embellishment on the runways. What has changed is the broader scope of nuptial ceremonies that designers are addressing.

“There are so many different kinds of weddings and so many different types of brides now,” said Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman backstage before her show. “You’ve got classic church weddings, town hall weddings, and destination weddings, but ultimately, the dress should still be beautiful. It should be romantic. It should be ethereal. It should make a bride feel like a princess or a queen for the day.” And so, Marchesa sent out a modern selection of cocktail and tea-length styles in addition to its more familiar confections. Oscar de la Renta also addressed the changing nature of weddings by featuring relatively casual looks, including a cotton eyelet bikini and matching pareo (accessorized with a floral head wreath and lei) that would be ideal for saying “I do” on a beach.

Vera Wang, meanwhile, went unconventional in a different way, debuting her new collection via a short film. No need to be a store buyer or a magazine editor to score a front-row seat. “The opportunity to create a visual and expressive experience of the clothes, as interpreted by my fashion vision, is a whole new way for me to communicate with not only brides, but women everywhere,” Wang said in a statement.

Here, a slideshow of our Spring ’15 bridal week highlights.

The Bride Wore White.
The Bridesmaids Wore Anything But.

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This week’s In the Mood For is dedicated to wedding dresses for everybody but the bride—the guests, the bridesmaids, and the bridal party. But while I was working on the story in the office, my co-workers couldn’t believe that I’d suggest such bright, showstopping frocks for the bridal party. In my native Brazil, that’s par for the course. At my wedding in 2004, my bridesmaids got to pick their own dresses—even printed gowns. I didn’t pick a color, a style, a length, nothing! They all decided to wear gowns, and each accessorized the way she wanted. A bride in Brazil can be more picky than I was and decide the colors of her bridal party’s dresses, but it’s rare that everyone will wear the same dress. Gowns tend to be more popular than cocktail-length dresses (for an evening event), and black and white are not appropriate colors. My sister (and maid of honor) wore an amazing printed Dior gown to my wedding (above). And she and I both wore it many times after.

Would you be open to trying something new at your wedding and letting your bridesmaids decide what to wear? Or would you rather call the shots?

Click here to check out In the Mood For…Exceptional Dresses For Wedding Guests >

On Our Radar: Marchesa’s Nuptial Showstoppers

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Marchesa Bridal

Marchesa Bridal

While most women don’t have the opportunity to walk the red carpet, a larger percentage will walk down the aisle. For brides with aspirations to the former photo op, Marchesa’s bridal collection, presented at the label’s New York showroom yesterday, follows in the same gorgeously decadent vein as the starlet-adored main collection. Draped, hand-embroidered gowns were fittingly romantic, but my heart skipped a beat for the non-traditional minis, which, not to put too fine a gloss on it, were total showstoppers. If I could time-travel back to my own wedding, I’d pick one of these. Of course, if your wedding is in the future, you can always ease the burden of choice and go long for the ceremony and short for the party. Think of all the pictures.

Photo: Courtesy of Marchesa