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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.

Banana Republic Hires Marissa Webb

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Marisa WebbEarlier today, Gap Inc. announced the newest addition to its executive team at Banana Republic: New York-based designer Marissa Webb. In her role as creative director and executive vice president of design, Webb—who spent more than a decade at J.Crew before launching her eponymous label—will guide Banana Republic’s overall creative direction, as well as lead global product design for the men’s, women’s, and accessories departments. She will report to Jack Calhoun, the global president.

Over the past few seasons, Webb has become known for her high-low, edgy-tomboy sensibility (she did help craft that signature “J.Crew look,” after all), so we’re curious to see how she mixes things up at the mass retailer. “I’m thrilled to be joining the extremely passionate, talented design and creative teams at Banana Republic,” she said. “The brand has such a beautiful history, which I truly admire. This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine my unique vision with a brand that has such a strong legacy.”

Gap Inc. also intends to join M Webb LLC’s minority investors by investing in Webb’s label, which is available in more than thirty stores around the world. Calhoun will work as a strategic partner for Webb and will help her further develop her business.

Webb’s first collection for Banana Republic is expected to hit stores in the summer of 2015.

Photo: Indigitalimages.com 

Shop The Look: Light Bright

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Neon has been “on trend” for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that we saw a clear distinction between smart neon and rave-wear. If you aren’t heading to an electronic music festival but want to brighten up your summer wardrobe, opt for sleek, minimal shapes in super-saturated hues that beg for zero accouterments. Whether you go with a single flash of color on a pair of earrings or brights from top to toe—a look we loved at Sydney fashion week—the final result is clean, graphic, and, best of all, easy. Shop our favorite new neon pieces from Valentino, J.Crew, Dannijo, and more, below.

1. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi multicolor tile Shelton top, $625, avenue32.com

2. Dannijo Lizabeth crystal earrings, $605, mytheresa.com

3. Valentino floral lace skirt, $2,190, farfetch.com

4. J.Crew Kiki ballet flats, $150, jcrew.com

5. Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour small neon leather tote, $2,650, net-a-porter.com

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Shop the Look: Heat Seekers

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Heat Seekers

After losing track of the subzero temperatures and snow accumulation, all anyone can talk about is escaping to a far-flung, 90-degree locale. Prepare for some serious Instagram envy. Luckily, stores are beginning to stock all of our favorite Spring ’14 goods, including a vast array of vacation-ready botanical prints. Splashy florals and ultra-saturated hues will no doubt snap you out of the winter blues. And rest assured: These wares will look just as good for a night out in the city as they will in some warm weather getaway. Shop our favorite tropical prints by Reed Krakoff, Peter Pilotto, Illesteva, and more, below.

1. Illesteva Leonard round-frame acetate mirrored sunglasses, $180, available at net-a-porter.com

2. Reed Krakoff Atlantique mini flora-print leather tote, $1,690, available at net-a-porter.com

3. NARS lipstick in Heat Wave, $26, available at sephora.com

4. J.Crew Falsetto printed leather pumps in brilliant purple, $278, available at jcrew.com

5. Peter Pilotto Kristen printed textured cotton-blend dress, $2,055, available at net-a-porter.com

Photo: Courtesy Photo 

The Split-Second Preview: J.Crew

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The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

J. Crew

WHO: J.Crew, designed by Tom Mora

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Tuesday, February 11

WHAT: “We approached Fall with the cabarets of 1920s/30s Weimar period in Berlin in mind. Lush styling, minimal layering, and rich, deep colors.”—Tom Mora. The designer sent us a Fall ’14 inspiration image, above.

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew