Bridal Fashion Week: Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta
While other bridal weeks, such as Barcelona's, see exhibitors come together under one roof, New York's Bridal Week style is more similar to the style of the capital's fashion weeks.
There is a long list of world-renowned designers, which will have brides-to-be flocking from one end of Manhattan to the other to view the beautiful new gowns at various showrooms and attend shows.
This season, elegant and classics looks adorned the runway with dresses from Caroline Herrera, with the designer showcasing her regal aesthetic full of intricate appliques and dramatic bustles.
The collection focused on 'hidden luxuries' which included tulle gowns veiled with a layer of embellished lace. Many looks were kept traditional and romantic, as one model walked down the runway wearing an embroidered gown in degrade lace and a crystal belt. Herrera also featured a few modern pieces, such as two styles of dress in laser cut lace motifs — giving the dresses an edgier appeal.
Monique Lhuillier's spring bridal show, titled 'My Ethereal Daydream' took inspiration from Edwardian painter John Singer Sargent. The whimsical collection featured luxurious elements, from tulle and Chantilly lace to intricate beading and delicate embroidery, on silhouettes that ranged from architectural shapes to mermaid styles.
Key looks included an embroidered tulle gown in a strapless A-line cut with a matching shrug, and a beautiful pastel number in a light purple. The designer even ended the show like a Sargent portrait, as models gathered at the end of the runway and posed like beautiful statues.
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta took a graceful and timeless route with his bridal show this weekend, "We tried to cover a lot of bases with the collection, from very classic to dresses for exotic places," Mr. de la Renta commented, "The idea is always to make that girl feel very special."
The collection featured a decadent floral Chantilly lace numbers and more unconventional pieces such as a cotton eyelet bikini top with a matching pareo spoke – perfect for a beach-bound bride. De la Renta's stunning craftsmanship was noticeable in his needle-work embroideries, corded lace and intricate beading. Aside from the unique dresses, picturesque flower girls also stole the show as they walked down the runway with flower baskets.