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From Runway to Aisle
While it may feel like autumn is reminding us to trade in our sundresses for boxy coats, heavy embroidery, and velvet, the fashion industry is thinking about next season's trends (sporty cuts, off-the-shoulder silhouettes, graphic prints, and loads of stark white, to name a few). We could not help but notice the large amount of runway offerings that would wow for a warm-weather wedding, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or morning-after brunch. Check out some of our favorite looks from New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and see how we'd style them for your wedding celebrations.
—Carrie Goldberg, Associate Fashion Editor
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Delpozo's creative director, Josep Font, harkened to the brand’s bridal roots when he presented multiple aisle-worthy pieces from this past Fashion Week, so it's no suprise that this finale gown (which you can pre-order on Moda Operandi!) caught our eye. Appliqued daisies and an illusion peplum across a dainty strapless neckline were only made sweeter by the dress’s modern midi length. We’d pair this with an elegant pair of pointed-toe ivory pumps and soft, barely there makeup for a garden fete or a stiletto sandal and bold lip for a nighttime affair.
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Christian Siriano is infamous for his flair for drama, and this season brought about a fresh new look for the self-proclaimed “fierce” designer. Clean lines coupled with restraint and island inspiration resulted in bright colors, structured separates, and frothy chiffon cocktail options for his Spring collection. This textured and perfectly tailored take on a classic shape would suit anyone looking for a contemporary way to cover up.
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While Badgley Mischka showed no shortage of evening gowns in its latest collection, these separates stood out as a chic option for a summer wedding. Whether on the beach or for something with a more nautical look and feel, this chiffon skirt and cotton lace top are ladylike yet laid back. The best part? A wide waistband coupled with a blouson top and full skirt flatter almost any figure.
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Fierce and Feminine
Known in bridal for his princess cuts and innovative embroideries, Oscar de la Renta’s day and evening looks are revered as forward-thinking ladylike options for the uptown set. These embellished separates and absolutely killer boots would suit a city girl who is daring and glamorous.
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Paired with a Jacket
Currently recognized in the bridal industry for his exclusive collection with Kleinfeld, Dennis Basso is also known for his stellar work with furs coupled with knockout eveningwear. This ensemble from his latest showing demonstrates the designer's strengths to a T. We would support your decision to sport this stunning embroidered tulle V-neck gown with or without its alligator cropped jacket for your walk down the aisle.
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If you can't decide between a modern silhouette or a more ethereal number for your wedding day, this Derek Lam gown is just the ticket. With a wide, sharp belt at the waist and a stiff neckline, this flowy dress will appeal to both your contemporary and free-spirited sides. Versatile and fashion forward, this look suits a beachfront celebration as well as it does a loft with city views. We would style it just as Lam did -- with hair pulled back and makeup that places emphasis on the eyes.
Pre-order this look on Moda Operandi.
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Soft and Sparkling
Jenny Packham's deft hand for beadwork and feminine details pop up in her ready-to-wear line as often as they do in her bridal collections. This gown, with its artful embellishments and soft flutter sleeves would float down the aisle as easily as it did down the runway. While Packham tends to present '20s-inspired looks that hug any and all curves, this slouchy top paired with an unstructured peplum would suit a wide range of body types, and its minty hue gives it a unique alternative to ivory.
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Pink and Flirty
If you're on the hunt for a fantastic rehearsal dinner or reception look, this soft pink cinched-waist number by Marissa Webb is calling your name. Known for her many years spearheading the design behind J.Crew’s Collection offerings, Webb knows a thing or two about designing easy, wearable clothes that mix a casual cool with cocktail attire. Show off toned arms and killer shoes with this look on your wedding day or in the events before or after and then sport it again and again.
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Behold, your something blue. Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are most comfortable in the world of red carpets and weddings, so it was no surprise that the duo presented loads of lace, florals, and frothy appliques on the runway. This lingerie-inspired, satin, ankle-length frock with an illusion neckline and lace inserts caught our eye for an ultra-feminine bride.
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This embellished Prabal Gurung dress encompasses many of what are proving to be spring’s biggest trends -- black-and-white, modernism, off-the-shoulder styles, and below-the-knee hemlines. Despite its combination of multiple trends, this cocktail dress does not overwhelm, and its clean lines and textural beading make it formal enough for the modern maverick. To make it big-day-appropriate, pair this dress with an all-white shoe and au courant jewelry that sparkles.
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A Hint of Glitter
For warm-weather weddings, airier shapes like this empire-waist gown are an obvious choice. While most gowns of this silhouette tend to exude a bohemian sensibility, this barely blue Tory Burch option with stone embellishments on the collar and waistline transform a laid-back shape into a more formal look.
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Sporty separates were all over the spring runways, but this high-low flared skirt by Tracy Reese paired with a blouson collared lace top would suit any casual summer wedding setting, like a restaurant reception. Dress up the look with fine jewelry, like a dainty pair of stackable bracelets or a pair of drop earrings.
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A Beachy Vibe
If anyone knows how to dress a woman for the ultimate red carpet moment, it’s Rachel Zoe. This celeb stylist has has spent the past few years translating her love for 1970’s into accessible ready-to-wear for the fashion obsessed. While this floral embroidered maxi dress would not necessarily suit an Oscar nominee, it would be perfect for beachfront nuptials. Zoe showed this no-fuss frock with hair in a loose knot during her show, but we’d style it with tousled waves and delicate yet elegant sandals for a wedding in the sand.
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Short and Flirty
J. Mendel is known for looks that feature knockout draping use of fur. The Spring collection, despite being targeted for the warm weather months, did not disappoint with this gorgeous skirt and top trimmed with fur and a flounce hem.
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This eyelet-topped long sleeved J. Mendel gown paired with a sleek draped skirt would suit a multitude of brides, from ethereal to edgy, and its sexy slit is perfect for showing off a killer pair of heels.
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This stunning HONOR ivory coat with a lace appliquéd trim and cropped pant with lace inserts would be a ladylike way to wed at City Hall. Paired with a pointed toe white pump, it would also make a fabulous getaway look or a dainty take on a morning-after brunch ensemble.