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Bridal Fashion Week is officially here, and with it comes the latest wedding dress collections from your favorite bridal designers, including Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, and more. But before they hit the runways, here's a sneak peek at the dreamy details—whether a sketch or a swatch of fabric—as well as the inspiration behind the designs. And stay tuned for even more Bridal Fashion Week coverage, with inside access to the shows, exclusive interviews, and more!
To find inspiration for his latest collection, Angel Sanchez looked to the past. "This collection is very Audrey Hepburn, with all the grace and femininity of '50s fashion," he says. Expect to see narrow waists and full skirts with lace detailing for "a romantic and ethereal effect."
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Amsale's new collection is all about simplicity and clean lines. "Elements like sheer bodices, hand-appliquéd soutache lace and embroidery textures adds femininity in a modern mood," says the designer.
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Inspired by "nature's ethereal transition," Anne Barge's Spring 2017 collection will be perfect for the whimsical boho bride. "Each gown is inspired by the awakening of spring gardens, still covered in frost, petals only peeking."
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The designer says that her new collection is "an homage to [her] atelier located at 28 Rue Boissy d'Anglas in the 8th arrondissement of Paris and its incredibly rich history with ties back to the French noble court." To achieve this effect, Manivet made the gowns with "delicate lacing, transparent silks, boning, and crinoline."
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"Always in search of a great juxtaposition, this season is very much a Victorian aficionado wildly following the call of the disco ball," says the designer. "There are hints of baroque and dashes of iridescence, but the main foundation is offbeat beauty."
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"For my Spring/Summer 2017 collection, [I designed] gowns with Houghton's signature cutouts layered over lace bodysuits and catsuits [to] add dimension and texture along with a subtle sexiness," says designer Katharine Polk. The buy-now-wear-now collection features "romantic silhouettes with a modern edge."
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Ines di Santo
"While [the new collection is] still soft and romantic, my bride will stand dressed only for herself and only for the one she loves," Ines di Santo says of her Spring 2017 designs. In the sketch, texture and layers stand out, and we can't wait to see them come to life.
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Lela Rose's sketch seems to impart a minimalist style. The designer says her Spring 2017 collection "focuses on unexpected textures and new silhouettes."
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One look at the intricate lace and beaded details in this fabric close-up and it's clear why Marchesa design duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig cited "blossom tapestry" as the inspiration behind the collection.
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"Whisper of blossoms" was the phrase that inspired Mira Zwillinger's Spring 2017 wedding dresses, one of which is featured in this whimsical sketch. We're loving the floral and branch-like detailing of the off-the-shoulder neckline, and we have a feeling it will translate beautifully to the actual dress.
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Monique Lhuillier gave us the inside scoop on what inspired her new designs: "My Spring 2017 bridal collection was inspired by capturing the feeling of a woman running through a garden without a care in the world—there's a sense of pure bliss, and she is madly in love."
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Oscar de la Renta
Though we'll have to wait to see this season's gowns, we did get an exclusive sneak peek at Oscar de la Renta's new shoe collection, which is perfect for brides searching for their "something blue." (The shoe's heel features light blue crystals!) The shoes retail for $1,090 and will be available at Oscar de la Renta boutiques this fall.
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With its gorgeous lace illusion sleeves and lace and embellishments through the bodice and skirt, Reem Acra's Spring collection already has us swooning—and this is just a sketch! "It's a magical world at Reem Acra," the designer says. "Come DReem with us."
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Judging by this sketch, Sabrina Dahan's new collection is going to be colorful and fun! The designer herself describes the collection as one for "a classic bride who is looking to incorporate modern movement and pops of color into a world of white. She is discerning, but willing to take a bit of a risk with unique floral embroideries and a colorful palette. She wants to stand out on her big day."