"It Girl"-Inspired Wedding Dresses for Every Type of Bride
Take a cue from these fashion-forward brides, who made our heads turn when they walked down the aisle. Each embraced a look she always loved, one that fit the setting, the season, and, above all, her style. Whether your bridal look is "new bohemian" or "modern fairy tale," we've selected stunning wedding gowns for you.
If you're marrying Grace Kelly's grandson, you need to bring a heaping dose of elegance to the party. So when Italian journalist Beatrice Borromeo wed Pierre Casiraghi, son of Monaco's Princess Caroline, she wore four gowns, including this Grecian A-line by Armani Privé. No matter who your prince is, a flowy, drapey dress is a divine choice.
Glam Goddess: J.Crew Dress
This floaty frock has one shoulder and a whole lot of appeal.
J.Crew "Cara" sheath, $595, jcrew.com.
Glam Goddess: Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld Dress
The cascading crystals on this slinky V-neck bring subtle sparkle to its simple shape.
Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld dress, #121, $11,600, kleinfeldbridal.com.
Glam Goddess: Bo & Luca Dress
Surprise! A sultry, plunging neckline reveals a demure lacy bodice.
Bo & Luca "Del Rey" sheath, $3,900, LOHO Bride, 415-525-4544.
Glam Goddess: Jenny Packham Dress
Sheer sophistication: A diaphanous sheath trails a sweeping cape.
Jenny Packham "Titiana" gown, $6,450, jennypackham.com.
Up-and-coming ready-to-wear designer Misha Nonoo wove her three favorite laces (Chantilly, Binche, and guipure) into the gown she wore for her Venetian wedding to art dealer Alexander Gilkes. The spectacular celebration, featuring a boat procession on the Grand Canal, called for a dress as sensational as the setting. Mission accomplished: Cascades of lace bring their own romance to any location.
Serious Romantic: Temperley Bridal Dress
The threadwork flowers and lattice embroidery on this dress give it a modern twist.
Temperley Bridal "Marcy" sheath, $8,000, temperleylondon.com.
Serious Romantic: Monique Lhuillier Dress
A sheer cape with floral appliqués provides lighter-than-air coverage for this strapless ensemble.
Monique Lhuillier "Breeze" corset, skirt, and tulle cape, $4,200, ($2,290 for cape only), moniquelhuillier.com.
Serious Romantic: Liancarlo Dress
Intricate motifs that repeat on the bodice and sleeves let you go bracelet-free.
Liancarlo sheath, #6824, $5,210, liancarlo.com.
Serious Romantic: Lela Rose Dress
Watteau trains, which fall from the back or shoulders rather than the hemline, are wildly romantic; just look at this lush gown.
Lela Rose "The Woodlands" fit-and-flare, $5,995, lelarose.com.
For her outdoor wedding to illustrator Matthew Nelson, jewelry designer Pamela Love chose a custom lattice-backed sheath by Mara Hoffman and wore it with a wildflower crown and her own "urban-mystic" baubles. To channel her fashion-meets-free-spirit vibe, go for fluid shapes and daring details.
New Bohemian: Lihi Hod Separates
French lace peeks out from under a swirling pleated skirt and beaded crop top.
Lihi Hod "Maple Tree" top, $3,400, and skirt, $4,170, Marina Morrison, 415-984-9360.
New Bohemian: Laure de Sagazan Separates
All about ease: This blouson top of Calais lace, paired with a slim silk-crepe skirt.
Laure de Sagazan "Verlaine" sheath, $2,950, themewsbridal.com.
New Bohemian: Mara Hoffman Dress
A tribal, beaded bodice and high neckline lend an exotic air and some champagne-colored shimmer.
Mara Hoffman "Athena" sheath, $1,600, marahoffman.com.
New Bohemian: Sarah Seven Dress
This slip dress's floral pattern comes from its velvet on silk fabric.
Sarah Seven "Truman" shift, $2,950, sarahseven.com.
Modern Fairy Tale
When she married investment banker Maxim Crewe, English shoe designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal turned to her friend Giambattista Valli for a couture update on the classic ball gown with tiers of silk tulle and a cathedral-length train. To play the postmodern princess, Dellal finished the look with her own sky-high platform pumps.
Modern Fairy Tale: Luisa Beccaria Dress
The shape is formal, the tulle "feathers" are fun, and the strapless neckline is simply chic.
Luisa Beccaria tulle ball gown, price upon request, luisabeccaria.it.
Modern Fairy Tale: Marchesa Dress
A classic portrait neckline frames the face, while swirls of organza put a twist on tradition.
Marchesa "Magnolia" ball gown, price upon request, marchesa.com.
Modern Fairy Tale: J. Mendel Dress
Asymmetric layers of ivory silk add intrigue and softness to a sleek bustier.
J. Mendel "Bea" ball gown, $12,990, 212-832-5830.
Modern Fairy Tale: Oscar de la Renta Dress
This fluttery overskirt can be removed post-vows to reveal a streamlined silhouette for the reception.
Oscar de la Renta column with overskirt, #77N28S, $4,950, Saks Fifth Avenue, 212-940-2269.