These runway looks will give your major wedding dress inspo.
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Every season we anxiously anticipate Paris' haute couture runway shows for their exciting embellishments, stunning silhouettes, and, of course, their wedding-worthy gowns. More and more designers are presenting magical hand-sewn numbers that could just as easily walk down the aisle as they do the Paris runway. Here, we've selected some of our favorites from the first few days of shows to give you major big-day inspiration.
For her first couture presentation at the helm of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri transported everyone to fairytale wonderland. The dreamlike creations were a whimsical feat for any bride looking to channel a Secret Garden-esque aesthetic on her big days. In classic Chanel fashion, Lagerfeld sent seamlessly tailored numbers down the Grand Palais' runway. But a play on proportions was the crux of his latest show, with a frilly, over-the-top pink voluminous gown—contrastly corseted at its center—stealing the spotlight (above). Nearly every gown in Ralph & Russo's lineup could easily translate to your wedding day, with one spotlight stealing number overflowing volume and bling (worn by Alessandra Ambrosio no less!) while sleek silhouettes with modern details also reigned (think: plunging V-necks and flowing capes).
Take a look at some of our favorite designs to inspire your own high-fashion wedding-day ensemble!
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With the designer's mastery of all things ethereal, Elie Saab's couture highlight was a lavender flower-embellished gown with sheer illusions.
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Maria Grazia Chiuri's first couture presentation at the helm of Dior was a stunning. Magical, wonderland-esque numbers floated down the runway, and this glistening strapless A-line creation—and its accompanying feather headpiece—were no exception.
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This frilly short lace Giambattista Valli design is a great option for your rehearsal dinner or wedding if you're looking for an above-the-knee hemline.
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The oftentimes structured silhouettes sent down the runway by Karl himself took a bit of a more overtly embellished and voluminous turn this couture runway. This gown in particular boasts retro nods (the wide belt in the middle) with modern finishes (the deep V and feather-adorned skirt!).
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Calling all beach brides! This sweeping strapless number—with gold tones sewn in—are perfect for saying "I do" with your toes in the sand.
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For a few seasons now, capes have been a popular bridal trend. This shimmering sheath—with its trailing accessory—was just one of many bridal-inspired looks from the Ralph & Russo runway.
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Simple but not lacking, this understated sheath by Schiaparelli is a minimalist bride's dream.
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Who says you need to wear a dress down the aisle? This chic pantsuit, complete with Saab's signature showstopping embellishments, is a chic choice for a gown-averse bride on her wedding day.
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Alexis Mabille's play on proportion gives you the best of both worlds: a sexy sheath underneath with a show-stopping overskirt at the top.
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The princess dress to beat all princess dresses, this pink creation boasts modern touches—from the off-the-shoulder neckline to the A-line skirt's asymmetrical hem.
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Whimsical and modern, this Georges Chakra piece gives you the best of both worlds: a mini, floral-embellished sheath underneath, with a sheer tulle tea-length skirt on top.
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An over-the-top ball gown with gold patches will give you that extra dramatic entrance everyone will talk about (in a good way, of course!).
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This Valentino gown, with its twinkling embellishments, plunging deep V, and ethereal tulle overcoat, was the perfect combo of modernity and tried-and-true trends.
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A celebrity favorite, this major ball gown made a major statement down the runway thanks to the deep V, asymmetrical details on the skirt, and twinkling embroidery, plus that crown and veil.
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With the softest tones of pink and blue and a play with sheer illusion, this flowing, long-sleeved gown is both ethereal and modern in the best way possible.
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Set in the Conciergerie—where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned during the French Revolution—Guo Pei's often fantastical designs met their baroque match with its gold-spun fabrics and hardware and dramatic silhouettes.
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Simple and sleek, Antonio Grimaldi's wide-leg-pants-meets-matching-blouse ensemble gives brides the volume (and illusion) of a skirt, with the comfort of a sweeping pant.
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The rich gold and bronze embroidery—atop a nearly airless sheer tulle exterior—offer a romantic take on a more baroque aesthetic.