Runway Inspired

Tired of watching bridal shows? Draw inspiration from ready to wear and couture shows instead!

The most coveted wedding designers like Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta have all debuted their bridal collections this year, and you’ve hopefully already pinned your most favorite dream dresses. Have you ever watched Amazonian models march down the runway in dress after dress though and felt like it was all starting to blend together? All that white! All that tulle! Even though each designer has their distinctive style, things just get a little repetitive. Wedding dresses can seem fashion-resistant as tried and true shapes and styles are make appearances every season (for good reason though). If you are experiencing sheath dress fatigue though, don’t worry there is hope for you yet.

Turn an eye to other runways, especially ready to wear and couture collection from designers who are known for their bridal wear. Vera Wang’s bridal show was a standout as the bold designer painted the town red, literally. Her bridal collection this year featured her signature draping and silhouettes but dipped in hues ranging from the perfect shade of lipstick red to fall favorites oxblood and burgundy. If that’s too bold though, her ready to wear collection for Spring 2013 is surprisingly much more conservative. That’s not to say that the show was boring. In fact, the perfectly cut pant-suits and full skirts had just the right amount of sexiness. Snagging one of those knee-length heavily embroidered white dresses and appropriating it for a beach wedding is a definite “Do” but if you don’t want designer prices for the latest collection just file away the ideas instead. Heavy embroidery and brocade was all over the fall runways so look for wedding dresses inspired by these trends for something that feels current but is still elegant enough for even the biggest and most glamorous of weddings.

Try this sheath dress from Allure for all over glamour or this Wtoo Watters 2-piece if you want just a touch of high-fashion. It will feel extra current and runway inspired but still retains that timelessly beautiful quality that you want in a wedding dress. Runways can be filled with crazy ideas but leave behind flashy colors and unreal necklines and take just the sweet peplums or asymmetrical hems and you can have a unique and unforgettable wedding dress.