The latest Fall 2013 bridal collections are here and you don't have to be engaged to swoon over the gorgeous wedding gowns from the likes of Marchesa, Vera Wang, and Douglas Hannant. Top trends highlight mermaid silhouettes, intricate beading detail — like this breathtaking '50s-inspired beaded and tulle dress from Marchesa — and a heavy presence of lace embroidery. See our roundup of the most dreamy wedding dresses from the Fall '13 collections so far, and tell us which one you're swooning over in the comments section below.
Rochelle Wiseman, Keira Knightley, and More: Engaged British and Irish Celebs and the Dresses They Should Wear
The news that Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes are getting married this weekend has got me imagining what the singer should wear on her big day. Plenty of British and Irish beauties are preparing to walk down the aisle, so now's the time to match up each bride-to-be with the season's most beautiful wedding dresses. It would only be fitting that the pride of the UK and Ireland, like Una Healy, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Ashley Madekwe, Elizabeth Hurley and Emma Bunton, celebrate their nuptials in gowns by British designers like Amanda Wakeley, Alice Temperley, Matthew Williamson, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham. Check out what I hope each bride wears down the aisle, and tell me your picks too!
This week in Oxfordshire, British jewellery designer Jade Jagger married her DJ beau Adrian Fillary in a wedding gown she designed herself. The 40-year-old daughter of Bianca and Sir Mick Jagger wed in front of an A-list fashion crowd including Christian Louboutin and Kate Moss wearing a scoop-neck white dress with diamond strap clasps that was one-of-a-kind since she dreamed up the creation herself.
The week before, Margherita Missoni also took sartorial matters into her own hands and, after consulting with Giambattista Valli on the couture elements, designed her bridal gown herself before handing over the Missoni silk and organza to be pieced together by tailors in Sumirago. Whilst most of us could only dream of such an opportunity, I'm interested to know whether you'd want to design your dress given the chance, or would you rather leave it to the experts?
This weekend in Italy, Margherita Missoni married racing driver Eugenio Amos in front of fashion's finest in Brunello. The bride went with a haute couture Giambattista Valli gown, but her family heritage did play a big part as the Valli creation was made with Missoni silk and organza. She wore two versions of the same long-sleeved, flower appliquéd dress — white for the ceremony and blush pink for the reception. The granddaughter of the founders of Missoni wore a tiara and veil in church, then let her braided hair down literally and added a floral headpiece for the celebrations at her mother, creative director Angela Missoni's house.
Margherita's bridesmaids Tatiana Santo Domingo, Eugenie Niarchos and her sister Teresa also embraced the floral headband trend, with the fresh flower hair accessories matching the bride's bouquet and topping off their full-length floral gowns. The fashionable guest list included Mario Testino, Carine Roitfeld, Franc Sozzani, Stefano Tonchi, Suzy Menkes, Marc Ronson and Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani. Click through to see pictures of the wedding!
Modern brides-to-be, get excited: here's a sneak peek at Richard Nicoll's eagerly anticipated Tie the Knot collection for Topshop. The summer line is the designer's sixth collaboration with the high street brand, and Topshop's first ever designer wedding range. Four designs in pale shell-pink and white follow Nicoll’s signature style of sheer and matte fabrics with tailored and floaty shapes. Think layers of sheer organza, geometric lace and crepe de chine. I can already see the limited edition floor-length wedding dress with silk bodice, georgette underskirt and peplum selling out, as only 50 will be made. British-born, Australian-raised Nicoll said:
"I loved the idea of doing wedding dresses with Topshop because I wanted to offer a younger, cooler alternative to meringue culture, something special, but not precious, like my friends, something they would wear if they were getting married. These pieces are perfect as party dresses too if you're not the marrying kind."
The collection ranges from £75-£350 and will be available instore and online from June 22 in the UK, July 4 in the US. Click through to see all the pieces now, and let me know what you think!
A wedding dress is one of the most significant purchases a woman can ever make, so it's an occasion when splashing out on a designer piece can be an option. British designers like Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson, Alice Temperley and Jenny Packham all have breathtaking bridal collections that help make saying "I do" a thoroughly decadent moment. Click through to take a look at my pick of breathtaking bridal gowns, including an added extra for Alexander McQueen fans, and let me know which is your favourite!
Being on a budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style on your big day. One of the most important purchases for any wedding ceremony is the dress, but you don't need to spend thousands to look utterly gorgeous at the altar. To help with your preparation, I've selected 10 beautiful bridal gowns that all come in at £250 or less. Click on to see and shop affordable gowns for your nuptials!
With Kate Middleton and Prince William's first wedding anniversary coming up this Sunday, I'm reminiscing about that magical day back on April 29, 2011. The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress captured hearts across the world, and spawned plenty of more affordable options than the Sarah Burton original. I've selected 10 of the best bridal gowns inspired by the long lace sleeves and sweetheart neckline (including one for those of you who preferred Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid gown!), so take a look through here and tell me which is your favourite!
UPDATE: Following Monday's reports that Carey Mulligan wore Versace for her wedding, Us Weekly has claimed the Oscar-nominated actress in fact wore a custom-made cream Prada gown with pink wellies due to the wet weather! Miuccia Prada is also said to have dressed the groom, ushers and mother-of-the-bride plus the bridesmaids in different shades of blue.
When I heard Carey Mulligan had married Marcus Mumford this weekend, there was one question on my lips — what did she wear? According to the Daily Mail, the British actress wore a full-length ivory plain backless dress with V-straps, thought to be Versace. Carey reportedly dressed her eight bridesmaids in turquoise knee-length prom dresses with matching high-heels at the ceremony in a converted barn on Stream Farm at Bridgwater, Somerset. The groom's vicar father conducted the service in front of 200 guests, including Carey's fellow British actress Sienna Miller as well as her actor pals Jake Gyllenhaal and Colin Firth. Rankin was on hand to take snaps of their special day, which was organised by Bentley’s Entertainment. I cannot wait to see pictures of Carey's bridal style, congrats to the newlyweds!
Topshop is entering the bridal marketplace and launching their own wedding dress collection. The British high street brand is excited to be collaborating with Richard Nicoll once again, this time on bridal gowns, with Topshop tweeting: "Want to get married just so we can wear our @studio_nicoll bridal collection set to land in June. Can't give you a sneak peek but wow!"
At his S/S '12 show at London Fashion Week last September, Nicoll brought out several floaty, romantic pieces in a departure from his more usual sporty style, perhaps giving us a taste of what's to come. The London-born designer, who has worked with Topshop before, told Grazia Daily: "I am understanding more and more what women want but it has to gel with what I want too. So it's a compromise of both perspectives, architecture meets reality. The wearable things are what I would want to wear if I was a woman." Are you excited for the collaboration?