For some, the wedding day is a chance to shun the style lessons learnt over a lifetime, and embrace tradition (and, quite often, a hell of a lot of tulle).
For others, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a sartorial splash on the big day, in a dress you normally couldn't justify purchasing. Whether you're in the market for a designer gown, or merely looking for some runway inspo to dictate your own dress dreams, we have you covered with the hottest bridal looks from the spring runways.
Miss Wang's spring/summer collection took subtle cues from the mystique of India, with intricate ivory brocades hinting to the sub continent. Unlike Wang's much-lauded bridal collections, her shorter spring pieces feel very sunshine-state appropriate, incorporating sheer lace paneling and modern silhouettes.
Saab's Spring 2013 couture collection saw the typical line up of his drop-dead-gorgeous dresses. With a line that holds true to the pastels and sparkles of fairy tale wedding attire, while managing to avoid any hint of 'ick' factor, and erring toward fresh, feminine silhouettes (and a hint of disco), Saab's entire collection is practically wedding-dress porn. Look away if you're on a budget.
Girlie Girls, this one's for you. Clare Waight Keller's third collection for Chloe has garden-party-wedding all over it. Exaggerated sleeves, ruffles, and applique flowers lending a flirty feel to the modern cuts and pure-white palette of her dress designs. Teamed with silver Mary-Janes, this look is very now, while holding onto an innocence, sweetness, and girlish appeal, which, if we're being frank, the modern-bride-to-be could probably use a bit of.
Calvin Klein Collection
Francisco Costa has done it again, parading a runway line up of simple, understated dresses that manage to be timeless without adhering to any of the traditional bridal standbys. The use of netting, fine belts, and exaggerated love-heart necklines in his spring line is both beautiful and wearable. If you're bridal prerogative is to eschew the frou frou, Klein is a good place to start.
Hello, sexy. The ladies motoring down Versace's spring runways had the requisite Versace sex appeal in abundance. Dramatic thigh splits, plunging necklines, and Victoria's Secret hair. While this look might not be so easy to pull off in your garden-party style affair, if it's high drama you're after, this is one designer you should certainly consider (though, you may give your grandma a heart attack).
Rodriguez's bias-cut, understated sheaths have been coveted by minimalist brides ever since Carolyn Bessette paved the for way for elegant wasps everywhere with the simple satin Narciso Rodriguez gown she wore as she wed the ultimate preppy bachelor, JFK JR. Sexuality and simplicity are the hall marks of Rodriguez style, and his latest spring collection doesn't disappoint, with simple modern pieces delivering cool elegance, with just a hint of sex appeal. (His spring collection also featured a killer simple white tux. Non-conformists will be all over it).