I have to admit, when my Facebook and Instagram Story feeds start filling with ladies walking the runway in all the latest bridal collections, I swoon. I mean, shopping for your wedding dress is one of the very best parts of wedding planning, right?!? Its the dress you dream of first, picture yourself in, don mockups of as a little girl…flip through countless magazine pages devouring the possibilities.
The Spring 2018 collections do not disappoint. There is a lot of texture and drama to be found in just about every designer’s offerings. Admittedly, I look at the dresses and imagine working with them from a photography standpoint: How will they move? What are the posing possibilities? Will they overwhelm the bride? Those that pass this test then get submitted to my Midwestern practicality. I look for real wearability – can you sit, can you walk, will you be able to dance, does it require constant diligent attention? To that point, there are A LOT of the new dresses which were basically transparent and really not wearable in that respect. Though they were beautiful, I couldn’t see a bride showing up in one and saying hi to Grandma. You know, that’s the bar I set.
So, fingers crossed a few of these beauties are found in my camera lens in 2018…hint, hint!
Kicking it off with two of my all-time favorite designers. Carolina never ever disappoints. She’s timeless and gorgeous. Victor & Rolf – no one does a ballgown skirt like they do, and I always feel like you’ll love that dress to the end of time.
The blush trend continues in Spring 2018 and it’s made it’s way into the pale pinks that were all over the runway. This flowy number by Leanne Marshall was an instant “yes”! And the one in the upper left – what a beautiful and feminine take on sleeves. Temperley managed to bring lots of texture and architecture to their collection, without losing the femininity.
Mori Lee isn’t always a favorite of mine, as I tend to shy from a lot of embellishments. But the silhouettes in this collection can’t be beat, and the gorgeous soft skirts – so lovely, and there’s that blush tone again. Julie Vino was a new discovery for me this season, and I loved the gladiator take on lace and jewels paired with the split skirt.
These next picks are the stuff dreams are made of. I mean, look at them. The translucent lace skirts! The way that upper right one shows off two, maybe even three silhouettes at once and still manages to look classic. The necklines! Oh, how I love a non-strapless dress that manages to make you even forget about the all-too-often-chosen option. All the hand claps to Gemy Maalouf.
I have to hand it to Theia in the relaxed and wearable arena – they always nail that. Easy, breezy, and just about anyone could wear them. Oscar de la Renta on the other hand – he makes all my dreams come true with texture that doesn’t overwhelm. And the mere suggestion of a veil that is that much fun? Sign me up!
I loved how Randi Rahm & Peter Langer utilized sleeves without making them feel heavy. Mira Zwillinger gave us geometric necklines that don’t feel put upon. And Reem, well who can argue with the artistry that is her signature beading and embellishment?
Galia Lahav. I’m still dreaming of this one dress from their collection. It’s pink, and full, and flowery and the silhouette is divine. Jenny Packham always owns the bejeweled dress, and this season was no exception.
I chose A LOT of full skirts this season – it’s because they are so much fun to wear and photograph. It’s such a classic silhouette. And, when else can you wear a dress like that and just revel in the drama of it? I’d be remise not to include the awesome Monique Lhullier in this round-up, and she brought all kinds of romance and loveliness to this silhouette.
All images are from Martha Stewart Weddings, where many, but not all were credited to First Sight, the designer, or no credit given.