Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2011

Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2011

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Amsale: Cascading rosettes as well as bows and brooches adorned Amsale Aberra’s dresses, in a lineup that ranged from full-skirted princess gowns to mermaid styles with vintage appeal.

Angel Sanchez: Asymmetry marked some of the highlights of Angel Sanchez’s collection, as in a sequin trumpet gown overlaid with French net gathered at the hip and knee, and a crystal-and-organza-embroidered princess gown with cascading zigzag tulle panels.

Anna Maier
: The Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija collection featured a variety of gowns with beautifully draped full skirts and two short princess-cut dresses, but the standout was a one-shoulder lace column dress.

Badgley Mischka: A vintage flair seemed to appeal to Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who showed four gowns each from their Badgley Mischka Bridal and Mark & James lines.

Carolina Herrera: Carolina Herrera looked to strong creative women for her collection, from a nod to singer Edith Piaf with a pale pink tulle mermaid silhouette embroidered with a sequin floral design to sculptor Camille Claudel.

: Christos brides prefer understated glamour, and this season, the collection was full of beautiful princess gowns with tulle skirts and, for subtle drama, two variations of skirted ballgowns with ruffles that create plenty of texture.

Douglas Hannant: Empire waist gowns were the highlight of Douglas Hannant’s collection, shown along with princess and mermaid numbers, covered with tiers of Chantilly lace or fan-embroidered tulle.

Kenneth Pool:
For Amsale’s Kenneth Pool collection, the more high-drama lineup for the Amsale Group, the beautiful beadwork on belts, straps and bodices set it apart.

Lela Rose: The Lela Rose collection featured body-conscious, timeless shapes, ranging from the strapless princess cut with a smoky gray sash and embroidery to the tulle cap-sleeve mermaid cut.

Marchesa: A draped gown with asymmetric flower appliqués and cascading tulle ruffles, and a lace column dress with an asymmetric peplum bowed in the waist were the stars of Georgina Chapman’s lineup for Marchesa.

Peter Langer: Strapless gowns were the norm at Peter Langer, where detailed bodices gave way to the full-skirted princess gowns. The standouts were an ivory gown with a green sash around the bust, and a tiered, ruched strapless gown with a bow at the side bust.

Monique Lhuillier: Monique Lhuillier offered much to satisfy many a fairy-tale dream, with gowns covered in frothy rosettes or featuring beautifully embroidered corsetry.

Nicole Miller: Nicole Miller’s girl is fit and young, judging from the unadorned, body-conscious trumpet silhouette that prevailed — perfect for the bombshell bride.

Oscar de la Renta: With each look, Oscar de la Renta fulfilled one beautiful wedding fantasy after another, offering standouts such as a mermaid shape with embroidered tulle and an icy blue underlay, and a princess sillhouette with an intricate guipure strapless top and full ostrich feather-embroidered skirt.

Priscilla of Boston Collections: The Priscilla of Boston group, which includes the Melissa Sweet, Jewel, Vineyard and Platinum divisions, has something for every bride. This season, though, the red cocktail dresses that opened the show set the tone for edgier styles such as a short, feathered dress and vest, along with stylish extravagant headpieces.

Reem Acra: With her trademark mixed-media fare, Reem Acra showed a beautiful collection of gowns with tiered full skirts topped with lingerie-style corsets and lots of floral embroidery on everything from a side train that ran up to a gathered waist to a tulle sleeveless underlay that spiced up a less-adorned princess dress.

Romona Keveza: For Romona Keveza’s signature collection, drama and fairy-tale elements prevailed, as seen in a black one-shoulder ballgown and another with a flower-embroidered bust with scattered embroidery along the skirt.

Vera Wang: Rivers of tulle rippled and swirled into rosettes and feathery trains as Vera Wang showed a dreamy collection of bridal gowns in hues that ranged from white to a soft blush and a pretty, pale lilac.

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