Some Like It Haute: Wedding Dress Inspiration From The Couture Shows

The PARIS HAUTE COUTURE SHOWS allow us to dream and PROVIDE TAKEAWAY DETAILS from DESIGNER COLLECTIONS that can be incorporated into your own wedding …


At Chanel we loved the small reimagined veils topped with roses used on each model, though the final exit – a bride in a white suit and (detachable) cape was the ultimate multi-tasker. Lagerfeld’s intention was to provide a “French fantasy” and he hit the brief. Marrying in a tuxedo has always appealed – after Bianca Jagger wore a YSL jacket for her nuptials to Mick Jagger in St Tropez (in 1971). This is Karl Lagerfeld’s contemporary take.


Likewise Maria Grazia Chiuri sent three white suits down her monochromatic runway at Dior. We’d love to steal this as a bridal theme – clean, contemporary and chic.

Zuhair Murad showed how to incorporate sequins (one of our favourite details), feathers, and pearls into a bridal outfit without looking tacky, though the overall ensemble is Renaissance in ethos. The takeaway: if you want an historical romance use this show as your moodboard.

Giambattista Valli’s simple, elegant Grecian-inspired column dress was a favourite – and easy to channel. Add a vintage brooch, for something old, while the cape is used instead of a train to update the traditional bridal gown.

Elie Saab, a favourite with Middle Eastern princesses and brides, is a master of elongating the frame as well as using embroidery – a current trend in both bridal and high street fashion. Unless you have a family heirloom, use a tiara sparingly. This channels Old Hollywood glamour; a silvery gown will look gorgeous for evening receptions.

Ralph & Russo’s final bridal exit channelled the Marie Antoinette trend in size and shape, though we preferred this simpler exit. The bar jacket with nipped in waist is chic and timeless, while allowing for inclement weather and a sheath dress underneath.


As for bridesmaids dresses, Etro’s SS18 collection is worth a look. This simple ensemble with a boho vibe is fuss-free while the sparkly bag instead of a bouquet gave us food for thought …

Penny McCormick

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