Haute Couture knows opulence. The designers that show during this prestigious fashion week deal in extravagance - not just in price, but craftsmanship. It’s not chintzy mind, but there is enough glitz, glamour and embellishment (this season in the form of feathers and beading) to make the most reserved bride start a new Pinterest board.
For those in the market for a swishing gown, Giambattista Valli has miles of ruffles to offer. Meanwhile, Alexis Mabille, Ellie Saab and Giorgio Armani Prive are upping the glitz. There’s is a fairytale aesthetic. Though not played out on cupcake gowns, the attention to detail and pristine three-dimensional sequins and beading has the Princess-y minded catered for. For modern nuptials - like that of a town hall register office - a suit has been weaponised for low-octane, high-impact. Chanel’s skirt suit worn with ankle boots feels modish, while Atelier Sonia Rykiel’s shirtless drapery adds sex appeal through mannish tailoring. Very modern brides willing to take a sartorial gamble should also look to Rykiel where denim and corseting makes a thrilling (and frilling) combination or to Giambattista Valli where the humble polka dot gilds stark white dresses.
On the topic of colour, the wedding day palette is being blown wide open with Christian Dior’s soft tan tones and Fendi’s violet. Meanwhile, Chanel who notoriously close their Couture shows with a bridal look chose a mint green skirt suit worn by Adut Akech Bior. Meanwhile, if you're a guest at an upcoming nuptial don't discount this colour scheme as it may prove you chicer than the bride (sacrilege)!
Whether you’re in the market for a six-figure dress or just inspiration, take a look through this romantically-minded gallery.