Bridal Looks from the
Fall 2011 Couture Shows

Wedding Dresses, Wedding Dresses
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Photos: Fairchild Archive

Unless you're an astronomically wealthy woman or close, personal friends with Karl Lagerfeld (or both), chances are you won't be getting married in a couture gown. The opportunity to wear bridal couture requires—among other feats—access to a couturier's atelier, considerably deep pockets, and the availability to schedule at least five fittings...in Paris. That's not to say the recent couture runways shouldn't inspire your wedding look, however, just as the hand-sewn collections often influence ready-to-wear.

Perhaps more so this season than most, couture was awash in bridal white, silver, and blush. Elie Saab showed a particularly wedding-worthy lineup of airy, beaded tulle gowns (top center) that evoke the fairy-like feel of recent bridal runways. The house of Valentino can always be counted on to offer impeccably tailored creations, this time showing gowns (bottom left) that paired conservative long sleeves with provocative sheer details. Reflecting his experience with bridal clients, Georges Hobeika sent out a number of floral-pleated white gowns (top right), while Giambattista Valli catered to more voluminous tastes with white feathered skirts and oversize shoulders (left middle).

Sadly, we're more likely to see these designs on the red carpet than fluttering down the aisle anytime soon. That is, unless someone pulls a twofer and gets married at an award show. So, fingers crossed. —Phillip B. Crook

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