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The Hottest Bridal Looks From the Runway At Retail Prices

  • Photos, from left: John Aquino and Robert Mitra

    From girly minis to vintage Jackie O–inspired frocks, BRIDES editors saw tons of gorgeous dresses go down the runway during the spring 2011 bridal collections. Here, our favorite styles at prices for every bride:

    Soft and Effortless
    Both Kevan Hall and Thread went the effortless route, perfect for the fuss-free bride, with easy, flowing dresses—no restricting undergarments required.

    Kevan Hall ($9,100)
    Thread ($1,200)

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    Textured Blooms
    Lazaro and David's Bridal took texture to a new level with floral ball gown skirts—fit for the bride who relishes being the center of attention.

    Lazaro ($6,600)
    David's Bridal ($1,250)

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    Art Deco
    Talk about glamour—Douglas Hannant and Sue Wong conjured old-Hollywood sophistication with lace bias-cut art deco–inspired gowns.

    Douglas Hannant ($5,500)
    Sue Wong ($549)

  • Photos by John Aquino

    Knife Pleating
    Marchesa updated its signature swirl with knife pleating, and Watters infused its version with the modern twist of a tiered ball-gown skirt.

    Marchesa ($6,995)
    Watters ($1,200)

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    Jackie O
    Amsale's structured ball gown, J.Crew's classic slim dress: These silhouettes (both finished with a wide bow at the waist) hark back to the timeless feminine elegance of Jackie O.

    Amsale ($5,700)
    J.Crew ($1,000)

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    Froufrou Minis
    Shorter hemlines dominated this season—specifically in the style of frilly minidresses. With their tiered, ruffled frocks, Peter Langner and Simone Carvalli showed the trend at its girliest.

    Peter Langner ($10,186)
    Simone Carvalli ($1,600)


    —Beth Swanson, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDES Magazine's Predictions for Katy Perry's Wedding Dress


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    When it comes to red-carpet dressing, pop sensation Katy Perry is no wallflower. (Who could forget the gown with built-in LED lights that she rocked at this year's Met Ball?) Since the word understated is clearly not part of her vocabulary, we are eagerly waiting to see what the soon-to-be Mrs. Russell Brand will wear for her upcoming nuptials in India. Whatever she decides, we're sure it will be a showstopper.—Beth Swanson, BRIDES magazine


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    If she does take the white-wedding-dress route, there's no doubt she'll go all the way—like in this over-the-top tulle-and-beaded confection from Pnina Tornai. If anyone can pull off a gown this frilly, it's girly-girl Katy.


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    We could also see the singer sporting this short-and-sweet Jenny Packham frock. The silver embellishment ups the glam factor, but the black bows at the shoulders keep it playful and chic.


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    The singer, who has an affinity for the cinched bodice and exaggerated skirts of retro 1950s frocks, could totally pull off Ines Di Santo's dramatic high-low ball gown. Classic but quirky—quintessentially Katy.


  • Photo by Kyle Ericksen

    If the rumors are true, Ms. Perry may end up in an original gown she's creating with Lebanese designer Reem Acra. But if she decides to go with one of Reem's own designs, this peach number could be just the ticket, complete with a tucked skirt and a crystal-embellished bodice.


  • Photo by Kyle Ericksen

    It might not be as shocking as the turquoise-and-hot-pink flamingo-printed minidress she wore during a concert last summer, but Katy would definitely make a bold statement if she swapped a solid-colored dress for Carolina Herrera's floral pastel creation. (We wouldn't be surprised if she decided to sport the feather hat, too!)


  • Photo by Thomas Iannacone

    She's not one to pass on sparkle, so Katy may not be able to resist Monique Lhuillier's ornately embellished slim dress. All eyes will be on her—and her va-va-voom curves—in this body-hugging gown.

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BRIDAL MARKET 2010: Vera Wang Celebrates 20 Years

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After 20 years, Vera Wang definitely knows how to make a bride look her very best and feel unique—and her spring show proved no different. Focusing on movement and draping, the ethereal collection included unconventional gowns that seemed to simply float down the runway. Standouts included a stunning smoky gray number, embellished with silver and gold crystals and cinched with a dramatic black ribbon and a buttercream-colored frock that looks less like a dress than an art sculpture (in a really good way). Suffice it to say, one of these dresses could make even the most traditional of girls want to forgo a simple white wedding dress in favor of Vera's avant-garde creations.

—Beth Swanson, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDAL MARKET 2010: Lazaro Mega Ball Gowns

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Photo by John Aquino

Size really did matter at the Lazaro show, where mega ball gowns brought big-time drama. Voluminous tulle-and-organza extravaganzas, most with strapless sweetheart bodices, wafted down the runway. The most breathtaking of the bunch were an organza sunflower gown and an accordion-pleated organza confection that seem to swirl in the spotlight. Lazaro's dresses also had serious 3-D detailing, a trend that has taken over bridal design this season. Other high points: a delightful jeweled fairy-tale frock made from sherbet tulle, and a red mikado corset gown that's great for bridesmaids. At the start of the show, Lazaro dedicated the collection to his mother—without a doubt, he did her proud.

—Terrie Collymore, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDAL MARKET 2010: Alfred Angelo's 7 Disney-inspired Princess Gowns



  • Alfred Angelo has dreamed up seven wedding gowns inspired by the most iconic royalty of all: the Disney princesses. And with prices ranging from $599 to $1,199, there's sure to be a dress to indulge every bride's fantasy—regardless of her budget.—Beth Swanson, BRIDES magazine



  • 1. One of the oldest Disney heroines, Snow White is a princess with lots of gumption. (She'd have to be, to live in the woods with seven dwarfs.) So this fair-faced beauty's gown wouldn't be complete without the motif of leaves and apple blossoms.



  • 2. Delicate and feminine, Sleeping Beauty's Aurora would be the perfect princess to slip into a soft tulle gown, accented with roses at the shoulder and on the bodice.



  • 3. This mermaid dress is a no-brainer for Ariel, the princess of the sea. Inspired by the redheaded daughter of Neptune, this sexy dress may come sans bikini top, but it does feature luscious pearls and sparkly sequins.



  • 4. Angelo imagined Jasmine, the sole princess who wears comfortable pants instead of a constricting dress, rocking a slinky sheath on her wedding day. But that's not to say that Aladdin's fuss-free princess isn't glam—the embellished neckline adds the perfect amount of detail.



  • 5. With its off-the-shoulder neckline and full skirt, this ladylike dress is fit for both a wedding ceremony and an elegant ballroom reception, just like Belle's yellow gown in Beauty and the Beast.



  • 6. Cinderella, the epitome of "princess," was the inspiration for this embellished and shimmering number. The gown even gives a nod to the story's glass slipper, but brides can relish wearing this dress long after the clock strikes midnight.



  • 7. Sassy brides can take cues from Disney's youngest and most progressive-thinking princess, Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. This strong floral one-shoulder gown is complete with a statement-making pick-up skirt.

    Photos Courtesy of Disney and Robert Mitra

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BRIDAL MARKET 2010: Marchesa's Origami Inspiration

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With dress after dress swathed in frills, tulle, lace, texture, and the designer's signature sculptural swirl, Marchesa's spring 2011 bridal show was otherworldly. Standouts included a full ball gown made entirely of pleated origami fans, and a delicate lace number with an oversize cascading front ruffle. But not even these stunners overshadowed their frothy, poufy minidresses—they're just so good, they might even persuade you to wear an adorable shortie for both your ceremony and your reception.

—Beth Swanson, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDAL MARKET 2010: J. Crew's Simple Silhouettes

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Photo by Kyle Ericksen

The easy, breezy, sophisticated style of J.Crew continues to be en pointe with the company's spring 2011 collection—think glam garden party. Simple silhouettes are embellished with unexpected details, such as a layer of sequins underneath a fuss-free crinkle-chiffon sheath, a trumpet gown with organza and cotton-pique stripes, and a short ruffled frock with varying tiers of feathers and lace. One of our faves is a slim gown with crisscross straps and a dramatic exposed back. But of course, it wouldn't be J.Crew without a little nod to menswear. Their stylists recommend stealing your fiancé's belt and wrapping it around the waist of your wedding dress—quintessentially J.Crew.

—Beth Swanson, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDAL MARKET 2010: Monique Lhuillier Flaunts Floral

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Inspired by the delicate petals of a flower, Monique Lhuillier's newest bridal collection is definitely not for shrinking violets. With whimsical flourishes such as tiered ruffles, ladylike lace, and organza petals, these dresses are for the bride who wants to indulge her girly, feminine side. An extravagant wedding would be the perfect venue to show off one of our favorites: a crystal-embellished trumpet gown, splashed with a sweet lavender sash that's cinched at the waist. And for the bride planning to make a costume change to tear up the dance floor at the reception, the mini number is irresistible.

—Beth Swanson, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDAL MARKET 2010: Badgley Mischka's 3-D Floral Dresses

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Photo by John Aquino

Enchanting floral frocks were the stars of the show at today's Badgley Mischka preview. Three-dimensional posies provided the major drama and were lavished on slim, romantic A-line gowns. The standouts among the group were a pearl silk-organza blossom-covered dress and a buttercream charmeuse strapless look featuring a full petal skirt that really fluttered. Of course, no Badgley Mischka show would be complete without some sass and sparkle. Cue the silk-taffeta minidress with a feather shrug (an after-party number if we ever saw one) and the beaded bolero worn over a sexy mermaid gown. We also have to give the designers big props for the to-die-for accessories—that chunky coin bracelet was mega-fabulous.

—Terrie Collymore, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDAL MARKET 2010: Reem Acra's Modern-Day Princess Gowns

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Reem Acra's spring 2011 bridal show was a nod to the classics. Inspired by leading ladies in iconic films such as Gone With the Wind and The King and I, Reem took timeless silhouettes and updated them with her signature details—extraordinary beadwork, lavish ball-gown skirts, and delicious fabrics. Perfect for a modern-day princess bride.

—Ellen Heisler, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDAL MARKET 2010: David's Bridal Convertible Wedding Dress

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Photo by Kyle Ericksen

There was plenty of romance, plus a few unexpected delights, at the David's Bridal New York fashion preview. A trio of fabulous convertible dresses from the David's collection provided the biggest surprise. With a flick of a few snaps and hooks, or a pull of a zipper, charming ball gowns became sassy knee-length cocktail numbers right before our eyes. It was like fashion magic. Our fave: a voluminous taffeta and tulle frock that transformed into an fun bubble minidress (viva la volume!)—perfect for dancing up a storm at the reception. David's fans will be gleeful to get two fantastic looks for a virtual steal—each dress will retail for under $700. We also have to give an honorable mention to a painterly floral organza gown and fetching bridesmaids frocks done in juicy watermelon and lemon shades. So fresh!

—Terrie Collymore, BRIDES magazine

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