When it comes to wedding planning, former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman knows exactly where to start — her wedding dress! So naturally, she and fiancé Josh Murray attended Bridal Fashion Week this week to scope out all of the latest designs. We had a chance to sit down with the bride-to-be at the Mark Zunino Fall 2015 runway show to discuss her top picks from the runway and her dream gown.
As she works with legendary bridal salon Kleinfeld to find the perfect dress, Andi is pretty clear on what she wants to wear on her big day.
"I love the simplicity of a lot of dresses," Andi told Brides. "I love a chic and elegant feel. I like strapless a lot, I've always kind of thought that a fit-and-flare trumpet style would work great on my body. And definitely something with structured material."
"She has a very specific look in mind, which I think is great," Kleinfeld's Fashion Director Terri Hall told Brides of Andi's taste. "She wants something very clean. She wants something interesting and sexy, but she doesn't want a lot of embellishment or even any embellishment at all. She's really looking for a fit and flare and wants strapless. Nothing even too shiny, so I'm thinking something even in gazaar or mikado, it could even be maybe satin-faced organza."
One thing she definitely doesn't want? Bling.
"I haven't always been a huge fan of bling," Andi added. "But I will say, even seeing Mark Zunino's show, my favorite gown of his was this beaded, V-neck with deep plunge — it's unbelievable! — that's totally the opposite to what I would have thought. So I'm staying a little bit more open-minded than I thought I would."
It should come as no surprise, then, that her runway picks were a mix of both: The sleek aesthetic she's always imagined, plus a few game-changing show-stoppers. Here, Andi's top wedding dress picks from Bridal Fashion Week:
Dennis Basso: "The Dennis Basso, I mean, come on. I love this plunging neckline. I feel like OK, if you put a plunging neckline with the flowy bottom, it's sexy-meets-sophisticated. Some of the dresses I think are just too low and too tight, that's not my look at all. I love this. I think it's sexy and elegant but still romantic and ethereal. I mean anything with pockets — pockets are amazing."
Photo: Thomas Iannacone
Reem Acra: "I love Reem Acra. This was one of my favorite dresses. I think it's a great take on a ball gown, because it's not as dramatic of a ball gown but it still has the shape. It's a little bit more relaxed and flowy and low-key than a normal ball gown."
Photos: Thomas Iannacone; George Chinsee
Badgely Mischka and Hayley Paige: "I'm loving the trend of red-carpet-meets-wedding. I feel like years ago you would've never seen mixed metals in a dress, you would never see leather. I mean there was like white leather this season! Who does that? It's amazing."
Photos: Thomas Iannacone
Mark Zunino: "Mark did a plastic embroidered fabric, that's unheard of, but it looks amazing. So, I kind of like uniqueness of a wedding gown that just used to always be a white, lace, or beaded but is now becoming different and evolving."
How about what Josh wants to see his love wear walking down the aisle? "She's going to look beautiful regardless of what she wears. When it comes down to it, ultimately, it's her decision," the love-struck former pro-baseball player told Brides. Great answer!