The Fall/Winter 2015 haute couture collections, which just debuted in Paris, were filled with wedding-ready silhouettes, exquisite laces, embroidery, and unforgettable details. Here, we rounded up our six favorite looks for brides-to-be — from Kendall Jenner's rock-and-roll bridal tuxedo at Chanel to the heavenly medieval chiffon gowns at Christian Dior.
Love the idea of a bridal tuxedo, but couldn't quite figure out how to also work in a veil? Make like Kendall Jenner and affix it to the shoulders of your jacket. And while the focus of your wedding-day look is indeed the dress, what better complement than equally spectacular jewelry? Karl Lagerfeld debuted his new collection on the runway, while simultaneously modeling Chanel's high jewelry collection on celebrities who played roulette while the models walked the Art Deco casino set in the Grand Palais. The haute joaillerie collection was a re-issuing of the only fine jewelry collection ever designed by Coco Chanel herself in 1929, titled, "Bijoux de Diamants."
Speaking of veils, it's hard to miss Zuhair Murad's show-closing bride. This spectacular ball gown with a long sleeve illusion bodice is at once refined yet incredibly romantic. The metallic silver star embroidery is a beautiful twist on his usual couture embellishments, and the grand cathedral veil is perfectly suited to the look and the proportions of the gown.
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Raf Simons continues to redefine Christian Dior for the 21st century customer, and his latest haute couture collection was certainly directional. The collection appeared infused with a sense of whimsy, and was inspired specifically by the iconic work of Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch, the Garden of Earthly Delights. This ethereal white chiffon gown would make any bride appear to have just stepped from the pages of a fairy tale.
Atelier Versace Couture
Linking the two overarching trends of couture week, the first of gold dresses and the second of fairytale goddesses, Atelier Versace Couture presented a coterie of nymphic models clad in deconstructed gowns of frayed pastel chiffon, with flowers tied in their hair. Looking for an equally pretty alternative to a floral crown? Imagine scaling down the size of the flowers, and letting them trail down your gown, or veil, like this romantic Versace creation.
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Elie Saab's haute couture collections are known for its abundance of bridal inspiration, and this season was particularly close to the Lebanese designer's heart. Twenty-five years ago, his wife walked down the aisle wearing a golden wedding gown designed by Saab at their ceremony, and this collection paid tribute to that very personal memory with a range of gilded gowns. This regal long-sleeve ballgown perfectly mixes daring sheer details with a sophisticated, conservatively sprawling embellished lace embroidery. Imagine wearing it in a stately cathedral or grand ballroom.
Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri's Valentino collection of beautifully weighted velvets, gathered tulle, and lace is full of bridal inspiration — just check out the delicate headpieces. This captivating gown could have been made-to-measure for Demeter, the goddess of the autumn harvest. The dress's golden wheat embroidery offers an entirely fresh (and ladylike) take on the transparent bridal bodice trend.