*New York Fashion Week may have just recently ended, but that doesn't mean there still isn't major bridal inspiration to be found from the recent runway shows! From pre-wedding party attire to must-have big-day accessories, the bi-annual fashion event offered up delectable styles for brides-to-be. Our Fashion Director Elle Strauss was on-hand to witness all of the whimsical, modern, and inventive creations first hand, and is here to report back her favorites. Here, she retrospectively looks back at two of her favorite shows, and what their gorgeous gowns could add to your wedding. *
Two of my favorite shows from Spring/Summer New York Fashion Week — which just wrapped up and has now moved on to London — were Proenza Schouler and Oscar de la Renta. You wouldn't typically group Oscar's polished, uptown aesthetic with Proenza's modern, downtown style, but this season, both lines coincidentally looked to Spain for inspiration. At Proenza, that translated to sleek, feminine frills and — another one of the week's prominent trends — shoulder-baring necklines (perfect for a wedding, no?). On the other hand, at Oscar, designer Peter Copping went for a more traditional take on the señorita style with satin, ruffled floor-length gowns that were accessorized with black ribbons in the models' low ponytails and finished with matte red lips.
If you're flirting with the idea of having a European influence at your wedding, culling aesthetic inspiration from Spain, as Proenza Schouler and Oscar de la Renta did, offers something that both uptown and downtown girls will love.