Here are a few ideas for bridal dresses. It always pays to see what's happening on the European catwalks. Of course one has to look beyond colour, transparency and the general angularity of most models (not to mention the fact that most of them don't have any boobs) and see the possibilities. Like theses rather fun ruffles from Elie Saab
Or the fabulous drapery and drama of this number. I love the cinched in waist. Again from old Elie. The colour is fab too. Of course there will probably be a slightly daggier shade available here which is almost right but missing the depth. Why can't local silk suppliers get some colours right?
This is Givenchy. I don't like the animal napping on her shoulders but the cut of the lower skirt is very sexy. The plunging neck is also right up my alley but not for a wedding .... I guess!
This is Gaultier. I like the idea of transparency with a graphic nature. It wouldn't have the same impact in lighter bridal shades, but I think there would definitely be a version that would look utterly gorgeous if it were done right. Not as busy around the bodice and torso, but it's quite sexy I think.
I have just booked a rather gorgeous Parisian girl who is having her wedding in Montreal and then another do in Paris and she would like a contrasting combination of black and ivory. I think she's after something quite glamourous but with some surprise detail. I'm really excited about the possibility of what we could do so I'm going to collect plenty of reference. This is the first one. I think this is Gaultier too. Can I say that he is one of my favourite designers. He is always clever and other worldly in his ideas of what an interesting woman could be. I think my style is a little softer than this dress but the hem detail is rather fab.
Anyway, www.style.com is a great reference I think. The trick is to look at RTW as well as couture as there are plenty of details in a dress and it's important to look for them in all sorts of places. Piece together a neckline here and a waist detail there. You know, that sort of thing.... x