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Best Brides at Paris Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014

Posted: 13/07/2013 00:00

Wedding Dress Trends

By Aimée Grant Cumberbatch

The arrival of the wedding dress at the end of a haute couture show is a moment of grace.

The most anticipated look of the show, it provides a breathtakingly beautiful finale to each designer's presentation. With delicate lace detailing, lavish sequin embellishment and trains that seemed to stretch for miles, some dresses swathed their model in masses of material, others fitted like gloves.

From Chanel and Valentino to Elie Saab, discover the most beautiful bridal wear that went down the catwalk this Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Couture Week.

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  • Elie Saab haute couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014

    Inspired by princess tiaras, ruby, sapphire, emerald and diamond were the tones of choice for a glittering <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/search/index?q=Elie+Saab+" target="_hplink"><strong>Elie Saab</strong></a> <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/defiles/fall-winter-2013-2014-paris-elie-saab-1/9036/diaporama/show-942/12699/pag" target="_hplink">haute couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collection</a>. Known for creating increasingly impressive bridal designs year upon year, the Lebanese designer didn't disappoint, unveiling a decadently sequin-embroidered silver dress accompanied by a seemingly endless veil carried by three bridesmaids whose dresses matched and mirrored the bride's.

  • Valentino haute couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014

    Creative directors of the Italian fashion house <strong>Maria Grazia Chiuri</strong> and <strong>Pierpaolo Piccioli</strong> were inspired by the unique and precious objects of curiosity shops for their <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/defiles/fall-winter-2013-2014-paris-valentino-1/9042/diaporama/show-945/12709/pag" target="_hplink">Fall/Winter 2013-2014</a> haute couture collection. In keeping with that theme, this sleek dress with its classic lines and subtle train has been intricately embellished with lace, pearls and gold thread.

  • Chanel haute couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014

    The high point of a futuristic collection from <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/search/index?q=Chanel" target="_hplink"><strong>Chanel</strong></a>, this wedding dress was worn on the catwalk by model <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/search/index?q=Erin+Wasson+&s=publish_at&type=0" target="_hplink">Erin Wasson</a> against an apocalyptic backdrop of cityscapes in ruins. With a high officer's collar, the fitted tweed piece was cinched in with a large belt, dotted with silk-covered buttons and trailed an impressive embroidered organza train.

  • Christian Dior haute couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014

    At <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/search/index?q=Christian+Dior+" target="_hplink"><strong>Christian Dior</strong></a> the wedding dress for <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/defiles/fall-winter-2013-2014-paris-christian-dior-2/9005/diaporama/show-929/12648/pag" target="_hplink">Fall/Winter 2013-2014</a> was pristine white and structural. A shapely strapless number fitted around the bust, cinched in by dramatic contrasting black bands with a full flowing skirt, the dress closed a collection which creative director of the fashion house <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/search/index?q=Raf+Simons=publish_at&type=0" target="_hplink"><strong>Raf Simons</strong></a> described as "free and modern".

  • Armani Privé haute couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014

    In a collection entitled 'Nude', <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/search/index?q=Giorgio+Armani+" target="_hplink"><strong>Giorgio Armani</strong></a> presented a series of pastel-coloured Art Deco-inspired dresses this <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/search/index?q=Couture+Week&s=publish_at&type=0" target="_hplink">Couture Week</a>. Referencing similar design codes, the delicately sequined straps of this wedding dress recalled the glamour of 1940s Hollywood starlets.

  • Giambattista Valli haute couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014

    The Italian designer unveiled a surprisingly short wedding dress at his haute couture <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/defiles/fall-winter-2013-2014-paris-giambattista-valli-2/9009/diaporama/show-930/12657/pag" target="_hplink">Fall/Winter 2013-2014</a> runway show. An avant-garde alternative to more classic styles, the asymmetric piece featured a floral motif and was cinched in at the waist by a large band of white ribbon.

  • Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014

    Inspired by panthers, leopards and other big cats, <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/search/index?q=Jean+Paul+Gaultier&s=publish_at&type=0" target="_hplink"><strong>Jean Paul Gaultier</strong></a>'s colossal bridal creation was the climax of a feline-themed collection of clown-esque proportions. The playful Pierrot-inspired gown was influenced by <a href="http://en.vogue.fr/search/index?q=David+Bowie&s=publish_at&type=0" target="_hplink">David Bowie</a>'s look in the 1980 music video for Ashes to Ashes.

 

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