This yearʼs most trend-set­ting brides from around the world

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We wit­nessed a plethora of wed­dings in the past few months. Each com­plete with an ef­fort­less je ne sais quoi ce­ment­ing pure el­e­gance in avant garde takes on high-im­pact ball skirts, and tra­di­tional bridal lehen­gas. The fa­mous brides of the year and their mes­meris­ing fash­ion choices left their stamp on all the bridal run­way col­lec­tions that fol­lowed this year. While the cat­walks boasted styles that pushed back on the tra­di­tional bridal look, there was also a new take on min­i­mal­ism that was both fash­ion-for­ward and luxe. There is much to learn about per­son­al­i­sa­tion from these celebrity bridal choices. Here, we look back at the mak­ing of the most in­flu­en­tial bridal looks that are sure to set the tone for the fu­ture brides-to-be.

Chiara Fer­ragni by Dior

Ahead of Chiara Fer­ragni’s star-stud­ded wed­ding to Ital­ian rap­per Fed­erico Leonardo Lu­cia, news broke that the OG fash­ion in­flu­encer be­hind The Blonde Salad would be wear­ing Chris­tian Dior. Her love for the brand and Maria Grazia Chi­uri’s di­rec­tion led to two cus­tom made looks for the stylish bride who wanted to trans­late her Ital­ian roots merged with her Cal­i­for­nia-cool life­style. While ex­chang­ing their vows at the Palazzo Ducezio, the bride wore a mod­est gown re­flect­ing the ex­cep­tional savoir-faire of the ate­liers at 30 Av­enue Mon­taigne. Com­posed of a body­suit and a skirt cre­ated along clean lines, Chiara’s wed­ding gown ra­di­ated her en­ergy and mod­ern in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

She changed into her sec­ond Dior look of the evening re­cep­tion at Dimora delle Balze in a de­sign in­spired by Chi­uri’s first col­lec­tion for the French brand. The gown re­quired 600,000 hours of work and 400 me­ters of fab­ric for pro­duc­tion. A bustier paired with a front-open­ing skirt made of tulle in del­i­cate colours was em­bel­lished with mo­tifs and em­blems com­mem­o­rat­ing Chiara and Fedez’s love story. The song ‘Fa­vorisca I Sen­ti­menti’ which was writ­ten by Fedez and per­formed on the night he pro­posed was em­broi­dered on the dress along with a small lion sym­bol­is­ing the cou­ple’s seven-month-old son, Leone. Lastly, two pairs of J’adior shoes, cus­tom made for the oc­ca­sion com­pleted the look for the wed­ding of the sea­son.

HRH Princess Eu­ge­nie of York by Peter Pilotto

The high­light of Lon­don Fash­ion Weeks, Peter Pilotto is known for eye-catch­ing prints and bold colour pal­ettes. For the re­cent royal wed­ding how­ever, Peter Pilotto and Christo­pher de Vos of the brand opted for a di­rec­tion that merged tra­di­tional and mod­ern de­sign el­e­ments. Princess Eu­ge­nie, grand­daugh­ter of Queen El­iz­a­beth II walked down the aisle of Wind­sor Cas­tle’s 15th Cen­tury St Ge­orge’s Chapel in a fit­ted corset and pleated skirt paired with a dra­matic low back and a full-length train, straight out of a Dis­ney movie. The mod­ern princess also wore a daz­zling Gre­ville Emer­ald Kokoshnik tiara, lent to her by her grand­mother. The ex­cep­tional or­na­ment was cre­ated by the French jew­ellery house Boucheron in 1921, and is made of bril­liant and rose-cut di­a­mond pavé set in plat­inum, with six emer­alds on ei­ther side of the main stone.

HRH Meghan, Duchess of Sus­sex by Givenchy

Much has been said about most iconic royal wed­ding in re­cent his­tory, for many rea­sons – the dress be­ing an im­por­tant one. For­mer Amer­i­can ac­tress Meghan’s stun­ning Givenchy wed­ding dress will now be on dis­play at Wind­sor Cas­tle, for fans of the cou­ple to view the cus­tom de­sign up close and in per­son.

The Duchess’ gown re­veal was one of the most an­tic­i­pated mo­ments of the wed­ding. The min­i­mal and clas­sic gown de­signed by Bri­tish de­signer Clare Waight Keller, who be­came the first fe­male artis­tic direc­tor of the French fash­ion house was a fit­ting choice for the oc­ca­sion. “It is truly an hon­our to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to closely col­lab­o­rate with Meghan Markle on such a re­mark­able oc­ca­sion. We wanted to cre­ate a time­less piece that would em­pha­sise the iconic codes of Givenchy through­out its his­tory, as well as con­vey moder­nity through sleek lines and sharp cuts. In con­trast, the del­i­cate flora beauty of the veil was a vi­sion Meghan and I shared, a spe­cial ges­ture em­brac­ing the com­mon­wealth flora, as­cend­ing the cir­cum­fer­ence of the silk tulle,” shared the de­signer. The gown in par­tic­u­lar fea­tured an open bateau neck­line, three-quar­ter-length sleeves, and an A-frame silk or­ganza skirt with a sculpted waist. “The dress epit­o­mises a time­less min­i­mal el­e­gance ref­er­enc­ing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy. Meghan wished of hav­ing all 53 coun­tries of the Com­mon­wealth with her on her jour­ney through the cer­e­mony. The veil rep­re­sents the dis­tinc­tive flora of each Com­mon­wealth coun­try united in one spec­tac­u­lar flo­ral com­po­si­tion,” the de­signer added.

Rose Leslie by Elie Saab

When Game of Thrones stars Kit Har­ing­ton and Rose Leslie tied the knot in a fan­tasy wed­ding at the Kirk­ton of Rayne church in Scot­land, the bride opted for gown fit for a princess. Com­plete with em­broi­dery, lace and mesh de­tails, Leslie opted for an Elie Saab de­sign picked from the Le­banese ate­lier’s spring/sum­mer 2017 bridal col­lec­tion. As the beam­ing bride stepped out of the car with her father, her mega watt smile and tra­di­tional vin­tage dress caught the at­ten­tion of the world. With long sleeves and tulle mesh de­tails em­bel­lished with lace flow­ers cov­er­ing the dress, the grace­ful bride teamed her flam­ing red mane with a flower crown and a larger-than-life veil to com­plete the look.

Sonam Kapoor by Anu­radha Vakil

It didn’t come as a sur­prise when the star­let, who has been fea­tured on ev­ery best-dressed list around the world, gath­ered world­wide at­ten­tion for her bridal wardrobe. Stay­ing true to her un­pre­dictable sar­to­rial choices, the bride wore a be­spoke lehenga by tra­di­tional In­dian tex­tile re­vival­ist Anu­radha Vakil for her main wed­ding cer­e­mony. The de­signer is pop­u­lar for pre­serv­ing and cham­pi­oning dy­ing tex­tile crafts­man­ship and arts. Deep-rooted in rich In­dian cul­ture, her de­signs res­onate with the mod­ern brides for their unique­ness. Over a span of six months, Sonam’s rich red bridal lehen­gas was hand­wo­ven us­ing a spe­cial gold and silk yarn. The em­broi­dery was cre­ated us­ing the kal­a­battu tech­nique with real gold and sil­ver threads.

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