This yearʼs most trend-setting brides from around the world
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.