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The Best Wedding Dresses from Bridal Fashion Week

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Twirl’s Top Twelve Wedding Dresses

Our top picks from Fall/Winter 2017 New York Bridal Fashion Week

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PHOTO FROM THE INES DI SANTO FALL/WINTER 2017 PRESENTATION.  IMAGE COURTESY OF INES DI SANTO.

The Fall/Winter 2017 wedding dress collections shown in New York during Bridal Fashion Week featured some of the prettiest wedding dress collections we have seen in years.  Most designers stayed on the  traditional side, with classic ballgowns making a comeback and luxe beading taking center stage.   While there are plenty of new trends to report on, first we bring you our top twelve, the wedding dresses that simply blew us away!

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Ines Di Santo:  There are so many things to love about this pale blue, strapless Ines Di Santo gown; the delicate ruched organza falls so elegantly into a full train lightly embroidered with lace.  Most of all we loved the lace embroidery on the inside of the narrow A-line skirt, that thanks to the revealing leg slit, peeks through as the bride walks down the aisle.  The Ines Di Santo collection is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Mark Ingram Atelier and The Wedding Salon of Manhasset

Oscar de la Renta:  Classic, elegant shapes are back.  This superbly simple column gown paired with a lace appliqués cape is the perfect statement for a modern bride.  We can see this chic ensemble anywhere from an outdoor wedding to a formal ballroom, and for dancing, lose the cape and add dramatic statement jewelry. The Oscar de la Renta collection is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Mark Ingram Atelier and The Wedding Salon of Manhasset

Mark Zunnio:  We love how Mark Zunnio sophisticatedly uses stretch tulle in this A-line ballgown; instead of all over lace and beading on the tulle, it is stretched over a blush corset with a modern sweetheart neckline.  A minimal touch of lace is placed on the back of the bodice.  The light and airy skirt is just full enough to give this serious gown a playful spin. Exclusively available at Kleinfeld

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Inbal DrorPretty much everything about this gown was perfect.  The sheer and revealing V-neck line paired with a more conservative A-line skirt, making it sexy but not as over the top as past seasons.  The swirls of the beaded lace pattern (versus floral) were on-trend.  Combined with the ivory, the almost blush hue makes this gown a big winner.  The Inbal Dror collection is available at Mark Ingram Atelier and The Wedding Salon of Manhasset

Monique Lhuillier:  Sometimes we just love to see something truly unique come down the aisle.  This Monique Lhuillier gown manages to be fashion-forward and fresh while maintaining the signature soft, romantic and whimsical elements of a Monique gown.  We love the illusion that the beading gives of fringe, without the messiness and the addition of the satin ribbon at the neck and waist.  The Monique Lhuillier collection is available at Monique Lhuillier, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Mark Ingram Atelier and The Wedding Salon of Manhasset

Alon Livne White:  We love pearls, but let’s face it, on gowns they can often look cheap and shiny.  Alon Livne manages to create an all-over beaded gown in pearls that actually looks luxe and we are in love.  Bonus points for the flutter sleeves and the one-of-a-kind neckline.  The Alon Livne White collection is available at Mark Ingram Atelier and Saks Fifth Avenue

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Vera Wang:  Vera Wang always manages to have something completely unexpected up her bridal sleeve.  This season, we loved her use of macrame lace, especially on this full skirted ballgown.  Paired with a lace appliquéd illusion top, it’s dramatic, different and just plain dreamy.  The Vera Wang bridal collection is available at Vera WangSaks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Mark Ingram Atelier and The Wedding Salon of Manhasset

Viktor & Rolf:  For their new bridal collection Dutch Fashion house Victor & Rolf combined classic bridal embellishments (lots of bows) with their unusual and somewhat quirky design sensibilities.  We loved the entire collection, but the standout was this A-line ballgown with uneven tiers of ruffles and pleating.  Over the top and dramatic, without a touch of beading or lace, it is a work of art.  The Viktor & Rolf collection is available at Mark Ingram Atelier

Romona Keveza:  We are not usually ones for big princess ballgowns or hoop skirts (yes, this has one), but the delicate printed lace of the this gown makes it modern and the touch of elegant beading makes it regal.  Plus, its blush and we are suckers for a just-shy-of-pink gown.  For all you New York brides that want to be princess for a day. The Romona Keveza Couture collection is available at Romona Keveza, Kleinfeld, Panache Bridal, and The Wedding Salon of Manhasset

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Berta:  Um, wow.  A showstopper by Berta.  The all over beading that still manages to look light and airy, the daring V-neckline bodice and body hugging skirt and the piece de resistance: the cape with just a touch of a shoulder line for a slightly cool retro feel.  This one is for the red carpet bride.  The Berta collection is available at Saks Fifth Avenue and L’Fay Bridal

Costarellos:  Christos Costarellos had one of the standout collections of the season.  This body hugging, lace sheath gown has all of our new trends in one gown, the high collared neck, the 1940’s styled exaggerated shoulders and the unique swirl pattern of the lace.  Yet with all of these elements this gown still looks fresh and very, very chic.  The Costarellos collection is available at Mark Ingram Atelier and Kleinfeld

Naeem Khan:  Naeem Khan hit another collection out of the park.  We love this romantic, embroidered gown that sums up the 1970’s inspired boho-chic trend.  The sheerness of the organza and the blouson bodice may have a casual feel, but the rich embroidery and flounce sleeves give it a touch of Victorian formality.  Perfect for twirling.  The Naeem Khan bridal collection is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Mark Ingram Atelier and Saks Fifth Avenue

All images courtesy of designer.  Landing page image by Ines Di Santo

Fall/Winter 2017 wedding dress collections will begin arriving in salons in early Spring of 2017 or may be available now through trunk shows. Contact a listed retail salon for information on when they will have specific gowns available.

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