Fashion-Forward Bridal Gowns

From the catwalk to the aisle.

Some looks from designers' Spring 2012 ready-to-wear collections seem just destined for the aisle. Tory Burch Spring 2012 gown; photo courtesy of Tory Burch.

Ever since the various Fashion Weeks occurred last month (New York, Milan, London—really, our browser history is completely full of fashion pics at this point), we’ve spent weeks dreamily flipping through all the amazing new styles out there, and a certain trend has caught our eye here at Philadelphia Wedding: Amongst the floral print and hotpants—yes, hotpants are a thing again—were dozens of gorgeous gowns just begging for a veil. While these dresses may have been made for the catwalk, we think they’d also fit right in walking down the aisle. For all you fashion-forward brides-to-be, we advise you view this slideshow sitting down. These dresses are no joke.

— Lauren McCarthy


Badgley Mischka

Tiered ruffles become modern with a serious metal belt and soft pink hue, courtesy of gown geniuses Mark Badgley and James Mischka.

Christian Siriano

“Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano has broken the reality show curse by moving on to create a popular, well-crafted, and amazingly respected fashion line. Not so hard to believe when you consider what he’s done with ruffles and chiffon on this muted gray number.

Derek Lam

A high-neckline, three-quarter-length sleeves and impeccable tailoring make this dress perfect for a classic, no-frills bride. The simple gold belt adds just a touch of style to keep this look from being too shapeless (or boring!).

Oscar de la Renta

Sometimes, you just need to wear feathers on your wedding day. Oscar de la Renta has got you covered (literally).

Jenny Packham

Between the sweet, scalloped neckline and yellow ombre detailing, we cannot play favorites with any part of this Jenny Packham gown.

Rachel Zoe

With ruffled capsleeves and such a feminine shape, thanks to that tiny gold belt, this dress just screams Coco Chanel and complete French elegance. In the words of Rachel herself: Bananas.

Luca Luca

While the quality of the “Sex and the City” films may be questionable, at least the fashion was still there. This white suit-skirt gives Carrie’s old vintage number a run for its money—styled with blue shoes, to boot!


To be fair, any Marchesa gown (ever) would make a show-stopping wedding dress, and we can’t get enough of their bridal collection. But from their spring/summer 2012 RTW collection, we love this frothy, over-the-top strapless gown.

Zac Posen

You may need to bribe some extra bridesmaids to help with the train, but really, look at it. It’s so worth it.

Prabal Gurung

A sporty, racer-back neckline for your inner-tomboy. Girly, chiffon sleeves for your mother-in-law.

Ralph Lauren

This is how you do a colored wedding dress:  pale pink, silk and Ralph Lauren.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch has moved beyond designing your go-to footwear. For a dress as comfortable as her signature Reva flats, look no further.

Imitation of Christ

Rather than hold a regular fashion show, Imitation of Christ held an actual wedding (see, we weren’t just imagining it!), where the model-filled bridal party wore the designers’ Spring collection. This dress, worn by the bride, is perfect for the free-spirited type who is, um,  willing to get married during a fashion show.



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