Bridal designs by Reem Acra (281587)
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The looks were dainty, feminine, well-designed and lovely. A beautiful gown for your wedding day was all that mattered. Brides-to-be were looking for name bridal designer brands. The press were on the look-out for the best dress. And that’s all that mattered.

It seemed like presentation was everything. Of course, you want to be in paradise, on a beach, in a forest, in a quaint yet beautiful church for the occasion.

Reem Acra introduced her whimsical bridal collection in a forest atmosphere filled with trees. The show opened with a bride in sheer elegance, wearing a bodysuit underneath her mesh gown and carrying an authentic bouquet down the runway. In the show, there were lovely lace looks, brocaded sheer styles, ruffles, flounces and strapless gowns.

Fabrics were luxurious in textures and colors. There were handmade details that have become signature touches on each gown. One piece after another, her sumptuous styles left the audience breathless. In the bridal business for almost 30 years, Reem Acra’s designs are unusually individual. Made in New York, the gowns are enhanced with intricate beading, embroidery, lots of lace and good craftsmanship. Reem Acra’s gowns were all wearable art pieces. Prices range from $3,995 to $10,000.

Carolina Herrera’s bridal line was designed by Wes Gordan. This was his first collection as creative director for the brand. The looks were flowery. “I was really thinking about the women I know and my friends,” he mentioned during an interview after the show. He worked with many of Hererra’s signature details, embracing embroidery, ribbons and veiling. The headpiece was important and attractive, often trailing with flowers along the edges. He designed beautiful dresses, outfits that brides can also wear for other various wedding events.

Jessica Haley’s bridal collection included the latest trends like lace treatments, high necklines, long or sleeveless looks, nipped waistlines and full, long skirts with trains.

For spring/summer 2019, Monique Lhuillier’s lace embroidered ballgown closed her show. One of the highlights was a gorgeous gown designed with a plunging neckline and detachable shoulder streamers that floated down the aisle. Her fashion message was simplicity, so that your wedding dress could be passed down through generations. Full-skirted silhouettes, sashes and pleated cummerbund added accents. Her unstructured gowns were stunning.