Every season we anxiously anticipate Paris' haute couture runway shows for their exciting embellishments, stunning silhouettes, and, of course, their wedding-worthy gowns. More and more designers are presenting magical hand-sewn numbers that could just as easily walk down the aisle as they do the Paris runway. Here, we've selected some of our favorites from the first few days of shows to give you major big-day inspiration.
For her first couture presentation at the helm of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri transported everyone to fairytale wonderland. The dreamlike creations were a whimsical feat for any bride looking to channel a Secret Garden-esque aesthetic on her big days. In classic Chanel fashion, Lagerfeld sent seamlessly tailored numbers down the Grand Palais' runway. But a play on proportions was the crux of his latest show, with a frilly, over-the-top pink voluminous gownjcontrastly corseted at its centerjstealing the spotlight ( above) . Nearly every gown in Ralph & Russo's lineup could easily translate to your wedding day, with one spotlight stealing number overflowing volume and bling (worn by Alessandra Ambrosio no less!) while sleek silhouettes with modern details also reigned (think: plunging V-necks and flowing capes).
Take a look at some of our favorite designs to inspire your own high-fashion wedding-day ensemble!
With the designer's mastery of all things ethereal, Elie Saab's couture highlight was a lavender flower-embellished gown with sheer illusions.
Maria Grazia Chiuri's first couture presentation at the helm of Dior was a stunning. Magical, wonderland-esque numbers floated down the runway, and this glistening strapless A-line creationjand its accompanying feather headpiecejwere no exception.
This frilly short lace Giambattista Valli design is a great option for your rehearsal dinner or wedding if you're looking for an above-the-knee hemline.
The oftentimes structured silhouettes sent down the runway by Karl himself took a bit of a more overtly embellished and voluminous turn this couture runway. This gown in particular boasts retro nods (the wide belt in the middle) with modern finishes (the deep V and feather-adorned skirt!).
Calling all beach brides! This sweeping strapless numberjwith gold tones sewn injare perfect for saying "I do" with your toes in the sand.
For a few seasons now, capes have been a popular bridal trend. This shimmering sheathjwith its trailing accessoryjwas just one of many bridal-inspired looks from the Ralph & Russo runway.