Paris haute couture week ran from Jan 21-26, 2011, displaying stunning pieces of art by acclaimed fashion houses Christian Dior, Elie Saab, Alexis Mabille, Chanel, and Armani. Although haute couture pieces are often criticized for being impractical, the exquisite fabric, detailing, and structure can provide great inspiration for bridal gowns.
Lebanese designer Elie Saab used delicate flowers, layers of sheer fabrics, and dramatic slits, to create a very feminine romantic look. The gorgeous shades of rose and dream-like silhouettes evident in his collection are trends that are popular for 2011 bridal gowns.
Esteemed couturier, Dior stunned the crowd with dramatic vintage influenced pieces inspired by Rene Gruau, a famous french fashion illustrator popular during 1940′s in the height of haute couture. Although a bit more abstract than Saab’s collection, the highly decorative ball gowns, structured silhouttes, and the as the use of tulle are great bridal elements, and can be incorporated into dresses to suit brides that crave an avant garde touch to their bridal look.
Finally, Alexis Mabille’s utilized a mostly bridal-white palette to create his stunning haute couture gowns,making his latest work an obvious choice for inspiring bridal fashion. The flawless draping and flow of the gowns emphasizes a classic,elegant look, perfect for a beach wedding or romantic garden party.