LAST UPDATED: 16th April 2014 at 8:30am
New York bridal week has now come to a close, but there are plenty of more dresses where that came from. To see the full collections of your favourite designers, be sure to check our directory of the latest collections here.
Plus, get ahead of the bridal fashion curve and master the new trends here.
LAST UPDATED: 15th April 2014 at 10:00am
Despite foregoing a classic catwalk in favour of a short film, Vera Wang's gowns did not disappoint.
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Shot ahead of Bridal Market in an old mansion in Long Island, the dreamy yet eerie film features four models wandering in the woods, lounging inside and strew in burnt rose petals.
The gowns themselves are classic, white hot, Wang. They have her characteristic lightness of being, a delicate approach and disciplined appearance whilst still being sensual and seductive.
Light layers or tulle and lace are worked with to form a variety of silhouettes including chic column dresses to more intricate mermaid styles and classic princess meringues.
Adding another string to her bridal bow, Vera featured a modern two piece with the smallest of crop tops and biggest of frothy skirts.
LAST UPDATED: 14th April 2014 at 5:35pm
They say dog owners often look like their pets, and in that same way Elizabeth Fillmore's designs reflect her style. They are always effortless and cool in their own wispy, ethereal, wonderful way.
This season the New York-based designer's offering compromised six designs. A small collection, but a perfectly formed one at that.
A 'garden'-printed tulle and organza fabric made up two of her dresses, adding a touch of colour and a very different texture to her usual signature aesthetic.
Monet, an empire gown with floating layers, spaghetti straps and fluttering butterfly details, and Degas, a double-face satin strapless dress with a deep sweetheart neckline, seamed bodice and floating tulle overskirt, were our firm favourites, using a gorgeous print to create the dreamiest of summer-ready dresses.
It was also wonderful to see Elizabeth do a sequin lace gown, too - something she's not done in quite some time.
By the same token, it most be said that her blush charmeuse slip gown with metallic vine trim and sexy shirred back was also outstandingly beautiful. Her real talent lies in that ingenious ability to make these near negligee gowns look as though they simply came into being rather than, as in reality, meticulously crafted.
Get a taste of Elizabeth Fillmore's 2015 collection below...
LAST UPDATED: 13th April 2014 at 4:20pm
The clothes of Lebanese pret-a-porter designer Zuhair Murad wouldn't be out of place at couture fashion week.
The detail is painstaking; beading upon beading, intricate details, embellished lace and layer upon layer of the most dramatic tulle. These dresses scream luxury, which explains why the Russian market has taken to them with such glee.
The price tag is as hefty as the craftsmanship, but when you get two (seriously gorgeous) gowns at once you can almost justify it.
A bride wearing one of these dresses wouldn't need to be asked 'who are you wearing?' Because everyone would know, without a doubt.
LAST UPDATED: 13th April 2014 at 2:50pm
Romona Keveza is well known in the US, and highly in demand.
So much so she is opening a first standalone store in New York later this year to cater for her growing VIP fan base. She's dressed everyone from Angelina Jolie to Penelope Cruz and Lady Gaga, so clearly she knows how to make women look (and feel) amazing. Which is why bridal designs are so wonderful.
Her new collection is inspired by her clients, which explains the variety and range of her designs. There was something for the modern trendsetter, the princess and the goddess bride. A common theme of femininity and flattering design stringing them all together.
Barely-there crepe over skirts are modern and fresh; while the tiniest hint of colour came in rose-petal pink.
The goddess gowns were taken straight from the red carpet - literally and figuratively - while the princess gowns took lace firmly into fairytale territory, with hand-beaded and metallic embroideries.
Her Legends collection spoke more of Romona's classic style, using lace and classic silhouettes with romantic effect.
A variety of necklines - including a very dreamy tulle illusion halterneck - combined beautifully with the most intricate of lace.
Pearl beaded Alencon lace glimmered while demure appliqué lace was understated and profound.
Watch highlights from the Romona Keveza bridal show below...
LAST UPDATED: 12th April 2014 at 9:30pm
The mother and daughter design duo at Mira Zwillinger have it all: style, grace and sophistication.
This year they have been inspired by snow and winter - everything from the small flakes of the first snow to the heavy downpour of a blizzard - which is somewhat ironic, considering the lightness of their gowns.
And light they were; the lightest of silks and satins with the slightest of gathering at the waist provided ample, airy lattices that bounced and moved around the body like bobbing organdie clouds.
The colour scheme matched their inspiration, ranging from the crisp white of fresh powder, the glint of falling flakes and their classic nudes dressed in all sorts of pretty beads.
Separates made an appearance again, but instead of the silk slip and long skirt that we have seen everywhere, Mira and Lihi took a more contemporary route with a beaded crop top falling over the skirt.
What makes them stand out most though is their attention to detail and lightness of touch. You don't have to be a couturier to admire the beauty of their dresses, festooned in a fluttering swarm of embroideries, each one painstakingly placed and arranged just so.
Their classic floral and leaf motifs also made an appareance, as did those enchanting matching veils. It is impossible to fall in love with just one gown.
LAST UPDATED: 12th April 2014 at 8:45pm
Set to a soundtrack of classical music, Peter Langner's show couldn't have been more refined. He is a designer known for his architectural dresses, his rigorous construction and elegant style - he's worked with Dior, Lacroix and Hartnell, after all.
Multiple fabrics - extremely light, soft and near-transparent - were layered to create a nude effect that lent true character to the gowns. Organza or linen over a nude crepe silk added depth, while Chantilly lace over macrame added intensity.
His showcase of stunning brides was split up by his evening wear, each dress as unique and surprising as the last. Still modern and cool, we can imagine bridesmaids wearing the shorter frocks while the longer versions would suit a stylish mother-of-the-bride.
Origami folds made for interesting proportions, and sparkling details added the right amount of glamour. Rosy and lime green gowns added a touch of colour, too.
Watch highlights from Peter Langner's show below...
LAST UPDATED: 12th April 2014 at 4:00pm
Last season she wowed New York with her architectural gowns, and this season Johanna Johnson is back with more accessories and a new launch.
The Black Label is the Australian designer's response to the call on social media for an affordable version of her gowns. Johnson's answer: adorable tulle over-skirts, lace tops which can complement a look (and be used beyond the big day), plus a number of those sexy slips that are so Johanna - expertly cut sheath gowns imbibed with her aesthetic.
It is a new launch though, so we have to wait for it to be picked up by a boutique in the UK.
Also on show today were Johanna Johnson's new accessories. And true to form, they are dazzling. Rings, body chains, cuffs, headpieces; she does them all, and - more importantly - she does them all beautifully. We couldn't help but play dress-up with a few... The handchains in particular caught our magpie eyes.
LAST UPDATED: 12th April 2014 at 2:30pm
The JLM brand compromises so many unique designers that sometimes it is hard to keep track of them all. There is Lazaro, Alvina Valenta and Tara Keely, Jim Hjelm and Hayley Paige - and that's not even taking into account their many diffusion lines and bridesmaid brands...
Jet lag has firmly set in, but the soft silhouettes and sparkling details of Hayley Paige brought us back to life.
The eight new designs for Blush by Hayley Paige were very, very sweet.
Fit and flare, ballgowns, A-line gowns; they were all there.
Best of all was the ivory chiffon long sleeve wrap dress with crystal accents on the cuff, and a deep V-back with elaborate turquoise and rhinestone details.
Flattering cuts that cinched in at the waist created feminine silhouettes, while dazzling beaded boleros - which Hayley paired with as many dresses as she could - added a touch of sparkle.
For her mainline, Hayley carried on with her decorative boleros, given a touch of luxe with thin horsehair edging.
The real game-changers came by way of three gowns - named after poets - which transformed from the perfect ceremony gown to the ultimate party dress with the simple removal of a skirt.
There was Bryron, an ivory-over-cashmere lace mini dress with lingerie strap detailing, and a tulle handkerchief overskirt with thin horsehair edging; Conrad, an ivory lace mini with curved V-illusion neckline front and back, and handkerchief overskirt of layered tulle and lace with that thin horsehair edging we so love; and Aurora, an ivory silk cami slip (or sequined mini) dress with cashmere lace A-line skirt, and a double horsehair trim at the hem. All enchanting, all very, very fashionable.
LAST UPDATED: 12th April 2014 at 1:45am
Last season Carolina Herrera was feeling rather frisky - or at least that is what her high hemlines and leggy mini-dresses said. This season she has returned to the traditional world of full-length gowns with aplomb.
The Herrera bride is, much like the Oscar de la Renta bride, timeless and sophisticated.
This season, Herrera has focused on 'hidden luxuries' - tulle layered over embellished Chantilly lace, Fiupure lace over silk chiffon, supple corsetting, hand-stitched seaming details and unbelievably modern laser-cut lace motifs.
As always, the minimal make-up and sophisticated up-dos were the order of the day. These were off-set by cool accessories - sparkling headbands, oversized pearl hairpins and super-sized tassel earrings.
Seriously stylish backs were also big here, a trend we've seen emerge in London and also here, in New York, earlier today. As the show notes state: "The Carolina Herrera Bride always leaves an unforgettable impression." She certainly does.
Watch highlights from the Carolina Herrera show below...
LAST UPDATED: 12th April 2014 at 12:25am
The second British brand we've seen today and boy, are we feeling patriotic...
Jenny Packham's show is a joy to watch, not least because of the beautiful dresses. Set against a blue sky backdrop, the 2015 collection was a breathe of fresh air - in more ways than one.
Opening and closing her show, Jenny cast plus-size models - including Marquita Pring, who has previously walked for Jean Paul Gaultier - to showcase her dazzling new designs.
1930's British society photographer Madame Yevonde inspired the collection with her series of portraits of society ladies dressed in classical costumes and mythological heroines.
The nostalgic images - the first photographs to employ colour - were translated into gowns that were elegant and effortless.
"We're really pleased with the collection," said Jenny backstage. "We've got quite a lot of tones - a pinky colour, platinum, caramel - all based around the sepia tones. We're finding that a lot of brides want ivory but they like the tones, the different colours - the gold, the silvers - and they are very responsive to different coloured linings."
An array of sparkling diamantes - and interesting ways with them - upped the luxe factor. A certain Duchess we know would certainly approve.
It may have been the end of a very long day, but the weary bridal crowd was overjoyed with the swoon-worthy sparkle and daring casting choice. There was actual cheering and a standing ovation, and it was all very well deserved.
LAST UPDATED: 11th April 2014 at 11:50pm
Monique Lhuillier is well-known and adored on the red carpet. Her designs manage to be a measure of different things all at once, and who doesn't love a multi-tasking dress?
The LA-based designer's latest foray into the bridal world married her decidedly modern appetite with that heritage aesthetic that so dominated her previous collection.
Named 'My Ethereal Daydream', Lhuillier took inspiration from the paintings of John Singer Sargent.
Her whimsical designs came in an array of styles and silhouettes, with a number of very pale pink, pistachio and mist-coloured dresses offering the dreamiest looks of all.
The architectural shapes and cascading hemlines were only part of the magic though; the staging of the show itself added to the effect. Instead of parading up and down a traditional catwalk, Lhuillier's brides weaved their way around the floor, seemingly aimlessly, until taking their place on a stage. Some stood, some sat, others perched, but the final result was a portrait worthy of Singer Sargent's paintbrush.
LAST UPDATED: 11th April 2014 at 10:20pm
Galia Lahav is as glamorous as they come. Russian-born, Israeli-based, couture-trained and with glitzy international clientele, Galia is perhaps the embodiment of true glamour - with a capital 'G'. As are her dresses…
Elaborate appliqués, exquisite adornments and awe-inspiring details approach art while the seriously body-skimming cut of her gowns drape the figure like liquid with sensual twists and turns.
La Dolce Vita, her new bridal collection, is centred on a love story based on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Iridescent beadwork, hand-embroidery, non-traditional necklines and revealing backs all form part of the tale.
They certainly aren't dresses for the fainthearted, but the dreamer? The daring? The confident? Definitely.
LAST UPDATED: 11th April 2014 at 8:30pm
It seems strange to find ourselves face-to-face with Temperley London in New York. After all, this is a brand so synonymous with Britain, and their headquarters aren't really very far away from ours back in London, and yet here we are... on the other side of the Atlantic.
This Fall there are six new designs to add to her epic Iris Collection from last season; each characteristically Temperley in their own way. The very fact that you could recognise any one of these dresses as a Temperley design without having to look at the label or even ask the question is testament to that style.
The April dress, crisp and white, has long three-quarter length sleeves of dainty lace, a high neckline and pretty embellishments. And the back is equally stunning, with a Watteau-like train.
The Celine dress, with it's heavily embellished back, is also awe-inspiring. As is the exhibition-worthy Jean dress, a soon-to-be V&A gown.
Get a close-up look at Temperley London dresses below...
LAST UPDATED: 11th April 2014 at 5:45pm
It's all about the beautiful dress with Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, the duo behind Marchesa. Whether that be severe and dramatic origami gowns or intricate bohemian frocks, they are always utterly beautiful.
Their new collection pays homage to their signature aesthetic. Think ethereal, feminine gowns full of grandeur.
Set to the moody soundtrack of Nicolas Winding Refn's film, Drive, the show was evocative and romantic.
Languid lace in creamy ivory and powder-fresh-snow white made for sinuous silhouettes, while models in illusion necklines and billowing skirts moved dreamily around the warehouse space which was set up to look like a wedding reception: styled with shabby-chic chairs and tables dotted around.
A thistle-embroidered ballgown with a wide sash belt and pockets really stood out. As did the pale pink Grecian off-shoulder silk chiffon gown.
Watch the Marchesa show finale below...
LAST UPDATED: 11th April 2014 at 4:50pm
The thing about Oscar de la Renta is, quite simply, that everything he does is wonderful. His appeal is far reaching; it is age-irrelevant and utterly timeless, too.
From the classic ballgowns to the slinky trumpet and A-line gowns, these are dresses that truly pull on the heartstrings of every woman. And we do mean every woman. Even the most reluctant of brides would find themselves dreaming of a big, public wedding, if only to be seen by as many people as humanly possible in one of those gowns…
It was a very classic presentation, all white and ivory floor-length beauties. The only look that was more risqué was the Hawaiian-inspired cotton eyelet bikini and pareo. Threadwork embroidery, lace appliqués and dramatic origami folds abound.
The Bobbi Brown beauty team worked their magic to create a polished look, as one would expect from the Oscar woman. Think: perfectly pink lips, glamorously simple eyeliner and sophisticated up-dos. An array of accessories added a modern twist; the most fabulous of earcuffs were very rock'n'roll, while tulle gloves were more romantic and long dangling pearl earrings dramatic. And don't get us started on the crystal vine headbands!
Adorable too were the flower girl dresses; ivory silk with playful pink borders, the classic Oscar-blue sash, cute ruffles, bluebell-printed and pearl-painted details - and all seriously sweet.
Watch the Oscar de la Renta show finale below...
LAST UPDATED: 11th April 2014 at 4:15pm
Having launched in the UK last October, David's Bridal has caused quite a storm. Their many designer brands - including the hugely popular White by Vera Wang and newly-launched Truly Zac Posen - have been snapped up by brides-to-be eager to look their best on a strict budget. Today we are here to see another one of DB's famous names: Oleg Cassini.
Now, Oleg may not be the most known name in the UK, but stateside he is up there with the best of them. This is a man who famously dressed the Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe in his heyday.
He was famously quoted as saying: "To be well dressed is a little like being in love," and when it comes to wedding dresses we truly couldn't agree more.
The new collection, designed in his name - Oleg passed away in 2006 - is true to his 1950s framework.
Effortless A-line dresses, metallic lace appliqués and dreamy illusion necklines were subdued and elegant.
Our favourite dress was a flirty high-low hem-line with a peachy-pink tint and metallic embroidery running through it. Perfect for a summer wedding.
LAST UPDATED: 9th April at 9:37am
After a long weekend of bridal unveilings in London (you can catch up with all the action here), we move on to New York where the nuptial limelight falls to next.
Our schedule is packed with arguably the most exciting of bridal designers around including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Jenny Packham and many more.
Whilst we still haven't quite gotten over Vera Wang's physical absence (she's doing a digital presentation instead), we do have lots of other wonderful things to look forward to.
Starting on Friday, we'll bring you all all the action from The City That Never Sleeps. Shows, presentations, parties - you name it!