Playing Favorites: Designers' Wedding Dress Picks
For our biannual list, top designers reveal the one dress from their latest collections they secretly (until now!) love the most.
His Pick: The Federica, a silk-mikado A-line (available at Mark Ingram Atelier)
Why He Loves It: "We assembled and dismantled the skirt and asymmetrical folds so many times to get it right that my pattern makers went crazy! But we are so proud of the result."
Amsale Aberra for Kenneth Pool
Her Pick: The Sonya, a tulle ball gown with a crystal bodice
Why She Loves It: "With its drop-waist silhouette and elaborate beading, this captures a feeling of glamour, but with a young twist."
Rita Vinieris for Rivini
Her Pick: The Bahia, a silk-chiffon and silk-organza sheath
Why She Loves It: "This design is chic and has a lot of presence without being a big dress. We coupled the subtle sheerness in the embroidered bodice with a fluid skirt."
Lihi Zwillinger's Pick: The Adele, a sheer tulle a-line with sequins and an illusion neckline
Why She Loves It: "I'm really into accessories, and this dress already has the perfect necklace embroidered into it! It's modern and special. The fabric seems to meld with the skin."
Her Pick: The Jamie, a Chantilly lace slip-dress
Why She Loves It: "It's simple, flattering, and comfortable. no bride wants to feel restricted on her wedding day! and the gown features my take on a non-fussy train."
Lazaro Perez for Lazaro
His Pick: Style #3366, a tulle and lace ball gown
Why He Loves It: "I think this dress shocked some people a little bit because I'm known for my heavy embroidery and beading. It's very light, soft, and romantic—it floated down the runway."
Her Pick: The Crystal Mirage, an embroidered empire-waist sheath
Why She Loves It: "This is based on one of my first bridal styles. It's for a free-spirited woman who wears a dress—it doesn't wear her."
Her Pick: The Ricky, a silk-organza peak-panel trumpet
Why She Loves It: "Max in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are inspired this gown. The seam at the drop waist is shaped like an upside-down crown, a nod to his regal spirit."
Her Pick: The Ersa, a silk-gazar and tulle convertible mermaid
Why She Loves It: "It looks wind-swept but sculptural, which relates to my Greek roots. And I work in London, so there's the element of surprise that you find in British design."
Her Pick: Style MS251035, a tulle sheath with an illusion neckline (available at David's Bridal)
Why She Loves It: "The watteau train that comes from the shoulders looks almost like angel wings because it's so airy. It adds a bit of volume, but without the pouf."
Her Pick: The Windsor, a silk-chiffon and lace sheath
Why She Loves It: "It's the only gown from this collection that I made for an individual [street-style photographer Candice Lake]."
His Pick: The Lindsay, a Chantilly lace trumpet (available at Kleinfeld)
Why He Loves It: "When I sketched this dress, I was trying to embrace the figure of the bride and concentrate on corset lines. The beads are a bit shiny, but not outrageously so."
Her Pick: The Allure, a double-satin and chiffon fit-and-flare
Why She Loves It: "This dress brings back memories of shooting our campaign in Africa. We photographed this gown at dawn—it was a magical moment."
His Pick: The Babette, an embroidered-organza A-line
Why He Loves It: "Women are ready for a new kind of volume. This gown has no netting; it has many layers, and the sheer amount of cloth makes it so full."
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