Opting for the Runway?

September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Several months ago, before I had visited any bridal boutiques, Loren and I were wandering around the Meat Packing District to see if the designer shops had any alternative wedding dress options.  It’s not actually a bad way to go, considering many wedding dresses found in a bridal salon are marked up a ridiculous amount just because the B-word is attached.  And because they are white/ivory/what-have-you.  For instance, one ivory gown I fondled in the Saks bridal boutique — I can’t remember if it was Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, or Monique Lhuillier — was $8,000.00.  The same dress in red?  More like $5,000.00.

I can’t claim to know pricing on any of the dresses pictured below, but I’m going to venture out on a limb and say that if you’re in the market for a high fashion, non-traditional wedding gown, you’d get more bang for your buck with these gowns than you might for an equally priced white dress from a bridal boutique.  Remember, that’s not a fully researched statement, it’s just my guess.

So without further ado, here are some dresses from this week’s Spring 2011 runway shows that could definitely serve a lady well in her nuptials and beyond.

From left to right from top: Reem Acra, three from Carolina Herrera, Carlos Miele, something cute for City Hall from Chris Benz, and a trio from Lela Rose.

The first and last are my favorites.  Great textures.  And I love the ombred hem of the last Lela Rose.

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