What NYFW Has To Say About White Dresses

Fashion does wedding dresses better

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

Did you know that the wedding industry does its very own fashion week? We don’t cover it on APW, because wedding fashion takes for-goddamn-ever to change in any kind of direction (hello, sleeves), making innovation barely noticeable from year to year. (Oh, hey, I didn’t realize you could put lace there. I guess that’s cool.) Also, we’re not invited. But whatever, details.

New York Fashion Week, on the other hand, is a whole different beast. (Still not invited, but could we please change that?) As a longtime fan of Project Runway, the collection I was most eager to see this year was Christian Siriano’s (followed closely behind by DVF, because always). No matter how much I love Project Runway, I never really expect the winner to find mainstream success. It’s interesting that the most successful designers so far have parlayed their win into a career in bridal. I’ll let you make of that what you will.

So, I was surprised when it turned out that all of Meg’s and my favorite dresses from the Emmys this year were by season four winner Christian Siriano (like Teyonah ParrisSarah Hyland, and Samira Wiley.)

It turns out that Siriano used to make wedding dresses long before he auditioned for a spot on Runway, which probably explains why half of the designs from his spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection look like they could be wedding dresses. Really, really, amazing wedding dresses. It’ll probably take another twenty years, but I’m just waiting for the moment when those “find wedding gowns by neckline and silhouette” search engines start including #bridesinpants, crop tops and capes as options.

To see all the looks from Christian Siriano’s show, click here. There’s a Britney Spears circa 2000 see-through jumpsuit that nearly made this post that you have to witness. (It’s a little too naked for wedding wear, sigh.)

Also in weddings and fashion: David’s Bridal dresses that don’t suck, metallic flash tattoos, and edging up your wedding outfit with accessories.

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Lawyerette510

    RTR has some amazing new white and blush dresses from Fall 2014 collections, for anyone who is interested in exploring that option for wedding wear or for a shower or rehearsal dinner.

    ETA: I saw them this morning when looking for a dress for a party, and I thought “man I have to wait until Friday Happy Hour to share, bummer” but this post about the fashion industry embracing white seemed like the perfect opportunity. I dream of the day I attend a wedding where the bride is dressed in feathers like two of the above pics.

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      Those are all super hot. That first one MY GOD.

    • Meg Keene

      Hot. I’m going to write about using RTR in the next few weeks(ish), and how I think you could use them really well for wedding wear.

      I kind of loved renting a $660 dress for $30, but oddly mostly liked not having to stick it in my closet after. I actually have a wardrobe thing in the basement with my collection of absurd party and vintage dresses (if it’s cute and the right price, I just BUY it and figure out when to wear it later). I really don’t need more. REALLY.

      • Sarah E

        Your Emmy’s post prompted me to tool around RTR for the first time, and I couldn’t believe how reasonable the prices were! I’m definitely thinking along the same lines. . .no need to stuff my closet with party dresses (though I’m in a blessed lull on the wedding-guest front) if I can just rent one.

      • Guest

        RTR is GREAT! I used them for the first time for a friend’s wedding, and I was beyond thrilled with the whole process. I will have very little occasion for even a slightly expensive party dress, but I will rock the heck out of one I rent for $30, have delivered to my door, and send back when I’m done.


      • RTR is GREAT! I used them for the first time for a friend’s wedding, and I was beyond thrilled with the whole process. I will have very little occasion for even a slightly expensive party dress, but I will rock the heck out of one I rent for $30, have delivered to my door, and send back when I’m done.

        • Lawyerette510

          Fun! I love that dress on you! I used it in March for a dress to wear to what ended up being a wedding (all of us guests were told it was a surprise engagement party for the couple) and I just ordered a dress and gold cuff to wear for a wedding in a few weeks.

          I think I’m going to start using the accessory ordering a little more too, to spice up pieces I have for when I need some pep-in-my-step for the weekend or the like.

          • The earrings were rented, too, and I think they were 5 bucks. I wouldn’t wear them on a Tuesday, but they were a lot of fun for a party!

      • Lawyerette510

        Yes! I think the ability to send it back instead of having something awesome you never wear hanging around the house is one of the most appealing parts to it (in addition to the obvious of it making harder to afford dresses and accessories within financial reach).

      • My wedding clutch was from RTR. I had had my eye on it for a YEAR and since it wasn’t available in stores at that point, it was perfect. $30 and I could carry it on my honeymoon too. I can’t wait to try some of their clothes.

    • vegankitchendiaries

      Bissshhh!! That first dress! NOICE!

      • Lawyerette510

        Right??? My first thought was “Why wasn’t this here 8 months ago!” because I would’ve been happy to wear that at the wedding.

        • vegankitchendiaries

          Me too!! It’s so cute! But is it TIMELESS?!! (Ba ha ha…) I would have worn the crap outta this as a bride.

    • KC

      That first dress especially is gorgeous! (but… has the second model had her bellybutton photoshopped out? because I am confused. I love the draping, though.)

      • Meg Keene

        No, I think it’s right above her bellybutton.

        • KC

          Thank you! Now that I look at it again, the waist of the skirt is higher than I was thinking it was, relative to hip position. (but some places edit out belly buttons, so I was not sure. And having a crop but no belly button looked slightly weird, since I haven’t yet totally adjusted to the “our pants and skirts come up above our belly buttons” thing yet.)(Yes, I am very fashion-slow. But I do like sparkles. Can I still hang out?)

  • Cam

    Grabby hands at #24 in the slideshow (back shown in close-ups, #26). Also, that jumpsuit is freaking fantastic and I think you could totally get away with it, especially with a pale leotard underneath. (But I costumed latin ballroom and west coast swing for a while, so I probably have a skewed perspective on whether glitter is, in itself, clothing.)

    • Sarah E

      Omg, latin ballroom costumes. Glitter, tape, fringe, DONE.

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