Wedding Worthy Dresses From The Runways

Over the years, I've observed the definition of a "dream dress" divides many brides into one of two schools of thought. In both scenarios, each bride looks and feels like the most beautiful version of themselves...only the gowns that elicit that feeling, differ drastically.

On one side of the fence, there's the traditional notion of a fairy tale worthy design cutting a dramatic silhouette or covered in breathtaking embellishment. A true showstopper and once in a lifetime sartorial moment. In the other camp, there's the woman that wants to look and feel exactly like herself...only an extra cool and effortless version of herself. An extension of her everyday style and sensibilities, right down to the shoe and the jewel choices.

For any bride who subscribes to this latter "dream dress" school of thought, the Spring 018 shows offered a rich hunting ground, with all kinds of wedding gown worthy gowns making cameos throughout the collections.

From the dreamy femininity of soft ruffles, lace and slipped shoulders (spotted at Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior to the 70's sirens (at Vionnet and Zimmermann), designers channeled a dozen different dresses for a dozen different women. Slinky silk minimalism? Checxk. Tasseled mini dresses? Check. Tribal lace shifts and Edwardian elegance> Check. Check. 

It was very much a case of choose your own adventure.

And if you still have your heart set on something bespoke or magnificently "bigger"...consider that these options straight from the runway offer an effortless alternative as the ultimate second dress. Plus...did someone say, "wear again?"