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16 designer dresses for the modern bride

Whether you consider yourself a classic, modern or more alternative bride, there’s a wedding look for you. Find The One here…

Brandon Maxwell FW19

If you’re looking for contemporary cool rather than frothy princess from your dream wedding dress, then you need to know which brands do it best. Eveningwear professionals like Valentino and Brandon Maxwell can always be relied on for sophisticated, show-stopping bridal gowns, while contemporary designers like Rasario and Les Héroïnes are taking a modern approach to the traditional world of wedding dressing. For fabulous non-conformity, look to Magda Butrym, Stella McCartney or Retrofete; and if dresses aren’t your vibe, head to The Row for the perfect two-piece. More of a purist? You’ll love Les Rêveries or Galvan’s minimalist dresses. You shouldn’t settle for anything less than your heart’s desire on your big day.


Any bride would look chic in one of these dreamy, timeless styles – and not a meringue in sight. Go for a ’90s-inspired slip dress, subtle sequins or an off-shoulder gown to show a subtly sexy hint of skin.

  • Stella McCartney
    Stretch-crepe halterneck gown
  • Brandon Maxwell
    One-shoulder draped crepe gown
  • Gabriela Hearst
    Joaquina pleated silk and wool-blend satin-twill gown
  • Burnett New York
    One-shoulder embellished tulle-paneled crepe gown


Having a chic city wedding? Keep your cool while walking down the aisle in one of these contemporary designs. Look for interesting points of difference like ruffled sleeves, asymmetric necklines or forgo the dress altogether in favor of a sharp suit.

  • The Row
    Ciel linen-blend blazer
  • The Row
    Matea pleated linen-blend wide-leg pants
  • Les Rêveries
    One-shoulder ruched silk-jacquard gown
  • Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
    Asymmetric ruffled lace midi dress
Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini FW19


It’s your day, so if you want to indulge your wildest sartorial dreams, go for it. Try brands like Retrofete and Rasario for minis in jewels and sequins, satin gowns and dramatic sleeves. To finish? Crystal-embellished accessories and party shoes.

    Sequin and bead-embellished tulle mini dress
  • Magda Butrym
    Deva twisted embellished sequined satin mini dress
Valentino FW19


If you consider yourself more of a non-traditional bride, then these chic designs are perfect for your big day – and beyond. There’s also the option of playing with color if the thought of a white dress is definitely not your thing.

  • Valentino
    Wool and silk-blend crepe gown
  • The Row
    Ebbins crepe maxi dress
  • ROTATE Birger Christensen
    Stretch-satin wrap mini dress

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