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Olivia Palermo Picks Her Top 10 Bridal Looks Off the Couture Runway
by Edward Barsamian
Recent bride Olivia Palermo stunned everyone when she walked down the aisle in an unconventional Carolina Herrera bridal look, consisting of a sweater with feather and bejeweled accents, silk faille shorts, and a tulle skirt overlay, earlier this month. As it happens, the forward-thinking newlywed is preparing for a larger ceremony—to take place next year—and had her eye on the runways for inspiration while attending the couture shows in Paris this week. Here, she picks her top ten looks from the fall 2014 collections.
Armani Privé look 16
I love the shape and style of this look—the hem hints at a gorgeous pointy-toe shoe, while the bare arms allow for a major bracelet moment. I would definitely order it in white or cream instead of red for a timeless look and pair with maltese cross cuffs and blue stilettos for a pop of color.
Zuhair Murad look 11
I love the idea of wearing a jumpsuit on my wedding day as one of my favorite moments in fashion is Bianca Jagger in her white suit. Although they styled it with a geometric belt to play off the cutout detailing, I’d opt for something more streamlined to not detract from the amazing pattern.
Chanel look 57
Karl Lagerfeld created a collection that any girl would want to wear on her special day, but my favorite was this high-neck look. Elegant and deceptively simple, the embellishment just above the bust adds sparkle while the detail work on the sides will have guests’ eyes lingering as I walk down the aisle.
Christian Dior look 4
I love orchids, so entering Raf Simons’s fanciful setup was breathtaking. This look is so girly that I would add some tough elements to it like brooches above the collarbone—almost like epaulettes—to add subtle shine.
This dress feels at once modern and classic—the accordion pleat work is gorgeous and ladylike, but the way
Manivet has manipulated it feels current and youthful. I love the sleeve detailing on this, but I would raise the hem and remove some of the layers for a more streamlined silhouette.
Elie Saab look 26
I love the grandeur of this look along with the texture and colors. I’ve never been afraid of trying something bold, and I like the idea of wearing something so rich for an outdoor ceremony.
Giambattista Valli look 38
There’s something alluring about Giambattista Valli’s daisy-topped dress. It’s flirty and feminine—the opposite of what I usually go for—but I love the frothy finish with layers of tulle to show off tanned legs with simple stilettos. After the ceremony, I would switch to fabulous flats to add that extra wattage on the dance floor.
Ralph & Russo
I love the appearance of lightness despite the heaviness that comes with a floor-length dress. Because of the intricate embellishments throughout, I would subvert its preciousness by pairing with Moroccan-style slipper flats for a bohemian twist.
Ulyana Sergeenko look 21
I was so excited to see Sergeenko’s collection, and this sparkling trench dress spoke to me. The bell sleeves and soft shoulder are gorgeous, but I love the notion of wearing something avant-garde for a special occasion. However, instead of platform stilettos, I would slip into a solid metallic stiletto for extra shine and pull my hair back so I could wear a fun rivière-style necklace.
Vionnet look 16
I like to take risks stylistically, and this Vionnet is definitely out of my comfort zone. The spine-like detail twisting up to the hip is gorgeous as is the nude underlay, but I think I would style it with a messy chignon and closed-toe pointy heels to make it mine.