Jan 27, 2016

Gowns and places

So my dearest brides to be, now that THE question has been popped, now that all the cheers and the hugs and the kisses and the “Oooohhhh!” have been performed, I know what you are thinking of night and day, tirelessly, obsessively: the gown!

Well, let’s say that, according to the wedding planning 101 course, before opening the gown hunting season, it would be wiser to give priority to the wedding location and venue. The theory is of course right: a well thought out event requires a close relation and a sense of continuity between not only the bridal attire, but the wedding party (if not all the guests) and the setting of the event.

Here below, you’ll find a careful selection of the latest wedding fashion trends, each paired with the Italian location that best embodies that same allure. Let’s go!



“Illusion necklines and backs have long been popular in the bridal realm. But now, designers are pushing the envelope even more with full-on illusion bodices. From ultra-sexy sheer tops with lace appliqués covering up just the right places or a more tightly woven lace bodice with layers of nude lining, these designs are as romantic as they are intriguing” says Brides. This opulent, intricate and at times daring look works perfectly in the Amalfi Coast atmosphere, for it reflects the exuberance and the richness of this territory.


illusion bodice berta bridal
Berta Bridal
illusion bodice berta bridal2
Berta Bridal
illusion bodice mira zwillinger3
Mira Zwillinger



For a very long time it seemed like strapless gowns were going to be pretty much the only possible style, but thanks to Kate Middleton and a revival of Downton Abbey-esque style, recent bridal runways have seen many more gowns with sleeves of all lengths. Though it might sound like a move toward modesty, it certainly doesn’t have to be, as designers are finding stunning ways to create sleeved dresses that are anything but short on sex appeal: long sleeves made of lace, embroidered netting, silk, satin and other luxurious fabrics, often paired with breathtaking cleavages, provide a supremely sophisticated and sensual attire that fits flawlessly with the grandeur and the somehow austere glamour that the lake Como wedding venues exudes.

long sleeves Sareh Nouri

Sareh Nouri

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2016, October 2015, New York

Monique Lhuillier

long sleeves rosa clara2

Rosa Clara



From the red carpet to the bridal runway, looks like plunging necklines are all the rage now. The revealing neckline takes multiple sexy forms this season: whether combined with precious lace or sheer fabric for a more demure result, balanced with fuller skirts somehow detracting the attention from the bodice or going all the sultry way, this design element does represent the real innovation of the 2016 bridal fashion. As such, and considering the undeniable fact that it is not for everyone, this daring style fits right in the Portofino exclusive, glittering, jet set mood.

plunging neckline berta bridal

Berta Bridal

plunged neckline ines di santo

Ines Di Santo

plunging neckline BHLDN



From the sheerest layer of A-line cut tulle to a thick-cut satin, overskirts provide added versatility and create the illusion of layers and volume; according to the length, shape and thickness of both skirts, the final effect can be modern, sensual, incredibly ethereal and outrageously opulent. I can’t imagine anything more appropriate for a dreamy, grand, spectacular Venetian wedding.

overskirts zuhair murad

Zuhair Murad

overskirts monique lhuillier2

Monique Lhuillier

overskirts gala by galia lahav

Gala by Galia Lahav


Short dresses have become an increasingly popular option for brides, whether they plan to wear it for the whole celebration or just the reception, but this season hemlines rose to even high lengths. Playful mini’s — from beaded shifts to adorable A-line numbers that hit mid-thigh — were all the rage this runway season and would be the perfect style for young, lighthearted brides and their modern and minimal beach wedding on the immaculate Apulian shores.

short-wedding-dress jennt packhamJenny Packham
short wedding gown mira zwillinger3Monique Lhuillier
short wedding gown inbal drorInbal Dror

P.S. Though choosing the gown according to the wedding location undoubtedly is a good criteria, the gown must, first and foremost, fit you, your dreams and your gorgeous personality. Don’t forget!

P.P.S. Yes, I’m obsessed by Berta Bridal‘s, Monique Lhuillier‘s and Mira Zwillinger‘s latest collections; they are sexy, stylish, whimsical, masterful, fabulous, definitely what’s best out there this season. Sorry Vera!

written by Irene

Human, being and wedding maniac loving décor, animals, food, travelling, life!

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