The Fashion Bride

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Just days before her wedding last weekend in Austin, Harper’s Bazaar asked us to shoot a story on alternative bridal looks for the fashion girl. This fashion girl being our friend Laurel Pantin and editorial director of The Coveteur who bought so many wedding dresses IRL it became a joke among friends. She explained to Harper’s:

“I want to feel really cool, and different and fun but then I also want to feel unique and like I was doing something off the beaten path, but then I also want to feel like a gorgeous princess…

I think my looks really round out all the different sides to my personality and the different things that I was hoping to express through my clothes at my wedding–the fashion-y part, the romantic, pretty girl and then just…disco garbage.”

In the end she was a beautiful princess (Monique Lhuillier), the hopeless romantic (Altuzarra) and a true sparkle baby (vintage Calvin Klein).

Below is a fun mix of playing dress up with Harper’s Bazaar with Fall 2016 runway looks and a few avant-garde bridal gowns from Spring 2017 for that fashion bride who truly has her own sense of style.

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Ermanno Scervino pleated lace dress || Stephen Russell 15k yellow gold pendant earrings and 18th century silver, gold and diamond cluster ring, ca. 1780 || Brother Vellies “Lali” boot in brocade

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Valentino gown || Aquazzura “Christy” flat in white gold || Jemma Wynne 18K blackened pave diamond and pearl ear climbers

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Jonathan Simkhai layered loop tulle dress || Jimmy Choo “Viola” sandal || Stephen Russell platinum and diamond chandelier earrings

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Alberta Ferretti cream silk and lace trimmed blouse, pants with cream blazer and mules || Stephen Russell gold Etruscan style earrings and 18kt yellow gold & diamond “vinaigrette” cuff ca. 1880

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Self Portrait “Daisy” off-shoulder maxi dress || McTeigue & McClelland “Pinecone” diamond earrings handmade in 18k bloomed yellow gold

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Roksanda Fall 2016 gown || Colette 18k gold and ruby roses studs with tsavorite fancy backs

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Temperley London midi crossbone lattice dress || Jennifer Behr “Imma” tiara

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Delpozo pret-a-couture bridal gown || McTeigue & McClelland single row medallian bracelet handmade in 18k bloomed yellow gold

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2016 dress || Colette “Galaxia” crown in 18k gold and white diamonds || Ilana Ariel “Aziza” earrings in 14k gold, diamonds & London blue topaz

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Caroline Hayden stretch velvet full-skirted midi dress in claret || McTeigue & McClelland “Kite over the Moon” earrings in 18k yellow gold & platinum with kite-shaped natural pink sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds || Stephen Russell platinum, diamond & Burmese ruby ring ca. 1920 || Delpozo Fall 2016 shoes

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Houghton “Casey” ivory silk sleeveless romper and “Flame” Houghton x Commando ivory bodysuit in iridescent sequins || Delfina Delettrez “Big Ear-clipse” earring

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Delphine Manivet “Pasquier” long dress with princess volume in pleated ivory cotton and silk tulle paired with a large volume crinoline || Keren Wolf ribbon chocker 

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Carolina Herrera Fall 2016 nude striped dress || Monique Lhuillier “Jules” embellished blush suede slipper

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Monique Lhuillier pistachio hand painted tulle illusion long sleeve sheath gown with tulle overskirt and nude lining with pistachio tulle hand painted floral cathedral length veil || Colette 18k gold and ruby studs with tsavorite fancy backs

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Vera Wang Bride Spring 2017 “Sigourney” light ivory corset body and opulent two-tiered tulle ballgown with a lace overlay on the bodice and peplum

Originally published April 29, 2016 for Harper’s Bazaar || Fashion Editor Carrie Goldberg || Flowers Set Design by Putnam & Putnam || Hair by Michael Thomas Lollo || Makeup by Romy Soleimani || Fashion Assistants Caroline Hulsey & Tennille Yamashita || Lighting Designer Nigel Ho Sing || Photography Assistant Anderson Zacharias || Shot at Fast Ashleys