Fronted by designers Pier Paulo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, Valentino has been leading fashion's return to elegance and the line's bridal offerings are at the head of this campaign. In a time when grown women are raiding their tweens' closets and bridal gowns are coming with bikini tops, Valentino is offering bridal gowns with long sleeves and high necklines. These gowns are impeccably tailored and remarkable for their craftsmanship, including details like hand tatted lace and tiny pleats. Valentino has two options available for brides to be. Several gowns from the couture collection are adaptable to weddings and Valentino also has an ongoing collaboration with luxury bridal house Pronovias.
Except for a handful of bright red dresses, nearly every gown in the Valentino Spring 2011 couture line is white or some shade of off white, perfect for bridal use. These gowns are made with the world's finest textiles, airy chiffons, shimmering silks and rich crepes. The focus on the couture collection is on weightlessness, and most of the dresses do indeed seem to be featherweight despite their long sleeves and voluminous, beaded skirts. Several of the gowns have full, sheer sleeves that shimmer as the model walks and at least one gown is sheer in its entirety. The line also includes several smart white suits that would be perfect for small, intimate weddings.
Valentino for Pronovias
If you do not have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on your bridal gown, check out the collaborative line between Valentino and Pronovias. The Pronovias collaboration has all of the fine, rich fabrics you have come to expect from Valentino, plus the flawless workmanship. The Pronovias line differs from the couture line in the level of detailing in the gowns. These gowns are simpler than the couture gowns and do not include extras like hand beading or pleating.