Tatler’s Wedding Editor on the dreamiest bridal looks at Paris Haute Couture this week

This week saw an array of some of the world’s biggest fashion designers send their global audiences personal messages of hope using the language of couture. Given the unprecedented times we live in they universally spoke of optimism and freedom. While many collections were less dramatic than usual, respecting current moods, others continued with wondrous and fanciful creations offering much needed escapism. Yet one thing was for sure, the majority of houses who chose to honour the bridal look showed that she reigned supreme. A definite nod towards celebratory times being on the horizon and that love really does conquer all.

  • Giambattista Valli

    Giambattista Valli

    ‘Go big’ was the resounding memo Valli handed the press and clients alike. While many couture houses opted for a more minimal look this season, Valli’s answer is to turn up the volume with gusto. Though inspiration came from the historic Spanish town of Seville with several references to flamenco dancers (including veils), no matter the shade, each and every one is wedding worthy. Undoubtedly he’d be more than happy to turn any into white at the click of his genius fingers – should you be so lucky.

  • Christian Dior

    Christian Dior

    Maria Grazia Chiuri is doing her best to interpret the ‘new normal’ we have all come to live with through what she does best – design. True to form, another whimsical and romantic collection was delivered. The collection beautifully depicts a girl who visits a castle with an internal labyrinth which represents the internal struggles and questions we’ve all had put upon us during this last year. The ending was picture perfect with a girl demurely sat on a horse in a white tulle ball gown, flat boots and a tiara looking back as the horse aimed to move forward. A sure sign of hope if ever there was one.

  • Chanel


    How thrilling to see Virginie Viard wholeheartedly embrace the wedding theme, transforming the Grand Palais into a French country wedding scene where family and friends dressed up for the occasion. From the mother to the aunt and teenage girl, there was something for everyone. For a second time we saw a white horse appear, this time with the bride making her entrance onto the scene, immaculate to the core.

  • Valentino


    Naming the collection ‘Temporal’ creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli aimed to mirror living in the moment and modern times. As such there was less pomp and ceremony with a certain air of minimalism compared to past couture collections. However as he told Vogue, ’the essence of couture is the ritual, the process, the care, the humanity. That’s what makes couture timeless, special.’

  • Fendi


    There were great expectations for British designer Kim Jones’ debut couture collection. Dazzling pieces came to life through a star-studded cast including Kate and Lila Moss, Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore and Christy Turlington. Inspired by the Bloomsbury set Jones expressed he was inspired by friends who wear ‘real’ and wearable clothes with movability and freedom being key.

  • Schiaparelli


    Whilst ‘capturing the moment’ is the catchphrase du jour for every designer, Daniel Roseberry owned it when Lady Gaga wore Schiaparelli to sing the national anthem at President Biden’s inauguration nine days ago. Roseberry’s entire collection was about female empowerment and exalting the female form through his works of art.

  • Armani Privé

    Armani Privé

    It is hard not to be mesmerised by the serenity and delicacy Mr Armani presented within this collection. There were soft pastel hues in A-line, floor-length translucent silhouettes (achieved by see-through fabrics such as tulle and silk) along with detailed beading – ultra feminine and dreamy.

  • Iris Van Herpen

    Iris Van Herpen

    One to watch for couture and bridal fans alike. Dressed like exquisite creatures from an unknown paradise, Van Herpen’s models exploded onto the catwalk in an undeniable display of expressiveness through unique silhouettes and embroidery. Full credit to her progressive design talent combined with innovative use of technology including her collaboration with Parley for the Oceans using Ocean Plastic ® fabric made from upcycled marine debris.

  • Viktor & Rolf

    Viktor & Rolf

    The Dutch designer duo payed homage to the fact that most of us are desperate to get out and celebrate, admitting a conscious decision to deliver a strong message of positivity while simultaneously letting us know it’s OK to feel that way. Describing their own collection as a ‘couture rave’, bright and pastel colours were mixed together while big, frothy tulle ball gown skirts wafted down the aisle with 80s bra tops. There was plenty of layering, oversized sleeves, bows and capes all thrown together prompting the much needed feeling of ‘live and let live’.

  • Elie Saab

    Elie Saab

    Continuity whilst we go through a period of change is always reassuring and Elie Saab certainly offers this. Delivering the most exciting elements of luxury couture is known for – drama, decadence and all out glamour – this collection was no different. A welcome fantasy land offering a spectacular form of escapism. The Elie Saab bride needs no introduction with gowns designed almost purely to make show-stopping entrances.


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