10 French-Girl Wedding Dress Designers You Need to Know
If you live and breathe French-girl style and consider Paris Fashion Week to be on the same level as Christmas or the Fourth of July, listen up! While Insta is a killer place to score effortless everyday styling tips from fabulous French girls holding it down in the City of Lights, off-duty isn’t the only time you can tap into that iconic je ne sais quoi — your wedding day is a pretty prime time to channel your inner Parisienne. If you’re looking to bring your sartorial A-game to your bridal attire, look no further than the 10 must-know wedding dress designers below. From flowy bohemian frocks to sophisticated satin sheaths, there’s a designer to fit every style. The one thing they all bring to the table? That highly coveted Parisian appeal.
If you consider yourself an edgy, trend-setting bride who wants a one-of-a-kind look without compromising on feminine elegance, Delphine Manivet is the one to watch. The epitome of French-girl chic, Manivet’s designs exude the confidence, sexiness and timeless appeal you can’t get enough of, with cutting-edge design to boot. The gowns run the gamut, ranging from sleek sheaths with stunning open backs to A-line styles with sheer, structured hoop skirts, meaning there’s something for brides on both ends of the spectrum. (Photo via Delphine Manivet)
Manon Gontero doesn’t do cookie cutter. Period. The designer takes traditional bridal details and silhouettes and totally reimagines them with the modern femme in mind. Delicate sheer lace panels are used intelligently to provide alluring peeks of skin, adding endless panache to romantic, ladylike gowns. For brides that just don’t jibe with the big white dress, there are plenty of unexpected options to ogle at, like a streamlined jumpsuit with a daringly low back and lace separates that can be mixed and matched with the rest of your wardrobe after the wedding. (Photo via Manon Gontero)
To say Rime Arodaky knows what’s up in the world of weddings would be an understatement. The designer’s bridal line emerged from her cult blog La Love List, and is made with the independent thinker in mind — a bride that wants to keep it real on her wedding day. From start to finish, the custom gowns are made entirely in France, and fuse modern details like plunging necklines, pockets and peek-a-boo cutouts with couture elements and classic styling guaranteed to stand the test of time — you know, so you can look back at those wedding photos 20 years down the line without cringing. (Photo via Rime Arodaky)
Prepare to swoon hard — Fabienne Algama’s clean lines and playful aesthetic are the things matrimonial dreams are made of. Whether you have a rooftop soiree or an elegant garden party in the works, the designer’s ethereal gowns are ready for whatever wedding shenanigans you throw their way. The best part? These beauties are made to move, meaning you don’t have to surrender your title as resident dancing queen. (Photo via Fabienne Algama)
Infusing your bridal look with a little French flair doesn’t have to mean embracing envelope-pushing aesthetics. Celestina Agostino lies more on the side of traditional, with sophisticated feminine touches reigning supreme with just a hint of x-factor woven in. Expect fabulous — not fussy. (Photo via Celestina Agostino)
Your style sensibilities can’t be put in a box, and neither should your wedding day duds. Suzanne Ermann totally gets that, which is why every single one of her designs is a bonafide scene-stealer. Whimsical wire detailing and architectural shapes are like nothing you’ve ever seen, so you can rest assured your bridal look will be one for the books. (Photo via Suzanne Ermann)
No one does boho babe bridal quite like Elise Hameau (think Anthropologie meets Free People meets Provençale chic). Airy separates, ladylike lace, dainty sleeves and open backs pair with laid-back vibes for OMG-worthy looks that will leave guests speechless when you make your way down the aisle. Lush flower crowns and Juliet veils unfortunately not included. (Photo via Elise Hameau)
Stéphanie Wolff Paris
If you have a laid-back backyard bash or leisurely seaside soiree in the works, consider Stéphanie Wolff your matrimonial match. Understated bohemian elegance is what she does best, with pretty, flirty dresses with a hint of old-world elegance (think: high necklines, fabric-covered buttons and scalloped lace) reigning supreme. (Photo via Stéphanie Wolff Paris)
Laure de Sagazan
Poetry in motion would likely be the best way to describe Laure de Sagazan’s collection of wedding dresses. If style icons Jane Birkin (an honorary French girl) and Françoise Hardy were to tie the knot today, we think they’d be all over de Sagazan’s cool ’70s-inspired aesthetic. From slinky slip dresses to lacy halters and pretty two-piece numbers, this young label leaves little to be desired. (Photo via Laure de Sagazan)
As one of France’s most successful design houses, Cymbeline is kind of an institution. Classically beautiful gowns and modern takes on traditional details are what you’ll find here, with each hopelessly romantic design serving as the perfect partner to “I dos” at a historic estate or a refined ballroom fete. (Photo via Cymbeline)
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