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Stunning display of delicate elegance from Paris' couture brides

A dreamlike garden theme was the perfect setting for a glimpse of designer bridal gowns for next spring/summer at Paris' haute couture shows this week.

Pastel tones and intricate white wedding dresses flooded the catwalks, with structured bustiers, asymmetric hemlines and swathes of light, airy, bright silk.  

Lebanese bridal designer Elie Saab's show notes read: "This season, Elie Saab pays homage to fragile elegance." 
And that is precisely what he achieved when with an innovative twist his model stepped out on the runway in a glittering silk cloud.

Following the success of the baby pink custom-made gown Giambattista Valli designed for Jessica Beil's wedding to actor and singer, Justin Timberlake, the designer's collection this year entailed princess gowns in the prettiest of pastels.

Christian Dior produced breathtaking bridal accessories with delicate veils covering expressive makeup, whilst former Balenciaga designer, Stephane Rolland, perfected the art of showstopping structural couture.

Take a look at our favourite designs from the fashion round up so far…


The show's notes read "This season, Elie Saab pays homage to fragile elegance," and this was precisely the effect he achieved. In a phenomenal finale, the Lebanese designer's last model stepped to the stage in this masterpiece, with swathes of hand-embroidered lace silk, looking entirely ethereal 

Flowing silk features and sheer backs added touches of sensuality to Stephane Rolland's sophisticated collection 

Chanel's feather-filled creations were adorned with cascades of glittering black and white sequins giving a gothic twist to the models' theatrical make-up. In typical Karl Lagerfeld style, the show was rounded off on a controversial note. The veteran couturier took his show as an opportunity to support a divisive French gay marriage law by sending two brides together down the catwalk, accompanied by his four-year-old godson as pageboy 

The Parisian-born former Balenciaga designer, Stephan Rolland, showed a passion for the art of structural couture with his architectural masterpieces 

Christian Dior's simple yet structured couture pieces were topped off with the most exquisite of veils. From beneath its lace looked up eyes coated in a flicker of feline eye makeup and an innovative red lip studded with glittering crystals by makeup artist Pat McGrath 

Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika kept things fun and feminine this season with 3D petal-layered gowns featuring sheer silks, flowing trains and delicate pink tones 

Valentino's intricate designs once again showed off an incredible level of craftsmanship with embroidery and detailing. To balance the femininity of the gowns, models like Cara Delevingne kept their makeup simple yet glowing with just a touch of rose colouring to the lips 

Romantic swirling patterns reminiscent of French garden fences kept the designs of Valentino suitably appropriate for the couture fashion week in Paris 

Working along a similar design theme as the bespoke dress Giambattisa Valli designed for actress Jessica Biel, the Italian designers' collection this season comprised of swathes of pink-hued silks and structured bustiers to define the waist 

Pretty Parisian dresses in baby pink embroidery stole the show for Giambattista Valli this season, providing the perfect colour theme for brides of spring/summer 2013 

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