Isaac Mizrahi Spring 2013 Bridal Collection

Posted on April 30, 2012

Darlings, here’s your pretty for the day, assuming you haven’t completely overdosed on bridal-based pretty lately. We’re the very last people in the world for whom the word “bridal” really holds any personal connotations, but we always find it interesting the various ways in which various designers interpret the term. In some ways it’s illuminating as to their aesthetic and personality because the variations are all occurring within the confines of a tight little box, which means any quirk or twist becomes that much more magnified. For Isaac Mizrahi, it’s not really surprising that he dwells in an old-school Mid-Century world of ladylike romance with a hint of urban attitude.



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    • Eileen Duffy

      Some of the dresses are nice, but the models all look like they rolled out of bed, pulled their uncombed hair back, and forgot their makeup.

      • drdirection

        and over-exfolliated

      • funkypeanut

        This is, what, the third bridal collection with models who are suffering from hangovers after a three-day bender? I suppose it’s a thing now, like heroin chic used to be. And have all the makeup and hair elves gone on strike or something?

        The dresses are kind of meh. There’s nothing here that I haven’t seen before.

      • Corsetmaker

        It looks like the run through, not the actual show!

    • sarahofalessergod

      Why do I feel like half of these are re-purposed prom dresses from a generation ago?

    • MinAgain

      That’s a really boring collection showing a really bony bunch of shoulders.

      • Coralie

         Okay, let’s not hate on the models here. That’s not cool, they’re just doing their job.

      • Coralie

         Okay, let’s not hate on the models here. That’s not cool, they’re just doing their job.

      • Snailstsichr

        I was thrilled they were standing up straight instead of hunched over!  :) And no one looked like they were going to pop out of their bodice (yay!). I wish my shoulders looked like that…sigh.

    • SewingSiren

      I like the striped bride.

    • Liz Fox

      These models are so ugly.

      The dresses are ok.

      • Tiger Gray

        Personally I think they’re all gorgeous and at least some of them are showing actual emotion and have a beauty I am not totally sick of seeing repeated over and over. Also I am pretty sure this blog has a rule of sorts about not dissing on people’s basic physical appearance. 

        • muzan-e

          I was just about to write something a little bit excitable about the models myself, too. ‘Natural femininity’ is the accepted accompaniment for bridal collections; hyperfeminine hair and accessories, and ‘no makeup’ – by which we mean an enormous quantity of cosmetics intended to look nonexistant – 

          And then along comes this.  Am I seeing reddened cheeks? Shiny noses? Perhaps some truck toppled over on the way to the runway and all the concealer fell out? Perhaps someone misplaced the powder? Excuse me, but where are the false eyelashes, the lipgloss, where is the contouring, what has happened to the glorious tumbles of curls?! I mean, my god – 

          they look like actual people!



      • rawrgrowlrawr

         These models are not ugly. At all.

        Most of the dresses are though.

      • BrooklynBomber

        That’s ridiculous. And Tiger Gray, below, is correct: say what you want about style and clothing, but don’t criticize people for who they are. 

      • quiltwombat

        Yeah, they are ugly.  I don’t know what is happening with the model trend – so few of them are actually even a little bit attractive.  I just don’t get it.  And if they ARE attractive someone styles them so they look as unattractive as possible.  Go figure.

    • petalfrog

      Hideous. I hate all of them, especially the first dropped waist with the black and white gingham bow.

      • drdirection

        gingham is hideous in most forms

    • Michele Forney

      One of the models was on Project Runway a few seasons ago.  The 8th dress from the top.  Or maybe she was on America’s Next Top Model.  Either way, good for her to be working!

      • skadi1

        It was Project Runway. I can’t remember her name, but she was definitely one of the better models on that show.

      • skadi1

        It was Project Runway. I can’t remember her name, but she was definitely one of the better models on that show.

        • NNgela

           was it Bianca?

          • Cindi Tracy Aune

             She resembles Bianca from ANTM but not exactly.

        • quickquickquickohshit

          she’s maya’s model from season seven! she’s that biracial one.

      • drdirection

        I totally recognized her.  Yay for her!

      • prisonhoney


    • quiltrx

      The three I really LOVE are the first two and the third from the bottom.  Not surprisingly for me, they are screaming GRACE KELLY fabulousness.

      • RebeccaKW

         The 3rd from the bottom-ADORE!  I’m not into wedding dresses (dresses in general really) but I want to wear this one right now.

      • Emily Wilkerson

        The dress third from the bottom is gorgeous and my personal favorite, but I don’t think I would ever wear grey in my (still only theoretical) wedding.

      • Emily Wilkerson

        The dress third from the bottom is gorgeous and my personal favorite, but I don’t think I would ever wear grey in my (still only theoretical) wedding.

    • Uche

      Oddly placed bows and black flowers.

      • Nancy Abrams

        The flowers are very mid-century. In the extended ’50s, it was very popular for the manufacturers to stick on a random silk flower. It was always the first thing I pulled off the dress.

    • Ramona Boersma

      I haven’t liked any of these bridal collections. Although styles today aren’t the same as 30 years ago, it seems like the bridal aesthetic is very slow to change. People are extra conservative when choosing their princess gowns. I just hate everything that these dresses represent: marriage as an overpriced industry; marriage as the most important day in a girl’s life; I could go on. This conservatism is just a sign to me of the stagnating position of women in society.

      • Dr. Derf van der Derf

        This is why I will elope in a colorful dress.

      • fallen_ikon

         I actually wore a pink Calvin Klein party dress to get married in. Of course, I also got married in my back yard, by a Justice of the Peace, with maybe 20 people present…I was very much not into the big white wedding thing.

    • Foreoki12

      I dig the drop waists. The ruffles are eh.

    • Mariah J

      Blech! These are all around pretty terrible.

    • Tiger Gray

      It’s funny, but bridal seems to be the only area where it’s acceptable to pull the eye in all sorts of wackadoo ways.

    • oatmealpie

      Dress #4: kneebow is awkward.

    • Juan Melendez

      Is there anyone else who’s bothered by the uneven hemline of the 3rd to the last dress (the black tulle one)? gorgeous dress, tho

    • Anathema_Device

      If I didn’t see the title, I’d think this was an H&M Bridal collection. (ETA: Although, Goodwin’s H&M dress posted earlier today was nicer than any of these.)

      A lot of the trim looks like an afterthought. Many of the flowers and ribbons are oddly placed or out of proportion with the dresses.

      I do like the first dress and the pink satin one.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I agree. They’re really awful and pretty cheap looking. I appreciate doing something different with bridal, so seeing colors and prints is fine, great, no problem. But something’s just off, I’m sorry to say.

    • Scarlet39

      I just don’t get those black corsage looking things

      • algaechick

        My only guess was that those pieces were to be changed to be all cutesy matchy-matchy with the bridesmaids’ dresses, so black was the default this-can-be-any-color accessory. It’s like Betty Spaghetti for brides-‘look, I popped the hot pink bow off and put the teal bow on-what do you think girls?” [girls roll their eyes at all the colors]

        • e jerry powell

           As good a guess as any, I say.

      • emcat8

        They look like truffles just dug up from the ground.

    • Tiger Gray

      Girls 3 and 8 especially are so gorgeous I smile when I see them. 

      • muzan-e

        Hee! My favourites as well.  I have a weakness for sweet eyes and pixie faces.

      • muzan-e

        Hee! My favourites as well.  I have a weakness for sweet eyes and pixie faces.

    • shopgirl716

      meh.  First dress is ok.  Liked Carolina Herrerra and Very Wang MUCH better.

    • Dr. Derf van der Derf

      I liked the first one  a little and then it went downhill. Do they look really cheap to anyone else?

      • Nelliebelle1197


    • Coralie

      I don’t see why there’s so many bits of black superfluously added. Who would want that on a wedding dress? That said, minus the gingham bow, I’d be all over the third dress.

      • WordyDoodles

         Agree! I don’t mind the black per se; I think it could be terrific if done well. But the accents look tacked on at the last minute here.

      • birkatbaby

        love the 3rd dress – is that a plaid netting??

    • Coralie

      I don’t see why there’s so many bits of black superfluously added. Who would want that on a wedding dress? That said, minus the gingham bow, I’d be all over the third dress.

    • kimmeister

      Gingham does not belong in a wedding dress collection, ever.

    • SpcilK

      Selling at Kohls and David’s Bridal. Most of the collection looks like dresses for prom .

    • carolynmo

      Just once, I’d like to see a collection or just a couple of dresses for brides who are not in their twenties! Hello, designers?

      Seriously, 40 year old brides want to look pretty, too.

      Sorry for the rant. These gowns are fine; they made me grumpy.

    • Liana Brooks

      I keep seeing prom here.

    • WordyDoodles

      I actually love the casual, easy make up here. But this is looking like it could be Isaac Mizrahi For Target.

      What’s up with those oddly-shaped black shoes?

    • Melissa Bahr

      I feel like for half of the dresses Isaac Mizrahi was like “Oh this on is all white. Let’s throw some black stuff on it!” For some of them the touches of black seem completely unnecessary.

    • Judy_S

      Maybe I’m just in a funny mood, but I like these. I like the giant gingham bows. The black does make me think of my grandma saying “marry in black, you’ll wish yourself back.” But as a runway effect it works.

    • marilyn

      Are these wedding dresses?  They remind me more of prom dresses.  Removing the color would make all of them very middle of the road bridal.  Not cutting edge, because the designers more on trend are not doing strapless.  The pink dress looks like a bridesmaid dress, and the steel gray dress with the overlay is either 1960’s prom, or MOB.  He was not inspired for this collection.  Why would he use black in a wedding dress collection, when it symbolizes mourning?  Pink touches make the dresses look like prom dresses.  For as much as he charges for his dresses, why is he using black and white check fabric as an accent?  That cheapens it, IMHO.  Why is he messing with the concept in this way?    

      • MilaXX

         I don’t mind black in a wedding dress when it’s done nicely. These are not.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      The good:  The first two are the only strapless wedding dresses I’ve ever considered wearing.  High praise.
      The bad:  Mermaid silhouettes fill me with despair.

      Is there anyone who truly looks good in a skin tight gown with a mid-thigh explosion of fabric?  I feel hobbled just looking at them.

    • kittenwithaquip

      Why are the models washed out and sweaty looking?

      Most bridal is awful, and a lot of brides seem to like awful, poofy dresses. Or mermaid dresses, which I will never understand.

      I hate the gingham and the black corsages. Frankly, the only dress I kind of like is the black overlay dress. Than again, the second time around I wore a simple black dress. I liked my second wedding (and marriage) much better.

      • efishfan

        I guess they’re supposed to look “fresh”, but I don’t think fresh off the treadmill at the gym is what Isaac intended. They look like they probably smell bad.

      • snarkmeister

        I want to shoot the person (Isaac, I presume) who decided to put that gorgeous African-American model in that hideous pink gingham monstrosity.  The dresses are all pretty bad/boring/standard but that particular pic (second from bottom) just makes me throw up a little in my mouth.  It takes all of the model’s statuesque, classy beauty and throws a fucking hodown at it.  ‘Scuse my French.

    • turtleemily

      I’m kinda digging the third dress. The skirt looks lavender, maybe?

    • GraceArmstrong

      Oh my god so boring I can’t even care enough to barf.

    • Zippypie

      I can’t take anymore kleenex fluff and bows!!!!

    • bittykitty

      some of the models look like they are facing away with their heads turned 180 degrees back at us. creepy

    • rainwood1

      To me, this is the least successful of the bridal collections featured so far.  The bows and the black accents often seem like afterthoughts rather than integral to the design.  

    • VicksieDo

      I’m old school enough to believe that a wedding dress should be special.  Highest quality of fabric, detailing, underpinning, fit, all that stuff.  These do not rise to that occasion.  If you’re going to just throw random fabric on cheap versions of standard dresses, don’t expect any kudos from me.  Also, the styling, um NO.  Shiny, no make up, ratty hair, if this is how you see a wedding day, you should just break up with your someone.  It’s SAD.

      • MilaXX

         or get a cat. 😉

    • PastryGoddess

      I don’t know.  I think he’s hitting all of the trends in bridal and doing it in a way that people in fly-over country won’t be afraid of.  It’ll be interesting to see if he can keep this line going.  Hopefully he has learned that brides need to try their dresses on BEFORE they buy it

    • crash1212

      My faves are #1 & #14 (the black netting number w/sleeves) – rest are OK – a little odd. Not unlike our little Isaac.

    • MilaXX

      The only dress with sleeves looks like it came from the costuming department of Gone with the Wind. These are okay for the strapless Stepford dresses they are. That pink with the gingham bow is hiddy, the one black strap on #6 is distracting and looks like an ink blot on the bottom of #7.

    • LP

      Looking at these collections just reminds me how boring and formulaic wedding dresses are these days. Even when they try to be unique by slapping more crap on the same silhouettes. Let’s see something modern and architectural for once.  Slinky, even,

    • snarkykitten

      ughhhh, more boring, strapless Quinceañera dresses

    • unbornfawn

      Yawn. This collection looks dated to me.

    • Ann M. Erickson

      Lesson: mermaid shapes do not do anyone any favors. If the model looks like she ate a huge burrito today, you will too.

    • Sara__B

      More prom than bridal.

    • Susan Crawford

      Not loving it. Too many big, awkwardly=placed, floppy bows; too many mermaid dresses; too many frills and furbelows. Not one of Isaac’s best outings, alas.

    • spooki C

      Bored to tears, although I wasn’t expecting much since a) it’s bridal and b) it’s Mizrahi. A lot of it looks like outfits for “My First Barbie”.

    • AuntieAnonny

      There’s a few winners here, but most of them are a little Costco.

    • Char Crop

      Not impressed at all. What is with all the black fluff and gift wrapping bows and pink gingham?…UGH! And even if you take them away, the basic dress leans towards ‘quickly thrown together’ prom night at Central (insert small town) High. Sorry Isaac…you can do better.

    • TSkot

      Looks like Isaac phoned this one in.

    • understateddiva

      Somehow these are reading quinceanera to me.  Maybe I associate poofy with childish.

    • Sara Munoz

      Ummmm…. not really thrilled by any of this. 

    • SkipperJane

      Wow, does the model for the pink dress have the wrong coloring for that dress.  She’s worse than Dakota.
      Overall: Meh. Except for the gingham, which I actively dislike.

    • MK03

      Call me a traditionalist, call me superstitious, but I believe black has NO place on a wedding gown. It just feels like tempting fate or something.

    • allisankelly

      A lot of poof, nothing offensive-gingham didn’t bother me-and it all mostly screams “bridal”, but the fabric looks cheap.
      Shabby Chic

      Mizrahi Bridal for Target.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      other than the funeral bride, three from the bottom, this is the dullest collection of them all. surprising, really, though i also do like the nearly funereal grey he uses as puff material on a few of these towards the middle.

    • NurseEllen

      That first dress looks like something Audrey Hepburn wore in “Sabrina”, except that one was designed by Givenchy.

    • jenno1013

      Speaking as a short-waisted, narrow-hipped person, I love the dropped waist options here (especially nos. 10 and 11, with the beaded bodices).  If I wear a dress with a full skirt that cinches at the natural waist, I look like tits on legs.  Not many designers show dropped waists, so I’m a fan of Isaac for these.  Would have liked for them to have been around when I was in the market for bridal, 16 years ago.

    • Little_Olive

      Some of those fabrics look quite cheap… not loving the designs either.

    • boweryboy

      A lot of this I don’t see as bridal but there’s a whole lot of pretty – albeit somewhat standard – dresses here.

      That first dress is gorge.

    • guest2visits

      Love the first three. But it’s awful to see what looks like cheap black ballet slippers under all.
      Also like the beaded-corsets, wide ribbons, and the soft pinks. Even the black gown looks soft and romantic, but not
      overly done (would still trade out the large flower).   I am however, done with the mermaid design.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Oh, dear. These are awful.

    • Vera

      Meh. Some of the dresses are cute, and I like the black dress . Overall,it says more prom or bridesmaid than bridal.

    • Lina_bee

      Wow, I keep wanting to say, “Girl, that is not your dress,” to every one of these, and if the dress doesn’t suit the model, who will it suit? I do like the first dress with the giant plaid bow, although I would want the bow in a bright solid red instead. Otherwise, this is kind of extremely lackluster and disappointing.

      edit: Oh, and word on the comments pointing out the weird absence of makeup and lazy hair. That makes these look like the discards pile at the bridal shop, not what you wear down the aisle.

    • Samuel Joesph Donovan

      Um…Suede’s finale collection?

    • ccm800

      kind of…amateurish looking for me, but I’m glad Fred Flintstone is still making frocks.

    • Melissa Brogan

      Meh, they’re not ugly dresses for the most part, but it’s pretty standard/boring.

    • PeaceBang

      I don’t know. Pretty standard, and not helped by the fact that none of the models seem to have washed her face or hair for about a week.

    • Addicted2Glamour

      Thank God as a gay man the government won’t let me get married. All these choices…..

    • MilaXX

       succinctly put

    • Rebecca Jay

      Not digging the black.  Or pink.  Or gingham.  Or the combination of any or all of that together.

      I do like the first two dresses – just not for wedding dresses.

    • Super_Red

      This is the first bridal collection that’s been posted that I really responded to. I would wear just about any of these (with slight changes…. I’d go for a traditional straight-up white) Really, really beautiful.

      • Super_Red

         I was half asleep when I posted this so I didn’t bother reading what the kittens had to say. Now that I have– ouch! I didn’t realize everyone thought so poorly of this collection. Looking at it again, I”m still in love with it and I think all y’all are crazy. 😉 The only pieces I’m not a huge fan of are the ones with the blob of black on them, but take that off and I love the dress. I wouldn’t wear  mermaid silhouette, but I rather adore the gingham sash.

    • Kyle Crawford

      Wow, pretty cool that Target does Bridal now….

    • sleah_in_norcal

      the hair and makeup are truly hideous.  i had to cover their faces just to look at the dresses, which are mostly pretty ordinary.  i do like the one with the black skirt with white lace, but not for a bride.  bridesmaid, maybe.  this ugly hair seems to be a trend in the bridal collections this season.  (see vera wang)

    • Leydro

      nothing new

    • Michelle Wilson

      These dresses all look chip in a chip way.

    • Corsetmaker

      I like colour, I like coloured accents and so on, but this whole collection just looks off. Everything we’ve seen before and in many cases done better. The fabric looks cheap, the shapes are tame – skirts not quite full enough, waists not defined enough. And the sashes and flowers just look like DIY revamp projects. Some nearly but not quites in there, but nothing that made me pause in a good way.

      To be honest a few of them look like a mainstream cheaper bridal company’s Dior knock-off attempts!

      On top of that the styling is non-existant (can’t even say bad, there just isn’t any) and the choice of models jar with the dresses.

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    • mrspotts66

       no.  just no.

      (i thought pictures 3 & 4 were the same dress, just with the gingham belt sliding off her waist.)

    • momogus

      I love the sashes!! (on most of the dresses) The dresses themselves are sort of boring-pretty, and the models look sweaty and barefaced. Carolina Herrara still has my favorite collection.

    • M Carlson

      I love that second one.

    • Emily Guillory

      As a big girl with big ol knockers…I would love to see gowns with straps…just sayin’…strapless and me aren’t friends.  I need a little help putting the girls in the right place, you know :p

      I like dress 3 but without gingham bow but that’s about it.

    • TerryMH

      Where’s the beef?  This collection is boring and unoriginal. Hold this up next to the Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta collections and it doesn’t even compare!!  Explains a lot in a way about his business (or lack there of – you can’t find him sold in any traditional store or boutique).  Enlightening in a way. He’s more of a personality and stylist than anything else I think.

    • foodycatAlicia

      Mariana Hardwicke did a black & white with plaid wedding gown in the late 80s that sets my benchmark for the theme and I am afraid none of these come close. But I love the Grace Kelly black with the sash job.

    • sagecreek

      Wow, am I sick of strapless wedding gowns. Having said that, I love this collection.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      No. Why do they all look so sad and gloomy. Are they not happy to be wearing these somewhat lovely dresses? Better styling would have helped. Carolina Herrara is still my favorite.

    • Judy_J

      I love these as ball gowns.  I’m sick to death of strapless wedding gowns. 

    • AthenaJ

      Love the first one. If I went with a non-floor length gown, that would be it!

    • AthenaJ

      Love the first one. If I went with a non-floor length gown, that would be it!

    • formerlyAnon

      Were I quite young, I’d like several of these a lot. Too much tulle, but I am intrigued by the idea that gingham is recycling as a high-end accent. (It always makes me think of Gloria Vanderbilt in her collage populizer/artist phase around 1970)

    • mjude

      i like the black dress

    • Cathy S

      The first 2 are my favorites. The rest are just okay.

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    • mcglory13

      Why is the styling so horrendous? The make up and hair are truly awful. I can’t even decide how I feel about the gowns when I’m busy wondering why the women are all so shiny faced and wan. Good grief. 

    • rebecca

      Really? I agree with all the prom-dress comments. This left me totally meh-feeling, and the black and the trim felt like a total afterthought. Plus, the models? I mean, I was going through Vogue Italia from March of 1995, and damn those women looked like women. Not washed out girls. And the worked the outfits (I have a few Collezioni from that era too and the same could be said for the runway). 

    • Patricia Groves Dobrowski

      Sleeves, Isaac!!!  Would it kill you to add some sleeve & a decent neckline to more than one of these? 

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    • michelle shields

      Oh goodie.I can always use more Kleenex.

    • siriuslover

      I like these, especially the ones with the black.

    • MilaXX

      I wonder if this will be part of his line sold at Klienfeild’s.

    • Rebecca

      Love the Grace Kelly number with the sheer sleeves (though you’d have to have toothpick arms to pull it off)…
      Do the fabrics read as cheap to anyone else?

      They just look kinda…chintzy….

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I am sorry but I think these are, for the most part, hiddy.  The mermaid whose tail is trussed up with the picnic blanket is the worst, but all of them aren’t so lovely.  WHY WON’T ANYONE PUT A REAL SLEEVE ON A DAMN BRIDE ANYMORE??!?!?!!

    • lilazander

      Basically formulaic, predictable and boring. Bleh.

    • Karen

      I really can’t imagine many brides wanting a huge strip of gingham wrapped around their wedding dress!

    • Erica Woods Tucker

       These were really, really bad.

    • LambeeBaby

      They are sweet looking. They look more prom than bridal…but I realize that I might be a bit biased because I just dislike him.