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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  • 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?

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

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

    •  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.

  • These models are so ugly.

    The dresses are ok.

    • 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

  • 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!

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

    • 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?

      • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Oddly placed bows and black flowers.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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]

    • emcat8

      They look like truffles just dug up from the ground.

  • 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


  • 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.

    •  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??

  • 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.

  • I keep seeing prom here.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ummmm…. not really thrilled by any of this. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • nothing new

  • 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.

  • Yuck.

  •  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.

  • 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.

  • No.

  • Joyce VG


  • 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. 

  • 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). 

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

  • alyce1213


  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  •  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.