Marchesa Fall 2013 Bridal Collection

Posted on October 15, 2012

Darlings, here’s your pretty of the day; the Marchesa Fall 2013 Bridal Collection. We tend to stay out of the bridal discussions and turn them over to our readers because it’s not really our thing or our world. Have at them, ladies. But before you do, we’ll let Marchesa have their say:

“The Fall 2013 Bridal collection blends Marchesa’s signature ethereal aesthetic with soft architectural details inspired by the heart of the Iris and Bulgarian Rose. Dress silhouettes were adorned with cascading petals of silk chiffon blended along with delicate pearl scallops and intricate lace detailing. Hints of blush peek through hand draped and embroidered bodices finished with lavish gazar ball skirts and metallic threadwork details in subtle shades of gold and silver. Marchesa’s Fall 2013 Bridal collection also included luxurious handbags and custom headpieces inspired by the intricate design of irises and roses. Miriam Haskell earrings and hair clips completed each look. The collection, designed for the diverse tastes of modern brides, presented a range of silhouettes, from full-skirted gowns to demure cocktail pieces all with the designers’ signature attention to exquisite detail and handcraftsmanship. The jewelry, by Miriam Haskell, also perfectly complimented the romantic aesthetic of the dresses.”




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  • What’s with the toilet paper trails tacked to the front of these? And the weird built in fur muffler?  I normally like Marchesa, but these are either boring or weird.

    • Paigealicious

       Boring is the feeling I got too, which I definitely wasn’t expecting.

      • Teri Brinson

        Exactly- Boring. Not ethereal by any means, they were heavy and over-worked, which is true to her line I guess. The first short dress was the only one that didn’t make me want to scroll down faster. Also, it would be nice if the models weren’t required to be so skeletal that its distracting from the dress.

        • These models are not skeletal.  They’re healthy looking.  

  • theblondette

    Eh. As a bride-to-be, I have seen a million variations on most of these. Some are quite pretty, some are boring, some are way too fussy and fluffy – but it IS Marchesa.

    •  Same here! Tres yawn, Marchesa.

  • I like number 4 in a super retro way (think 30s), but the second one from the end is just strange.

    • That’s my favorite, too, with #14 being a close second.  Irises are my favorite flower and I have many varieties in my garden, but if these dresses are channeling irises, I’ll be damned if I can see how.  And I also agree that the collection would be better served if the models did not look like they were being led to execution.

      • “[L]ed to execution” — exactly!  What happened to smizing?

    • NCDFan

      I’m glad it’s not just me. The model looks like a linebacker in that dress.

    • Anathema_Device

       Number four is pretty, but I wish the lace didn’t look so tacked on.

    • Yes this Spanish virgin look is the only one that really captures my fancy.

  • lizzybef

    STRAPS! A lot of them have STRAPS! 

    (eta: this is a good thing, obviously.)

  • SLEEVES!  Other than that, meh.

    • agree about the straps and sleeves. Not everyone looks good in strapless.

      • Terrie_S

        Not everyone can wear  strapless without having to hike it up every three seconds.

        • VeryClaire

          And no one looks good hiking up their dress every three seconds. IOW, no one looks good in strapless.

  • Nothing really wowed me, but I was grateful that many of them weren’t strapless.  Maybe it’s just me, but I think bride models shouldn’t look so glum.  You’d think some of them were being married off to an evil old baron.

    •  You would look glum if you were starving too.

      • mayavaly

         My first scroll through was simply to see which model had the most prominent clavicle.

      • VicksieDo

        That’s what I thought…parade of the hungry brides!

    • BrooklynBomber

      That’s the Marchesa look. At least this group looks like they’ve had baths.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      OMG you speak for me.  I am so tired of everything being strapless.  It’s like everyone is wearing an old Barbie Wedding Dress from the 1960’s collection.  Sleeves make things prettier and yes, more demure.  Aren’t brides sortof supposed to be demure?  Those bridal shows like say Yes to the Dress are all just a parade of strapless boring sadness.  Thank you for allowing me to vent.  Also, I love you for saying the phrase “Married off to an evil old baron.” xoxo

  • hughman

    After the last post, I could oddly see all of these appearing on American Horror Story. Something is just “off” about them to me. 

  • Clueless_Jock

    Do some brides really wear short dresses?

    • Melissa Brogan

       …yes. But then, some brides really wear dresses that aren’t white, or outfits that aren’t even dresses. One’s wedding attire is as much about personal style as it is cultural tradition.

      • theblondette

        I will probably be wearing a cute 50s style short dress 🙂

      • MoHub

         Austin Scarlett’s new bridal collection actually has several pale pink gowns.

    • MilaXX

      Yes, but most wear hosiery of some kind unless it’s an island/beach wedding

      • EditKitten

        You couldn’t pay me to wear hosiery with my wedding dress. So I didn’t. 🙂

        • I didn’t think hosiery was ever worn anymore.

          •  I know the last 2 weddings I was at, the bride didn’t have on hosiery.  I can’t imagine why it would be needed in a full gown.

          • EditKitten

            Seriously — I haven’t owned a pair of hose since, um, high school? Almost 20 years ago? And probably because my mother bought them for me. I have lots of tights now, which I hadn’t worn since I was 5, so perhaps hose will come back in in a few years. 😉

    • SewingSiren

      Yes. At least since the 1920’s.

    • Jessi03

      I’m probably wearing a short dress. Originally I wanted to wear a long green one, but my long-hidden girliness came out and I wanted white.  

    • Jean Marie Downing

       My dream wedding dress is a tea length full skirted dress with sleeves.  Very fifties.

  • It’s Marchesa-esque, but generally, I like wedding collections better than the rest. I like dress #13 best, not so much fluff.

  • I do kind of like numbers 13 and 18. I recently got engaged and I am dreading dress shopping.

    • Anathema_Device

       Don’t rule out having something made, if you can find a good seamstress who does that kind of thing near you.

      • Cat

         I am getting married next month and I had my wedding dress made because I couldn’t find anything red that I didn’t hate and let me tell you….it was a pain in the ass. I’m pleased that I decided to do it because the final product, at long last, is going to be beautiful, but a good seamstress is absolutely key! (Granted, I live in a college town in Florida, so that’s perhaps not the best place to go seamstress shopping.)

        • Anathema_Device

           Sorry it was a pain. There are few places in my area that do really good work, but I’m in the SF Bay Area, so maybe we have more options?

          But, it is going to be beautiful, yay! And like I tell everyone, put more effort into the marriage than the wedding. Congrats!

      • Yeah, my first inclination was to have something made by a local dressmaker. I think I live in a big enough market that I can find someone pretty good. My mother thinks that going to a seamstress would be kind of risky. I think she just wants to be there when I try on “the” dress. She and I used to watch Say Yes to the Dress too often. =P

        • Anathema_Device

          Say Yes to the Dress has my daughter (13 yo) making me promise to be on my best behavior if/when she goes dress shopping!!

          • Janet B

            After watching Say Yes to the Dress my teen said she wouldn’t bring anyone but me.  

        • Beardslee

           I had my dress made and it was quite successful.  This was in the late 1980s and it was actually a suit (satin with lace, but a suit) modeled on the New Look suit my mother got married in in 1948.  I had an outdoor wedding so I wasn’t interested in something long that would collect grass stains.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Don’t forget: you don’t have to wear a wedding gown. I mean, you may want to, but you don’t have to!

      • Anathema_Device

         My mom married my dad in a gorgeous suit (with a peplum!) in 1947, complete with ostrich feather hat. I SO wish she had kept it so I coulda used it.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Sounds fabulous!

        • formerlyAnon

          I have thought for many years that if I ever marry again, it will be in order to do so in an elegant suit, with a hat (and very possibly gloves.)

          To be honest I’ve always preferred the fantasy of the sophisticated wedding suit and never dreamed of a wedding dress, but it didn’t even occurr to me when I married in my 20s that I could actually do that. I completely bought into the ambient cultural expectations. 

          • BrooklynBomber

            I’m very consciously anti-wedding gown (which doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy looking at pictures here at TLo Int’l; I do like fashion, after all); I don’t like the traditions of the bride being dressed up like a doll or a princess and walking down the aisle to be presented to the groom. I don’t like the event being “all about the bride,” or the woman making an entrance and everyone turning to see what she looks like and standing up while she walks down the aisle. While I completely understand the fantasy aspects of all that (and the attraction to it), in the end I don’t see how any of it expresses the idea of a marriage of equals, or reflects the two specific unique individuals who’ve decided to put their fates and their futures together. 

          • Anathema_Device

            My dress was 80’s-tastic…but not in a princess Diana way. Sheath dress with beading, lace overlay on the bodice, and lace sleeves with…wait for it…shoulder pads!! I shit you not. They did lend a great shape, but boy…power bitch wedding dress, seriously.

        • MoHub

          My mom got married in a suit, too—in 1948. Beautiful blue silk. And the difference in the cost between that and a wedding gown became a nest egg for my parents to get started on.

          • Anathema_Device

            When my in laws got married, by MIL wore a pretty, simple white dress that she re-wore about 4 or 5 times to her husband’s fraternity formals. She just swapped out the sash for other colors. I need to return to that kind of frugality and lack of waste!

          • Beardslee

             I just posted somewhere else that I had a suit made that was based on the suit my mother got married in – in 1948, blue silk!  My sister was my maid of honor and she wore my mom’s suit.

        • emcat8

          That sounds almost exactly like what my mom got married it — only her hat had an awesome little veil thingie in front, but no ostrich feather. 

          It always amazes me how quickly we came to think of a long white gown as standard wedding fare.

    • EditKitten

      Just keep your mind open, don’t bring too many people (I just brought my mom), and don’t overthink it. I dreaded it, too, because I didn’t want it to turn into a three-month odyssey. I tried on four, bought the third. 🙂 Stick to your budget, too, and you’ll be able to wipe out every dress above that mark — easy way to rule things out.

      One of my friends bought hers on Ebay. She loved it, spent $50, about that on tailoring. Enjoy your engagement!!

  • altalinda

    The third and second from last made me laugh out loud.  Second from last:  athletic woman was forced by her friends to pick a “feminine” gown that only makes her look awkward.

    • kimmeister

      3rd from last made me think she had been attacked by a huge white sea anemone, or had decided to tack on a Wampa-fur rug to her front.

  • megalomania79

    So, the Daisy Buchanan look is in then?  

    • tereliz

      They’ve been trying to make Daisy Buchanan happen since TGG was greenlit. I have hips. Daisy Buchanan I am not. 

  • GenieinTX

    I love that antique looking lace veil in #4- Gorgeous.  I like it overall.  Lots of little antique touches.  I was really distracted by the super skinny models.  Most are healthy looking a curvy but a couple of them serious need a cheeseburger.

  • Inspirit

    Of course.

  • Zippypie

    As Tim says so often on PR, “Use your editing eye.”  Yes, indeedy.

  • crash1212

    Love the bodice and neckline of the 6th one down…the rest are just – meh.

  • MilaXX

    A little too fussy for my taste, but I have to admit there is a fair share of variety in both strapless and straps.sleeves. I have to say I pretty much hate all the headpieces, and in some cases I think they are fighting against the lines of the dresses.

  • pattyw

    Love #8 but the rest look like a Q-tip explosion.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Fussy. I like the range of sleeves offered, I wish strapless hadn’t been such a pervasive thing when I chose mine. I’ve got a rack and I love to dance! Bad combo.  Everything here seems overdesigned, with one detail too many. Lace and feathers and tulle or pleating and draping and origami toilet paper. The eighth look is probably my favorite, but I don’t care for the veil at all.

    It all reminds me of playing dress-up with my mom’s old lace curtains and tablecloths, honestly.

  • NC_Meg

    Fun fact: 50% of the world’s tulle is used by Marchesa.

    But really now, that is a lotta tulle.

    • l_c_ann

      And after the wedding you can repurpose the skirt to protect your cherry orchard from hungry birds.

  • Corazon Nunez

    yuck. These are just weird.

    • margaret meyers

      And the models are so strange — does Marchesa NOT want to sell wedding gowns?

  • kimmeister

    I don’t love a single piece here.  I also can’t tell what’s going on with the shoes – in some shots they almost look like they’re flats.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I’m no authority on bridal gowns since I got married in a short red & white polka dotted sundress (instead of the long dress that I paid $12 for at Goodwill) (it was 105 the day we got married), but I don’t like any of these dresses.  They almost look like caricatures of wedding gowns.


    • WittyCism

      Really, Bert?  Granted that in my country some of the shorter dresses would be more bridesmaids’ dresses than brides’, but I loved that first look.  She really did look like she was wearing soft petals; that’s gotta count for something.

  • Lilak


  • unbornfawn

    There is some variation here and I’m please to see some sleeves and straps. Most of them are way too fussy and bottom heavy! There are some that have good parts, but not a perfect one in the bunch.

  • Kate4queen


  • Anathema_Device

    That’s a lot of description for what boils down to standard Marchesa overly frou-frou dresses. A lot of the lace looks cheap in these pics. If I had to pick one, I’d pick the 13th down (if I counted right): the one with the silver embroidered sheer bit across the chest and sleeves.

    • Qitkat

      That’s my favorite one too! Simple skirt and bodice with a minimum of fullness, and all the interest in the embroidered belted look waist and silvery sheer top. Rather elegant.

  • margaret meyers

    A few are pretty, some are odd, and some of these were actually unattractive. 

  • madisonfw

    So nice to see SLEEVES for a change – sick to death of strapless wedding gowns.

  • VicksieDo

    Number 13 is kind of great, but otherwise, a big yawn.

  • Bozhi

    World’s thinnest brides.

  • Flora O

    The lace top on #13 is my favorite. The waistline is weird, though. And love the mantilla on #4. Otherwise, meh.

    Most of is better.

  • MissMariRose

    Is it just me or does it seem like every bridal gown idea has already been done before?

  • The 6th one from the bottom at least looks like it’s made from expensive material. There are a few I like – the one that looks it has a Spanish mantilla for a veil is attractive – but most are way overdone. Too many frills, too much lace, too much chiffon, too much of a muchness. Which, really, should be Marchesa’s tagline. 

  • LLuL

    So many of those dresses are ill-suited to the model’s body type. To the point where first I’m thinking, that girl has shoulders like a linebacker, or that girl has no neck, and THEN I noticed the mess of tulle and lace lumped all over her.

  • Don’t love.  Almost never love wedding dresses (including mine).

  • VRuss

    I would not get married in any of these, even if it was free…. Sorry, way too fussy for me.

    One thing I like is that they are including dresses with some sleeves! I think the strapless ones are the designers’ lazy way out.

  • so disappointing.  i am so over marchesa.  

  • I”m not in love with the gowns with all of the tulle, but the lace gowns are gorgeous. I’ll be happy to wear one when it’s my turn!

  • BrooklynBomber

    The commentary makes me happy.
    Brooklyn Bomber, President and Founder
    DMD Society

  • quiltrx

     If there were ever a day to wear Marchesa, your wedding day is it  Provided your daddy is really rich LOL.7 and 14 are my favorites, and 13 is an Audrey Hepburn moment if ever I saw one.

    • tereliz

      13 is my absolute favorite. 

  • Scrawny unhappy models for the bridal gown runway?  That’s just dumb.

  • PeaceBang

    #14 looks like Lina Lamont from “Singin’ In The Rain.” “And I caaaaaaaan’t STAND ‘im!”  Hate the flapper band but some of the dresses are beautiful. 

  • frannyprof

    Not feeling it with this collection. And some of the models are sporting conjunctivitis makeup, which is most un-bridal.

  • AnneElliot

    The only one I really liked was the second strapless with the beaded bodice, about halfway down.  One of them seriously looked like a toilet paper float from high school.  Meh.

  • zingit

    Sleeves! Thank you, Kate Middleton. This is one fashion trend I can get behind.

  • ojosazules

    Why does it look like most of the models are slightly seasick?
    I hope the endless parade of strapless wedding dresses is over, finally. 

  • Is there a redesign in progress? Why did the Reality TV tab/tag disappear? Confusing. 

  • Judih1

    Nothing really special here – in fact not since Vera Wang first popped on the scene has there been anything exciting and fresh in bridal gowns.

    Wish someone would finally start designing bridal wear for a whole new genre of brides – 2nd weddings. Or Vow Renewal weddings. There are very few bridal wear options if you are over 40 and not thin.

  • Jen Thies

    Looks like they hired Ven for many of these looks…

  • guest2visits

    I like 8 (not the headpiece), and 17 best; 12, 13, 14 are also very regal, princessy.

  • formerlyAnon

    I very much like the sheer & silver [lace? beading?] top to #13 (if I counted right.) Can’t tell if it’s the upper bodice & sleeves, or a capelet-type piece that sits over spaghetti straps.

    There’s something here for a lot of gals, but if there’s ONE thing Marchesa ought to excel at it’s the frou frou wedding gown. And while frou frou is not my thing, I have seen some impressive frou frou, and this isn’t impressing me.

    It’s just all very unexciting. Unless, of course, one has invested heavily in tulle.

    [ETA: to be fair, I can’t see the detail well on my monitor amongst all the white on white against a white background, so it is possible that many of these are much more beautiful in person simply because of the quality of the workmanship. But it doesn’t appear to be so in these pics.]

  • I was so looking forward to the Marchesa collection seeing as I quite liked the Spring 2013 array of bridal gowns but this is just disappointing.

  • RzYoung

    Cute. I don’t see the point in the clutches though, no bride walks down the aisle with a clutch.

  • EverybodysStarling

    There is some pretty here, but I’m seriously destracted by the “let’s go to the gym” styling with nearly no make-up and the headbands. 

  • Sad brides make me want to not get married …

  • 3boysful

    I do like #19 (4th from bottom), but I’m not sure how you’d ever dance in it.
    At least there’s some sleeve action going on.

  • Look, they’re not all strapless.  And the gods rejoice!

  • Kirsten Kirsten

    FALL 2013??? Already?!?!

  • The death grip model #8 has on her bouquet is hilarious. The clothes?  Uniformly yawn worthy.

  • afabulous50

    Not certain I understand all the negative posts…but hey.  Anyhoo I think the collection is beautiful.  I don’t like the very short dress (and the model does it no favors), but other than that I don’t think there’s much to complain about.

  • miagain

    go away strapless wedding dresses… go away!

  • Nothing screams “Marry me!” and I’m not a fan of the chunky headbands, but the dresses aren’t ugly. I don’t know, I was married over 10 years ago so I guess I’m not the target market.

  • Daenyx

    Mostly pretty, but yawn.  I like the first one the best; the rest put me to sleep.  

  • nannypoo

    The dresses are pretty, but some of these brides look like they already realize they’re making The Biggest Mistake of Their Lives. The one in the thumbnail looks like Elle Fanning playing a nun.

    • MarissaLG


    • AthenaJ

      Yes! I was just thinking most of them look like they’re supposed to be going to an execution instead of a wedding (insert marriage joke here).

  • mbelchic

    So glad to see some sleeves-Sick of strapless brides-

  • Susan Collier

    Getting a confirmation dress vibe off of some of these. The lacy tops seem to be influenced by Princess Kate’s gorgeous gown.

  • kolokOlchik

    I am sorry, but those models are freaky and are making the dresses look freaky

  • MaryMitch

     Sleeves! I see sleeves!

  • I don’t like the headbands.  “It is my special, special day, so I’m going to spend it looking like I’m about to wash my face.”

  • AthenaJ

    *Sigh* can we get some wedding dresses that are not all ‘virginal white’??

  • KuriousKat

    I like these: 3, 4, 13.  #4 because it reminds me of the dress and veil my Sicilian grandmother rented for her wedding day photos in the 1930s. Most are “meh”, predictable, IMHO.

  • MoHub

    Peplums are bad enough, but what’s with the stupid flyaway peplum on number 7? It looks as if it unintentionally became detached from the dress.

  • Huzzah for the return of the sleeve! And, I used to have a yellow dress that was very much like the puffy one towards the end. It was my party dress.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Well, that was all very fluffy, wasn’t it?  However, I’m sure there will be many brides-to-be relieved to see actual sleeves.

  • Verascity

    I love #8 so much I want it to be my wedding dress. Oh, it’s perfect for me…

  • KathKo

    I’m no fan of bridal so I’m pretty much biased at this point, but I must say that the 3d, 4th, 10th and 21st ones are incredibly ugly, more than the other ones.

  • librarygrrl64

    Numbers 4 and 13, yes. All others, no. Not my taste. Too much tulle.

  • Much as I hate to add to your workload guys, but is there any way you could easily number the images on ‘collections’ posts?  Would help so much in making sense of the comments without continually scrolling up and down and counting….

  • L.

    The best thing going on here is that there is at least the option of sleeves.  I’m so tired of dresses with no top third!  Some ladies benefit from a little arm coverage.

  • I had my wedding dress made from an 1860’s ballgown pattern so that I could have the tight waist, décolletage, SLEEVES and full skirt I wanted. By skipping the hoop skirt in favor of a crinoline and adding modern accessories, I had a gorgeous dress that flattered MY figure and didn’t look costume

  • Trisha26

    Love the 13th look from the top (10th from bottom) with matching simple detail at waist & neckline/sleeves. I’m a firm believer in something beautiful, simple yet sophisticated for a wedding gown – leave the short, revealing, and/or gimmicky for a less significant day. (Do love that many have sleeves!)

  • Snore except for the double scallop should overlay looking dress.

  • amaranth16

    Excited about sleeves and straps, and some of these are quite lovely. Still, that’s a whole lot of lace and princess.  Don’t they feel a little late to the party?  Royal Wedding is soooo 2011.

  • Those are singularly tragic-ass bouquets.

  • Kelly Ridings

    I really hate all of those, except the 10th from the bottom, which looks like it walked in from a totally different show.  All the rest are just way too much business happening

  • Marchesa is simply made for Bridal. 

    That said, I dislike most of it.

  • ohayayay

    I really wish they would get some catalog models to walk in these wedding dresses. It is absolutely bizarre to see size 0-2 models swimming in these dresses, and looking utterly miserable doing so. Totally wrong.

  • SophieCollier

    The fourth one down is my favorite.  I love it!  And, is it just my imagination or is that next to last model a boy?  The face is girlish but the body and legs look like a boy’s.  (It’s not Andrej Pejic, though…)

  • ccm800

    the fourth one down is sublime

  • The models ruined the looks for me. They are styled to be anti-