Vera Wang Spring 2014 Bridal Collection

Posted on April 26, 2013

As far as we’re concerned, if you’re going to do a bridal collection, do something to make it just a tiny bit interesting. That’s why Vera Wang is synoynmous with high-end bridal wear; because, love the results or hate them, she always does something interesting with it. We’ll take these stark and interesting gowns over a million Disney princess puffy dresses.



[Photo Credit: Vera Wang]

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  • PastryGoddess

    These are really interesting gowns. me likey

  • Dam_Angel

    I kinda like the black and white-since you’ve got a 50/50 chance. . . .

    • Kristin McNamara

      9th picture down: I had a Barbie dress that was an EXACT replica of that…
      So unfortunately all of my opinions revolving around the black/white combos are negative, as they remind me of that.

  • Chartreusite

    Love the clean lines and shapes. If there were some alternate reality wherein I would be a bride, I would definitely be found of the modern black+white minimalist gowns. (Also I love that when she does incorporate some of the more floaty lacey elements they are restrained and hard to notice at first but definitely effect the silhouette and, ultimately, probably make it quite a sight to behold in movement)

    • Sobaika

      You’re right. The pictures are oddly stagnant, but I imagine many of these dresses would move beautifully.

  • blueberrypanckae

    It looks like the promo art for the first season of american horror story. The gloves give me a creepy vibe. I like it.

  • Incoming question at Vera Wang boutiques: “I really like [this one], but can we do this part in white?”

    • Little_Olive

      Totally. The interesting bit is… well… they are not all white.

      I have to say though, the construction on some of the skirts is beautiful and in general they look more appealing than the frilly lace-o-rama we’ve been thrown lately.

    • aeb1986

      i’d totally wear a wedding dress with a little bit of black. i think its time we modernize bridal gowns!

      • Sobaika

        I’m not totally sure how I feel about the black accents yet, but I do know it’s 10000% better than the celeb pink wedding dresses we’ve seen lately. I’m thinking of Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel.

      • TheAmericaness

        THANK YOU!!!!! Let’s drop the ancient virginal white crap and move on. It don’t mean the same thing anyway and most of us are rusted on the way down the aisle anyway.

        • aeb1986


        • Wedding gowns were black at some point. But I have a feeling if you go back long enough, the bridal wear will be multi-coloured as the rainbow.

          • editrixie

            No kidding. The idea that wedding gowns have to be white because it’s traditional is so weird considering it’s actually ultra-modern and within a few generations of us. Hell, my mom was married in a lovely tan-colored suit. I have this crazy irrational hatred of the whole wedding industry, though.

          • I wore a short green cocktail dress in 2012! I also gave convention a big GTH with my entire wedding once the fact that “my day” somehow required stuffing myself into a corset came into clear focus. I got married in front of 5 people, in my living room and saved my thousands of dollars for something a liiiiiittle more “us”.

        • Heather

          I love the idea that my vagina is rusted. 🙂

      • MsALVA

        I came THIS close to wearing a black sash (before they became a ‘thing’ thank you very much) with my dress. I had a black sash, a brown one, and a gold one and at the last minute I went with gold. I still think about how cool it would have been to wear black.

      • Aurumgirl

        Oh yes, brides should really wear colour and lots of it. But black that’s mostly sheer tulle or sheer lace? It’s too much like widow’s weeds. I’d rather see an all black dress (with sleeves, thanks) than these.

      • JasmineAM

        My dream wedding dress has always been in either black, or a deep red color. NO to the white for me!

    • Will any customers ask: “Did she do the costumes for The Night Porter?”

  • TAGinMO

    Another bridal collection with nary a smile in sight.

    But at least most of these gals are managing a smize; I guess that’s something.

  • Gwyndall

    And not a sleeve in sight… 🙁

  • Some of these don’t read as wedding gowns to me, but some are very, very simply and elegantly pretty.

  • ralish

    I don’t know, it seems like the gloves are the only interesting things about these looks.

  • MilaXX

    I like the clean lines but I could live without the black gloves. I like colored bridal gowns and I like bridal gowns with black on them . Of these I would only buy 1 & 6. I only like 1, 6, & 7

  • imspinningaround

    The white column with the black harness over it is dope.

  • You know what would be truly interesting in bridal wear? Sleeves.

    • MsALVA


    • megalomania79

      Absolutely. I thought with the whole Princess Catherine thing she would bring back the sleeves. Disappointed that didn’t happen.

      • So did I! And I still cling to the hope that maybe it’s just one of those things that have to trickle down; maybe by 2018 there’ll be sleeves all up in this shizzle and summer brides will bemoan their sweaty shoulders and long for that halcyon era of the sleeveless gown.

    • Jessi03

      I’m getting married this fall, and I found some gorgeous dresses with sleeves! Let me know if you want links. But yeah, it took months to find them.

      • I’m not getting married any time soon, but I always love looking at gorgeous dresses. 😀

      • just3003

        Yes please

        • Jessi03

          Ok! I’m not sure if it’ll let me do a link, but I’m wearing the Edie dress from Daughters of Simone. Grace Loves Lace also has some absolutely gorgeous dresses. Check them out!

    • Spreecord

      Have we fallen under a cultural delusion that a woman’s bare shoulders gain some sort of magical power on her wedding day? I’m otherwise at a loss for explaining why strapless gowns are so prevalent.

      • luciaphile

        I’m convinced no one knows how to make them anymore.

        • Qitkat

          Anya’s influence has been farther-reaching than any of us suspected.

        • drdarke

          And from her Island Lair in the Caribbean, Anya Chee cackles manically, “My plans for Fashion World Domination are SUCCEEDING!!! Nobody makes sleeves any more – soon, the world will be BLANKETED in comfortable, pret-a-porter resortwear! Then, my darling, you can come rule the Fashion World by my side – !”

          Meeting her gaze, Tim Gunn looks at her quizzically, adjusts the cuffs of his dinner jacket, pushes up his glasses, and after a moment to compose his thoughts replies, “An-YA…. I am certainly impressed with how far you’ve gotten with this strategy, and I must confess to a certain pride in your accomplishments. Brava, Young Lady! Brava! How-EVER, I doubt you have THOUGHTFULLY considered the fact that I am still gay….”

          • demidaemon

            I need to see this as a graphic novel.

          • drdarke

            I admit it, @demidaemon:disqus – ever since Tim went to visit Anya in the Caribbean while doing his Final Four tour for PR Season 10, I’ve wanted to see him as a Gay James Bond….

      • librarygrrl64

        Preach. Considering how expensive most wedding gowns are, especially designer ones like these, you think they’d at least include some damned sleeves, no?

    • What kills me is that there are still many houses of worship that have an unspoken rule to cover bare shoulders. (Okay, at this point, probably not “many,” but it was certainly a consideration when I got married!)

  • Imasewsure

    Some of the full corseted black and white ones are a bit too Snow White for me but I like the collection, particularly the first ones that are so sleek

  • I can see a few of these on the red carpet soon.

    • demidaemon

      Seems contrary to their purpose, no?

  • ivfive

    Anyone else look at the gloves and think of that scene in “Animal House”?

  • Andrew Schroeder

    But without the gloves they’d all just be boring white (or black and white) wedding dresses.

    • ankali

      Exactly. Most of these dresses look barely designed to me; the looks rest on the black leather opera gloves.

    • Heather

      The black gloves look very fetish wear to me. Are they actually latex? Because if not they certainly look like it.

  • MK03

    Ugh. No. I don’t believe black should be incorporated in a wedding gown; it strikes me as tempting fate. But as I’ve said before, traditionalist, superstitious, blah blah blah.

  • Stubenville

    Is Wednesday Addams tying the knot?

    • jetpackdino

      And slipping it over some lucky guy’s neck. 🙂

  • Um, no thank you. Hiddy.

  • SewingSiren

    Some look like they were designed to show off the bride’s lower back tattoo.

    • Tramp Stamp by Vera Wang, now available at Kohl’s

      • librarygrrl64

        Hahahaha! Awesome.

  • appliquer

    Blah and boring. And not wedding dresses.

  • Deb_Lynn

    Damn I wish I had gotten married now or in my thirties, instead of at the impressionable age of 20 when I thought choices had to be safe and abiding parental guidelines…. Or I wish I gave fewer fucks at 20. One of those dresses with a touch of black would’ve been mine.

  • GASP. *froths at mouth* I WANT IT ALL

  • jmorino08

    With the exception of the two strapless, a-line dresses in the middle, I really, really, really do not like this. I don’t mind the black accents in theory, and maybe it’s the staging of the photos, but these just seems dull and morose. Two words I wouldn’t want associated with my wedding dress.

  • lepibrka

    Nothing says bridal more than a black leather gloves!

    • Coco Cornejo

      I was thinking that by shooting these pictures with long black leather gloves it really shows off the silhouette of the models’ torsos. Almost all of them look like they have an hourglass figure. It really sells the fantasy that every bride is a beauty.

  • barbarienne

    That diagonal strap on #4 really needs to be a baldric for a sword on the model’s back.

    I’m not sure how I feel about backless wedding dresses, or one with a tit window. Mostly thinking “No.”

  • random_poster

    I realized part way down that I was only scrolling to confirm that Vera hadn’t resorted to the exposed zipper. Pretty dresses some of them.

  • Anniebet

    Brilliant, IMO. Not so much for the usual bride, though. These are for the daring bride, the whimsical bride, the… oh never mind. The whole collection is gorgeous.

  • MsALVA

    These are incredibly, incredibly BORING dresses. Take away the black and they become the most basic of basic generic dresses. Yes, I appreciate the black, which is interesting in some ways, but I see a very limited audience for these. It’s like she’s not even trying, she just took out her design sketches from 1996 and just made the bodices black on some. Yawn.

    • Many of the shapes are basic, but I suspect that appreciating them means getting a close look at the textures, and seeing the dresses in motion. And given the stark contrast of black and white, I don’t know if getting even more adventurous with shape would have made these gowns more appealing or salable.

    • I had a Vera Wang – her construction is immaculate. The fabric, the movement, the detailing, the lining… It’s harder to do simple than it is to throw some lace crap over something to hide the flaws.

  • Nanaia


  • crash1212

    Brilliant. Stunning. So loving 7th panel from the top it makes me want to get married again! This is my kind of bridal.

  • lbl

    The third one is my favorite.

  • My favourite ever wedding dress was a Marianna Hardwicke gown from about 1990, which had black and white plaid accents. So I am on board with the colour scheme. I just don’t particularly see love’s young dream opting for a lot of these.

  • alyce1213

    It’s all kind of Calvin Klein-y.

  • I am loving these dresses. They’re all very reminiscent of Givenchy. Like, if Ricardo Tisci designed a bridal collection, this would be it.

  • hard to see the fine details in all that glaring white, but at least they were interesting

  • l_c_ann

    It may be time for women to learn to sew again.

    • Aurumgirl

      I suspect it is long past my time to learn how to sew again, that’s for sure.

    • sweet_potato

      Don’t you know it!

  • zenobar

    Dress no. 5 has the unfortunate effect of looking, from behind,
    like the bride put on her crinoline and a black bra, but nothing else. Dress no. 16 looks like the bride, in a fit of sportiness, decided to toss a cheap sweat-stretched yoga tank over top of her gown.

  • The first one is the best. I do like the touches of black on some but not all.

  • JanieS

    I like them as artistic pictures, maybe to hang on the wall of a stark, black-and-white living room? But not to wear.

  • Jessi03

    The princess dress with the big black stripe down the front is totally Jessica McClintock prom 2002. Only then it was pink and black. I don’t really have a problem with any of these, but my favorite Vera collection was the one of black dresses she did last year.

  • snarkykitten

    oh look. another sleeveless collection. whatthefuckever

  • Aurumgirl

    Last year, it was Vera Wang Sad Bride. This year, it’s The Brides of Edward Gorey.

    • librarygrrl64

      Is it wrong that the idea of a Gorey gown and wedding party makes me want a wedding like nobody’s business? 😉

    • Brides of Mod? In a re-worked 2013 version, though.

    • Heather

      I love the idea of being an Edward Gorey Bride.

  • j_anson

    Yes, WAY more interesting. Also, am now planning to wear black leather gloves should I ever get married. Even though it’s a TERRIBLE idea.

  • stellamaris73

    A million grandmas are collectively clutching their pearls over the BLACK GLOVES.

    Bondage Bride!

    I kinda dig the black.

  • Actually? I find these incredible. These hit the mark that wedding gowns so rarely do: sophisticated. And I’m at the front of the PLEASE NO STRAPLESS line myself, but wow. Well done.

  • I think these are just brilliant, stunning and sexy.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Odd…and I feel like some of them make those tiny little models look huge.

  • Ooooh, Black. So EDGY /sarcasm. How about designs for chicks with tits? (says MME. Flatchest) None of these are very bra-friendly, are they?

    • Karen Maslowski

      Vera herself barely has any. I guess she’s still designing for herself.

  • MzzPants

    And now I want to marry Vera Wang.

  • Monday1900

    I can’t see past the terrifying zombie models–they seriously look sinister.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    As gowns, they’re gorgeous. As wedding gowns, they don’t do much for me. Wedding stuff is all about tradition. Wearing one of these for a wedding would strike me as… well, I’ve seen some beautiful-looking Star Wars themed weddings, with the bride in Queen Amidala get-ups. They’re beautiful and different, but I wouldn’t wear them for my wedding, either.

  • quiltrx

    The ‘black lace boobies’ one and the last one are my favorites. I also really like the mermaid with the giant floral stitching.

  • Hillary Meredith

    Helmut Newton does bridal.

  • Louise Bryan

    Love #5, but I would want sleeves. There’s a very similar one down the line, but still no sleeves, plus the dreadful peek-a-boob.

  • demidaemon

    The models all look a bit Stepford-y (that is alienish/robotic), but this collection is undoubtedly the most forward thinking bridal collection T & Lo have featured so far this year.

  • ccm800

    You really gotta beat a strap outta her!

  • I think this takes the “bonds of holy matrimony” a little too literally.

  • unbornfawn

    The only thing interesting is the very long black gloves. Very editorial, as Nina would say. Otherwise very boring and pretty much the same stuff we’ve seen from Vera year after year.

  • I’ve lost all respect for everything she produces. A female designer who produces bridal like this and who does not wear her own designs cannot be trusted.

  • librarygrrl64

    I can’t get behind the opera-length black (leather?) gloves, but I love the touches of black on some of these. Very elegant.

  • All I see is Bondage By Vera Wang. I expect to see the groom show up in a leather thong and slave collar.

  • harlowish

    Oh wow, the first gown is exactly the fantasy wedding dress I’ve imagined since I was about 16. Simple, elegant, but it would still look banging on my figure.

  • Trisha26

    #15 for me, simple yet whimsical. Many look way too S&M with the straps, fishnet, etc. #7 is intriguing but the top half honestly looks like a corset instead of corset-inspired.

  • Usually I am all onboard with Vera Wang’s bridal collections, but this one (with a couple of notable exceptions) is hideous. I don’t know what she could have been thinking. The black gloves are dismal and unflattering, most of the cuts are just not up to her usual standards. I think she was at a loss for inspiration this time around.

  • kimiakay

    For me these are so disappointing. The black accents seem to be for shock value only. Those long black gloves make them look as if they are waiting for your corpse to come to their morgue for autopsy. With their arms held out to their sides like that they creep me out. There are two problems here: the dresses themselves, and the presentations. Both fail. But I would love to see a picture of an actual bride wearing one of these gowns to see how it worked for her.

  • NoGovernmentName

    I find these ridiculous as bridal gowns. Some of them look great from the front, but the exposed backs? No bride wants her back exposed to her ass crack with just a band across the bra line. The ones with the saddlebag poofs at the hips? No one wants volume there on their wedding day. The mesh top over the sheath? Seriously? And the one that is pooping black flowers? Just silly.

  • lulubella

    Some of these are OK, but without the leather gloves, most are “meh.” I still don’t get the fascination with Ms. Wang. And when she started putting her name mattresses …

  • MoHub

    Not one of these reads bridal to me. They’re just formal gowns in white or black-and-fabrics. There’s no sense of fantasy or romance.

  • Elsewhere1010

    Most of them look like something you would wear to a formal autopsy.

  • guest2visits

    I like clean, elegant and spare – and I also like beaded, opulent and fairy princess. But I do not like these.
    Only a couple are inspirational as bridal gowns. Like dresses 13, 23, and 25. (frame #s).

  • I think it’s a nice touch that the backs of these dresses have some visual interest, considering that most of the time, the guests are looking at the rear view during the ceremony. I especially like the one with the print on the back. But generally they are too plain for my taste, and I don’t care for the black gloves at all.

  • Contralto

    oh, FFS. OUT.

  • greenwich_matron

    I always wondered what Morticia Addams’s bridal party looked like

  • formerlyAnon

    Some of them are lovely and a bit different. Quite a few are lovely but fairly standard if one takes off the black gloves. There are a few I’d reject outright (the racerback – and racerback front, for one, the black mesh overshirt that makes the model look square and blocky for two.) I personally would go for black & white rather than frou frou mounds of tulle, but even so there are only one or two I’d find appealing (I like the one with the black flowers on the back best, though I think I’m alone).

  • The gloves are distracting.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Maybe I’m just not cool enough to “get” it, but why do all the models look so sad & disheveled?

  • i love me some vera wang, but i just can’t buy the ones that look like they’re made from a mesh laundry bag.

  • mznormann

    With a couple of those, I can hear Michael Kors saying “Yes, just what every woman wants on her wedding day – BIGGER HIPS!”

  • maggiemaybe

    Nice try Ms. Wang but opera gloves are NOT sleeves! Why can’t there be sleeves? Why? WHY!?

  • when will the strapless bridal gown thing be over? I guess never, at this point. But I keep hoping. It must be epochal at this stage, rather than a fashion trend. Just like beards.