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The Best Looks From the Spring 2020 Bridal Fashion Week

Noted fashion stylists Nini Nguyen and Reed Robertson choose their favorite looks from the Spring 2020 Bridal Fashion Week and tell you how to wear them.

Nini Nguyen

With 18 years’ experience in the fashion industry, Nini Nguyen now works as a fashion stylist (she credits Rihanna as a client!), a personal shopper, a consultant, and the owner of Nini Style.

When it comes to wedding-day fashion, Nguyen says: “It’s such a special day for brides; they really can and should wear whatever they want to wear and do whatever they want to do.”

Anne Barge, “Cumberland” gown with “Covington” coat
Nguyen says this gown and overcoat are ideal for the minimalist or more conservative bride. The coat gives options—wear it when you want to be covered up, then remove it later for a grand reveal. Nguyen suggests having fun with accessories, either “a tiara or a really big cluster of diamond earrings.”  (available at Stanley Korshak Bridal)

Isabelle Armstrong, “Meadow”
“In my culture, we change four times at weddings,” Nguyen says, so she loves this nontraditional pink-and-green-accented ballgown as a cake-cutting or dancing dress. For hair, she’d go “really clean and simple, tucked behind the ear.” As for accessories, Nguyen says, “Add a big diamond Audrey Hepburn necklace.”  (available at Bridal Boutique of Lewisville; The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus; Stanley Korshak Bridal)

Galia Lahav, “Miranda”
This dare-to-bare dress is not for the faint of heart, but Nguyen insists, “If you’re young and you’re daring, you can pull this off.” Since the dress has a lot going on, Nguyen advises keeping the accessories, hair, and makeup toned down: “Maybe a long drop of diamond earring, a tiny little bracelet, or a pretty ring with slicked-back hair and minimalist makeup.” (available at Stanley Korshak Bridal)

Naeem Khan, “Nirvana”
Brides with killer legs and a flair for the dramatic will flock to this short ostrich feather number. “This could be a great dancing dress,” Nguyen says. For styling, she suggests: “A finger-wave hair—very ’20s—and clean shoes. Flats would be cute with this, too.”  (available at Stanley Korshak Bridal)

Ines Di Santo, “Finch”
Nguyen says nearly any bride would look great in this simple column gown, particularly those with a pear shape. Pump up the accessories and beauty to have some fun: “A pretty ostrich coat over it would be pretty, and a dark plum lip.”

Watters, “Crane”
The only rule Nguyen says brides should abide by is finding a gown that’s age appropriate. Fortunately, she says this one would work on brides of any age. Nguyen’s styling notes? “Have their hair pulled back and a really pretty barrette, with a crystal purse.”

Lela Rose, “Ashton”
Nguyen says a princess-style gown like this one is more suited to a younger bride, but throw a bolero over it and mature brides could easily pull it off, too. “You can do a lot with accessories with this gown because it’s so clean,” she says. “Maybe have the hair up in a high ponytail or do some vintage animal earrings.”

Reed Robertson

A former women’s ready-to-wear specialist at Forty Five Ten, fashion guru Reed Robertson now heads up Gumption by Mr. Reed Allen, his personal styling operation based in Dallas.

Vera Wang, “Aster”
A perfect garden wedding gown for the high-fashion bride, Robertson suggests accessorizing this dress with one statement earring to level out the architectural shoulder. “And a bouquet consisting of only three bright white peonies topped off with the perfect slicked-back ponytail à la Kim Bassinger in any film from the early ’90s.”  (available at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus; Stanley Korshak Bridal; Warren Barrón)

Danielle Frankel, “Charlotte”
“Three words come to mind,” says Robertson. “Chic barn wedding.” He envisions Ralph Lauren redwood, champagne troughs, and “definitely a few horses” running around, with turquoise and cedar green accents. “Photos on aforementioned horses optional but encouraged,” he adds.  (available at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus)

Oscar de la Renta
“This, to me, is the lewk perfect for a wedding at an old theater like the Majestic,” says Robertson. “It just screams drama (but in the best way possible) and gorgeous movement. It is also the perfect canvas for unexpected color infusions like a hot pink belt and matching pump, or even a fabulous glove moment.” (available at Oscar de la Renta)

Francesca Miranda, “Evelyn”
Perfect for a wedding at an artsy, avant-garde venue like the Dallas Contemporary, this dress was made for “a woman against convention,” Robertson says. “A stack of bangles in differing bright hues adds personality. She’s also one who throws on ripped jeans under the dress for the reception. I’ll spoil the ending: She’s me.”  (available at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus)

Reem Acra, “Runaway Lover”
“I loves me a rebellious bride. This tuxedo moment is the perfect flip to conventional bridal in every sense of the word,” says Robertson, who envisions a Joule rooftop wedding headlined by the Polyphonic Spree. “This bride also keeps the rebellious spirit alive through mismatched stilettos and a bridal headband in lieu of a veil.” (available at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus; Warren Barrón)

Viktor & Rolf, “Sculptural Sash Drape Gown”
Reed calls this gown the “quintessential city bride moment—structured and classic, but with the perfect hint of fashion forward.” The dress’ simplicity also creates the perfect canvas for an avant garde touch, he notes, suggesting a feathered headpiece or corsage. “The perfect tussled chignon à la Cameron Diaz is also a prerequisite,” he says, “and a bouquet that bursts with bright color.”

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