Even if you’re not planning a wedding, these gowns deserve your attention.

Who among us doesn’t love a bridal gown? The romance, the drama, the extravagance of it all. So much the better when they’re designed close to home (or at least have a strong Middle East connection).

Bridal Fashion Week 2018 has just been taking over New York, and a number of our favourite locals were on hand to show off their wares.

We’ve rounded up the looks you need to see – whether you’re searching for your perfect dress, or just love looking at clothes.

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Reem Acra

 

A sight to remember forever – #reemacrabride #weddinginspiration #bride #weddingdress #NewYork

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For when you want to look like you just wandered into your wedding from picking daisies in a meadow. Acra’s collection is dreamy and bucolic – we love the baby’s breath headbands. Very very pretty work from this Lebanese designer.

Elie Saab

Saab’s new bridal collection is called Theatre of Light, and we can see what he means. Sheer fabrics and heavy embellishment – it’s classic Saab. These gowns would make for a wedding to remember.

Zuhair Murad 

#Pink, the eternal symbol of femininity is celebrated throughout Zuhair Murad’s #Fall2018 Bridal Collection #ZMbride #HappySunday

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How gorgeous is that delicate floral embroidery? The neckline keeps it modern, and the pale pink is a touch of difference. We can see that waist sash being super flattering, too.

Naeem Khan

Like flowers…Naeem khan Brides. Fall2018. @naeemkhanbride #weddingdress #brides

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Speaking of pink, the gingery blush number at the back of this shot is a dream come to life. Not to mention the tiered fringing on the one closer to to the camera. The geometric detailing you can see through the bodice there is very intriguing. This Indian-American designer is a favourite of HH Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, and it’s not hard to see why. Beautiful.

Lakum

 
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This Brooklyn brand was inspired by legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, and we love the curves and sense of structure they pulled from her work. That two-piece with the bow is a particular favourite.

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