Vera Wang's latest bridal collection is full of French-inspired silhouettes

Vera Wang has been America’s iconic bridal designer for decades, and at 68, she is still at the top of her game. For her Fall 2018 collection, Wang dictates a new style of wedding dresses inspired by 18th-century French dressing.

The new collection features dresses with panniers, or side hoops, that help extend the width of the dress’s skirt — a popular trend seen throughout the 1600s and 1700s — though Wang’s version is not as dramatic as those worn back then.

Both Chantilly and macramé lace were incorporated throughout the collection — on the bodices, sleeves, and skirts — embracing a slight bohemian style of bridal dressing. Dresses either fell loosely over the body like a slip dress or ballooned outward like a gown that Marie Antoinette might have worn in her day. In further playing off of the French style of dress, Wang exposed what would have remained hidden by French women underneath their garments. She designed silk corsets and peplum garters that are to be worn on the outside of the wedding dresses.

The collection’s look book was shot entirely in black-and-white by famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. The hair on the models was left long, stringy, and undone-looking. Very little makeup was visible other than smoldering eyeliner and shadow.

Click through the gallery above to see Vera Wang’s new collection and then shop similar dresses at a fraction of the cost. And if you’re looking for your own pannier to transform your own dress, we suggest checking out Etsy.

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Dreamy lace

From left, long-sleeve macrame lace ball gown with high-neck accent and couture draped skirt; long-sleeve ball gown with macramé lace panels. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

Modern-day pannier

Long-sleeve ball gown with macramé lace panels. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

External corset and garter

A-line gown with trapunto accent on a silk corset and garter peplum. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

Simple and dreamy

Macramé and Chantilly lace camisole gown with French tulle ruffles. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

Long and dramatic

Silk crepe halter-neck A-line gown with cascading ruffles and flower accents. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

Full of volume

Soft white silk crepe ball gown with trapunto accents and Chantilly lace. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

Statement gown

Long-sleeve macramé lace ball gown with high neck accent and couture hand-draped skirt. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

French-inspired

From left, long-sleeve macramé lace ball gown with high-neck accent and couture hand-draped skirt; long-sleeve ball gown with macramé lace panels. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

Delicate and soft

Macramé lace gown with French tulle and flower accents. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

Halter top

Long-sleeve, washed charmeuse halter ball gown with Chantilly lace. (Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang/Patrick Demarchelier)

Layers of lace

Modcloth Layered Love Maxi Dress in Ivory, $250, modcloth.com

Delicate and bohemian

Topshop Bride Bardot Lace Off-the-Shoulder Gown, $850, nordstrom.com

Tiered ruffle

LC Lauren Conrad Dress Up Shop Collection Metallic Tiered Ruffle Dress, $30, kohls.com

Voluminous train

Truly Zac Posen Lace Long-Sleeve Wedding Dress, $400, davidsbridal.com

Corded lace

Rachel Zoe Estelle Open-Back Corded Lace Gown, $495, net-a-porter.com

Frilly and sweet

Heartloom Felix Cutout Back Lace Fit & Flare Dress, $629, nordstrom.com

Long and lacy

Asos Bridal Lace Bow Front Maxi Prom Dress, $190, asos.com

Deep neckline

Boutique Ali All Lace Plunge Neck Maxi Dress, $43, boohoo.com

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