Always one to keep us on our toes, Karl Lagerfeld brought us another fashion first – in the voluminous shape of a 7-month pregnant model bride. The finale gown at his Autumn Winter 2014 Chanel Haute Couture show closed an array of ‘baroque meets the architecture of Le Corbusier’ beauties: egg-like structures, dripping in embellishment. And who better to display these magnificent shapes than a beauty-with-child?
Karl walked his 7-months pregnant model bride down the catwalk - Getty
Already an expert in this arena – Karl designed Lily Allen’s exquisite vintage-feel lace gown on her wedding day when she was three months pregnant – Monsieur Lagerfeld elegantly demonstrated the age-old adage that the key to pregnancy dressing is to embrace the bump. The curvaceous shapes of his latest Haute Couture collection couldn’t be better put to use and the addition of a boyish crop and clean cap that top-off the contemporary lines will no doubt inspire many a modern bridal look. Thanks Karl for showing us a new chic way to say I do when up the duff!
Numerous blushing (and blooming) brides from Alicia Keyes to Drew Barrymore (as well as plenty-o-Pinterest users) have shown us how to think clever when it comes to choosing a wedding dress when pregnant. There are many ways to work your bump as the most beautiful accessory - check out our tips below...
From left: Delphine Manivet, Valentino and Marchesa all showcased at Browns Bride
Volume is great – but only in the right places
If choosing a gown with room to grow, plenty of jersey skirting is very helpful indeed – a few splits will also be very useful but make sure you balance out the volume - Karl's touches like the narrow sleeves and exposed collarbones do just this.
Layers of tulle or chiffon look elegant when worn over a tighter layer (jersey is helpful here too). But balance is key, so nip in where you can – fitted shoulders and sleeves are incredibly flattering worn with a fuller gown.
Embrace an empire state of mind
The empire line is a clear favourite with pregnant brides, it accentuates the breasts and waist whilst billowing out at the bump. It’s also already a huge bridal trend so ready-made gowns can be tailored accordingly.
Try Bodycon. No, really!
It doesn’t work for everyone but petite brides and neat bumps can look glorious in a more sculpted dress – just make sure you’ll be comfortable in it all day.
But the best thing you can do is to embrace the bump - tell the world that your pregnant and in love! Now, what could be a better look than that? Click through our gallery above to see how Lily et all did it just like that...