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Dress Directory A who's who of the bridal gown biz

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ALVINA VALENTA
The look:
timeless elegance and sophistication. Signature hand-rolled roses, beading and lace-finished hems on every layer, these gowns are made of the finest silks and satin organzas. jlmcouture.com

ANNE BARGE
The look:
understated elegance. Satin strapless gowns, simple yet whimsical designs and details like lace embroidery, imbue this designer's collection with a strong feminine quality. kleinfeldbridal.com

BADGLEY MISCHKA
The look:
clean and contemporary. Think A-line skirts, neat lace details and minimalist ornamentation for a fuss-free aesthetic sure to speak to the classic girl in you. kleinfeldbridal.com

CAROLINA HERRERA
The look:
avant-garde beauty. Black satin embroidery, floral pastel and seashell silk and quirky bustles fit the bride who wants a non-traditional but still lady-like gown. nymag.com

J.CREW
The look:
simplicity and an enduring appeal. From short hemlines to floor grazers, this affordable ready-to-wear line exudes charm. With classic silhouettes and quality fabrics, many of these gowns can be worn again. jcrew.com

JENNY PACKHAM
The look:
dramatic, glamorous and a little unconventional. Packham's couture line commonly graces red carpets worldwide. Her bridal line amps up the glam, with feather embellishments, sexy silk sheaths, statement collars and romantic black accents. nymag.com

JIM HJELM
The look:
traditional with a modern twist. Designed by Francesca Pitera; signature touches include delicate embroidery, vintage-inspired fabrics and prêt-à-porter silhouettes. jlmcouture.com

KENNETH POOL
The look:
grand ball gowns. Look like a princess with voluminous skirts, opulent ornamentation and luxurious fabrics. You'll command attention in one of these frothy frocks. kennethpool.com

LAZARO
The look:
contemporary with classic touches. This Cuban-born designer infuses gowns with detailed beading, textural treatments and elegant embellishments. His ball gowns and mermaids are of particular note. jlmcouture.com

LEE-ANN BELTER
The look:
simple and classic, with perfect tailoring. Belter does not follow trends--her dresses feature timeless shapes and details that will truly stand the test of time. Signature details include hand-sewn pearls, Austrian crystals, soft embroidery and a flawless fit for every bride. lea-annbelter.com

LELA ROSE
The look:
modern-day fairytale. Add an air of whimsy to your big day with delicate floral appliqués, pretty petals and intricate lace layers. nymag.com

MONIQUE LHUILLIER
The look:
timeless simplicity with a dash of dramatic detail. Famous for her backless frocks and two-piece ensembles with corsets. Lhuillier also specializes in sexy lace fabric with signature sashes in shades of pale blue, copper and rose. kleinfeldbridal.com

NICOLE MILLER
The look:
sexy yet refined. These glam gowns in halter, strapless and slinky styles are just the thing for the bride who wants to look elegant and classy for her family, but still feel sexy for her groom. nicolemiller.com

OSCAR DE LA RENTA
The look:
romantic at heart. Pink silk taffeta bows, tulle fingertip veils with lace trim and tea rose embroidered gowns create an intricate, old world style that's both pretty and provocative. nymag.com

PNINA TORNAI
The look:
dramatic extravagance. Think princess-worthy ball gowns, taffeta, satin and drop waists. Definitely the go-to designer for the sexy bride--you'll turn heads in a Pnina creation! kleinfeldbridal.com

RIVINI
The look:
flowy frocks with an air of whimsy. The focus here is on the 
fabric--silk satin, crepe, chiffon, and organza--with low-key ornamentation. Designer Rita Vinieris adds depth to dresses using soft tucks and pleats, sheer fabric panels and delicate tiers. rivini.com

ROMONA KEVEZA
The look:
eternally modern. The sleek feminine silhouettes with drop waists, draped backs and necklines all in fine fabrics like silk charmeuse will have you looking elegant and sophisticated on your big day. romonakeveza.com

TARA KEELY
The look:
trendy and chic. From elegant sheaths to sleek A-lines, her gowns feature lush fabrics with glamorous details, such as ribbon, lace and flowing organza overlays. jlmcouture.com

VERA WANG
The look:
simple, elegant, slightly non-traditional--and highly sought after. Think silk, chiffon or tulle with empire waists for a flowing and flattering fit. You'll feel like one of the many celebs who've walked down the aisle in Wang's wedding creations. verawang.com