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Did Chanel just kick off a key 2023 bridal trend for mini wedding dresses?

The more devoted fashion fans among us are, of course, well aware of the iconic Chanel bride, who makes her way down every one of the brand's momentous runways.

But while these tend to be traditionally full-length, this season's couture show in Paris saw Chanel and Virginie Viard send model Anna Ewers onto the catwalk in a refreshingly short white tulle dress.

Igniting what looks set to be a key wedding dress trend for 2023 - and triggering panic among brides-to-be who have just had their final fitting for a full-length gown (speaking from personal experience…) - the delicate white mini was encased beneath an exquisite fingertip veil featuring embroidered white swallows throughout.

A frilled neckline, thin straps and a marked waistline all added to the feminine whimsy of this bridal moment, while the deep coral lip provided a modern and fresh, spring-like feel.

Of course, this being Chanel, there was nothing obvious or predictable about the styling of this season's bride, with a white bow tie and the brand's iconic gold ankle boots giving the look an unexpectedly androgynous feel.

But will the look filter down into the real world of weddings? Kourtney Kardashian might argue that that's already happened, having opted for a pretty major Dolce & Gabbana mini dress last summer for her wedding to Travis Barker.

Of course, super short wedding dresses aren't for everyone. While we were (still are!) quite obsessed with Kourtney's corsetry-inspired look, her sister Khloé wasn't so convinced.

“It was fine,” Khloé answered diplomatically on a recent episode of Vanity Fair's lie detector test, only for the lie detector to declare her answer “inconclusive.” The Good American founder added, “I mean, it was beautiful, for sure. I just would have loved to see you in that at the after-party and then something prior.”

Unsurprisingly, though, there are millions who disagree with Khloé take. In fact, the day after Kourtney and Travis Barker's wedding last May analysis of Google search data revealed that online searches for 'short wedding dress' had skyrocketed 231% worldwide.

With Chanel now adding another iconic look to mini-wedding-dress mood boards globally, it seems as though momentum may be building for a pretty major bridal aesthetic switch-up.

Now to decide whether there's time overhaul my own wedding wardrobe entirely…

This article was originally published on Glamour UK.

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