The most considered dress a woman will every buy is the one she wears on her wedding day. It’s no surprise then that the top bridal couturiers design their collections with the same attention to detail as the women searching for the perfect dress. At Bridal Fashion Week held recently in New York, there was no shortage of amazing looks…and a few very non-traditional ones. Shorter hems, bolder colours, lavish embellishments, and winks to old Hollywood glamour were the top trends to emerge from some of the world’s most famed designers.
Vera Wang continued her trend of bucking tradition and presented a full collection in varying shades of pink and coral, taking her inspiration less from the stereotypical image of the blushing bride in white, but from classic films Funny Face and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Keeping the shapes classic but with stylistic flourishes, Wang let the colour be the focal point of her designs. She was not the only designer using warmer colours, Project Runway alum Austin Scarlett and Watters also featured blush gowns in their runways.
For those not quite brave enough to wear fuchsia, but don’t want to resign to a white or cream, gowns highlighted in gold and bronze were offered at many runways, most predominately at Badgley Mischka. Amongst the traditional colourings, the standout gowns of the shows were the metallic hued, with simple shapes and opulent beading. Romona Keveza, Ines Di Santo, and Johanna Johnson also included gold gowns in their collections, offering something for the bride that wants to stand out, but not shock her guests.
For fans of the fashions stemming from The Great Gatsby, you’ll be happy to see the trend is continuing on through the next season. Ladylike beading, and delicately constructed boleros and cover-ups were featured at several shows, most predominately at Kate Middleton favourite, Jenny Packham’s runway. Celebrating her 25th anniversary, the collection was filled with sleek, elegant gowns, but the true beauty came in the detailing – lush silvers and bronzes in the form of beadings and trimmings overlaid soft silks and chiffons, invoking Packham’s signature soft, romantic aesthetic. Monique Lhuillier also showed her view of this trend, opting for illusion panels and lace sleeves to create whimsical, glamourous pieces.
True to form, Oscar de la Renta’s show featured classic shapes – mermaid, column, princess – but was on trend with beautiful lace overlays, and plenty of volume. Clouds of taffeta and chiffon floated around the models feet as they walked the runway, seeming both effortless but impeccably constructed. As well as many other designers, the trend of floral motifs were embraced, but executed in a way that was timeless and delicate.
Carolina Herrera may have kept her colour palate conservative, but not her hemlines. The designer included a variety of lengths, ranging from on the knee cocktail skirts, to A-line dresses skimming the ankle, to midi shifts. Marchesa also took their hemlines to new heights, with delicate lace wedding minis highlights of their runway. With more and more women opting for more casual weddings, this relaxed trend may be one that makes it’s way down the aisle many times this season.
Every bride is different and it’s clear that designers know this, expanding their collections to include gowns and dresses for every taste, and it won’t be long before the trends walking the runway, will be walking down the aisle.