Every bride has her own style and vision for her wedding day look and saying “Yes To The Dress,” is the end result. When it comes to selecting your wedding gown today, there are more looks to select from as designers push the boundaries and bring innovation to the bridal runway. At this year’s Bridal Fashion Week in New York City, a spin on contemporary tradition was more than evident. The top trends are full of retro-revisited inspiration and the fabric of choice, without a question is lace. We are seeing very little satin and some daring designers using moiré.
As pop culture is evolving out of the retro ’80s, bridal fashion is evolving as well into eclectic decades of design. The Fall-Winter 2019 collections at Bridal Fashion Week continue to embody many elements from past brides such as Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn creating a resurgence of classic silhouettes. The one big factor this year is without a doubt is the Meghan Markel effect. Classic gowns with sleeves and romantic necklines to embellished cathedral veils and trains; the Duchess of Sussex effect has made a big impact on the bridal fashion world. The year 2019 will usher in different necklines and sleeve styles such as cap, off the shoulder, bishop, bell, trumpet, poet sleeves and even detachable arm cuffs.
We saw a wide variety of silhouettes this year, including pants and even leggings that continue to intrigue the daring bride. The traditional bride would be pleased to see the mermaid gowns with overskirts and classic ball gowns with flowing capes and long trains. There seems to be a clear cut when it comes to what’s IN and whats OUT for this coming season. IN is the simple lines, sophisticated and reserved classic style with lace and embellished embroidery that includes multiple layers of fabric. OUT are the see through illusion gowns. From the bodice to the skirt, the ultra sexy bride is a little too out-there for most designers who are opting to embrace a more dignified sexy look this season.
The fresh open mind on bridal fashion will give you increased inspiration for your authentic wedding day look.
A popular silhouette over the years has been the ball gown and the A-line gown, a staple in the wedding gown industry. At one point it seemed as if the more classic look yielded to the fit and flare and mermaid gowns becoming the newest craze. This season, we continue to see fuller A-line gowns in organza and tulle with multiple layers of glittery embellished fabrics.
Designers have also re-introduced 3D flower appliques with embroidered lace and delicately detailed long trains. Tasteful plunging necklines are more present but not quite as wide of an opening and lower backs with delicate trimmed accents really speak to romance.
This coming season we are going to see very long capes. From clean line crepe draped backs extending to a full train and even some with multiple layers and embellishments in a more traditional style. We are delighted to see all the designers embrace their own styles and unique ideas for their designs. Color has also entered into the mix including the usual nude color but popping this year is black, moss green and rose. The designers did not stop there as beautiful silk fabrics were hand panted and hand beaded with the artisan spending hours upon hours of their time creating a masterpiece. We saw short dresses that allow the drama of the ceremony to be removed for the party to follow. Adding fun element to the bridal style, some dresses included feather embellished hems that chime back to the 1960’s Mondrian dress. We think this style is perfect for a courthouse or intimate garden wedding at home. Each season there is always a standout fabric or embellishment the designers intentionally introduce, and this season it continues to be feathers. On some gowns the feathers are so delicate it creates an effect that looks as if the bride’s movements are effortless or in slow motion.
Many designers are introducing a more creative and edgy look into their collection. There are two standouts in this category whichever way you want to look at it. In order to see it you will need to go under the gown because the gown actually looks like an undergarment of crinoline. For that edgy bride who dares to be different, this can add a bold modern twist to even the most classic ball gown silhouettes. From classic to coloring way outside of the lines there is something for every bride this season. After taking in seventeen fashion shows in two and a half days, running from one show to another we can tell the Fall/Winter 2019 season is going to be a phenomenal one.
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