There were so many beautiful bridal gowns in the latest collections that it was hard to pick favorites. So we didn’t! Here we break down the top 10 trends from bridal fashion week 2021, with the details designers used to create these gorgeous gowns. There were interesting necklines, luxurious fabrics, and a variety of less traditional looks. Designers really showed off their creativity and their love of glamour, romance, and most of all, fashion.
BRINGING BACK CLASSICS
Amsale and other designers took classic styles from previous collections and are bringing them back for today’s brides. Including the 1st gown that Amsale Aberra ever made for her eponymous line, these are gowns that never went out of style that are now available to even more brides.
A sophisticated neckline that stands the test of time, the cowl is always contemporary. We saw Kosibah, Elizabeth Fillmore, Van der Velde, and others show off cowls this season. Another one of the top trends from bridal fashion week 2021, this neckline is making a comeback in a big way.
LOOKS FOR THE OUTDOORS
With so many forced to marry outdoors, those that are wary of it shouldn’t be. Now more than ever designers are making bridal looks just perfect for an outdoor ceremony, reception, or both. Pat Bo, Nordeen, and Temperley were just some of the lines showing off gorgeous looks that keep the bride the star of the show, even with nature’s beauty as the backdrop.
SHORT BUT FAB
As Covid-19 forced many of us to scale down our affairs, that meant many brides were marrying at home, or in a more low-key locale. Now designers are providing show-stopping gowns that hit above the knee but are still full of style. Whether you marry in front of 10 or 100, there are so many pretty gowns that don’t hit the floor, so if you want to show off your legs, check these out.
EMBRACING THE CORSET
After pandemic living (Netflix and chill in sweats, anyone?) brides are looking for a totally different option, one that pulls them in and makes them look their best. Following fashion trends, the corset is being embraced by designers and they are showing them off with delicate details and exciting embellishments. Nearly every designer had at least one of these in their collections, signifying this trend isn’t going away anytime soon.
SHOW SOME LEG
Now you could show off your gams with a short option, as there were many excellent options, or, you could channel your inner Angelina in a sexy long gown with a thigh-high slit. Several designers presented gowns with coverage but allowed for legs to peek out in ways that allude to a sexy bride who has fun with fashion.
One of the biggest trends of the recent collections was the off-the-shoulder neckline. This neckline is not the tried and true most popular, but on the runways recently, they were everywhere, and are sure to become a new favorite among fashionable brides. Romantic and sophisticated, everyone from Mira Zwillinger to Morilee Madelyn Gardner to Eisen Stein and Galia Lahav showed off this stunning detail among their many looks.
ILLUSION AND OPEN BACKS
Often the backs of gowns are as special as the front. (Think about it, for your ceremony, what are most people going to see for most of the time?) With this in mind, designers gave us sexy illusion and open backs to give even shy brides a way to keep things interesting with their bridal gown choice. This is one of the top trends from bridal fashion week 2021 and we think this will become one of the many options that designers provide in their collections for many seasons to come.
WRAPPED UP IN ROMANCE
A version of the off-the-shoulder, one type of gown had a neckline that looked as if the fabric was wrapped around the model. Eisen Stein’s version had pearl embellishments while Sareh Nouri’s was an architectural masterpiece without any embellishments at all. Anne Barge had one gown in an interesting fabric called scuba stretch crepe.
Some prefer lace to stand alone. Others add details like beading and embellishments to make it really stand out. This season there were beautiful options in a variety of laces, making it one of the top trends from bridal fashion week 2021, and we can’t get enough of these beautiful gowns.
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