It’s officially wedding season! And with this most romantic time of year comes bridal week- the one week we get to watch models grace the catwalks as if they were aisles donning magnificent dresses that excite and enchant. Read on to discover the five new trends that have the industry- and brides-to-be everywhere- swooning.
Looks from Jenny Packham, Marchesa, and Naeem Khan
This season’s answer to the traditional veil? A decidedly modern, but equally dramatic cape. From short and sweet at Jenny Packham to long and billowing at Naeem Khan, capes came in every possible length with every possible embellishment. This trend took the runways by storm, then street style stars caught on, and now, capes are conquering bridal wear.
Who Wears the Pants?
Looks from Lela Rose, Carolina Herrera, and Elie Saab
The most special dress you will ever wear doesn’t even have to be a dress. This season, tailored pant ensembles seemed to pop up in nearly every bridal collection, and while powerful, they are no less gorgeous. Choose a pant-top combo with minimal detailing, but don’t be afraid to throw in a cathedral veil, a lá Carolina Herra, so it’s clear you’re not just another invitee. Sleek, modern, sophisticated; why not go for twice the chic and half the fuss?
Looks from Marchesa, Angel Sanchez, and Jenny Packham
Designers are no longer just creating gowns in white, ivory, and pearl- they have stepped outside of the box, embracing a world of color. Softly hued frocks complete with feminine flourishes have a unique sweetness that always lands on the right side of unconventional. Whether its powder pink, baby blue, or mint green, do away with antiquated wedding rules and wow in pastel.
Looks from Elie Saab, Vera Wang, and Oscar de la Renta
If you’re in need of something sexy, forgo the expected tight, low-cut style; instead, try a gown crafted from layers of rich chiffon that subtly reveals skin as you walk. These confections have a sensuality that is equal parts delicate and avant garde, but never vulgar. Hey, if you got it, flaunt it.
Looks from Houghton, Monique Lhuillier, and Naeem Khan
The chicest place for your hemline to fall this wedding season is below the knee and just above the ankle. A tea-length dress with a 50’s inspired silhouette is a fantastic option for the classic bride in search of a slight edge- and an elegant way to show off some killer heels. They might be less formal, but these midis maintain all of the commanding glitz of a floor-length gown. Whether you’re a modernist in Houghton, southern-belle in Monique Lhuillier, or prima-ballerina in Naeem Khan, good things really do come in small packages.