3 Trends from New York Bridal Week
Over the last week, social media was ablaze with tweets, snaps and instastories from New York Bridal Week. We were transported to boutique shows, private viewings and decadent pop-ups galore. This was a huge opportunity for these luxe industry brands to pull out all the stops and showcase their vision for your wedding future. And, boy did they take it. We were whisked away into a magical world of sparkle and tulle, alongside some wild card moments with tailoring, excessive jewellery and the colour black making notable appearances.
But now that the excitement has settled, what can us mere mortals take from Bridal Fashion Week? What can we learn about upcoming trends in Bridal Fashion for Spring’18? What should be wearing on our upcoming wedding days? And is it even really wearable for the everyday Bride.
Here at Weddingly HQ we’ve taken a closer look at what Top 3 Trends emerged from New York Bridal Week.
From Left to Right: Vera Wang, Marchesa, Carolina Herrera and Reem Acra.
Photos courtesy of Vera Wang, Marchesa, Carolina Herrera and Reem Acra via Vogue.com
Weddingly spotted Trend #1:
Did someone say Black…?
That’s right! Whilst there was a plethora of blush, whites and other soft tones, there was also a certain statement colour, that most certainly made a statement. Black. Avoiding Goth drama it was used to lift crisp white dresses, giving them a stylish edge, for a more fashion conscious bride.
We’ve seen Vera Wang showcase black detailing before on her wedding gowns and this year she once again showed everyone how to do it, with oversized black flowers.
Marchesa also got the ‘Black is new the Blush,’ memo and trimmed dresses with black velvet ribbon adding texture, shaping and depth in such an elegant yet youthful way. We also love the black lace and fur shoes used to accessorize this look, adding a touch of whimsy to the proceedings, reminding us that black can be fun.
Taking on a look that we would usually associate with previous Vera Wang dresses, this year, Carolina Herrera gave us heavy lace with simple black ribbon belting. So simple, so beautiful. It grounds the potential frou frou nature of excessive lace and keeps it firmly in the chic category. Those sleeves though, so dreamy.
Reem Acra gave us black gloves and we will love them eternally for this. Who doesn’t love a glove? Yes, we know, it’s widely impractical, especially because it’s integral that you have your hand free for your wedding ceremony, but when has good fashion ever really been practical? One or two looks have a touch of the pissed off Prom Queen to them, but on the whole we love the drama. From the belt to the pussy bow black was the colour of choice.
So, what did we learn?
We learned that you can add touches of black without it looking like a costume.
That black as a trim can really elevate a classic white gown, but it has to be used carefully.
Black velvet is the trim fabric of choice, it keeps the look expensive and sophisticated. It adds a rich, deep texture that makes you look like the most stylish Bride around.
From Left to Right: Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Viktor & Rolf
Photos courtesy of Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Viktor & Rolf via Vogue.com
Weddingly spotted Trend #2:
Veil of Flowers…
Nature motifs have always been popular in Bridal fashion and this year, it was the Veils that blossomed with floral beauty. These adorned veils were simply stunning- and there was nothing simple about them. Often the veil is the finishing touch, but here, they quite frankly steals the show.
Elie Saab gave us this stunning cascading blossom veil. The intricate detail and exquisite embroidery makes our heart sing. From the detail at the front, to the continuation of the florals around the edge of the veil, it’s a joy from front to back.
Oscar de la Renta gives us a fresh, modern twist to a floral veil. Simple, almost childlike flower shapes live amidst stunning 3D pansy flower heads that burst from the tulle with joy and whimsy. The deep floral border keeps the rest of the veil clean over the Bride’s face, but that floral design can be enjoyed throughout the back of the veil.
This Viktor & Rolf Bride emerges from a waterfall of peony style flowers. The veil is thick and dense, covered with chiffon-eque petals that move softly, grounded to the veil with stunning beading and sparkle. The texture is such that you just want to touch and pour over each beautiful creation. Less like a Bridal veil and more like a cloak of flowers, it stops short and rightly so, it’s balance is weighted at the top, but it is a thing of beauty.
So, what did we learn?
Flowers are in! So is a veil that can make a statement. If you’re tempted by a veil for your wedding day, then follow your gut, it’s bang on trend.
If you’re opting for a simple dress, consider a veil that can showcase a little more detail.
Some dresses will have matching veils. Even if you think it might be too matchy matchy, try it on. They’ve been designed to be partners, so like the de la Renta and V&R, they make stunning ensembles.
It’s not just about the dramatic back, some veils will also carry a lot of the detaling around the front too.
From Left to Right: Jenny Packham, Viktor & Rolf, Oscar de la Renta and Sachin & Babi
Photos courtesy of Jenny Packham, Viktor & Rolf, Oscar de la Renta and Sachin & Babi, via Vogue.com
Weddingly spotted Trend #3:
When Two become One
Have you ever considered wearing stylish separates on your Wedding Day? No? Well, if not, then prepare to start seeing this wedding fashion trend pop up everywhere. Long gone are the days of Bridal separates were ill fitting and frumpy. Elegance, femininity and grace reign supreme in these gorgeous pieces. Now leading designers have embraced a powerful, stylish Bride who is looking for something a little different.
Jenny Packham, queen of the Gatsby glamour beaded gown, has given us a goddess in beaded bodice and white wide legged, pleated trousers. The Weddingly team are so obsessed with these trousers we can’t articulate our devotion. At the back you can see a flutter of a tulle train, adding a playful twist on the traditional gown. Now you can have your cake and eat it too. We feel that if Marlene Dietrich were to walk down the aisle today, this is what she would wear. So damn chic.
Viktor & Rolf take our breath away in this clean cut jumpsuit and train. It’s so neat, so elegant, so perfect. Evoking Parisian glamour, it’s simplicity is beyond chic. The bow back detail is one of our absolute highlights of the week. It shows how trousers and separates can still be so pretty. You can be a beautiful Bride in something other than a traditional gown and if we had to choose something else, we choose this. Also, for those Brides who will be indulging in second Wedding Party, pre or post a wedding abroad for example, wear something like this, give yourself another look to radiate in.
Oscar de la Renta give us grown up, powerhouse Bride with this look. This woman is a Warrior Queen and we want to be her when we grow up. The silver waist corset with the tailoring is a truly divine combo. This is a bold look to pull off, but if this is your style, then be a Goddess for a day and embrace it. Fabulous.
Now, for something a little softer Sachin & Babi gives us sensational movement with this almost jacquard open coat. That fabric is a show stopper, it’s opulence and luxe texture are intoxicating. Bound in the middle by a floating corsage, this detail draws your eye in and those sleeves! The pleating on those sleeves give the fabric this blooming tulip look that makes our hearts soar. The skinny cigarette pant are the perfect accompaniment for this coat and train. Divine.
So, what did we learn?
We learned that wearing separates doesn’t have to be masculine or boring. Quite the opposite, you can be a stunning woman that steals the show in Bridal separates.
Mix texture amidst the white. Whether you opt for swathes of silver, beading or florals, play with materials and keep it interesting.
If you’re having a second party, or even for the rehearsal dinner, think about a jumpsuit or trousers. Still be a Bride, but be a fashion forward Bride with a stylish twist.
So there you have it. Weddingly top 3 trends spotted at the Spring’18 Bridal Fashion Week in New York.
Tell us what you think about these trends in the comments below. Do any inspire you?