Bridal wear is changing in many ways: traditional dresses compete with highly styled ones and alternative looks. Here are the top trends for the 2017 collections shown at this year’s Bridal Fashion Week.
THE WEDDING PANTS
Pants are becoming more and more prevalent as wedding wear, hence showing a new style and attitude for the modern bride (Viktor & Rolf showed two impeccably tailored jumpsuits for their Fall 2017 collection).
SHEER WEDDING DRESS (À LA BEYONCÉ)
Sheer gowns usually seen on the red carpet were a very very strong bridal trend at this Bridal Fashion Week (for example Sachin & Babi and Marchesa). Designers played with sheer elements ranging from embellished, modesty cutout panels to full-on see-through embroidered tops and dresses (Beyoncé in her custom Givenchy Couture dress at last year’s Met Gala was for sure an inspiration).
THE COLD SHOULDER WEDDING DRESS
The cold shoulder bridal trend is still going strong and was seen in many looks: Vera Wang, for example, took an especially unique route, creating an off-the-shoulder dress with slouchy, extra-long sleeves.
THE DEEP PLUNGE
Plunging necklines and deep v-neck styles were present almost at every presentation, from Marchesa, to Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, and more.
50 SHADES OF PANTONE
We love when brides take a bit of a chance with color, and this season it looks like wearing Pantone’s colors of the year (Rose Quartz and Serenity) is the way to break with tradition. Rose colored dresses at Naeem Khan for example gave a romantic vibe, while Monique Lhuillier, J.Mendel, and Jenny Packham all bet on “something blue” for the bride’s walk down the aisle.
Capes are officially having their moment in the bridal world. From Lela Rose’s adorable collared, button-down top to Naeem Khan’s lace-trimmed, high-low poncho to many long billowing cloak-trains. This is the bridal trend we will be seeing everywhere next spring.
THE NON-WEDDING LOOK
With ceremonies turning into multi-event occasions, more and more brides are shopping for all of the nuptials-related events: the rehearsal dinner, the reception, the post-wedding brunch, and, of course, the after-party. Houghton’s bell bottom overalls, Carolina Herrera’s maxi-shirt-dress and Naeem Khan’s sassy gold flapper number work for all wedding-related occasions, except maybe the actual ceremony.
THE BOHO BRIDE
Lace is always a bridal mainstay, but for spring and fall 2017, there seems to be a profusion of it. The bridal trend is sort of new because, as opposed to the prim, old-school silhouettes we’re used to see in the material, now we’re noticing a bit more of that laid-back, Coachella boho aesthetic.
Credits: Fashionista, Brides, Elle, Vogue.