While in previous years, many wedding dress designs and fabric choices that made an appearance during Bridal Fashion Week had us shocked, this year proves to encourage more simple and elegant trends with a little edge and modernity.
From ponchos to floor-length lace capes, this trend has been seen on the runway during the past two years, but is really taking the spotlight in 2017. A mixture between elegance and boldness, this style is the perfect alternative for a veil, adding a more modern depth to the gown, and is also removable for when it is time to hit the dance floor.
This flawless statement piece has been seen as part of the spring and fall collections of Alberta Ferretti, Vania Romoff, Mira Zwillinger, Berta Bridal and many more.
Off the Shoulder
Slowly taking over the classic strapless gown, designers have played around with the off-the-shoulder trend this year that has made its way onto the runway, creating a variety of shapes and cutouts to reflect the gown’s effortless and glamorous style. This design appeals to classical brides who are looking for that extra touch of modernity.
Designers like Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Jenny Packham and Romana Keveza, among many others, have incorporated these off the shoulder gowns into their newest collections.
A gown with a high collar usually gives off a vintage, high fashion vibe that caters to the taste of a specific segment of brides. A laced collar is usually the most common type, as it reflects a more chic look, however, if you are looking for a completely avant-garde style, you can opt for a satin collar.
Usually with this type of gown, a sleek updo is the most flattering hairstyle, and this style has been a part of Naeem Khan, Kenneth Winston and Carolina Herrera’s collections, among others.
Shades of Pink
If you really want to step away from traditional wedding attire, opt for a pink wedding dress. In general, switching the common white gown to a pastel colored dress has dominated the runway this year, with colors like lilac and blues making an appearance, however, a light shade of pink was the most popular. Some brides also want to take a step further by choosing an ombré colored gown with layers.
These non-white bridal gowns were seen as part of Christian Siriano and David Tutera’s collections, as well as many other designers.
If you are searching for a more feminine, eye-catching design, look at buying a gown with a deep v-neckline, which is usually very flattering to your figure as it elongates your frame.
To further enhance this look, pair the dress with a beautiful, bold necklace that you could then show off. Any hairstyle will suit and compliment this type of gown.
Designers Mira Zwillinger, Marchesa and Thomas Concordia, among many others, used this attractive look as part of their 2017 collections.
Feathers have become a constant yearly trend that does not die, making it onto gowns through different designs.
While in the past, the whole skirt of a dress would be made up of feathers, this year wispy feathers are tastefully placed in lesser quantities across wedding gowns in order to add movement and edge to the dress.
Any simple dress can become bolder by adding this material, which is what many designers like Mira Zwillinger, Oscar de la Renta and Inbal Dror have done.
Sheer Streamer Sleeves
Sleeves that begin as detailed, see-through lace turning into tulle that flows down with the arm adds movement and volume to a gown, providing a more innocent, angelic look, and is usually for brides who want to spice up their simple gowns, but in an elegant and subtle way.
This style has been seen in the collections of Alvina Valenta, Wtoo and Monique Lhuillier, among others.
A gown with a tiered skirt is one of the boldest looks of the year, adding an incredible amount of volume and dimension to your dress, all the while maintaining a flawless bridal image.
This type of gown appeals to brides who are not afraid to stray away from the traditional image of a wedding dress, promising to be a courageous, but elegant choice.
This edgy look has been a part of the newest collections of designers Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan and Vera Wang among many others.