Bridal Fashion Week was full of trends this season, and many of them are to be adored by modern brides. Whether you’re looking to shake up tradition, or just appear more chic than past brides, it seems like 2019 is the year to be a bride. From capes, to pantsuits, bridal designers really pushed the limits of what bridal fashion means, and we are loving it. Designers like Vera Wang went beyond the basic whites, and reminded us that brides can love to be in color too. This year is definitely a year for confident, sexy brides, as many designers opted for silky fabrics and ultra thin straps. Not only that, but a bold modern bride will love the sheer tops that were trending in this seasons bridal week, as they have a feminine edge to them.
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Deep-V and V cut necklines seemed to be a popular choice this NY bridal weekend. This stylish and trendy neckline appears so sexy, yet still can leave lots to the imagination. This neckline can be super flattering, as it bring the eye from shoulder to waist, giving the body a narrowing effect. The Theia Spring 2020 collection incorporated this beautiful neckline a number of times, this modest approach to bridal gowns is so elegant, and it could be appropriate on a variety of ages of brides. The V-neck trend is clearly a sexy detail to add to any style of gown, and fits the needs of a wide range of brides. Ines di Santo provided us with some other great examples of this trend. The second dress pictured is a perfect combination of classic and unique. The deep-v provides a sexy silhouette, while the side hip detail is playful, and brings a more youthful feeling the the bridal gown.
Deep-V Favorite: This trend is undoubtedly to die for, but some gowns may have out shown the others. My favorite was Livne-White’s Valerie gown. The details on this bridal dress were insanely pretty. The fringe at the hem and sleeves is such a flirty touch to this sultry silhouette. The lace and color choice compliment the style so well, and create a very vintage charm, without loosing the modern sleekness.
Bridal Pantsuits made impactful appearances on and off the Bridal Fashion Week runway. Whether in a showroom, or on a catwalk, looks like these are attention grabbing. They bring such modern sophistication to bridal attire, and are so perfectly suited on young, independent brides. There is something so powerful about a bride, and a pantsuit, and designers Viktor & Rolf knew exactly how to utilize this power to create beautiful garments. The two pant looks below, pictured first and last, by Viktor & Rolf are so feminine and unique. The first image has a more masculine waistline, but is beautifully complimented with embellishments on and around the neck and front of the blouse. The second look is far more simple, but is draped around the body creating a form. Naeeman Khan, image 2, also approached and achieved powerful sophistication with the use of pants. The pants are draped in an outer half-skirt, and it creates a very dramatic look. This drama has an attention grabbing look that is sure to make a diva bride wild.
Pantsuit favorite: This trend is a power choice, and Phuong My was the absolute best at using the trend, and elevating it to new levels. Phuong My did not blend with the other designers incorporating a powerful pant into their collection, as the fabric was a unique choice. This sheer pant is decorated with heavy embroidery and embellishment that bring the pant trend to a whole new level.
Colorful bridal gowns were a bold statement this year on the NY bridal week runway. Of course having color incorporated into a wedding gown is fun and nontraditional. As many designers move away from the traditional gown, this non-white dress trend has grown. This years successful designers incorporated both subtle and bold colors to the palette. Vera Wang was at the front of this trend in 2019. Her collection, pictured first and third, went far beyond expectations. She included pinks, blues, greens, and smokey greys in many of her looks. These aspects were unique, and interesting, but still remained soft and bridal looking. Phuong My approached color in a whole different way, image four shows how the designer incorporated the traditional Chinese wedding color: red. This bold choice left everybody buzzing about this collection, and made it the first on everyone’s list to review.
Colorful Accessory Favorites: Wayfarer Bride is a company that hand makes bridal accessories. This accessory designer incorporates flowers and dip dyed silks into her collection, making it a great pop of color to bridal gowns and outfits. These accessories are extremely customizable, as they are made to order.
Skinny Straps seemed to be the hottest choice on bridal bodices this NY Bridal Week. This sexy trend fits the modern and non-traditional trends that were seen on the runway this season. The thin straps and silky dresses seem to reference lingerie, and give off carefree vibes. A perfect choice for the young bride, and a uniquely simple design. Savannah Miller’s design, pictured third, utilizes this slinky, sexy look, and Greece references to create a soft, ultra feminine silhouette. Our confident brides will love this trend as it allows the bride to be sexy and simple, while still having all eyes on them. This modern take on bridal wear approaches body positivity in a new and exciting way.
Skinny strap favorite: Savannah Miller did not shy away from this sexy trend. She incorporated into a few gowns, pictured below is one of my favorites. The thin strap is complemented by the lace shoulder detail. The addition of this lace panel adds to the negligee inspiration that is seen walking the runway.
Lace On Nude Mesh was a popular trend on this years bridal week runway. Another non-traditional approach to a bridal bodice, this style of applique can mimic lace, but with the sheer, sexy qualities a modern bride might be searching for on her big day. Our brides love approaching new, and unique styles, and excelling in modern design and excellence, making this an exciting trend from NY Bridal Week. Today’s edgy bridal designers, such as Jenny Yoo (pictured second), are using this technique to decorate and emphasize the natural curves and shadows of the brides body. This is also a look for a bold, and confident bride, as many of these looks exposed much of the brides natural form, organically creating a feminine silhouette.
Lace on nude mesh favorite: Livne-White took an elegant approach to this trend. This look is a favorite because it keeps the sexy sheerness of the other looks, but the cut makes this look accessible to a variety of ages and body types of brides. Some brides may have some issues with such a revealing look, and this designer gives the chance to stay will the trends, but remain a bit more modest.
Bridal Capes did more than graze the runway this bridal week, capes took over the show. As a shawls become less interesting in modern design, capes are stepping forward as a beautiful replacement. Many bridal designers are incorporating capes into their dresses, and any style of bride can use one of these capes as a design element on their bridal gown. These capes also seem like a good addition for a bride who can’t decide if she wants a veil, or not. Capes can cover the shoulders, and trail behind you, creating similar looks. Our modern brides will love the airy look these capes give brides whether they’re walking down a runway, or down the aisle. Bridal label Berta, shown in image four, used capes to create an ethereal look and aesthetic that will make any bride feel like royalty.
Favorite cape: Anne Barge included a cape with a strapless sweetheart. This combination showed skin, but created a softening effect with the sheer fabric. Her collar design gave just enough detail, allowing the rest of the cape to just soften the skin, and trail down the body. A very soft and feminine idea for our brides.