If you’re looking for that perfect yet elusive wedding gown, perhaps what you’re missing is some modern inspiration. Take a cue from New York Bridal Fashion Week’s 2018 collections where softness and divine detail reigned. Whether a ballgown or slimming sheath is your preferred style, you’ll fall in love with these otherworldly accents and inspired new takes on the classics.
Sheer: Modern Romance
Sheer wedding gowns evoke a sense of the ethereal and are particularly beautiful when ensconced in a wedding set in nature. An all-over sheer gown heightens the dreamy effect, or try incorporating the trend as sheer accents.
- Sheer sleeves
- Sheer bodice panelling
- Illusion neckline
- Translucent skirt with shorter lining
From left to right gowns by: Jennifer Gifford Designs, Anna Campbell, Jurgita Bridal, Anna Kara, Jennifer Gifford Designs.
Bare Shoulders: Classic Chic
Strapless gowns have been popular for a long time, but the bare-shoulder trend is taking inspiration from modern everyday fashion and showing just a hint of skin. For a sensual and elegant show of bare shoulders, look to these styles:
- Off-the-shoulder with plain sleeves for classic simplicity or small
- Ruffled sleeves for feminine charm
- Shoulder cut-outs with longer sleeves.
From left to right gowns by: Jennifer Gifford Designs, Reem Acra, Alexandra Grecco, Grace Loves Lace, Pallas Collective, Jennifer Gifford Designs.
Statement Sleeves: Standout Sophistication
At New York Bridal Fashion Week, the long sleeves we’ve come to love have evolved to statement level. Texture, detail and length combine as an expression of your ultimate style.
- Consider these sleeve styles for inspiration:
- Bell sleeves which are divine, lacy and long
- Illusion sleeves of sheer fabric with lace and beaded embellishments
- Strings of beading draped over the shoulders
- Flutter sleeves which are sheer and layered for an angelic, wing-like effect
From left to right gowns by: Rue de Seine, Suzanne Harward, Grace Loves Lace, Rime Arodaky, Jennifer Gifford Designs.
Botanicals: Floral Bliss
Don’t be misled into thinking your wedding dress material needs to be plain. Botanical prints are coming to the fore and bringing with them a pop of colour. Go all out with an entire dress made of the print, or incorporate elements of it into just a few key places. Whether your style is contemporary or bohemian, the botanicals trends can be incorporated in a way that suits you. See how:
- Lace featuring floral motifs for bohemian-style romance
- Jewel-encrusted 3D floral embellishments for a whimsical feel
- Botanical prints on individual skirt panels or around the hemline for a more contemporary style
From left to right gowns by: Luci Di Bella, Jurgita Bridal, Needle & Thread, Gossamer, Jennifer Gifford Designs, Gossamer, Wtoo, Jennifer Gifford Designs, Wendy Makin, Ears & Whiskers.
Texture: Ballgown Glamour
For next-level glamour it’s time to break away from smooth layers and symmetrical tiers. Gorgeous heavy texture is achieved by manipulating the fabric, adding volume and creating a look all your own.
We couldn’t be happier with the many takes on this wedding gown trend:
- Lace panelling featuring different patterns
- Gently pleated skirt teamed with form-fitting bodice for simplicity
- Loosely cascading tiers to celebrate your whimsical nature
- 3D floral embellishments, embroidered designs and cross-hatched lines of glittering thread
- A structured layer over a floor-length skirt for couture-style drama
- Voluminous layers of tulle to make all your fairy-tale dreams come true
- Scalloped hemlines for extra lift as you sashay down the aisle
From left to right gowns by: Oscar De La Renta, Made With Love, Marchesa, Alexandra Grecco, Marchesa.