New York Bridal Fashion Week this season brought us back to the very essence of gown and jewelry craftsmanship. As emerging bridal labels swell the market, we found our reverie in the artistry and time-honed techniques that spill from couture-like gowns. Otherworldly intricacies and dramatically decadent embroideries were hypnotic highlights. Sculptural silhouettes with unexpected shapes were revealed through rich draping fabrics, while delicate lace and tulle were used to fit the female form. Reimagining fine jewelry through a modern lens, bridal pieces exude the timeless balance between classic and contemporary. From wildly textural finishes to contemporary wedding bands for masterful stacking, we’ve curated an edit of our favorite looks from the Fall ’24 bridal collections.
Witnessing unparalleled opulence, gowns were beautifully stitched with intricate embroidery inspiring a dark, decadent wedding. Dripping elegantly with pearl beading, an ethereal Elly Sofoclí dress embodied the embellishment that transforms wedding gowns into artistic masterpieces. Revealing the interplay of texture and light, Naeem Khan’s fabrications adorned with traditionally inspired embroidery were evocative of the craftsmanship carried by culture and tradition. Creating prints with sequins and beads, designers such as Anna Campbell presented a collection reminiscent of nightfall’s reflected light through lustrous finishes and detailing.
Losing ourselves to the indulgent softness of delicate detail, textural fabrics like lace and pleated, sheer silk accented the collections. An undulating mermaid-like gown lightly dotted with silver beading was masterfully brought to life by Ines Di Santo. Evocative of a meandering garden’s magical mist, airy tulle enveloped a gently ornamented gown by Alon Livné. The most intricate and tactile of lace elevated a classic mini silhouette at Elly Sofoclí. Romantically contrasting fluid silhouettes, fine veils and tulle sleeves were paired at Rime Arodaky, Oui the Label, Sébastien Luke, and Lola Varma.
Intertwining volume with weightlessness and delicateness, classical silhouettes were reimagined through billowing and sculpting shapes. Daringly large bows unfolded blending abstract concepts with feminine forms at Ines Di Santo and Toni Maticevski. Voluminous skirts balanced modern dresses into timeless silhouettes at Elly Sofoclí, while ballooning sleeves were seen at Halfpenny London and Rime Arodaky. Volume, proportion and shape came together to create dramatic accents in classic gowns directed towards the modern bride, as seen in Lola Varma.
Collections spilled with textural accents adding a layer of depth with feathers, beads, sequins, and intricate embroidery. Ellie Saab presented the ‘Of Diamonds and Dust’ collection featuring ornately beaded gowns at Elizabeth Taylor’s former New York townhouse. With beads in tones of silver, black, and white, the dresses shimmered in the soft glow of evening light, speaking of textural enchantment. Elevating gowns into works of art, Naeem Khan used dramatic sequins on a mini dress to create three dimensional features. Adding a sense of whimsy and lightness to the designs, Monique Lhullier accented with textural flower embroidery.
For the wanderlust bride looking for timeless and poetic detailing, OUMA used oceanic pearls instead of buttons reminiscent of her painterly canvas. For an unelaborated pairing, Jacqueline Au Studio from The Loft created a collection of artful veils in couture-like textures and embellishments to compliment the wedding look.
To punctuate modern weddings, ethereally draped dresses were presented in masterful cuts and shapeshifting silhouettes. Draped to perfection, Monique Lhuillier, Elly Sofoclí, and Oui The Label explored diagonal swathes to accent the waist. Poetically evocative, the draping gowns glided effortlessly with models down the runway, making us reminisce about the same flowing walk down the aisle.
In a continuation of last season, we witnessed corsetry defined by transparent fabric revealing structured boning or disguised by alluring tulle. Designs by Ines Di Santo, Lola Varma, Oui The Label and Alon Livné presented whimsical varieties translating onto romantic gowns. Perfect to style against an architectural backdrop or inspiring natural surroundings.
A timeless look for the modern romantic, the collections captured textural and painterly blooms through design. Dotted with delicate textural flowers, dresses from Monique Lhuillier and Ines Di Santo were favorites. Paired with a silk silhouette, Naeem Khan’s artful blooms glistened in the light as models strided confidently. Sculptural blooms unexpectedly adorned the back of Viktor & Rolf gowns, styled for brides with a slicked back bun. Toni Maticevski’s unique sheer organza with shading blooms throughout, made for a contemporary spin on idyllic blooms. Perfect for an Italian villa or chateau wedding, blooms add mosaic volume and depth to a bridal look.
Blending masterful tailoring with feminine silhouettes for those unbound by tradition, the bridal mini dress was the most evident of all trends, embodying the allure of the bridal shower and afterparty dress. Halfpenny London and Oui The Label presented uncomplicated fabrications and relaxed silhouettes with shapely sleeves. Using the most intriguing lace, Elly Sofoclí crafted a romantic mini dress to be paired with a delicate lace veil for the most textural gown spilling with elysian notes.
Classically Reimagined Jewels
Unveiling the symbolic design that echoes a couple’s love and journey, Sarah and Sebastian’s new Aria collection pushes the possibilities to redesign the iconic “toi et moi” style. Blending styles and inspirations, Harlin Jones presents bespoke designs that artfully reimagine the traditional engagement ring. Presenting laboratory-grown diamonds that radiate with otherworldly brilliance, Michael Hill’s new collection is a fusion of design and innovation.
As brides increasingly become curators of their wedding ring stacks, designers drew upon contemporary wedding bands and timeless rings to inspire the perfect set. Melbourne jewelers, James and Irisa presented a collection of artisanal engagement rings and wedding bands to layer. For the dreamers and innovators, Louise Jean’s colored gemstone bands not only compliment a wedding look but seamlessly transition into everyday wear.
Minimalist & Geometric
Through abstract shapes that elegantly stand on their own, bridal jewelry accents redefine the very essence of elegance and self-expression. Fusing organic shapes and iridescent pearls, Amelie George’s new bridal accents are crafted to pair with modern gowns.
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