This season designers found a lighter, more effortless bohemian approach to bridal than previous collections – an indication that the industry is slowly shifting from tradition and into newfound creative realms. Dresses were more wearable and practical with simplistic silhouettes, yet carried refined fashion forward design elements inspired from the recent couture and ready to wear runways. Here, we edit our favorite bridal trends and looks from each designer from New York Bridal Week Fall ’19…
Silhouettes softly fell from the body, foregoing volume for easy to wear, non-constricting styles that exuded an air of weightlessness and comfort. Adornments followed with more refined, subdued finishes that focused on one statement detail or embellished design rather than bold combinations that can often look theatrical and overwhelm the bride. Woven over the diaphanous, sheer silks and delicate fabrics, embroidered and beaded motifs followed an ethereal, mermaid inspired look with oceanic textures and fluid forms that steered away from traditional bridal techniques.
Billowing voluminous sleeves have graced ready-to-wear runways for several seasons now as the perfect pairing to a slim-lined silhouette – a nod to the yesteryears of the bohemian 70s and beyond. Bishop sleeves by the likes of Rime Arodaky, Galia Lahav and Pallas Couture were the key favorites, while brands such as Naeem Khan, Lee Petra Grebenau and Inbal Dror opted for more of a cascading trumpet sleeve style. Crafted from barely there silks and soft tulles that exuded weightlessness, these sleeves added drama to each gown, balanced with a lightness that ensured each piece still worked beautifully for any season or location.
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A new sensibility for an antique trend, high Victorian necklines were given a modern update for the Fall ’19 season. A bold fashion statement in it’s own right, high necklines are suited to the more trend driven bride wanting an avant-garde look. The focus was on bold collars with ornate, textural details at Inbal Dror and Livné White, while Costarellos and Vera Wang opted for a more delicate approach. Designers balanced these dominant necklines with sheer fabrics for a lighter touch.
A subdued sensuality stormed the runways as designers bared all. Necklines plunged to just above the waist and layered with petite bralettes (a la Inbal Dror) or nothing at all, while open backs dipped down to the hips, creating a beautifully simple silhouette. Balanced with long sleeves or a high neckline, these plunging styles created a bit of mystery while keeping bridal elegant and refined.