A season of contrasts and unpredictability at New York Bridal Week as designers across the board explored a kaleidoscope of creative realms for Fall ’20. From the more unconventional and dramatic dreamed up from the European designers, through to the more elegantly subdued and classical from their Australian and US counterparts, each designer stamped out their own style, in their own unique direction, a promising prospect of potential for seasons to come. Here, we highlight our favorite looks and trends for the season…
It’s all a feel of effortlessness and ease, with uncomplicated construction and relaxed silhouettes of fluid silk satins and crepes elegantly falling from the body. A masterful restraint and balance of proportions as designers such as Prea James, Newhite and Laure de Sagazan strive to redefine bridal for the modern woman. Little to no adornment can be found here, instead leaving the drama up to unique, tailored cuts with subtle added details, such as sculptural knots, and cut-outs.
Revived from the free-spirit of the 70s, the ever bohemian muses and Woodstock icons, an eclectic and artisanal movement captured our heart season. Designers such as Daalarna, Costarellos and Naeem Khan presented collections steeped with billowing sleeves, fabrications adorned with traditionally inspired embroidery, eclectic crochet or broderie anglaise, mastering a balance between authentic and modern techniques. Silhouettes are evocative of the styles gracing the high-fashion runways in recent seasons, fit for the bride looking to make a bold statement.
Hypnotic adornment, a dance of light illuminating under starlight in sync with every movement as models glided down the runway. Explored by the bold, Inbal Dror, Galia Lahav and Naeem Khan pushed the boundaries of traditional fabrications to create gowns as meticulous as they are strikingly romantic, sheer fabrics drenched in mesmerising glass beading and intricate sequins. Perfect for an evening reception or against the backdrop of a candlelit flooded warehouse wedding.
Bound by breathlessness, soft tulles and delicate silk chiffons crafted into gowns, so sheer at times barely there, sculpted into an air of ethereal silhouettes. Weightless volumes of the most carefully considered ruffles were seen at the likes of Inbal Dror, Sébastien Luke and Marchesa, while floor sweeping skirts left a breathtaking aura at Galia Lahav and Rime Arodaky. Perfect for a warm summer eve celebration of the most romantic setting.
Wild, overgrown blooms, an ephemeral natural delight of whimsical varieties translating onto romantic gowns. Think embroidered wild roses intertwined with vine, beaded bouquets of the smallest of violets to the grandest of sculpted winter magnolia. The essence of these textural florals have been captured each in a unique way at Pallas Couture, Marchesa, Rime Arodaky and Inbal Dror to name a few.
A new refined approach to lace, a fabrication reinvented into structured silhouettes for a modern gracefulness. Inbal Dror and Costarellos curate classic lace into contemporary, bold silhouettes, while Divine Atelier sculpts a new form of abstract lace into simplistic silhouettes. Delicate and everlasting, lace provides a purity perfectly matched with a mid winter wedding or an intimate late spring soiree.
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