New York Bridal Fashion Week this season felt like a return to a softness and femininity. While modern, minimalist bridal has prominently featured through the last few seasons, this time contemporary looks combined classical elements. Overall, there was a beautiful duality of form at play. Voluminous silhouettes were contracted from weightless layers. Traditional corsetry or sculptural floral appliqué was used with alluring, transparent fabrics. Fragile lace panelled modern cut out details. From boldly romantic bridal looks to chic reception dresses, contemporary engagement rings and modern pear accessories, we’ve curated an edit of our favorite looks from the Spring ’24 Bridal collections.
A favourite this season – Elie Saab’s Spring ’24 Bridal collection at an iconic New York City townhouse epitomized luxury bridal with masterful cuts and exquisite fabrications. We loved the origami-like folds in the form of intricate pleating and sculptural gowns that gave a modern edge to a traditional technique. Wear these looks against a contemporary, architectural space, or emphasize traditional elements in a grand, ornate setting spilling with blooms.
Sculptural corsetry in alluring, transparent detailing featured prominently throughout Spring ’24 Bridal collections. As seen at Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier, Ou Ma and Honor, structured boning was swathed with delicate fabric, rouched detailing, intricate embroidery and painterly florals. Balancing classicism with modern design, this romantic style is perfectly suited to garden settings, or weddings against historic European facades.
Voluminous silhouettes were contrasted with delicate, weightless fabrics this season. We loved the undulating rippled sleeves at Halfpenny London, and sheer tulle cut into modern layers at Sebastien Luke and Ou Ma. For the romantics, Dana Harel featured ethereal tulle layers with simple silhouettes in rose tints at LEIN. Wear these boldly romantic gowns surrounded by wildflower gardens or historic chateaus.
While modern gowns have been prominent during the last few bridal seasons, we loved the resurgence of delicate lace at New York Bridal Fashion Week. This time, classical lace in the most fragile fabrics panelled modern, cut out details as seen at Dana Harel and Cinq. Sleeve details were a stand out with lace transformed into puffed sleeves or classic long sleeves. Dramatic lace capes were featured at Monique Lhuillier while Costarellos played with scalloped edging and cut out detailing. A look for the bride that wants a wedding dress that feels modern yet timeless.
A look for the modern romantic, sculptural 3-dimensional blooms were woven over ethereal gowns. Floral appliqué is always a given at Bridal Week, but we loved the contrast of ephemeral, transparent silhouettes. Stand outs were Naeem Kahn’s hand painted brushstrokes paired with sheer corsetry details, Dana Harel’s artful waterlilies and sculptural floral bodice details at Reem Acra. Unabashedly feminine, floral embroidery works beautifully for weddings on the grounds of a sprawling estate.
For lovers of dark, decadent events, Spring ’24 saw bridal silhouettes dripping in intricate embellishments. A master of ornate detailing, Elie Saab’s voluminous silhouettes were woven with celestial beading and transparent sequins – execution that is truly another level to see and feel in person. At Reem Acra we loved the blend of iridescent sequins and sheer fabric. Pair these looks with a magical reception setting adorned in ambient candlelight.
Wedding Reception Dresses
Perfect as paired-back wedding gowns, or a second look to dance the night away in, Spring ’24 had a diverse range of wedding reception dress options. We loved LEIN’s elegantly woven Italian lace off-shoulder gown and Rebecca Vallance’s sculptural bows and puffed sleeves for bold statements.
Contemporary Engagement Rings
We loved the artfully contemporary engagement ring designs appearing through jewelry collections. This season modern and often minimalistic designs were offset with bold gemstones and sculptural shapes. Petite bands by Kate & Kole showcased exquisite lab grown diamonds in marquise cuts and Toi et Moi styles. Drawn to organic shapes, Linney’s perfectly imperfect bands held champagne pear cut diamonds, and White November featured a stunning marquise cut encased in a band with hand etched markings. For the modern minimalists, Azlee, Taylor & Hart and Sarah & Sebastien’s floating diamonds were a favorite, and we loved Katie Rose’s geometric Tri Point Diamond Ring to stack and layer.
This season, classic pearls are reimagined in modern, sculptural shapes and unexpected forms. Boldly punctuating simple silhouettes, modern pearls work beautifully with contemporary bridal gowns to infuse your personal style. We loved the baroque pearl earrings in sculptural settings by Linney’s, contemporary shapes at Mateo and Completed Works’ drop earrings in pearls and diamonds. Perfect layering pieces or bridesmaid gifts, Australian jeweller Katie Rose featured a sweet, petite single pearl with handcrafted bands.
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New York Bridal Week show coverage by Kelly Taub for The Lane.