I hope you guys were following along last weekend while I ventured off to New York City for a whirlwind trip of runways and bridal gowns! I was very fortunate to attend many amazing runway shows, as well as the Knot Couture Show. You can find all my pictures over on our Facebook page, I’ve also included some below. Here are my top five trends from the bridal runways this season:
Lingerie Details: Slinky gowns, high slits, and nude underlays all played a huge role in the gowns of the season. Transforming gowns from bedroom to bridal were sumptuous fabrics and stunning details. We even saw rompers and babydoll styles turning heads down the runway. Be on the lookout for the sexiest trend of the season as it transitions from the runway to the aisle.
Slim Silhouettes: I’m not here to say that ballgowns and full skirts are out, however, slim gowns are definitely in. Clingy, body hugging designs, flowing skirts and a definite lack of volume were trending on the runways, giving brides the option of feeling like a goddess or a pinup model for the day. I’m interested to see which brides choose these styles in favor of the traditional princess style gowns we are accustomed to seeing.
When speaking with the amazing team from Justin Alexander Bridal, they noted this trend was becoming more and more popular. Brides are favoring to show off their figures instead of covering up in layers of fabric as they walk down the aisle.
Intricate Necklines & Backs: More and more designers are giving their attention and focus to the back and neckline details than ever before. During the ceremony, many of your guests are looking at the back of your gown. While during dinner, many guests are only seeing the neckline and bodice. It was obvious that designers were keeping this detail in mind while designing their collections this season with high levels of interest and intricacy.
With a front row seat at Hayley Paige Bridal, I had the opportunity to chat with the team about some of their favorite pieces. HPB is famous for intricate details like beaded boleros and heavy necklines. This was definitely apparent during their show, as their team told me they are noticing more and more brides turning away from traditions and breaking the rules by showing off a little skin on their big day.
Gold/Taupe/Mocha Additions: With trends like Art Deco and Grecian here to stay, it seems that gold & neutral tones were a major player this season. Underlays, embroidery and belting were seen in all shades of the gold family; possibly threatening to overshadow silver elements as a wedding day favorite from the past. It will most definitely be important to watch as this trend carries over from gowns into overall wedding day decor.
Shimmer: Heavy beading is still, and continues to be, a major player in bridal fashion. This season though, heavy beading was left out of quite a few collections, in favor of subtle sparkle, minimal glitter, and underlying shimmer effects. The light and airy quality of these designs make for an ethereal elegance, perfect for so many brides and weddings.
While chatting with the team at Luxe by Ines Di Santo, they highlighted the shift from beading to shimmer. Some brides are deciding to go the ethereal and more muted route, as to not take away from the beauty of the rest of the gown. This was a common thread between all of the amazing designers I spoke with, and it definitely translated in their collections as well.
Of course, major elements from last season definitely carried over. Color, peplums, beading, and the ever-popular lace covered the runways again. Designers are continually reinventing and redesigning bridal gown styles and it is always exciting to watch their creative transformations from season to season.
Chelsey Gike is a wedding & event planner and floral designer in the GTA. As owner of Ready to Rock Weddings and Events, she’s always available to chat about making your next event fabulous. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.