Fluttery, cascading tulle; colorful floral stitching; long, lacy sleeves; dare-to-bare off-the-shoulder looks; satin jumpsuits – It was all that and more at this year’s New York International Bridal Week, where nearly 250 exhibitors came together to showcase the biggest wedding fashion trends for Fall 2017.
Spread across six separate runway shows, familiar names and new designers alike featured their new bridal lines, including Reem Acra celebrating its 20th anniversary to avant-garde, and couture Dutch duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren debuting their first ever bridal collection called Viktor & Rolf Mariage.
Here’s a highlight reel of the season’s hottest trends.
Long sleeves, short dresses
It wasn’t short skirts or mini-dresses this year as several designers featured a happy medium with tea-length gowns like a high-low number from Marchesa and a full skirted tulle gown from Inbal Dror.
Juxtaposed with shorter hems – which, by the way, offer the perfect opportunity to show off a fabulous pair of shoes – were long sleeves. Many of the show’s dresses came embellished with plenty of lace, like Carolina Herrara’s long-sleeved, high turtlenecked all-over lace dress.
New York-based Sarah Seven showed off playfulness with a long sleeve, swan-printed Diego dress that fits with the collection’s overall feel of relaxed yet refined gowns.
Baring it all
With much of this year’s fashion trends extending beyond bridal with a focus on nostalgic ‘90s-inspired details, it should be no surprise that off-the-shoulder looks were in at bridal week.
Contrasting the covered-up look of long sleeves were pieces like husband and wife design team Sachin & Babi’s seductive satin off-the-shoulder gown with lace and bow details.
The brand’s Winter/Fall 2017 line is described as a continuation of its “strength within grace” ethos, with hand-embroidered gowns that are light and effortless.
Designers like Marchesa, with an off-white, tulle and lace-adorned gown, and Lela Rose, also featured dresses with the romantic bare shoulder look.
Colorful details, jumpsuits, anything goes
Another big trend from bridal week were unique bridal looks that prove wedding dresses have moved far beyond traditional white ball gowns.
Easy-to-wear one-piece jumpsuits were all the rage on the runway, from Mark Zunino’s embroidered lace, fitted corset pantsuit paired with an attached skirt and train to Sarah Seven’s sleek Fairfax jumpsuit with patterned cutouts. Sarah Seven also took the look one step further with the Balboa Set, a leg-baring leotard-esque bodysuit paired with a 360-degree tulle skirt.
As a twist on last year’s all-over color trend, this season featured hints of bold hues throughout a dress with strategic stitching.
Claire Pettibone’s new 2017 Couture collection featured a ton of nature-inspired looks with romantic floral embroidery and lace appliques, all part of the collection’s “four seasons” theme. The pieces are separated into seasons and described as “elaborate embroideries, layers of lace and tulle and the subtle shimmer of sequins and crystals” in a statement from Pettibone. The Maple dress (see right) featured ornate pink flowers and stitching throughout while other dresses mixed a handful of colors with blue, purple and yellow floral stitching.