In between planning, styling, and coordinating two weddings last weekend at The Horticulture Center, we were on Instagram checking for updates from all our favorite designers’ latest collections from Bridal Fashion Week. Even though the shows began last week and continued into most of this week, the highlights always happen over the weekend. Below are five trends we noticed right away as we poured over the new collections online for Fall 2018.
Off the Shoulder:
Off the shoulder anything is huge right now in fashion, so it’s not a surprise how popular this style is predicted to be for bridal fashion next fall! Plus, each designer had her own interpretation. Lela Rose opted for (separate!) gowns in lace and satin, while Anne Barge and Reem Acra focused on lace alone (how beautiful is the Reem Acra gown?). Because Monique Lhuillier can do no wrong, we are loving her take on a classic A-line gown.
Many designers showed one or many gowns with sleeves, making the style an optimum choice for fall and winter weddings. Both Temperley of London and Marchesa featured sleeves prominently, so it was difficult to pair down each collection’s designs to just a few favorites. But, we’ve chosen our top two from both designers! The lace and applique detailing on Temperley of London’s long sleeved gown is stunning (just look at the illusion back!), and we can already see brides wearing the mid-length flowing sleeve version to a garden wedding ( we’re calling you Fairmount Park Horticultural Center) And then there’s Marchesa. The applique gown feels more of-the-moment, while the lace gown feels much more classic and timeless. Regardless, both gowns are so refined, detailed, and elegant.
Whether it was a known designer whose show was coveted or a new-to-us designer whose work we loved, capes were everywhere. We can already envision brides wearing capes instead of veils for a truly modern look, and we think these would be a perfect piece for ceremonies and reception exits. Jenny Yoo adorned a cape in her collection with another of this season’s must have details: pearls. Marchesa featured lace (we love this dress!), and Monique Lhuillier is seeing Swiss dots, one of the most classic details, making a comeback.
Lace is not necessarily a new trend (we see it on and off the runways year after year!). However, the trend for this detail seems to be moving ever-so-slightly away from vintage styles and much more into the realm of modern. Badgley Mischka’s lace gown combined illusion, appliques, and organza together for a lovely, classic look. And, the famed designer’s second look had cutouts, lace, and satin combining for one of the sleekest, yet most classic, looks of the new season (we can only imagine how beautiful the back of this dress is!). Romona Keveza is another designer whose looks we covet, and this one shoulder lace applique design is one that would be equally as stunning at a garden venue as it would be at a museum anywhere in the city.
The final trend from Bridal Fashion Week is high neckline gowns. Almost every designer had at least one (if not a few!) of this style within their collection, and we love the versatility of the style. Romona Keveza and Lela Rose both introduced more modern styles. Jenny Yoo incorporated lace in her slightly lower high neckline style, and we thought of Kimmel Center soirees right away. Ruffles, organza, and appliques are combined for a truly lovely interpretation by Marchesa.