Photo courtesy of Pnina Tornai
Every bride has her own style, and when it comes to selecting your wedding gown, there is a new buzz phrase: “sophisticated sexy.” Designers are pushing the boundaries by bringing innovation to the bridal runway. At this year’s Bridal Fashion Week in New York City, a spin on contemporary tradition was more than evident. The top trends ranged from retro-revisited inspiration to a new extreme in plunging necklines and let’s not forget the continued look of illusion, non-lined bodices and skirts. These looks are saying, “here I am, look at me!”
As pop-culture is evolving out of the retro ’80s and sliding into the ’90s, bridal fashion is evolving as well. The Fall-Winter 2019 collections at New York Bridal Fashion Week continue to embody many elements from the ’80s and ’90s, creating a resurgence of classic silhouettes from many designers. You will love what you’ll see in 2019—from fuller A-line gowns, body hugging mermaid gowns and pantsuits, and, yes, leggings with plunging necklines to illusion gowns with overskirts, long trains, and flowing cap-sleeve capes. The fresh take on fashion will give you increased inspiration for your wedding day look.
A popular silhouette of the 1980s, the ball gown, has always been a staple in the wedding gown industry. This season, we continue to see fuller A-line gowns, but not quite a full ball gown. Pant suits were a mod look of the 1970s and 1980s, and these are walking the runways too as designers make a second attempt to re-introduce these styles to brides. This coming season, we see evolving fit-and-flare gowns and embellishments. Designers also continue to evolve with the use of color and laces.
Dressing up a column gown with a lace leather jacket or a contemporary art-inspired, pearl-studded sleeve gives it a modern edge. This look, along with simple skirts and capes, adds a new twist. We love that sleeves are more appealing for everyone with inspiration from the 1970s and 1990s. The illusion sleeve that debuted last season has evolved into full lace or long satin sleeves as well as bell, trumpet, bishop, and circular flounce designs.
There is always a standout in each season, and in 2019 we continue to see feathers, color, and creative necklines. On some gowns, the feathers are so delicate it creates an effect that looks as if the bride’s movements are effortless or in slow motion. And the feared off-the-shoulder or cap sleeve is back again with the help of illusion fabric that holds it up and makes it easier to raise your arms for dancing.
Photo by Collin Pierson, courtesy of BERTA