This year’s Bridal Fashion Week proved weddings are in for a flashy new look. If New York designers have anything to say about your walk down the aisle, it’s that you need to turn on the heat and do yourself up in something sexy and exciting. This is not the year to pursue a conventional wedding wardrobe. Sure, if you’re really set on a sentimental gown and classic ceremony, go for it. No one’s going to hold it against you. Just know that the days of eggshell while trains and traditional veils are fading. This looks like the year bold design will finally change wedding fashion. Whether you’re planning a ceremony or helping your bestie pick out something sharp and chic, why not throw caution to the wind? It’s worth splurging for your epic day. These sexy trends will help make sure you enter into matrimony with style!
ADD IN SOME BLACK
When you enter a room in your stunning dress, all eyes should turn to you. Switch things up a bit and give them something different to look at. At Bridal Fashion Week, the favored embellishment seemed to be black details. Many designs used black silk thread to outline the necklines and bodices of tulle bridesmaids’ dresses and sweeping gowns for the bride. Adding black gave the outfits spice without taking away from the traditional feel. If you want something slightly less conventional, try an entire black bodice with arm-length gloves. It will add a nice touch of Gothic fashion to your wedding get-up.
GO FOR A RED DRESS
Horrors, right? Red is the most fierce, sensual color of them all. How could you possibly wear it to walk down the aisle at your wedding? There’s no denying this powerful look on display at Bridal Fashion Week will take some getting used to. Along with the harsh connotations of the color, a red dress will severely limit your color palette. As simple as white dresses are, they’re pretty easy to design a wedding around. Only go in for this surprise wedding dress trend if you’re having a large ceremony with extra flair. At an intimate event, you’ll tower over the whole room, and not in a good way.
LET THE TASSELS WAVE
There are two key elements that separated these dresses from the rest of the pack. First, they’re uncommonly short. As fashion-forward as wedding dresses have become, there’s still something alluring and romantic about putting on a gown to approach the altar. In this sense, these tasseled designs are bold and revolutionary. Their other distinct feature is tassels. Sophisticated but not tame, they appear like the feathers of a beautiful bird. These could easily be high-end evening dresses at a more general fashion show. At the New York Bridal Fashion Show, it felt like designers were challenging the audience’s understanding of what was too daring or risqué for a wedding dress. Could you pull off one of these on your big day?
Though most of the looks at Bridal Fashion Week were bold and unexpected, the minimalist white gown maintained a consistent presence. It seems traditional wedding fashion isn’t completely gone after all. These looks feel contemporary because of their extremely precise structure. Centered around the feminine hourglass figure, they feature flared sleeves and flowing loose fabric that reaches to the floor. This is simple fashion at its best. You’ll look and feel regal in these dresses without any cumbersome veils or an unnecessary train. It’s basically a dove white version of a formal red carpet dress. Fashionable but gentle in all the best ways.
Contemporary trends are branching out and impacting the niche areas of fashion design. Whether a red dress or black corset-like bodice, the looks from this year’s Bridal Fashion Week will push the wedding envelope even further. Welcome to a new era of bridal fashion design.— Timothy Vest