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New York Bridal Fashion Week – The Best Bits!

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2020

Oh look, yet another major event we were looking forward to has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus. Are we even surprised?

Akin to so many springtime and summertime weddings, New York’s Bridal Fashion Week has very understandably been cancelled due to the chaos caused by Coronavirus. Today would have been the first day of the highly anticipated Spring 2021 season of New York’s Bridal Fashion Week, undoubtedly one of our favourite events in the fashion calendar.

However, we’re not going to let a little thing like Covid-19 stop us from basking in the glory of wedding dresses and wedding accessories. And neither are the designers. Last month, the Bridal Council announced that it had urged wedding dress designers to consider showcasing their work via pre-made video presentations or live demonstrations on Zoom and other such platforms – and although some were understandably not ready to finish their collections in time for the new unveiling format, many were all too happy to oblige. So, while we wait for the new collections to debut digitally (which is a giant middle finger to the Coronavirus as it proves that the show will indeed still go on) we’re going to revisit some of our ultimate highlights from Bridal Fashion Weeks past. After all, some of the pieces were so divine, it would be rude not to celebrate them twice!

The added silver lining is that you don’t have to be an A-lister or royal bride to get your hands on the wedding dresses we’re going to show you, as they’ve already made their debut and everyone can get their hands on them. Therefore, the wedding dresses – and the dresses that have since been created because other designers have been inspired by them – are available to buy right now. Maybe even for a fraction of the original price, which bodes well for those trying to plan their newly-rescheduled wedding on a budget. Every cloud…

Here are just some of our New York Bridal Fashion Week trend highlights from the past few seasons…

Princess gowns

Marchesa Fall 2020, Reem Acra Fall 2019, Zuhair Murad Spring 2020, Viktor & Rolf Fall 2020

Who doesn’t dream of being a princess on her big day?

Is it just us, or have princess dresses got even more spectacular over the past few years? Brides who live by the bigger is always better mantra would not be disappointed with the princess dress selection on offer these past few seasons – and we don’t just been the gargantuan ballgowns! Brides wanting to go down the slightly more subtle route (is there even such a thing when you’re talking about voluminous dresses? The jury is still out on that one…) have the option to forgo the standard ballgown and go for dramatic A-line silhouettes instead. Both are equally as fairytale-like, and every season, we are blown away by how the designers interpret this trend. There is no wrong way to be a princess on your wedding day! The Zuhair Murad dress from the Spring 2020 collection is particularly mesmerising – close your eyes and imagine yourself floating down the aisle.


Monique Lhuillier Fall 2020, Reem Acra Fall 2019, Vera Wang Spring 2020, Reem Acra Spring 2020

Do you want to be a blushing bride?

The world has really started to take notice of blush coloured gowns, and we love how far they have come in recent years. Once upon a time, having a pink wedding dress was quite the taboo, but they have since cemented their rightful place on the must-have wedding dress list. Different coloured dresses have been unveiled at New York Bridal Fashion Week for quite a few seasons now, so we predict that they will still reign supreme in the brand new collections. We can’t see them yet, but our hearts are telling us that they’re there. You’re going to have to trust us on this…

Styling tip – A pink dress calls for pink shoes. But not just any pink shoes; pink shoes that have been designed with blushing brides in mind. We have quite a few pink wedding shoes that would work with the above dresses, but our particular favourites are the Poly velvet slingbacks. Brides, don’t forget to check out and take advantage of our 30% off Coronavirus offer. Click here for more info.

Sheer and romantic or daring and provocative?

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2020, Tadashi Shoji Fall 2020, Anne Barge Fall 2019, Zuhair Murad Spring 2020

Or a little bit of both?

We’re here for provocative takes on the classic wedding dress! Brides can choose to take this trend as literally or as subtly as they want, from sheer burlesque-inspired corset dresses to gowns with barely visible corsets that are mainly there for the waist cinching benefits.

Not into corsets? No problem! Let’s not forget the sheer trend which has taken both the RTW and bridal catwalks by storm. This sheer trend goes nicely alongside the aforementioned corset trend, to create a truly Moulin Rouge reminiscent wedding dress. Perfect for those brides who are going for that showgirl aesthetic. Or, simply choose to draw inspiration from the trend and use the transparency to work in the opposite way, by adding a slight cover to an otherwise daring low-cut neckline. Whatever your preference, there are an abundance of wedding dresses to choose from!

Open backs

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019, Monique Lhuillier Fall 2020, Oscar de la Renta Fall 2020, Tadashi Shoji Fall 2020

Bare as you dare!

As noted above, wedding dresses can often be quite risqué; and that’s totally okay if they’re done right. Believe us, these designers know where the line between tasteful and tasteless is, and they certainly haven’t crossed it. Au contraire, some of these open backed wedding dresses are some of the chicest we’ve seen, and come with the most delicate and intricate of details. Monique Lhuillier unveiled the most feminine low-back off-the-shoulder gown complete with subtle floral print for her Fall 2020 collection, while Oscar de la Renta’s offering for the same season included a boundary-pushing open-backed Chantilly lace dress. Does the sheer lace make it seductive or elegant? We’ll let you decide…

Styling tip – Naturally, an open back is there to be seen and adored, so updos are the hairstyle of choice here. Chic yet modern brides should go for loose chignons, maybe even with a few rogue tendrils for added edginess. Think Meghan Markle at the Royal Wedding. Alternatively, hair-down-at-all-times brides could go for a side swept hairstyle, held in place with a bedazzling comb or clip. And it goes without saying, but forgo the veil – or take it off as soon as possible to let the dress unleash its true potential.


Galia Lahav Spring 2019, Jenny Packham Spring 2019, Galia Lahav Spring 2020, Naeem Khan Fall 2020

Is this an aisle or an Oscars red carpet? In 2020, who can say for sure…

People are going to stare so make it worth their while; are we right? One way to guarantee that all eyes will be on you for every single second of the wedding day is to cover yourself in embellishments. Sequins, pearls, or just an abundance of appliqué detailing, we’re here for all of it! Although many brides search for clean and simple dresses, we’ve often found that embellishments – or lack thereof – can be the difference between a bride saying yes to the dress with a joyous grin on her face, and walking out of the bridal boutique with uncertainty and disappointment. Magpie brides, this trend is for you!

Short dresses

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2020, Naeem Khan Spring 2019, Tadashi Shoji Fall 2020, Viktor & Rolf Fall 2020

There seems to be a bigger market for shorter dresses each and every season. Is this because brides are getting more unconventional – rebellious, even? – with their sartorial choices? Is it because the cost of weddings is getting greater every year, and couples are choosing more informal settings and therefore don’t require such lavish dresses? Or is it because brides choose to wear them for registry office weddings (court house, for our Stateside readers) and save their more extravagant gowns for the party?

Whatever the reason, it isn’t important, and doesn’t take anything away from the splendour of these dresses. We’ll just be here appreciating the short wedding dresses of the past few season. Don’t mind us…

Wedding suits

Anne Barge Fall 2020, Roland Mouret Spring 2020, Jenny Packham Spring 2019, Naeem Khan Spring 2019

Who says that men wear the trousers?

Roland Mouret, Naeem Khan, Anne Barge, and Jenny Packham are just a few of the designers who have demonstrated that brides can look just as sharp as men in suits. If not more so, if you don’t mind us saying. Just look at Roland Mouret’s Spring 2020 offering!

But you don’t have to go for a full-on androgynous aesthetic to choose trousers over dresses. Alternatively, meet the men somewhere in the middle and go for a very on-trend jumpsuit instead. Suits, trousers, and jumpsuits are perfect registry office or low key wedding staples. And they can be reworked and re-worn to the office or on the next girls night out, which makes them excellent value for money. You definitely can’t get away with re-wearing your ballgown to the cocktail bar…

Off the shoulder

Carolina Herrera Fall 2019, Elie Saab Fall 2019, Tadashi Shoji Fall 2019, Zuhair Murad Spring 2020

Work the décolletage, girl!

Do you want something sleek and sexy yet romantic and dramatic at the same time? Then we really do insist on an off the shoulder design! Off the shoulder wedding dresses tick so many boxes, as the structure works with every single dress shape. It’s still a hot trend in the ready-to-wear collections, so it’s no wonder that off the shoulder wedding dresses are having such a big moment right now!

Do you like Elie Saab’s romantic lace Fall 2019 design? Or do you like the idea of ruffling a few feathers and going for Zuhair Murad’s Spring 2020 off the shoulder dress with added plumage?

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