Bridal fashion week in New York City is a girl's dream! But it's a marathon: racing all over Manhattan in 4" heels, often booked on the hour, every hour for appointments and runway shows - it's a non-stop flurry of wedding dresses. And I wouldn't have it any other way!
Less than two weeks ago, the bridal industry descended on NYC to ooh and aah at the designer's newest collections. There was a lot to love for Spring 2015! Across the board, designers continued to play with the soft and romantic looks that have defined past seasons; everything from illusion necklines and gentle pleating, to light and breezy fabrics. The trend for delicate, old-Hollywood, Gatsby-inspired sparkle, is also here to stay as gowns once again twinkled down the runway. But for all those re-occurring trends, there was plenty of new. Straight from the NYC runways, we recap the newest and hottest bridal trends for Spring 2015!
Taking on a '60s vibe, the boho look made a strong showing this season as these diaphanous gowns were all over the runway. In easy silhouettes and wistful fabrics, showcasing hand-made laces and eclectic details, this trend is over-the-top, romantic. Unique yet effortless in their appeal, I suspect brides everywhere will crave a little boho for their big day.
White, ivory and cream: classics- yes, but perhaps the most traditional of all bridal ideals. While blush has trended in recent years (and continues to, once again), designer's challenged our ideas about tradition and presented an assortment of romantic hues this season. Among my favourite colours were Monique Lhuillier's blue "hydrangea" and sea-foam "mist", Jenny Packham's silver "teardrop" and "wheat" gold, Rivini's nude. As I'm admittedly not the most traditional, this is one trend I hope brides embrace!
In stark contrast to all the sparkle we saw on the runway, minimalism popped up for dramatic effect. As Spring 2015 floated away, an ethereal dream of all things soft and romantic, these ultra-restrained gowns provided the grounding I so desperately needed. While some were pillars of architectural precision, others were stripped down with unfinished, barely-there perfection. Looking back, minimalism was perhaps the biggest surprise and most appreciated trend this season. Even now- these unexpected styles are the ones that make me gasp in awe.
A lingering trend from the royal wedding, perhaps... but there's no denying that straps in every shape and style are a major trend for 2015. Brides will have plenty of looks to pick from this season as designers presented a variety of straps and sleeves- the most noteworthy being:
Spaghetti Straps: delicate and sexy, there is something so feminine about this dainty strap!
Off-The-Shoulder: brides can channel their inner-goddess with this dreamy style
Long & Lacy: forget conservative or matronly- long, lacy sleeves are ultra-sexy and make a major statement this season!
Coverage has never been more glamorous! From frosted shawls to bejewelled capelets and shrugs, designers like Monique Lhuillier, Ines Di Santo, and Yumi Katsura sent twinkling coverlets down the runway. A dramatic (and easy) way to modify the wedding day look, I anticipate brides will be racing to cover up in 2015!
Brides may need a little coverage, what with all the plunging necklines we saw on the runway! This non-traditional neckline was popular with virtually all the designers this season, but was best carried out by Vera Wang, Lazaro and Ines Di Santo. Although this trend is a personal favourite, I wonder just how many brides will take such a daring plunge.
Easily the biggest trend of 2014, my jaw dropped at just how low, low backs have gone for 2015! With every designer showing multiple takes on this trend, brides will have no trouble finding a low back that suits their wedding day style- be it soft and romantic, sexy, sleek and sophisticated, over-the-top or minimalistic.
We first spotted this trend at Marchesa (the most unlikely of spots), as a dramatic silk-faille ballgown with a draped neckline stepped onto the runway. It didn't stop there. Multiple designers broke from the soft and romantic to present a structured ballgown. Embellishments on these gowns was minimal and, with their grandiose volume, had a lasting impact. While non-traditional silhouettes (particularly the draped a-line and slinky sheath) have shown strong these last few seasons, I suspect this is a sign of where bridal is headed next.
There you have it... these are the most noteworthy trends for Spring 2015.
Tell me your thoughts - what did you love, what you hated, and what you would wear for your big day. I want to hear it all!
And don't forget to stay tuned for more Bridal Market recaps as, coming up, I share with you my favourite (and least favourite) gowns from NYC!
Fashion Editor, Bride.Canada