Updated on October 27
Wedding day fashion is steeped in tradition, but as New York Luxury Bridal Fashion Week revealed, today’s bride has just as much freedom to assert her individual style on her big day as she does in everyday life. . The collections produced a variety of styles to meet the demands of a variety of bridal personalities, whether you want to keep a low profile with a bias cut combination for an intimate backyard ceremony, or maximize glamor for a formal ceremony. on a large scale. event in a fairytale dress.
As WWD previously reported, the arm emerged as a key focal point for the fall wedding season with Elizabethan sleeves and offbeat glove styles from bridal favorites like Christie Nicole and Houghton, giving those on the catwalk-ready a run for their money. to wear in spring.
To keep the party going, other big trends included volume, bow embellishments, sweeping trains, sparkle and shine, and sheer details. An undercurrent of ’90s-tinged minimalism also emerged to counter all the princess dynamism and round out the assortment. Here, WWD breaks down the top bridal trends to watch for fall 2023.
1. Voluminous prom dresses
The timeless dress marks its comeback in a big way for fall with modernized, larger-than-life skirts in a variety of fabrications. For example, 3D floral renderings and cupcake-shaped tulle from artists like Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Amsale Marchesa Couture and Madeline Gardner’s debut brand Madeline. Elsewhere, brands like Houghton, Ines di Santo Couture, Francesca Miranda, Sareh Nouri and Peter Langner also offered creative spins on the traditional pouf style.
2. Minimalist mindset
While ready-to-wear designers tapped into minimalism on their spring runways with tailored tailoring and boxy proportions, bridal designers came up with the idea è sophisticated, stripped-down wedding looks ranging from two-piece ensembles, as seen in Scorcesa; slips by Savannah Miller and Jenny Yoo; skin-baring dresses with angular cuts by Katherine Tash and no-frills dresses by Sebastien Luke, Kyha Bridal, Besa and Elie Saab.
3. All about bows
In the fall 2023 bridal collections, bows were a must-have adornment for bridal designers. Whether you’re looking to go big, with oversized builds from Amsale, Eisen-Stein and Nadia Manjarrez, or add a playful twist with fancier decorations, as seen at Viktor & Rolf Mariage and Honor, the trend sends a message. fun glamor for a bride’s special. day.
While most brides tend to focus on the front of their gowns with plunging necklines or thigh-skimming slits, there’s no question that the back is what draws the most attention down the aisle. This season, wedding guests will have plenty to ogle from their pews with the “mullet dress,” a business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back hybrid emerging as the standout option in many collections. From Monique Lhuillier to Francesca Miranda to Halfpenny, high-impact cathedral train overskirts soaked up the competition.
5. High brightness
All that glitters is wedding day gold this season with designers offering megawatt surface embellishments to appeal to the bride seeking a gown that outshines the rock on her finger. Rather than ornate swirls or dainty flowers, which have become synonymous with bridal couture, crystals in geometric alignments gave Rebecca Vallance and Dana Harrel’s gowns a graphic touch, while Katherine Tash and LaPointe offered sequins on fish scale shape in line with the bubbly mermaid trend. to the surface in prêt-à-porter.
The bride unwilling to sacrifice pure sex appeal on her big day will be delighted to discover the wide variety of sheer gowns that have emerged this season. Made from fabrics like lace and tulle, and worn without a negligee in sight, the peek-a-boo details expose more than just the flesh, they’re a clever way to highlight the craftsmanship too, showing off the corsetry savvy of Galia Lahav or the three two-dimensional Rosettes of Christie Nicole.