While florals may be synonymous with Spring, we are seeing the motif in fresh ways. One particular standout trend in Fall’s New York Bridal Fashion Week, was the use of appliqués to create unique 3D floral moments. Sweet rosettes at the bustlines, textural white petals and grand organza additions within many of the designs are proving that flowers are blooming in the wedding season ahead.
The impact of balletcore has led to the rise of petite ribbons and dramatic looped fabric in the world of bridal fashion this coming year. Normally used as an accessory, the bow has become an integral part of the structure of many gowns for Fall 2024.
After the rise of the ‘90s slip-style silhouette, designers have been countered with their inner maximalist. This season’s selection of dresses does not hold back with grand ball gown skirts, voluminous fabric explosions of tulle and lace, and interesting applications of boning to create artistic shapes.
Since many couples today are opting for second (and third) looks at their weddings, designers have been finding ways to provide options that allow brides to get more bang for their buck. For those who want a dramatic shape for only a portion of their wedding, an overskirt provides the flexibility to easily remove layers of fabric and reveal a more fitted silhouette.
Next year, don’t always expect to see the bride dressed in white. Color was a common sight at presentations this season. Many collections offered a touch of color for couples who want to forgo tradition after the ceremony.
Not all brides wear dresses—and many designers this season have created beautiful designs to reflect that. Standout styles included a jumpsuit with a billowing overskirt and a sexy, lingerie-inspired short sets. Quite a few designers also offered pants as an option to swap with a full skirt beneath stylish bustiers to allow a more comfortable change later in the evening.
The drop-waist trend has hit the bridal fashion space in a big way for 2024. Paired nicely with the rise of exposed corsetry, this silhouette feels modern and allows form to be highlighted in a beautiful way.
Curved necklines—now referred to as the “un-sweetheart” neckline—made an appearance in several collections during Bridal Fashion Week this season. The inverted shape is a modern iteration of the traditional sweetheart silhouette, and a trend brides should take note of when searching for a gown that is unlike the rest.
As well as the high drama, elaborate bridal designs, the runways were also awash with simple, timeless and classic styles celebrating clean lines and simplicity with modernized silhouettes without the distraction of intricate embellishments. Think elegant necklines, tailored silhouettes & minimalistic yet luxurious fabrics that can be styled to suit any wedding style. These gowns proved that less is indeed more.
The 90s bridal trend is still going strong and also crosses over into this trend with simple square necklines, pencil thin spaghetti straps, cold shoulder designs and sheath and slip dresses.
Lace wedding dresses have been a staple style on the bridal runways for decades, but this season, designers are showing a new, fresh take on the classic bridal fabric with modern lace designs. The latest styles include bold floral lace and oversized patterns.