We've asked Rachel Leonard, the fashion director at Brides, to be our guest writer for today and weigh in on everything she saw during New York's Bridal Fashion Week. Keep reading to find out how Rachel breaks it all down for us.
Every season, New York's Bridal Fashion Week follows on the heels of the ready-to-wear collections, and uses a similar format—runway shows parading designers' takes on what women will want to wear. Only this version features looks exclusively for the Big Day. It can get a little repetitive, watching hundreds of gowns in shades usually varying from white to cream march down the catwalk, but this week has been absolutely thrilling.
There was a major movement to lighten things up. "Fluid" was a huge catch word for designers, who showed lots of airy, delicate gowns a girl could dance in; sleeves continued their domination (the Duchess Kate-effect lingers); and we saw tons of illusion looks with tattoo-style lace (think Beyoncé at the Grammy's, but less risqué).
A few standout trends:
The Amazing Lightness of Being: Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Inbal Dror and countless others sent gorgeous, easy-breezy gowns down the runway. Many featured illusion necklines, sleeves and backs, using new fabrics with a little stretch that makes the lace climb your body like a second skin. (We think this trend was made for bride-to-be Mila Kunis—this Reem Acra would perfectly flatter her petite, curvy frame.) For the color-loving bride, Monique sent out a lovely mint green tulle ball gown to oohs and ahhs from all in attendance.