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#TheLIST: The Top Trends of Bridal Spring 2019
While some, like Reem Acra (inspired by Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly), dared to showcase brides in all black, other designers chose the classic hue as well–but in smaller doses. The color choice, too often associated with something funereal rather than timeless, is the chicest in our book. We loved it in every form–from piping on a bodice at Marchesa, to accents at Vera Wang, and in subtle ribbon details at Carolina Herrera.
From top left: Vera Wang Bride, Elizabeth Fillmore, Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra, Marchesa Spring 2019 Bridal.
Beading in bridal is as run of the mill as lace, tulle and frills, but this season's runways showcased looks that felt more snow-capped, cool and iced over in feel. Spring 2019 was all about silver, pearlescent and ivory paillettes subbing in for rock crystals, blingy sparkle and gold gilding.
From left: Houghton, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham and Sabrina Dahan Spring 2019 Bridal; Jimmy Choo sandals, ,095, net-a-porter.com; Saint Laurent earrings, 6, mytheresa.com.
While Bianca Jagger's bridal Le Smoking look is often credited for the continuation of this super sleek bridal trend, Hillary Clinton and Pantsuit Nation may have had something to do with this latest squad of suiting. Spring 2019 offered up versions of the suit for any style, from the uptown classicist to the downtown it-girl.
From left: Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2019; Roksanda "Alden" blazer, ,430, and "Colwyn" pants, ,060, net-a-porter.com.
Knots, loops and ties have long been associated with wedding gowns–and they started gaining traction on the Fall 2019 bridal runways. Now, bows are taking on new shapes, styles and sizes. From obi sashes and details on sleeves, to oversized versions with a dramatic flair, the fresh takes on this sweet detail feel more sophisticated and structural than super-girly.
Marchesa Spring 2019 Bridal; Gucci bow-embellished patent-leather pumps, ,790, net-a-porter.com;Oscar de la Renta earrings, 9, ; Carolina Herrera Spring 2019 Bridal, Sachin & Babi Spring 2019 Bridal, Maison Michel "Tina" lace veil, 0, and "Ava" lace bow tie, 5, modaoperandi.com; Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2019.
Florals...for Spring? Groundbreaking.
Or so we thought–until designers traded in basic lace appliqués and motifs for wildflower prints, blooming accents and bold embroideries that infused more color than we've seen in seasons past.
From left: Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Houghton, Sachin & Babi and Marchesa Notte Bridal Spring 2019.
The 80's are back per the latest ready-to-wear runways, and bridal saw hints of the over-the-top era in its latest flair for the dramatic. High shoulders and necklines, tons of tulle and skirts that were as big as ball skirts come felt at ease in the mix, rather than overwrought standouts, proving that the latest legion of modern brides are trading in subtlety for singularity.
Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Viktor & Rolf, Reem Acra and Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2019.
While high grandeur took the place of all-over glitz and sheer silhouettes for brides looking to make a statement, bridal's bohemian side got a facelift as well–in the form of an effortless, lax, laissez-faire attitude that will have brides looking all too cool without even trying rather than festival chic.
From Left: Elie Saab, Vera Wang and LEIN Bridal Spring 2019.
Ready to wear was ridden with Normcore two seasons back, followed by an influx of cool kid streetwear labels, like Supreme New York, taking center stage in street style. Bridal's taking cues from fashion's it-girls, and isn't taking itself too seriously. This season, Oscar de la Renta showed a white denim "Just Married" bomber and nameplate necklaces, while Lela Rose ended her collection with a "Love is Love" cape. If you're after a more casual piece of bridal merch to sport, Houghton's got you covered, and cheeky accessories labels like Charlotte Olympia and Sophia Webster continue to offer extras emblazoned with romantic, sweet nothings.
From Left: Oscar de la Renta and Lela Rose Bridal Spring 2019; Sophia Webster clutch, 0, sophiawebster.com; Houghton hoodie, 5, houghtonnyc.com.
Combine hints of black with the confidence of this season's irreverence, and you have the ultimate bridal badass. Vera Wang undoubtedly invented this nuptial newfound attitude a few seasons back, and her line's edge evolved with extra-long sleeves, shoulder poufs and thigh-high slits that were unapologetically chic. Other designers, like Elizabeth Fillmore whose more often associated with easy romance, and Naeem Khan, a connoisseur of modern glamour, tapped into their dark sides, showcasing looks for the bride that wants to appear strong, powerful, in control and at the same time, undeniably feminine.
Vera Wang, Elizabeth Fillmore and Naeem Khan Bridal Spring 2019; Kenneth Jay Lane choker, 0, net-a-porter.com; Miu Miu hairband, 0, mytheresa.com.
Bows aren't the only super-girly detail this season's bridal found a fresh take on. Pearls–and not ones that could serve as your something old–were all over the runways, from embroideries to extras.
From Left: Backstage at Naeem Khan, Lela Rose, Reem Acra, Naeem Khan and Viktor & Rolf Bridal Spring 2019.
Last season was all about frothy tulle, but this one was all-around plush. Pleats, fur, ruffles, flange and silk swirls added texture in new ways, giving fashion-forward brides fresh alternatives to layering and lace.
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