8 Trends That Are SO Worth Taking Note Of After This Season’s Bridal Fashion Week

It’s official. Another Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone… And while we’re a bit bummed that our calendars are no longer penciled in with presentations, runway shows, and pop ups, we’re so stoked to report on some of the looks that literally had our jaws dropping this season.

From statuesque, caped confections, to all kinds of sleeved stunners, to the most gorgeous aisle-worthy ball gowns, the next crop of soon-to-be brides is going to have quite the selection to choose from next year! So, take a look at what’s in store. And, hey, even if you aren’t sporting a sparkler on that finger, you can still scroll through some future fiance-worthy fashion. (Your secret’s safe with us.)

1. Blue is the New Blush

We’ve seen a few blue-hued beauties strut the runways before, but this season we were blown away by all the iterations of “something blue.” From celestial-like, metallic charmers a la Hayley Paige, to softer blends of blue-on-blue pastels rocked by Ines Di Santo, these looks may have just catapulted the color into mainstream bridal fashion. Better watch your back, blush!

(Two Outer: FIRSTVIEW for Ines Di Santo; Center: Hayley Paige for JLM Couture)

(Two Outer: FIRSTVIEW for Ines Di Santo; Center: Hayley Paige for JLM Couture)

2. The Plunge Project
V-necklines are always a favorite at Bridal Fashion Week, and this season def didn’t disappoint. From blinged-out cleavage cuts courtesy of the always-edgy Inbal Dror, to even deeper dips (balanced with texture and 3D appliqué) from ateliers like Marchesa, these V’s had serious O.M.G. written all over them.

Plunge Project

(From left to right: Inbal Dror, Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld Bridal, FIRSTVIEW for Marchesa)

3. Too-Haute-to-Handle High Necks
Conversely, high necks hadn’t really been on our wedding wear radar, but this season, designers decidedly flipped the switch and made these modest modifications a total high priority. From Dennis Basso’s halter-style beaded looks, to much more conservative and classic lace creations from Inbal Dror, the high necks were never low-key and we loved it!

High Necks

(From left to right: Reem Acra, Inbal Dror, Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld Bridal)

4. Caped Couture
Veils got a run for their money this season, with nearly every designer showing off one or two gowns with separate, floor-length, kaftan coverings. Mark Zunino and Alfred Angelo (for Disney Fairy Tale Weddings) each took the trend to heart, debuting dresses that were a delightful double-edged sword of delicate and fierce.

Caped couture

(From left to right: Alvina Valenta for JLM Couture, Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld Bridal, Alfred Angelo for    Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings)

5. Sleeves to Please
Sleeves have been haute season after season, but the long and short of it is, the couturiers who came out for this October market did it best. We saw it done soft and flirtatiously by Isabelle Armstrong, and following in the footsteps of the former Miss Middleton, by aisle-style veteran, Anne Barge. What once was considered uptight taste has totally transformed into a top trend, and we’re all about it.

Sleeved looks

(From left to right: Randy Brooke for Isabelle Armstrong, Dan Lecca for Anne Barge, Monique Lhuillier)

6. Classy Crops and Cutouts
Ripe on the ready-to-wear runways and a longtime fave for celebrity award season, cutouts have found their place in the couture arena, so it was only a matter of time before they were blowing up the bridal-sphere. From tiny triangles modestly plucked from midriffs at BHLDN’s bridal breakfast, to skin-sharing illusion paneling pulled off by the one-and-only Pnina Tornai, cutouts were all in this time around!

cutouts nd crops

(From left to right: Jennifer Haley Photography for BHLDN, Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld Bridal, Reem Acra)

7. Softer Construction
Super structured, architectural gowns always turn heads at market, but we saw more and more relaxed collections this season, and it was a welcome change! Instead of rigid, straight-lined skirts, we saw peplum pretties softened with lace (yep, looking at you, Monique Lhuillier) or tulle, and a blizzard of ball gowns that boasted bouncy and fabulously feminine skirts. Lazaro, you’ll always be our hero.

Softer construction

(From left to right: Monique Lhuillier, Lazaro for JLM Couture, Amsale)

8. Pantsuit Power
If a certain potential first female POTUS can rock one on the reg, then brides-to-be with a penchant for all that’s polished and preppy can too! So many perfectly-tailored pantsuits made their way down the bridal runways this season, and some of our faves, including Ivy & Aster and David’s Bridal  really had us feeling empowered.


(From left to right: Nina Westervelt for David’s Bridal, Greg Finck for Rime Arodaky, Adrianna Favero for Ivy & Aster)

Is it wrong that we already can’t wait to see what trends crop up at the next Bridal Market…?

Got a tough wedding question? Download the Loverly app to chat FREE with one of our virtual wedding planners and choose from affordable planning packages.