Bridal's Spring 2017
season was all about exaggerated shapes (cue the bell sleeves, collared
gowns and super-full skirts), textural floral appliqués and a more
edgy, badass bride. Fall 2017
has us going back to basics, refreshing bridal staples in hopes of
making the classics–like beading, tiers, bows, super-feminine laces and
frothy tulles–new again. Below, bridal's new looks, fresh takes and
fashion-forward updates worth noting.
After seasons of sheer gowns, super-sexy looks and borderline risqué
silhouettes, designers covered up for Fall 2017. After all, the concept
of the bride wearing white, at its core, is about virginity and purity.
This season, designers turned up the volume on traditional roots,
sending covered-up, angelic looks with delicately pleated,
Victorian necklines, full skirts, ladylike laces and feminine, textural
appliqués down the runways. The trend hearkened to a youthful innocence
the bridal runways have been lacking lately, and the proof lay in both
the designers' inspirations and the execution: Vera Wang dubbed her Fall
2017 collection "Young Love," while Monique Lhuillier started her show
notes with a string of adjectives, beginning with the keyword
Bows for brides...groundbreaking. While this may seem like the most
bare-bones idea for bridal, this season bows took on new forms–from
oversized and abundant to architecturally draped and folded. No longer
simply used to cinch your waist (and we'd typically discourage you from
wearing add-on sashes that feel more like afterthoughts than part of the
dress' design), these ties, knots, obis and twists adorned and
embellished gowns of all shapes and styles.
Fine lace will always have its place, but ribbon-work, matelassé,
devouré and textural laces like guipure, macrame and re-appliquéd and
embroidered laces gave this season's dresses a third dimension. While
undoubtedly luxe in quality, these textures lend structure to otherwise
romantic styles, and add visual interest to architectural silhouettes.
Keep saying I do!