Just like how many of you are choosing to move forward with your weddings right now, albeit celebrating in a very different way, Bridal Fashion Week soldiered through for a season that looked completely different from anything we've seen before. Spring 2021 brides will still get to see what bridal designers are offering, but the presentation was, well, different. That meant Zoom appointments, virtual collections, and in some instances (like Amsale and BHLDN) having models shoot lookbooks for these brands from home. The result—beautiful images that felt organic, and intimate. Just like a wedding day.
And while it wasn't the bevy of trends we normally see down the runways, this season wasn't totally void of stand out styles. Bows were certainly on display this season—showing up on some unexpected places like backs and shoulders at Sophie et Voilà, Nouvelle Amsale and Viktor & Rolf Mariage.
Brides will also have a place to stash their lipsticks and phones come next season, as dresses with pockets are definitely a trend on the rise. Rather coincidentally, a shift to minimalism seemed to permeate the season—feeling particularly timely as the new normal takes hold. Slip dresses, unadorned white gowns, and slim silhouettes were on display for many designers this season. These dresses were shown together with the usual bevy of lace and beading of course, but the mood was certainly skewing towards simple.
From the minimal to the downright party-ready, our editors were loving all the dresses that came down this season's virtual Bridal Fashion Week runways. Here, we choose our 15 favorites.
Jenny by Jenny Yoo
"Give me pockets and a nod to '90s minimalism and I'm totally sold. Simplicity was a key trend for wedding dresses this season, as seen at Jenny by Jenny Yoo, BHLDN, and Nouvelle Amsale. It feels like a timely take on bridal fashion for the current situation."—Roberta Correia, Editorial Director
"Unexpected details, like this lace underpinning on a cowl back, gave a nod to even further 90s nostalgia and evoked Amsale's early days. This makes me want to renew my vows, just so I can wear this dress."—R.C.
Sophie et Voilà
"Bows were everywhere this season—especially on one shouldered gowns. This Sophie et Voilà wedding dress makes the case for sophisticated simplicity."—R.C.
Minis at Viktor & Rolf Mariage
"It might be the warmer weather finally coming through, but my favorite dress this season was this laser-cut floral mini dress by Viktor&Rolf Marriage. It's the perfect groovy little number for a rehearsal dinner!"—Mariah Kulak, Social Media Editor
Minimal at Willowby by Watters
"I also can't stop dreaming about this strapless low-cut gown by Willowby by Watters for BHLDN. It's minimalist, feminine, and perfect for any wedding!"—M.K.
Bows at Viktor & Rolf Mariage
"Viktor & Rolf boasted some of my favorite dresses this season. I’m particularly in love with this sleek style featuring a body-skimming silhouette and sculptural bow detail."—Sophie Moore, Fashion Editor
Classic Lace at Melissa Sweet
"This gorgeous off-the-shoulder number is the perfect marriage of sweet and sexy."—S.M.
Jumpsuits as Seen at Galvan
"Galvan’s latest collection proves that the modern and minimalist jumpsuit is a bridal trend that’s here to stay."—S.M.
Reem Acra's High Neck Moment
"I'm obsessed with the high neck and sleeve on this Reem Acra gown. The sheer bodice is beautiful, but I'd opt for a slip underneath."—Anna Price Olson, Senior Editor
Classics at Savannah Miller
"It's no secret that I love a classic dress—and, in my opinion, this is a new classic. I love how the square neckline adds a modern twist to the traditional silhouette, mixing old and new!"—A.P.O.
Viktor & Rolf Mariage
"How fun is this mini for a reception dress?! Love the deep V, flared skirt, and scalloped detailing—makes me want to dance!"—A.P.O.
Pronovias Gets the Meghan Treatment
"There's something very Meghan Markle about the "Katheryn" gown from Pronovias's cruise 2021 collection—but with an edgier twist thanks to the structured puff shoulders. This dress is the epitome of achieving the perfect balance between simple and dramatic."—Samantha Netkin, Editor
"The "Nikki" dress from Maggie Sottero Fall 2020 is super dreamy. I love that it feels balanced: a lace bodice and illusion sleeves with a clean silhouette from the waist down. Plus, the lace-trimmed hemline is such a romantic touch."—S.N.
Modern Meets Traditional at BHLDN
“Out of all the dresses I saw this season, it was the BHLDN Veda gown that caught my attention. The gown effortlessly combines traditional bridal details like long sleeves and lace with modern elements like a plunging neckline and a fitted crepe skirt.”—Maggie Kreienberg, Social Assistant/Staff Writer
“This Liz Martinez wedding dress is one word: Enchanting. I love how the strapless corset bodice is softened by a single off-the-shoulder strap and the floral appliqués create a little romance. Plus, there’s no doubt that the gentle tulle skirt would billow beautifully down the aisle.”—M.K.