Cheers to another successful Bridal Fashion Week! This season, designers took the runway, both in-person and virtual, to showcase their most current designs—ones that brides around the world will be wearing in the upcoming year. And while the runways highlighted the return of many styles we love, like the strapless ballgown and mini wedding dress, it also illuminated a few new and returning trends brides-to-be should know about now.
From gowns with voluminous ruffles to looks with sexy cutouts, there were an array of dresses that captured our attention. What's more, the designers didn't play it safe this season, opting for dresses with colorful hues, while also experimenting with different sleeve silhouettes. The Fall 2022 lines truly exemplified the versatility of bridal fashion, and proved that no matter your bridal style, there's a look you'll love when it comes time to say "I do."
Ready to dive into this season's top trends? Keep reading for a breakdown of everything we saw.
Bridal Suits & Separates
To no one's surprise, bridal suits and separates are back and better than ever! 2020 restructured the very essence of bridalwear, and while we're excited to see the return of weddings, we're even more thrilled that nontraditional looks continue to be popular. Designers like Katharine Polk, Rita Vinieris, and Kaviar Gauche fully embraced the trend, incorporating their signature style and design motifs into constructing this new, but timeless, bridal fashion moment.
A trend we continuously saw throughout Bridal Fashion Week was cutouts. Designers dared to be bold and used this design element to turn traditional gowns into modern masterpieces. Brands like Lihi Hod, PatBO, and Scorcesa truly embodied this sexy silhouette with both tasteful and contemporary pieces.
Break the rules, your way! And that's exactly what designers personified this season, especially those who embraced colorful fabrics while constructing their pieces. Andrew Kwon, Francesca Avila, and Watters fully understood the assignment, creating looks that break tradition, embrace individuality, and push the boundaries within bridalwear.
A dress's neckline is one of the most important components to an ensemble, though oftentimes, within bridal fashion, it's overlooked by brides. Thankfully, this season's collections brought the attention back to this design detail. While sweetheart necklines had their moment to shine, square necklines also made a huge debut down the runways. Gowns from Dana Harel, Halfpenny London, and Theia all featured square necklines, paired with silhouettes perfect for a bride with modern tastes.
Midi and mini hemlines have been making their way down the runway these past few seasons, but what took center stage for Fall 2022 were high-low silhouettes. A trend that generally makes a return every few years, this asymmetrical design is one to follow if you're looking for a gown that stands out from the rest. Marchesa Notte, Anne Barge, and Kim Kassas Couture are only but a few bridal brands that created gowns with this style.
Nothing says weddings quite like ruffles, and we couldn't be more excited to see this trend within the majority of the Fall 2022 collections. From full voluminous skirts to ruffled hemlines and tiered tulle, this cascading style is quintessential for those who want to feel like the belle of their ball. This season, you can find gowns with this aesthetic from Marchesa, Odylyne the Ceremony, and Amsale, to name a few.
Meghan Markle brought halter necklines to the public spotlight with her 2018 Stella McCartney wedding gown, and not surprisingly, this silhouette is still making its way down the aisle years later. Halter/high necklines add a classic touch to any dress, but can also provide extra coverage for those who'd prefer a more modest look. Eisen-Stein, Yolancris, and Ines Di Santo beautifully show the versatility of this trend, which we hope is here to stay.
Balloon "Puff" Sleeves
A major trend last season, Regency-era "puff" sleeves continue to reign supreme within bridal fashion. For those still looking to indulge in Bridgeton-inspired dresses, look into the collections by Reem Acra, Verdin, and Galia Lahav Couture for a modern-day twist on this throwback style.
These beautifully flared sleeves emerged during the Medieval Era, made their way through the 70s, and are now back as a top trend today. Take a look at the collections from WONA Concept, Peter Langner, and Rosa Clara to find inspiration on how to embrace this timeless trend.
Back and better than ever is the reemergence of corset bodices. This structural element allows brides to accentuate their figures, while still paying homage to the traditional silhouette of a wedding gown. Nadia Manjarrez Studio Bridal, Ines by Ines Di Santo, and Kosibah Fall 2022 dresses show us why corset bodices will continue to thrive from season to season.