OMG, it's BFW! Bridal Fashion Week is here, meaning that your favorite wedding dress designers will be showing their new collections throughout the week. And get this: We've scored the secret sketches and inspirations of everyone from Monique Lhuillier to Hayley Paige, to bring you a sneak peek at the new wedding dresses that'll be walking the runways and everyone will want to get their hands on in the coming months.
Have a 2018 wedding date? Your wedding dress shopping journey starts right now!
And don't forget to check back throughout the week to see the full Fall 2018 bridal collections. Trust: You're not going to want to miss this.
"The Anne Barge Fall/Winter 2018 collection is an interpretation of nature’s midnight garden. An escape into a fanciful garden that inspires all things feminine—a delicate tracery of ribbons and bows, a whisper of pink, dreamy layers of floral lace. Hair and makeup are kept sleek and simple, with smooth, swept back ponytails held by a ribbon and a darker lip for a nineties accent. Skin is soft and luminous with a subtle sheen of rose gold and lightly lashed eyes. Beauty and design for today's bride."
"The fabrication and color on this dress (above) will make you swoon! The strapless blush gazar gown has been meticulously pleated in to a draped bow on the back of the skirt with cascading sashes extending down past the train."
—Shawne Jacobs, President of Anne Barge
"When we wear plants and flowers on our clothes, they lay on our skin touch our bodies. This is my way to connect with the natural world and be reminded of is power and grace."
"For Fall 2018 and as always, the beauty and wonder found in nature serves as inspiration for the collection. By incorporating lace materials, printed silk fabrics, and beaded embellishments with flora and fauna motif, Yumi carries on the rich and elegant style she is known for while utilizing modern and classic silhouettes."
Morilee by Madeline Gardner
"Beauty is in the eye of the bride. After all, a bride must always trust her intuition, her strength, her inner most desires. For my newest collection, I created dresses with intricate and unexpected detailing. The Katerine Dress is a sheer, boned bodice with a classic strapless neckline that meets the bouquets of floral embroidery sprinkled with delicate beading onto the layered, Chantilly lace ball gown."
—Morilee by Madeline Gardner
"Take a step back in time to the golden ages, the imaginary past where prosperity and power ruled the land. The Francesca Miranda Fall 2018 Bridal Collection draws on inspiration from the mid 16th century, the idyllic past translated into the present days of our modernized world. Playing on the sophistication of royal attire, every gown was designed with clean silhouettes and classic details. Metallic infused woven jacquards and guipure laces tie the two eras together creating a majestic collection for every bride with limitless dreams."
"This A-line silhouette in silk taffeta (above) is hand-embroidered in de-constructed jacquard with a golden lurex finish with an illusion neckline."
"This hand-crafted lace embellished dress with a plunging neckline, strap sleeves, open back and an optional matching embellished cape is for sophisticated, forward thinkers, who are really looking for something unique and different; Those that really cherish the importance of the wedding dress."
"The 2018 ‘Celebrating Romance’ collection features timeless designs with ultra-feminine twists, elevated textures and highly luxurious accents. The feeling is feminine, sensual, effortless glamour. There is a light airy feel throughout the collection, with a wide range of silhouettes from A-line, to circle skirts, fit and flare to fishtails, all creating beautiful movement and a powerful but understated vision. I have continued to build the collection around the structure and corsetry that we have become famous for, so even in the most effortless gown there is a secret hidden structure. The collection is all hand crafted in the finest luxury fabrics at our studio in Lincolnshire."
"The inspiration for 'Celebrating Romance' was ultra feminine gowns—very fluid, I wanted to create gowns that feel light and airy but create shape and power—the collection needed to be sensual and playful yet only suggestive. I get inspired by fashion and pick different elements that are in vogue and create these along with my signature look of classic lines—this really inspires me and keeps me excited."
"Our brides—fashionable, quality sensitive, fashion aware and classy. The gowns are so defined, but they get their complete character by the bride and it's amazing to see how each gown looks the same, but so different (in a very good way!). This is true fashion, we wish to believe; to be able to reach so many hearts, hit some trends, yet keep our values and high-end standards, while reviving the garments by each wearer."
"Allison Webb's Spring 2018 collection is inspired by the city itself, with a focus on classic interiors that have maintained their beauty over time. Specifically, the main focus is on the exquisite floral plaster ceilings found in New York City Victorian brownstones; Clean lines juxtaposed against soft florals in the plaster imbue the interiors with an overwhelming sense of refinement and sophistication. The collection hopes to replicate that spirit of sophistication by creating gowns filled with a fresh sense of polish, timelessness, and romanticism. Luxe fabrications, impeccable craftsmanship, and elegant simplicity are hallmarks of this first collection."
Ines Di Santo
"My inspiration for this season started with the city of New York and the women who make it the vibrant beautiful place that it is. Signature pearls, fabrics and beading come together to create romantic gowns that are as varied as the city and the women that inspired them."
—Ines Di Santo
"The PERSY bride is confident, stylish & unique."
"This season I was inspired by nature; wild, untamed florals as well as the beautiful texture one would find on a safari. I pulled from my South African [roots] by really embracing the safari component in the collection. You will find in this particular dress, oversized pockets coupled with pleating that is similar to something you would see on a military jacket. I am always looking to create ultra romantic dresses while adding an element of surprise."
"This romantic A-line gown of the Haute Couture Olga Yermoloff collection of Olvi’s, comes with a semi cathedral train, long sleeves and has gorgeous laser-cut satin flower applications and crystal beads all-over. The satin flower applications on the off-shoulder illusion neckline, back and sleeves give the gown a true fairylike look. The half open illusion back with the impressive train creates a dream picture from behind. This gown is perfect for the dreamy romantic bride who wants to wear a unique gown that makes her feel like a bride from a fairy tale."
"Lazaro's Spring 2018 collection brings us into a dreamy starlet world of shimmer and satin, pastels and sheer nudes, and endless layers of fabrics. Floral nets, layered with sparkle petals cascade over delicate Chantilly lace. It’s inspired by enchanting evenings filled with dancing under the moonlight and the sight of twirling gowns."
For Fall 2018, I fell in love with a stunning black-and-white image of Jean Harlow; Coiled on a sofa, wearing a bias charmeuse gown which slithers sexily around her body. Simple, sexy and glamorous. This collection embraces the body's curves, in all shapes and sizes. Necklines plunge, linings are stripped way, a sexier new direction for the THEIA bride.
—THEIA Creative Director Don O'Neill
"Form and space are woven within structure." —Zaha Hadid
"Three design icons inform LAKUM’s manifesto for AW18: Zaha Hadid, Joan Miro and Francis Picabia. Drawing inspiration from the timeless oeuvre of these legendary artists, LAKUM develops new textures and layers and aims to upset the established standards of bridal wear. Fearless in their approach to separates, LAKUM challenges traditional norms and reinvents the very geometry of lace while exploring the endless expanse of white palette. LAKUM addresses the woman who is willing to change directions and take ownership of her perspective. Unexpected fabric choices and design details combined with an utterly modern aesthetic make LAKUM’s AW2018 collection a unique, eloquent statement during fashion week."
"For Fall 2018, Alexandra Grecco combined inspiration from a recent trip to Ile de Re, an island off the west coast of France, along with silhouettes and details that could be found at a 1920's circus. The colors that make up the collection were inspired by the pastel buildings and hollyhocks that lined the narrow cobblestone streets on the island. Feathers and shimmering beads adorn select pieces from the collection, adding a playfulness for the free-spirited bride while floral elements inspired by the flowers found on the island are hand-embroidered on illusion tulle and made to look like tattoos."
Laure De Sagazan
"A hint of surrealism, architectural lines, a 1930's villa with jazz melodies resonating all around... The 2018 collection is vibrating with joyful music. This year love is a mischievous dance... light and airy dresses with subtle skin showing while Desnos' and Eluard's wild poems are whispered."
—Laure De Sagazan
Galina for David's Bridal
"In designing the collection for Galina, the differentiation in fabrics and lace was the starting point. Each gown has a unique lace or fabric, so that although Galina is a cohesive collection, each dress is individual and unique. This style is a beautiful Chantilly lace sheath with a high halter illusion yoke and sheer lace panel back bodice. We wanted something eclectic, playful, and fresh for our Galina bride.
—Galina for David's Bridal
￼￼"Inspired by simplicity, the ultimate form of sophistication and elegance, Lihi Hod introduces her new collection, 'A Whiter Shade of Pale.' Hod created an insulated capsule with no recollection of time and place; where femininity and infinity lie in their purest form. The minimalistic, monochromatic white design creates timeless pieces that go beyond the boundaries of time and place yet reflect Hod's meticulous craftsmanship; rich textures, sparkling lights and shading, all dazzling in their primal beauty as a rough diamond in the depths of the earth."