It's the final countdown! No, not until the royal wedding (though it's less than two months away, for the curious) or your own wedding date (don't you already have those days tallied?). We're in the final few days before Bridal Fashion Week officially kicks off. Eek!
Starting next week, all your favorite wedding dress designers will be showing their new collections of bridal gowns that you'll soon be dying to wear. Have a 2019 wedding date? Your wedding dress shopping journey starts right now! To give you an exclusive preview of all the new wedding dresses about to hit the runways, we've scored the secret wedding dress sketches and inspirations of everyone from Monique Lhuillier to Hayley Paige.
"During development, I listened to loads of throwback '80s and '90s [songs] which set the soundtrack for a splashy rewind with pops of glamour. This collection met somewhere in between Huey Lewis and the News's 'Heart and Soul' and Whitney Houston's 'Queen of the Night.' Aesthetically, this collection is palpable, iconic, and inclusive. In lieu of an artistic inspiration that represents the collection in its entirety, each gown has its own merit that beats to the rhythm of nostalgia and girl power that comes with each newly engaged bride. This is also the very first season we've developed a greater range in sizing curated for women of any shape." —Hayley Paige
"Harmony is the absence of contradiction—a song in equal parts, a wheel of color, a hand-tied bouquet. There are plenty of contradictions when it comes to finding a dream wedding dress, so we’ve harmonized our favorite elements. The Camille Collection by Rebecca Ingram is style and quality at an exceptional price point."
"You could chronicle your romance by the things you wore. Save a page for red tennis shoes, a wool coat, a pretty bracelet. Open your trunks and closets, pore over your albums, line up treasures from your road trips, your snowy afternoons, the first night you got all dressed up...Clothes don’t define your devotion, but on certain days, you wear something magical. The Lucienne Collection by Maggie Sottero offers a gown for every love story."
"Galia Lahav's newest couture bridal collection is all about volume. Inspired by royalty, this collection sensationalizes signature Galia Lahav glamour with rubies and gold accents that break free from white-ivory. The collection will showcase regal ball gown shapes gone bold, romantic trains mixed with light and dark tulle, and classic corsets with bold beading."
"This line is all about volume. With ball gowns, bigger is better!" —Sharon Server, head designer
Galina at David's Bridal
"We wanted to do something a little more covered up this season for Galina, so we created this bodycon gown in a form-fitting lace with an additional lace trim to accentuate her curves. It has an illusion neckline and sleeves, but we didn’t want the gown completely closed up so we added tassel ties at the neck, dangling on a low open back."
"Olvi’s new 2019 bridal collection preserves the signature Olvi’s values while embracing the trend of casual elegance in bridal fashion. It is centered around femininity and the female body, and inspired by baroque and Victorian splendor, fused with surreal romance—a symbol of creativity and couture against a backdrop of imperial and surreal times, and a celebration of timeless and luxurious lace."
"The fall 2018 Watters Collection is inspired by a conversation I had in Paris about a true love story and finding your soulmate. This encounter inspired the Âme Soeur Collection, which is the French term for 'soulmate.' This collection features numerous tokens of love, such as beaded bows inspired by love knots."
"The Covington gown has a fully encrusted bodice of crystal and pearl embroidery; the column skirt sits underneath layers of meticulously draped ivory mikado, giving the bride a timeless yet dramatic look. This bride has a penchant for drama, a love of sparkle, and a desire to make a statement. She leans towards clean lines, but loves a good bow, a dash of glitz, and timeless glamour. This season, I focused on sculptural draping juxtaposed against what I like to call 'clean sparkle.' Tailored gowns mixed with rhinestone florals, 3-D textures, and dramatic silhouettes offer the classic bride a 'wow factor' on her big day." —Allison Webb
Sottero and Midgley
"Extraordinary style inspires misbehavior, a healthy rejection of the listless and prescriptive. An extraordinary wedding gown appeals to those wild and romantic instincts—therein lies its charm. The Ariya Collection by Sottero and Midgley: Glamour is many things, but never conventional."
Blue Willow by Anne Barge
"The Anne Barge spring 2019 collection is inspired by women who embody femininity, confidence, and an innate sense of style. Like the muses of the collection, each design has a unique spirit that is defined by the neckline and silhouette and enhanced with refined detailing. Romantic gowns flatter the female form in delicate and luxurious fabrics like Alençon lace and duchesse satin. Sophisticated dresses and stylish separates in structured, modern designs command attention and awe. Exquisite embellishments and beautiful beaded, embroidered laces in a palette of soft whites transcend trends. Paying homage to extraordinary women, past and present, the Anne Barge spring 2019 collection is the epitome of feminine, timeless elegance."
"The Oleg Cassini Bridal Collection for fall 2018 epitomizes romantic opulence and optimism...Lace, satin, organza, polished crystals, accented with Cassini Couture details, reflect the drama surrounding the star of the moment—the bride and her team of bridesmaids. Like a richly planned bouquet, the bridesmaids surround the bride in a colorful display of her choice of themed color for her wedding event."
Wtoo by Watters
“The Wtoo by Watters ‘At First Sight’ Collection is inspired by the moment the groom sees his bride for the very first time. From there, the inspiration evolved to the Shakespearean theme of love at first sight. Throughout the collection, you will find pressed floral details inspired by flowers from a loved one.”
"Inspired by Meghan Markle and the royal wedding, this new collection consists of clean lines and silhouettes."
Blush by Hayley Paige
"Roses in teacups and sugar-dusted petit fours, the Blush by Hayley Paige Collection has a Parisian panache. Staying true to an effortlessly feminine DNA, this season has a romantic dialect and a sugar rush that is sweeter than the sweetest French fantasy. The Jardin gown is a flouncing tulle ball gown with a crystal-dusted rose bodice."
"The 'Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood autumn-winter 2018/19' bridal collection honors Vivienne’s work in fashion. Drawing inspiration from traditional Austrian folk costumes, dresses are carefully handcrafted and sometimes embellished with flower embroideries. Asymmetrical slinky dresses in rubber and satin—say goodbye to acres of taffeta."
"Our new fall 2018 'Vacation in Versailles' collection is inspired by the Paris vacation destination of Versailles, famous for its gorgeous chateau palace and gardens that are bursting with meticulous detail, fashioned from labors of love. In a similar way, the fall 2018 collection is dazzling in detail and structurally stunning, designed to bring out the bride’s inner monarch as she begins the first chapter of her marriage."
Willowby by Watters
“The Willowby by Watters fall 2018 ‘Folklore’ Collection is all about inclusivity and embracing culture as a pathway to creativity as art and love, which is what unites us. This collection features new lace cutwork designs with unexpected patterns and trims that embrace the idea of unity in diversity.”
Yumi Katsura Couture
"A cool and classic yet romantic collection designed to celebrate a bride’s strength, sensuality, and femininity. Inspired by the revered sakura/cherry blossom, the collection evokes a floral-inspired collage of adornments, layering of textures, unexpected combinations of laces, rich fabrications, and jeweled embellishments with illusion detailing that provide an appropriate yet mesmeric exaltation of the body. Fresh, fabulous, sophisticated and strong!" —Paulette Cleghorn, creative director
"The Justin Alexander Signature spring/summer 2019 collection was inspired by the juxtaposition of modernity and opulence. Clean lines with unexpected asymmetrical draping and subtle transparent details are refreshingly chic and minimalistic; while geometric and lavish deco beading are amplified in the most elegant way. This collection illustrates perfectly balanced, diverse styles exquisitely brought to life."
"Decorated, crafted, special. This is how we’d describe the new BHLDN label, coming August 2018. We’re extremely excited to launch a collection of gowns made for the bride who exudes confidence and ease, who’s not afraid to take a few style risks on her wedding day, but is not about frills and fussy design."
“This season, I wanted to keep things really light and fun. The collection is a little bit '60s and a little bit French. Our embroideries are a bit bolder than usual, but still really feminine and intricate. The silhouettes are playful with lots of ruffles, as well as a column dress and a cute swing coat. We are excited to be releasing our first ever range of veils this season too!”
Laure de Sagazan
“Each collection is a unique embodiment of the brand's aesthetic. Long dresses, short ones, separates, and sometimes a jumpsuit; the collections are diverse. What does give these collections their cohesiveness? A simple detail, an idea that emerged while strolling in the streets of Paris, New York, London; or the imagery created in my mind by a vintage garment to become the collection's theme.”
“Spring 2019 represents the juxtaposition of what it means to be a woman in the world today. We are soft, yet strong. Feminine, yet tailored. Juggling the duality of a woman’s personality felt right while I was designing this collection. I played up the full-on frilly moments while I relished the clean, quiet, tailored statements.” —Remy Quinones, CEO & creative director of Isabelle Armstrong
"This style is fit-to-flare, featuring a nude illusion bodice with lace appliqué, spaghetti straps, and corset detailing. The skirt features textured layers of organza. This is a quintessential Lazaro wedding dress that is made for the sophisticated and elegant bride. This season is focused on classic modernism with a shimmery touch. Body-hugging silhouettes, strappy backs, novelty fabrics, and an ivory and nude color palette offer the bride a fresh and sultry look for her wedding day."
Beloved by Casablanca Bridal
"The fall 2018 'Golden Hour' collection is born from the magical moment between daytime and evening that lights up the world in bright, warm color. We traversed the mountains of Malibu and chased the sun to capture our latest set of 16 carefree and flowing gowns. This collection is for the wild hearts and bohemian beauties whose wanderlust spirits will never be tamed."