In a sea of minimalist designs, embellished wedding dresses, too, are having a moment, providing a refreshing breath of splendor details. From floral appliqués and feather detailing to lavish beadwork and pearl accents, adornments have been popping up all over this season's collections and they have never looked so great.
Which one best suits your style?
For the Classic Bride... Pearl Accents
It’s official—pearls are making a comeback. Whether real or imitated, this feminine detail showed up in droves all over the runways, reinvented as neckline detailing, buttons along the backs of dresses, and peppering overall silhouettes to add unexpected texture. Viktor & Rolf emphasized tiers of volants with this gem, while Lela Rose made a statement with a pearl embellished off-the-shoulder flounce, and Reem Acra employed a graceful pearl encrusted overlay. We promise you, they’re nothing like your grandmother’s pearls. They served as a very traditional bridal accent with a modern spin without sacrificing their natural, classic elegance.
Wedding Dress by Viktor & Rolf
Wedding Dress by Lela Rose
Wedding Dress by Reem Acra
For the Alternative Bride... Feather Detailing
Feathers may sound out of place on a bridal dress, but designers proved this playful detail is anything but. They flocked to this non-traditional element, finding unexpected ways to incorporate it into their designs for a standout silhouette. From skirts to sleeves, there’s really no place where feathers didn’t find a home. Berta adorned a mod mini with the accent for a fluffy retro look, Naeem Khan swept the floor with a feathered hemline, and Houghton brought a whimsical feel to a plain bodice with wild, sparse feathering.
Wedding Dress by Berta
Wedding Dress by Naeem Khan
Wedding Dress by Houghton
For the Romantic Bride... Floral Appliqués
Flowers have always been utterly bridal, but they’re taking on a new shape and look from the typical lace and embroidery in the form of 3D appliqués. Sweet and romantic, these graphics know how to amp up a simple white dress while making a statement. Oscar de la Renta employed the graphic to add dimension to floral guipure lace, whereas Marchesa Notte doubled the texture by placing them on flouncy tiers and Mira Zwillinger played with larger appliqués along an off-shoulder neckline. No matter how it’s done, there’s always a hint of garden whimsy.
Wedding Dress by Oscar de la Renta
Wedding Dress by Marchesa Notte
Wedding Dress by Mira Zwillinger
For the Glam Bride... Decadent Beadwork
Nothing looks quite as lavish as intricate beadwork, which never fails to heighten the glam factor. Whether it’s shimmering sequins, opulent jewels, baubles upon baubles, or sparkling crystals, decadent beadwork always stops the aisle. It looks equally great caressing the entirety of a gown as it does in subtle detailing for a quick gleam against a blank canvas. Justin Alexander favored an Art-Deco inspired design, Theia spiced up a slinky white sheath gown with scalloped jeweling, and Jenny Packham created a stunning floral design and ombre effect that sparkles in silver and pops with crystals.
Wedding Dress by Justin Alexander
Wedding Dress by Theia
Wedding Dress by Jenny Packham