Brides-to-be looking for the perfect wedding dress should know by now that fashion trends begin at Paris Couture Fashion Week. Fashion designers showing during Couture know a thing or two about how to wow when walking down an aisle, and often close their runway shows with an awe-inspiring bride wearing an even more breath-taking wedding dress. The Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Haute Couture collections brought tons of new wedding dress trends for brides-to-be just starting to shop. Here, our favorite trends from the runways, and 25 wedding dresses that perfectly exemplify them.
Forget blush and a hint of something blue, the next big color trend to hit wedding dresses will be lavender. The couture runways were full of lavender gowns and we think it's a perfect fit for brides — lavender is super calming after all. High-fashion and wedding stress management all in one, sign us up.
Designers like Monique Lhuillier, Ralph & Russo, and Alexandre Vaulthier were alls all about fringe and feathers. Tiers of feathers created a flowing effect on an A-line lavender gown at Monique Lhuillier, and layers of fringe gave a Roaring 20s vibe on sheath dresses. At Ralph & Russo feathers were also lavender, but in a modern way mixed with metallics in tiers and on sleeves.
Romantic billowing sleeves aren't going anywhere any time soon — Giambattista Valli, Rodarte, Chanel, and George Chakra, gave long sleeved wedding dresses a romantic update in lace, and voluminous shapes. Speaking of romance, Rodarte also upped the ante on bridal hair, by making it so simple and pretty with insane amounts of baby's breath adorning their models' heads. Forget big flower crowns, baby's breath might be the next major trend in wedding hair accessories.
Ballerina chic also had its moment this season so expect to see a lot of high-low, voluminous skirts, and pretty feminine details (like Monique Lhuillier's floral-printed ball gown — very Grace Kelly in Rear Window if you ask us). The same ballerina bride vibe came to play at Giambattista Valli's Haute Couture show where the designer donned out his usual string of awe-inspiring gowns that would make any bride-to-be weak at the knees.
While Paris Couture Fashion Week might not be the first place one thinks of when they think modern and minimal, several designers (some showing ready-to-wear) proved that subtlety is painfully chic when done right. A tailored skirt-suit (with down-to-there décolletage) was power-bride at its best at Ralph & Russo, while Proenza Schouler made a case for streamlined ruffles in unexpected shapes showing off one of our favorite bridal trends; black accents on a white dress.
Don't believe us that Paris Couture Fashion Week is the first place you need to look at for wedding dress inspiration? Scroll through to see our picks for the 25 best wedding dresses from the Haute Couture collections.