Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and we're feeling especially bridal about this one. Maybe it's the looming Valentine's Day, or maybe designers were just feeling nostalgic for love stories of by-gone eras, but this season had an undeniable romance about it—and even a few brides on the runway.
Whatever your feelings about fashion week's existence, there's no denying that trends are often born here. So what trends can we expect to see trickle down to wedding dresses from the Fall 2020 runways? Let's start with the return of the undead. Rodarte's whole collection was an homage to the vampire, particularly Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 Dracula. The result was a slew of whispy ethereal gowns that called forth a return of Victorian gown dressing that we will definitely see for bridal. Zimmermann and Ulla Johnson took the trend and went full Victorian meets western with it.
Jewel tones were also a hit (see Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta) and we can certainly see wedding gowns taking a more colorful turn in the coming seasons. Minimalism was alive and well courtesy of the ongoing 90s nostalgia mixed with a 1960s politician's wife vibe at Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, and even Brandon Maxwell. And while wedding dresses were seen at many runways this season—including Tom Ford (who shows in L.A.), Brandon Maxwell, Carolina Herrera, and Rodarte to name just a few—there was a tragic romance element to those brides that makes for a spectacularly fashionable homage from the ready-to-wear world to bridal.
Ready to see the latest trends and most bridal dresses from New York Fashion Week? Keep scrolling for our favorite looks of the season.
Talk about a something blue! Prabal Gurung served up a jewel-toned goddess gown that would make for a perfect blue wedding dress.
S by Serena
S by Serena gave us an update on 80s party dressing with a sequined mid-length column dress with gathered detailing and a mock neck.
Bridal, but make it a power suit. Suiting has been a major ready-to-wear trend and we frankly can't get enough of it.
Rodarte's Dracula themed collection gave us several romantic takes on the undead bride.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy's romantic take on the vampire lore gave us many excuses to swoon over ethereal dresses. Case in point this ruffled and sparkling gown with a spider web motif and birdcage veil.
Give me a bride in Victorian polka dots and a something blue veil any day.
Pink wedding dresses aren't going anywhere. Naeem Khan showed a full satin pink ballgown that not would not only be welcome down the aisle, but gave us Gwyneth Paltrow winning her Shakespeare in Love Oscar vibes.
Ulla Johnson does romantic and boho better than anyone. This guipure lace crochet set is just perfect.
Prairie chic has been on the bridal radar for a few seasons and if this fashion week is any indication it's here to stay.
Bibhu Mohapatra blush and cream floating gown should serve as inspo for all brides looking to play with a hint of color.
Cinq á Sept
Another take on something blue dressing, courtesy of Cinq á Sept. We love this is as a second reception gown for a fun take on tradition.
Feathers, 3-d florals, and a plunging neckline—this Badgley Mischka is a bride's dream come true.
Western meets minimal at Khaite in this sculptural gown with side cutouts and long sleeves with a ruched bodice.
Jonathan Simkhai took on the nude trend and made it western with a fringed accent on an otherwise minimal look.
Vampire chic continues at Zimmermann with a full lace gown with a high ruffled collar and cuffs, topped with a black ribbon accent.
Oscar de la Renta
We love a full skirted high-low moment and this 80s inspired look from Oscar de la Renta is the perfect way to go for color on your wedding day.
Another minimal look that can do double duty on the wedding day. This time, from Proenza Schouler.
It doesn't get more romantic than Jason Wu's take on rosettes in this sculptural gown with hints of black.
Blush and feathers make for a spectacular combination at Jason Wu.
Wes Gordon wasn't the only designer to send out an actual bride this season. For his Carolina Herrera collection, Gordon imagined a minimal bride with a polka dot embroidered hint of a face veil.
Wes Gordon knows his way around a wedding dress at Carolina Herrera and showed dresses that can go from red carpet to the aisle.
Black and white contrasts were made feminine with floral prints at Carolina Herrera.
Sure, Tom Ford didn't ACTUALLY show in New York, but his L.A. runway definitely made a bridal impact. Featuring all over lace, and ribbon accents, this one-shoulder long sleeve gown is just perfection.
Leave it to Brandon Maxwell to make bridal minimal, over-the-top, modern, romantic, and sexy all at the same time.
More proof that Victorian vampires truly live forever this season, this time as seen on the Brock Collection runway.
Marc Jacobs closed out NYFW with a performative showcase that featured over models and dancers (including Miley Cyrus) moving around a mesmerized audience. Midst all the razzle dazzle and chaos was Jacobs's usual array of expertly designed frocks (nodding back to the 1960s and his own early collections of the 90s), including a wedding day-ready tea-length gown covered in ivory rosettes.
Karlie Kloss donned a minimal Marc Jacobs look (throwing it all the way back to some of his early runways) featuring a white mockneck and satin skirt.