We can't believe it, but another Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone! And as with prior seasons, we'd like to take some time and reflect back on the three-day virtual event. To start, we truly appreciate how designers have adapted to the current times, specifically with the pre-recorded videos they used to debut their collections. Each video served as a bridal mini-movie, and the designers were able to showcase their brand's personality and ethos—an inside look we don't typically get to see with regular runway shows.
As for trends, traditional and non-traditional looks both dominated the virtual runways. Even though 2020 highlighted the "new-age" bride, designers seemed optimistic about the future of weddings. Many created various iterations of the "modern ballgown", for brides who still want a princess moment on their big day. We also saw a surge of mini dresses (as expected!) and bridal separates. Feathers, florals, and sexy silhouettes were also major trends that were noticeable throughout the entire week.
Ahead, we're excited to share the top 10 trends we saw from the Spring 2022 collections.
Florals for spring? Well, you know how the saying goes! This season, floral motifs dominated and we found this trend absolutely breathtaking. Brands like Markarian presented mini dresses with three-dimensional floral appliqués, while others like Alyne by Rita Vinieris and Marchesa presented gowns full of florals, sequins, and beading. There was a version fit for every bridal aesthetic.
With the return of large-scale weddings soon approaching, designers are providing brides with the opportunity to amp up their bridal fashion. Dramatic feather details were seen in several collections, including Elie Saab, Naeem Khan, and Marchesa Notte Bridal.
We said it once and we'll say it again, we absolutely love the increase of non-traditional bridalwear—especially bridal separates. For brides who prefer multiple pieces, as opposed to wearing a wedding dress, this is your time to shine! Separates were heavily seen in the bridal fashion week circuit, most notably by Scorcesa, Nordeen, and Yolancris.
Sexy silhouettes also made their mark this Bridal Fashion Week, with form-fitting dresses, sheer illusion, open backs, and skin-baring designs. Some of our favorite pieces were from Eva Lendel, Mira Zwillinger, and Marchesa for Pronovias.
Balloon "Puff" Sleeves
Regency-era designs are currently having a major comeback, so it doesn't come as a surprise that many brands embraced puff sleeves this season. If you're looking for a modern-day Bridgeton-inspired dress, tap into the collections from Odylyne the Ceremony, Wiederhoeft, and Savannah Miller.
It's safe to say that after a year of staying indoors, brides will be looking to step out and show a little skin when it's time to say "I do." And in such, many designers have opted to incorporate thigh-high slits into their designs—including dresses from Ines Di Santo, Sareh Nouri, and Fifth & Welshire.
Transitional pieces have been forecasted to be a huge trend for the next few years, and the abundance of bridal capes, overskirts, and removable sleeves show just that. Bridal designers like White One by Pronovias Group, Justin Alexander Signature, and Alexandra Grecco all showcased different versions of these timeless pieces—perfect for brides looking for a two-in-one look.
Corset bodices also made a major comeback this season. Eisen-Stein, Morilee By Madeline Gardner, and The Atelier Couture by Professor Jimmy Choo, OBE are only but a few brands that incorporated this structural element into their dresses.