From left to right: Angel Sanchez, Oscar de la Renta, Rivini by Rita Vinieris
Bridal Fashion Week has officially wrapped, but we're still dreaming about all of the incredible designs we saw walk the runway these past few days. From classic standbys to envelope-pushing trend-setters, our favorite designers pulled out all of the stops to wow us with their latest bridal collections. Here, we're spotlighting the five trends we loved most from the Spring 2016 runways.
We've seen this floral trend slowly emerge over the course of the past few seasons, but during the Spring 2016 bridal runway shows this new-take on a classic embellishment was in full bloom. Whether it was the bevy of blossoms on Angel Sanchez's lace sheath, the modern, laser-cut florals on an Oscar de la Renta mini, or the classic rose-bud appliqués on a Marchesa stunner these eye-popping embellishments add texture and depth to any gown.
From left to right: Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Hayley Paige
Photos: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier; Indigitalimages.com
Designers reimagined the illusion neckline trend by using the sheer fabric on bodices and skirts. Hayley Paige topped off an ethereal tulle skirt with a completely nude bodice that boasted floral appliqus. Reem Acra went the sexier route, extending that illusion throughout the entire body and using carefully-placed embellishments to cover up. Monique Lhuillier's use of a nude underlay, on the other hand, was more demure thanks to her heavy embroidery.
From left to right: J.Mendel, Reem Acra, Naeem Khan
While plunging V-necks were popular last season, this crop of deep necklines were less severe and more soft. Reem Acra outlined hers with romantic scalloping, while Naeem Khan and J. Mendel complemented ultra feminine looks with super-sexy necklines.
From left to right: Carolina Herrera, Jenny Packham, Truly Zac Posen
Photos: Courtesy of Carolina Herrera; Indigitalimages.com
A playful detail that became popular among some of our favorite designers this season was feathers. Zac Posen placed them under a peplum for added whimsy, while Jenny Packham dyed them blush and tufted them at a gown's waist. Carolina Herrera, on the other hand, went the more subtle route, gently embroidering them at a mermaid dresses skirt to offset its heavy floral appliqués and beading.
From left to right: Oscar de la Renta, Rivini by Rita Vinieris, Mira Zwillinger
Whether it's the veiled hint of leg underneath a few layers of light tulle like Rivini's mermaid gown, Oscar de la Renta's sheer lace sheath, or Mira Zwillinger's barely-there tulle A-line skirt, all of these sheer skirts create a sweet sensuality that doesn't at all feel overtly sexy.