With New York Fashion Week in full swing, this weekend's runway shows weren't short of major wedding-day inspiration. And our Fashion Director Elle Strauss, was in the midst of all the action to deliver some seriously cool big-day inspiration. In case you missed it, here are some of the most daring, bold looks from this weekend's fashionable lineup for all of you brides looking to shake things up at your pre-wedding parties and beyond.
Dare to Wear Black
Bringing immense drama and wearability, Riccardo Tisci described his Spring/Summer 2016 show as: "forgiveness, inclusivity, new life, hope and above all, love." This was translated in the form of sumptuous satins, delicate lace and pearl-adorned pieces, and some insanely luxe face jewelry designed by famed makeup artist Pat McGrath. Jaws properly dropped when Joan Smalls stepped out in a show-stopping strapless black velvet gothic-fur gown. Her hair was pulled back into a perfectly messy (but not too messy) bun, held neatly back with a black Alice head band and accessorized with high, elbow-grazing black bangles and a black-knotted belt. If I had to get married again — to the same man obviously! — this would be my dress of choice. Black just felt right for New York where it is more often than not the daily color of choice. It felt super fresh but still feminine. Even Sarah Jessica Parker donned an onyx hue for her big day. Would you do it?
Bend the Rules Like Beckham
Victoria Beckham's show did not disappoint — and we're not just talking about David in the front row! As is synonymous with the line and Victoria's personal style, the collection was refined, simple and ultra chic. But the surprising stand out print? An oversized gingham. Beckham gave this typically preppy pattern a fresh new spin in the form of long, form fitting dresses with an (almost) plunging neckline. They immediately spoke to the modern and super-chic bride: one that's looking to add a little color and/or print to an engagement party dress but wants something that still invokes a jaw-dropping bridal moment.
Photos (from left to right): Courtesy of Rosie Assoulin; Getty Images(2)
Sucker for the 70s
Romance and hyper-femininity — with a dash of 70s glam — has been the overarching theme these last couple of days at New York Fashion Week. From pieces that you could easily see on Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 to a frock perfect for a Fleetwood Mac concert read, the 70s influence is felt and couldn't be more perfect for your bachelorette party or beach wedding. My personal favorites? Rosie Assoulin's pink one-shoulder number with an oversized sleeve and major front slit, and Jill Stuart's flouncy blush mini, and, of course, Mara Hoffman's breezy white star-printed maxi (perfect for a ceremony in the sand!).