It was a whirlwind weekend in NYC, dashing from one amazing bridal runway show to the next! And we're bringing you all the fashion scoop and inspiration first, starting with the top ten trends hot off the catwalk!
1. Statement Veiling - Amsale sent one of her Kenneth Pool models down the bridal catwalk wearing a dramatic, voluminous layered tulle veil, a show-stopping finishing touch that screams haute couture! Reem Acra's head chic featured fantastic feathered crowns, while Claire Pettibone used lace to create blissfully beautiful wrap-around accessories. Veils adorned with blossoms and petals were also trending across the board.
2. More Subtle Color - Rather than the full-blown colored wedding dresses that had everyone buzzing a few seasons back, now we're seeing pops of color incorporated in a more understated way. The Theia collection was infused with 'The Midas Touch', while Kelly Faetanini went romantic with vintage rose ombre. Ines Di Santo unveiled one stunning pale lilac mermaid, and Monique Lhuillier brought back her signature blush hue.
3. Low Backs - Amazing back stories for brides continue, with a greater focus on bare than sheer this season. Designers like Rivini, Ines Di Santo, Anne Barge, and Alvina Valenta dared to drop the open back a bit lower, and as always, Claire Pettibone's creations offered infinitely incredible views from behind.
4. Amazing Lace - Never have I ever seen lace used in such a delicate, ethereal way, with heavenly sleeves, necklines and backs enveloping the blushing bride's body. Standouts from Monique Lhuillier, YolanCris, Kenneth Pool, and Lazaro had everyone talking!
5. Separates - The Rivini bridal show commenced with two models strutting hand-in-hand, one decked out in a killer pants + cap sleeve blouse combo. Silver lame trousers paired with a sequined and hand-embroidered sweatshirt by Theia had me swooning hard, and Hayley Paige's finale number- a crystal-encrusted cropped halter top with a flounced tulle skirt and chapel train- was as daring as it was gorgeous.
6. Layers for Days - Texture played an important role in the latest 2014 collections, with cascading ruffles, horsehair trimmed flounce skirts, and unique combinations of organza, lace, and tulle. Some of our favorite voluminous creations came from Kenneth Pool, Rivini, Marchesa, and Christos.
7. Ode to Old Hollywood - Dennis Basso let old Hollywood legends like Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner inspire his latest bridal collection, with one bold red number featuring a layered peplum and drop-waist mermaid silhouette. And Jenny Packham stayed true to her aesthetic with slinky silhouettes (the bias cut is back!) beaded to the hilt!
8. Elaborate Embellishments - Focusing on clean, classic wedding dress shapes (a-lines, simple strapless columns, and soft fit-and-flare styles) allowed Reem Acra's signature hand-embroidery and applique to shine this season. The beadwork and embroideries from Naeem Khan made me weak at the knees, including one covetable cap sleeved bolero that was completely covered with crystals!
9. Power Trumps Princess - Strong, sexy, boldly sophisticated, confident, care-free, and independent. These are the adjectives designers used to describe the types of brides they'd designed for this season. What this means is less froufrou, more sleek and chic!
10. Garden Gorgeousness - Monique Lhuillier's new wedding dress collection was entireley inspired by a secret garden. And the garden bride, who wants to don florals, leaves, and petals, was of the three styles Naeem Khan focused on for his out-of-this-world debut bridal collection.
Now that you've read our top 10 trends, what do you think? Is there a certain trend calling your name? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!