From tissue-paper-thin transparent layers, to the most of-the-moment neckline, to a pop of color on the runway, there was just so much newness to love at Bridal Fashion Week this Fall.
One thing is for sure: trends are on the move. This could come in the form of a slight pastel tint to the traditional white wedding dress, bold vivid wedding gowns with heavy 1920s beading and apliqué, or simply no gown at all. We’re not talking brides walking down the aisle in some sort of nudist fashion…heavens no. Rather, they’re in cosplay, leather, feathers, or outfits that you would normally only think appropriate at the Met Gala! Take a look at 6 of our top picks for 2023 bridal looks…
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The return of the 70s sleeve
A 70s staple, and a bridal classic, the bell sleeve has been around for decades; and while they never truly disappeared from the world of bridal wear, Bridal Fashion Week this year signaled a major revival of this sleek sleeve silhouette. This full sleeve, fitted around the arm and flaring at the wrist, is designed for D-R-A-M-A.
Our favorite runway look has to go to Julie Vino, who proved the power of the flare on the catwalk this year. Opting for a barely-there flare style, the luxe and romantic sheer gauze material blanketed in intricate beaded embellishments and appliqués, define the Julie Vino bride.
It’s giving serious Abba bridal vibes. Gimme gimme gimme. Am I right ladies?
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One of our beautiful 2023 brides rocking a bouncy sleeve.
One neckline trend that graced the runway this season was mock necks. We don’t know about you, but this high neck, modest cut isn’t a style that would instantly flash to mind as ‘bridal’…more autumnal layering vibes, no? Think again. Designers like Ines Di Santo, Viktor & Rolf, and Anne Barge all featured mock neck gowns in their newest bridal collections for 2023. It’s making a comeback and we’re here for it! Royally inspired, this silhouette has been seen non-stop on celebrities like Paris Hilton, Ellie Goulding, and Lady Kitty Spencer. And they’re rocking it.
What actually is a mock neck? A mid to high neckline that features a collar; it’s similar to a turtleneck, but often has a looser fit and isn’t folded down.
Ellie’s bespoke Chloé long-sleeved gown was designed by Natacha Ramsay-Levi. The silk double crêpe white dress was subtly embellished with white glass beads and featured a silk radzimir petticoat. The intricate design only took about 640 hours to construct…all in a day’s work, right?!
Ellie Goulding wears a bespoke Chloé gown, designed by Natacha Ramsay-Levi
1st Photo: Julie Vino - 2022 collection
2nd Photo: Paris Hilton wearing her Grace Kelly-inspired Oscar de la Renta wedding dress and custom Jimmy Choos to walk down the aisle
3rd Photo: Lady Kitty Spencer’s ceremony look: a custom Dolce & Gabbana, Victorian-inspired gown.
From modest to a little more…sexy. Boudoir inspired dresses were coming in hot off the runway this season; bold designs were made even bolder, with designers opting for panels and sections of their gowns to feature entirely sheer fabrics. Risqué? Perhaps. Utterly gorgeous? No doubt about it. Take a look at some of our favorite runway looks this 2023 season: Dana Harel, Galia Lahav, and Mira Zwillinger stepped it up a notch by incorporating crystal embellishments throughout their barely-there bridal designs. If wardrobe from Strictly Come Dancing had a baby with a top tier bridal shop, this would be the result. Bedazzled but classy.
Mira Zwillinger - Galia Lahav - Dana Harel
The major bridal design houses have been offering minidresses as after-party options for some time now. Since the birth of the microwedding during Covid, it has led more and more brides to eschew convention and wear whatever the hell they wanted.
High-low hemlines will always be a popular style in bridal fashion; however, this season, designers added a innovative twist to their silhouettes: mini hemlines. This year, Monique Lhuillier was the queen of this runway trend. By embracing this style, brides have the option to strut their stuff a mini but ALSO with the classic design of a floor length gown…the best of both worlds!
Monique Lhuillier FW23 Collection
We’re bound to see more modern brides taking a fashion risk, promoting these leg-baring beauties to be the star of the show at their main event. Ceremony and all!
Remember Kourt’s wedding dress by Dolce & Gabbana? Yup. Mini dresses (and mini veils, by he looks of things!) are here to stay.
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In the past couple of years, there have been some interesting color developments. Aside from classic off-white bridal dresses, more blush and pale pink dresses have come into play, big time! Oh and the Disney princess ballgown is back. Obvs.
1st photo: LIBRA - Ines Di Santo’s illusion corset bodice features a dramatic skirt of blush and lilac floral jacquard satin
2nd Photo: CUPID - Ines Di Santo’s “light as air” ballgown that features hand painted florals tossed around the hem in blushes and greens, accented with gold foil.
But it’s 2023, and we’ve got a new kid on the block. Ines Di Santo broke the runway with her gown of cascading tiers of a blue tulle train. This new color palette is quite possibly the most distinctive of the 2023 wedding dress trends. Pastels are the new white, people!
INES by Ines Di Santo - FW23 Collection
Our favorite couture look of the season? Ines Di Santo’s gown Romina, was a runway showstopper. Details below.
ROMINA by Ines Di Santo - FW23 Spring Collection A plunging v-neck cocktail dress with a square back and a asymmetrically hand painted pleated ball gown overskirt. A blue wedding dress showstopper!
Photo by DreamArt Photography One of our beautiful brides wore a stunning baby blue gown for her welcome party at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach
Why write your vows when you can wear them? In 2023, nearly-weds will take statement-making fashion to a whole new level by sewing heartfelt messages onto gloves, veils and dresses. From Hailey Bieber’s embroidered “Till Death Do Us Part” veil to Kourtney Kardashian’s which read “Family, Loyalty, Respect” at her Italian nuptials this year (also tattooed, by the way, on her hubby’s forehead…can’t get more permanent than that!) embroidery is IN.
Alternative stitching suggestions: Where’s the Open Bar?, Yes, I Will Need Help in the Restroom., and Did Someone say Tequila?
1st Photo: Kourtney wore a one-of-a-kind Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda lace and satin corset mini dress inspired by 1960s Italian lingerie.
2nd Photo: Hailey Bieber’s stunning off-the-shoulder gown was designed by Virgil Abloh for Off-White
There you have it: 6 bridal trends we guarantee will take centre stage in 2023. Any in particular catching your eye? One thing’s for sure: this new year coming, bridal rules are bending. There are no expectations. You call the shots.
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