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2018 Trends from NY Bridal Fashion Week

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Calling all brides-to-be! Following the buzz of the iconic Paris Fashion Week at the start of October, where we seen some undeniable stunning ready-to-wear dresses that were totally wedding worthy, we couldn’t hold our excitement for one of the most important events in our fashion calendars: New York Bridal Fashion Week! Taking place from 7th-9th October, the world’s top bridal designers have spoken, unveiling their 2018 wedding dress collections for spring and fall at the Empire State.

This year’s runway reflected fashion’s newfound appreciation for all things feminine, which resulted in an utterly dreamy, romantic, whimsical and shimmering flock of dresses taking to the catwalk. With sparkle and sheer reigning supreme, the A/W 2018 bridal collections feature some very exciting trends. From cascading capes, to feathered skirts, funky sleeves and colour like you’ve never seen before, you’re Pinterest board is about to get a WHOLE lot prettier following the beautiful gowns showcased at NYBFW.

Check out the top eight trends for 2018 to look out for…


Shimmer and shine added a touch of magic to bridal fashion for 2018, with designers such as Inbal Dror, Berta, Galia Lahav and Naeem Khan debuting their fall collections in NY. Glittering embellishment was paired with soft, romantic gowns, which brought a theme of femininity and chic fairy-tale glamour to the catwalks.


Off-the-shoulder gowns were a key look amongst designers such as Ines Di Santo, Lela Rose, Mira Zwillinger, Inbal Dror, Marchesa and Naeem Khan during the catwalks, with some show-stopping creations. Featuring in both Spring and Fall 2018 bridal trends, wear this style on its own for a spring or summer wedding or  opt for a chic winter cover up in the colder months. From demure designs, to easy elegance and dramatic dresses, this trend is versatile and stylish.

Y’all, @galialahav’s new collection is out-of-control gorgeous! We mean, this dress? Total dream gown status!

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This trend was often paired with the trend of ‘sparkle’, with Berta and Galia Lahav combining their glittering gowns with sexy sheer illusions. Bridal fashion continues year-upon-year to push the boundaries, becoming sexier and daring whilst retaining bridal class and elegance. 2018 looks set to be no different, with designers featuring illusion panels for brides looking for something that little more edgy whilst celebrating sensuality.

Statement Sleeves

From the flouncy styles of Rime Arodaky, the 1980’s inspired puffball sleeves at Marchesa, the elegant lace sleeves at Galia Lahav or the billowing bell sleeves at Lela Rose and JLM Couture, sleeves are the way to make a bridal statement in 2018.

Powder Blue

Every season, there seems to be one colour that reigns supreme on the bridal catwalks for those who want to break away from tradition and show off their personality. After seasons of blush pink domination, soft baby blue has taken centre stage for 2018. The perfect way to add your ‘something blue’ to your big day, this pretty pastel tone has an element of ‘Cinderella chic’ about it. If you want to try this trend without going all-out, opt for JLM Couture’s subtle off-ivory whisper soft blue gown which is oh-so-wearable. Alternatively, Reem Acra’s regal brocade gold gown is the perfect statement dress for a fashion-forward bride-to-be.

Daring Colours

Whilst we have the soft and whimsical romance of the pastel blue tones, a contrasting trend has seen unconventional colours take to the catwalk for 2018. Not a trend for the shy and retiring wallflower, we’ve seen Yolan Cris, Ines Di Santo and Jenny Packham all unveil SCARLETT RED gowns down the runway. Another key trend is the use of BLACK, yes that’s right! Black is seen as the new white in bridal, from full scale Mortica Adams to delicate ballet black trim belts this controversial colour has featured in Vera Wang, Reem Acra and Marchesa.

Red #inesdisanto #bridal #gown #springsummer #2018

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Cascading Capes

Bridal fashion experts have been calling it the ‘wonderwoman’ effect, with capes having featured on the catwalks for the past few seasons; it looks like they’re set to stay for 2018! From the glitzy show-stoppers at Berta, the 60’s inspired coats at Lela Rose or the structured capes at Romona Keveza, these capes provide the perfect look for a 2-in-1 dress.

Wow. @justinalexander’s show was just spectacular 😍

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Fluttering Feathers

Look like you’ve stepped off the stage in Swan Lake in one of these dazzling feather creations. This trend was ablaze in New York Bridal Fashion Week, with designers such as Halfpenny London, Savin London and Naeem Khan all showing off their plumage with nipped in bodices on the catwalk. Whether you want to emulate the 1920’s trend or you’re inspired by ballet beauty, lightly feathered gowns are glamorous and timeless.



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