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At this year’s Bridal Fashion Week in New York, what’s old was new again. The top trends in this bridal fashion are full of retro-inspiration.
What do the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s all have in common? A lot! The Fall 2017 collections at Bridal Fashion Week in New York City embodied many elements from these fashion decades, creating a resurgence of classic silhouettes by many designers. From plunging necklines and illusion gowns to overskirts, long trains and flowing cap capes, you will love what you’ll see. The fresh take on fashion will give you increased inspiration for your wedding day look.
A-lines have always been a staple in the wedding gown industry. At one point it seemed that was all we saw until the fit and flare became the newest craze. This season, we see fuller A-line gowns, but not quite full enough to be a ball gown. Many gowns featured a modified empire waist.
Bishop sleeves made their reappearance at the Fall 2017 Bridal Fashion Week. We determined with long sleeves making resurgence over the last few seasons some brides feel restricted with the tightness of the sleeve so brides, please welcome back the sheer embellished Bishop Sleeves of the 70s. Not to be overshadowed again this season is the short dress. Some dresses are much shorter than last season, but the short overlay is new this year and perfect for a courthouse or intimate garden wedding at home.
Illusion gowns are back in a fierce fashion statement. As in past seasons, they can always be lined for the more conservative bride, while still allowing for the light and airy flow of the gowns movement. We saw illusion bodice and sleeves with tattoo detailing using Swarovski crystals, pearls, beads and, yes, sequence. With many new designers embracing this look, we are starting to see a crossover from evening gowns into wedding gown designs.
Tradition is coming back. Designers are now incorporating a more modern twist to the silhouette. With the increasing fuller A-line gowns, designers have pushed the ball gown to a larger and more elaborate silhouette than ever. This is also reminiscent of Couturier Charles James revolutionary designs of the 1950s, featuring long flowing sheath gowns with royal trains and cathedral veils that extend the look even further. One of the stateliest looks this season is the long dramatic cape embracing the shoulders.
Want to see more? Don’t miss UNVEILED – Rochester on January 29, 2017 at the Mayo Civic Center. Mestad’s Bridal and Formalwear will be featuring the latest fashions directly from Bridal Fashion week in a stunning fashion show.