The coronavirus couldn’t stop bridal week from taking place Oct 7 through 9 in a series of zoom videos, designer Q+A’s, and look-book images all facilitated by the Bridal Council, the governing association for the industry. Bridal Council X Pullquest is newly created by the council as a central platform connecting buyers, media, and stylists to the 30 designers who are now part of the site. Designers embraced the format and did their utmost to communicate the new collections to viewers as the coronavirus continues its grip on the world. There were strong yet scaled-down collections for couples planning for a fall 2021 wedding and beyond.
Every bride should wear the dress that expresses who she is, but in the current climate, plans have been altered, simplified, or brought down to earth. Designers reacted and created collections to reflect the new reality. Never fear—your perfect dress awaits. We’ve broken down the bridal market to key trends and showcase the cream of the crop from names you know and some you should. Saying yes to the dress— got that much easier.
You may know designers like Ines Di Santo, Justin Alexander, Amsale, Naeem Khan, Marchesa, and Anne Barge but don’t miss out on designers who are lesser-known but no less fabulous like Kosibah, Yolancris, Eisen-Stein, Kelly Faetanini, and Lea-Ann Belter. The options are endless for autumn brides from those that are waiting out the restrictions for their over-the-top soiree to brides who prefer to down-size to the essentials—choosing your yes dress is easier when you know what’s out there.
Detachable sleeves transform your dress from the modesty needed for the ceremony to a sleeker look for the after-celebration. But at second glance, the sleeves truly increase the sensual quotient of the dress. It’s a win-win.
Pantsuits and Cocktail Dresses
Bridal designers are offering pantsuits and short dresses for casual and unconventional weddings in the works because of coronavirus. But these fabulous looks would turn heads at any type of wedding.
You don’t need lots of embroidery, and beading for a dazzling wedding look. By doing away with embellishments and using beautifully elegant yet simple fabric, you become more of the central focus and isn’t that what its all about?
Bridal designers are putting the center of attention on that sweet spot on a women’s body—the decollate. V-necklines are not new but designers are plunging the V to the waist, sometimes adding sheer allusion fabric to give you the confidence to dance the night away.
Brands are featuring the interior boning of corsets, usually meant to add structure to the garment. But these strong seams have the added bonus of highlighting the waist and produce a linear effect. Below are a few designers that played with this trend to dramatic effect.