Early April is bridal week in NYC where the industry celebrates weddings and of course that once in a lifetime bridal dress. This is the second season that covid prevented in-person shows but the pandemic couldn’t stop the optimism of I do’s and the bridal fashion newness to emerge. Dress options abounded for every personality and type of nuptial you can envision with trends surfacing from minimalist to over the top extravaganza. There were fiery crimson spectacular ball gowns and Cinderella pale sapphire confections. Other stand out details were horticultural prints, romantic ruffles, side slits and sassy minis. The Bridal Council’s web site is a good starting point to get to know the designers behind the gowns and see the hottest trends in bridal.
There is definitely a celebratory mood in the air with the end of covid lockdowns almost in our grasp. Brides and grooms are primed for partying with more gusto than pre-pandemic. Spring 2022 wedding ideas run the gamut from turquoise beach casual to posh parties and bridal designer’s offerings reflect that wide span of options. Couples cannot wait to get the party started and shopping for a dress is part of that dream journey.
Ines Di Santo and her daughter Veronica are considered bridal royalty and for this go round, they ramped up the glamour with the Goddess collection for spring 2022. Highlights of this line-up are cathedral trains, detachable sleeves and overskirts, satin rosettes inset at neckline and an enchanting pale blue Cinderella dress with yards and yards of ruffled cotton candy tulle. The dresses range from voluminous ball gowns to body sculpting trumpet designs. She also offers jewelry of her own design for that total Ines look. https://www.inesdisanto.com
Yemi Osunkoya, the designer from Kosibah, may be relatively new to NY Bridal week but he is not new to creating ravishing bridal looks. Mr. Osunkoya began his bridal atelier in London for 25 years ago but is a welcome addition New York’s industry where he now conducts business with a focus on personalized couture service. He explains in a pre-bridal week interview, how he enhances a women’s shape by enlisting his skillful dress making techniques. That makes for some very happy and pampered ladies. https://bridal.pullquest.net/yemikosibah
Marchesa’s designer, Georgina Chapman, describes her bridal collection as achingly beautiful with feminine detailing; oversized bows, puffed sleeves and 3-D appliques, embellishing her gowns. Surprisingly, she also partnered with the Spanish bridal giant, Pronovias to create a separate collection ( see below location images)https://www.marchesa.com.
Romona Keveza’s The Secret Garden collection, celebrates botanicals. She is reprising best sellers from her archives and plans to make a limited group of dresses in a numbered series. These bespoke dresses with hand-painting and embroidery are a unique take on florals with a finale show-stopper merging flowers and veggies to create a one of a kind garden motif. https://www.romonakeveza.com
Mira Zwirllinger, released a video fashion show from Israel ( where she lives) which featured delicately sculpted gowns in her signature impeccable fit and hand embroidered appliques strategically placed for optimum modesty. She deftly adds realistic silk gazar vines and leaves which seem to be climbing up the model’s arm and bodice. https://www.mirazwillinger.com
Naeem Kahn feels very optimistic about dressing up especially for weddings, and is his bridal collection channels the Roaring Twenties. He created a number of flapper mini dresses, lace jumpsuits and gowns with his signature embroidery and laser-cut out fabrics many of which can have a life beyond the wedding. The addition of black lace hosiery and black opera length gloves, infused the collection with spice. He used jeweled pieces in the center forehead, worn in traditional Indian style, as an ode to his heritage. It’s a fresh way of adorning the hair instead of with a head piece— an idea for brides to consider. https://naeemkhan.com
Gracy Acaad presented a grouping of gowns fit for a variety of different weddings. From sexy side cutouts to flirty mini dresses, she kept the collection tight but very strong. There is something for everyone here including the pale blue demure gown with bow belt. https://www.gracyaccad.com
A new collection emerged on bridal week with a very familiar name, Professor Jimmy Choo, OBE. The designer created lavishly voluminous gowns inspired by Art Nouveau. Nature motifs were expressed with embroidery and beading adding natural elements to the silhouettes. The lavish line-up includes a crimson ball gown for slightly subversive brides; it looked both vampy and demure at the same time. https://cfda.com/news/the-atelier-couture-by-prof-jimmy-choo-obe-bridal-spring-2022
Gigi Burris offered up romantic and delicate floral head pieces— a felt hat in pale tones, intricate veils, floral headbands, and accessories with feathers for brides looking for something unusual. https://gigiburris.com/collections/bridal
Odylyne The Ceremony’s bridal looks stand out for their simplicity and directional fashion vibe. Keeping the fabric simple but still refined and lux, the designer Stephanie White, makes her mark with tiered prairie dresses for less formal affairs but still very wedding appropriate. She adds bows for an extra dose of sweetness. The dresses hit the right note for a sunset wedding—maybe in a field of wildflowers ?
Yumi Katsura presented a line-up of provocative, sensual dresses, achieved with a lot of attitude from the models plus thigh-baring side slits and corsetry. Yumi never disappoints and this collection is no different. http://yumikatsuracouture.com
The resort maven, Marie France Van Damme realized her fans often get married on the beach in her luxury beachwear, and decided to dedicate a focused collection to bridal. The grouping includes simple looks that work while you say your I do’s with sand between your toes, with exceptionally refined fabrics that she is known for. She’s got a dresses for Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids too. Or any guest looking for a dress to wear with chic flip-flops.