Planning a 2017 wedding? Then you’ll have plenty of gorgeous wedding dress trends to choose from. Revealing gowns with plunging necklines and backs, bodices, skirts and trains adorned with fabric and shimmering flowers and perhaps as a nod to regal brides, sleeves from capped to wrist-length are the hottest styles from the bridal runways. Here’s a look at the year’s most stunning bridal trends.
Brides looking for the Grace Kelly or Kate Middleton wedding-day look won’t find it hard to locate a dreamy gown with long lace sleeves. Designers added sleeves to many of their gowns this season, some that just graced the shoulder, a few which mimicked tee-shirt lengths, and others which went for a more dramatic look with long fitted sleeves à la Grace or billowing ones.
This minimalist ball gown by Vera Wang made quite a statement with its plunging V-neckline, exposed shoulders and never-ending sleeves. The clean fabric was embellished by a jeweled belt detail at the waist.
Perhaps as a nod to the 70s, Berta’s wrap-like wedding dress has a bead-embellished bodice with soft bell sleeves. The crisp mermaid skirt has a thigh-high slit and delicate ruffle detail that trails from the waist.
One of the season’s sweeter looks, perhaps for a daytime wedding, is this Lela Rose dress with illusion detail across the décolletage with capped sleeves and a textured polka-dot bodice and tea-length skirt.
Racier looks have reigned on the runways for years, and as part of the trend necklines went from sweetheart to sweeping with V and even U-shapes necklines that go from neck to navel. Some cutouts are “filled in” with an illusion fabric, such as netting or lace for a more modest take.
Israeli designer Berta consistently shows revealing gowns so a V-neckline is far from shocking, yet this one catches the eye because it plunges beneath a traditional V and continues to the waist line. The juxtaposition of a feminine floral and tulle gown with a sexy and revealing bodice is what makes this gown so alluring.
Softer than a V, Ines Di Santo created a U-neckline on this sheath with ruffled train. The bodice cut-out is “filled in” with a sheer fabric with a lattice pattern and embellished with crystal and beaded floral details.
Perhaps inspired by Marilyn Monroe, this Romona Keveza Legends ball gown has a plunging V with a halter neckline. The minimalist design of the gown itself allows the focus to be on the bodice, which is only adorned by a jeweled belt detail at the waist.
More feminine than playful, ruffles were the newest design detail to walk the runways. Designers offered ruffles on their own as a delicate embellishment to a sleeve, neckline or hemline, modernized them by creating volume on a skirt, or making a traditional look edgier.
This Anne Barge ball gown gets a 21st century update with cascading ruffle peplums cut on the bias. The layers add volumes to the already full skirt. The sweetheart bodice is made with a corded lace and the veil is trimmed in large floral lace for a traditional look.
Peplums hit the bridal runway several seasons ago and this ruffled version by Reem Acra gives it a modern makeover. Quite a regal look, the voluminous ball gown skirt is paired with a minimalist off-the-shoulder bodice and crystal embellishment at the waist.
For an outdoor or laid-back affair, Christos’ light-as-air sheath has delicate ruffles flowing from the skirt and along the cold-shoulder neckline.
A traditional bridal element going back centuries, floral details on wedding dresses can be designed in several ways. Three-dimensional fabric petals and blooms can adorn bodices, skirts and trains, embroidered and beaded flowers add a light texture to a gown, and all-over floral-patterned fabrics are a pleasant statement-making surprise on the runway.
This floral-embellished gown by ready-to-wear and bridal designer Naeem Khan features three-dimensional daisies in various sizes on the bodice and skirt. The plunging V-neckline and spaghetti straps take the most innocent of blooms and creates a very daring wedding-day look.
Oscar de la Renta pairs a minimal fluted skirt with an embellished bodice made with lace and three-dimensional flowers. A satin band at the waist separates the two opposite design elements.
This soft, romantic sheath by Ines Di Santo features a one-shoulder three-dimensional floral strap that cascades like a garland to the hem of the skirt and along the waistline. A train follows, trimmed with the same fabric bloom.
Brides who have decided to bare more than just some skin on their wedding day have an option to remain a little modest with illusion fabrics such as lace and tulle, sometimes adorned or embellished, that barely cover their décolletage and backs. As necklines dip lower and backs become more open, designers are offering up creative and stunning ways to be sexy but still demure as you recite your vows. Sheer inserts allow for some coverage on necklines that dip deep to the navel, ensuring the feeling that you’re not about to bust out of the bodice.
Delicate floral details cover the illusion bodice on this hi-low gown by Marchesa. With a crew neckline and tee-shirt length sleeves, small white blooms and petals make their way up from the waistline, over the breast creating a V-neckline and trail off the shoulders for quite a romantic look.
One of the hottest designer’s right now, Inbal Dror leads the pack of Israeli bridal designers with her barely-there gowns. This lace mini dress has a point d’esprit lace over-dress that is trimmed in satin and “covers” both the arms and legs.
Perhaps inspired by commoners turned royal brides Kate Middleton or Grace Kelly, this regal gown by Amsale features delicate long lace sleeves and a crew neckline over a corseted bodice and a tiered tulle ball gown skirt.
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