Bridal Fashion Week Trends & Favorites

Another New York Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone! Twice a year, designers, retailers and wedding industry insiders come together to preview the new bridal collections. This time it was the 2020 spring and summer collections on show. Each year it seems like the last season can’t be topped, especially with looks that used to be trend-driven having become bridal mainstays (like jumpsuits or removable skirts). And yet there’s always something new to ooh and aah over. This year’s selection had something for just about every kind of bride, whether you’re classic or contemporary, minimal or melodramatic.

Here are a few of the trends I’m looking forward to seeing on 2020 brides!

Power suits. First it was jumpsuits making a splash on the runway, but this season it was shorts, pants and blazers. Even overcoats made an appearance! For a summer wedding, the short suits shown by Reem Acra and Ines Di Santo would make a gorgeous reception or after party option. Several designers showcased pants – some with a train – as well as tailored shorts. A few also included blazers worn as a dress in their collections. The big takeaway is that the wedding dress no longer needs to be a dress at all. This is especially true with many modern brides wearing more than one ensemble on the day!

The romantics. On the other end of the spectrum, there were some truly romantic, feminine collections. Vera Wang’s was floral and whimsical, in shades of soft grey and blissful blush. Layers of tulle combined with oversized rosette detailing for maximum impact. Other super romantic trends that were on show were Renaissance-style poet sleeves, and Shakespeare-inspired gowns.

Minimalism. Princess Meghan’s influence was still being felt on the catwalk this year, with many designers opting for structured silhouettes and unembellished fabrics in their understated designs. Justin Alexander, Amsale and Halfpenny London were just three of the designers who gravitated towards this look.

Heavily embellished gowns. Of course, some designers went in the opposite direction altogether! Intricate beading, floral appliqués, and sparkling jewels shone like never before. Hi wattage ’70s gowns also made a statement, especially at Theia, where the theme was Studio 54.

Nineties inspired accessories. There were lots of great beauties and accessory trends this year, but two of the prettiest came straight from the ’90s school of fashion: barrettes and padded headbands. Headbands are super versatile, as they can be worn with hair up or down and barrettes add that finishing touch to a sleek down do.

Which of these new bridal trends is your favorite?