Looks of Love – Top Trends from 2016 Fall Bridal Week

Screenshot 2015-11-06 20.47.05 2016 Fall Bridal: Floral printed ball gown by Romona Keveza

Bridal Week New York procures a time of excitement and anticipation as the freshest collections and inspirations by the world’s leading wedding gown designers are revealed for seasons ahead. L’elite Bridal and Musette Bridal sat front and center at the runway shows, engulfed in the dizzying array of sexy silhouettes and sheers; beautifully simplistic and sophisticated ball gowns; printed floral and lace designs; and by the vast assortment of sparkling embellishments and elaborate detailing adding a special twist to already extraordinary gowns. The new bridal collections that were presented are ideal for wedding venues in chic urban settings to beachfront nuptials. Here are some of the highlights from the week for well-heeled weddings next autumn.

Floral themed gowns—ideal for the romantic bride, ethereal and dreamy floral prints hand painted or printed on fabric in a multitude of colors provide a mix of fantasy and opulent garden. These gowns are perfect for country and garden weddings, and are truly a breathe of fresh air.

Screenshot 2015-11-06 20.51.21 2016 Fall Bridal: Romantic floral print ball gown by Romona Keveza

Screenshot 2015-11-06 20.53.16 2016 Fall Bridal: Short floral print dress by Romona Keveza

Screenshot 2015-11-06 20.55.00 Screenshot 2015-11-06 20.57.24 2016 Fall Bridal: floral-printed wisteria wedding dress with jeweled trim at the waist by Lazaro. Photo by L’elite Bridal. 2016 Fall Bridal: back view of floral-printed wisteria wedding dress by Lazaro Photo by L’elite Bridal

Printed lace and floral motifs on fabric—this was another unique and delicate look gracing the runways. Monique Lhuillier added a twist to her signature gowns by printing lace on sumptuous fabrics. Beautifully constructed, these chic and glamorous dresses achieve an overall lightness despite their ornate opulence.

Screenshot 2015-11-06 20.59.13 2016 Fall Bridal: Monique Lhuillier gown with Chantilly lace, re-embroidered lace applique, and rose printed silk gazar. Photo by George Chinsee

“Transformation” or “2-in-1 gowns”—mini or long dresses, shorts, and pants with overskirts are a perfect solution for many brides, acting as a “two for one” style with intrigue. This wedding piece can gracefully move from the main ceremony to the after party celebration for the price of one. Doubling up, designers team sleek first layers with full, separate overskirts that can be removed later for dancing and other festivities. The style is ideal for the fashion forward bride who’s willing to try something new and different, while looking distinctively glam.

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.00.47 2016 Fall Bridal: One of the more playful styles by Monique Lhuillier for Fall 2016, this removable ball skirt rests lightly over a lace mini dress.

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.02.34 2016 Fall Bridal: lace shorts with hooded overcoat by Naeem Khan. Photo by Thomas Iannaccone

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.03.59 2016 Fall Bridal: lace shorts and illusion pants with tulle overskirt by Ines Di Santo. Photo by Thomas Iannaccone

3-D Laser-cut appliqué dresses are another dreamy style that elicits a “garden-esque” and feminine appeal. Luxurious and intricate blooms are laser cut and applied to these glamorous gowns. Ever growing in popularity, this style made a significant splash on the runway for 2016 Fall weddings. Marchese, Oscar de la Renta, Rivini, and Amsale were among our many favorites. And for those concerned about the design direction after Oscar de la Renta’s devastating passing last year? Not to worry—Peter Copping has done a tremendous job retaining the timeless romanticism that the iconic designer was famous for.

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.10.08Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.14.21 2016 Fall Bridal: pearls, floral appliqués, sequins and bugle beads stitched together to create flower shapes cover a sheer bateau neckline on this gorgeous gown by Oscar de la Renta. Photo by L’elite Bridal. 2016 Fall Bridal: closer look at the details on the bodice of this spectacular Oscar de la Renta gown. Photo by L’elite Bridal

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.16.19 2016 Fall Bridal: gown with floral appliqués by Marchesa. Photo by Thomas Ianaccone

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.18.10 2016 Fall Bridal: Liancarlo’s owner and designer Carlos Ramirez, transforms classic silhouettes into the epitome of modern romance with his 2016 Fall collection. With beautiful and unexpected appliqués shown here, this gown is perfect for the bride seeking subtle design touches resulting in pure elegance.

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.19.25 2016 Fall Bridal: “Mari” hand embroidered Chantilly lace, fit to flare wedding gown with French lace appliqued and crystals, by Amsale

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.21.03 2016 Fall Bridal: Jenny Packham gown with sparkling floral appliqués. The designer said she took cues from spring’s etheral “Midsummer’s Night Dream” inspiration and evolved it further for fall’s elegant styles. Photo by Steve Eichner

Seductive and elegant minimalist—numerous brides seek gowns that feature clean lines, sumptuous fabrics, and minimal embellishments. Carolina Herrera, Amsale, Anne Barge, and Christos all embraced this “calm, understated elegance” in their 2016 Fall collections and we love it! Perfect for the classic bride, Hererra noted that “V-necklines are universally flattering, with the décolletage and neckline as the focal point of each gown.” We couldn’t agree more.

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.27.40 2016 Fall Bridal: classic deep V-neckline ball gown by Carolina Herrera

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.28.43 2016 Fall Bridal: “Rowan” faille de soie ball gown with V-neckline and spaghetti straps by Amsale

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.30.37 2016 Fall Bridal: classic and elegant ball gown by Anne Barge. Photo by Thomas Ianaccone

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.33.20 2016 Fall Bridal: beautifully elegant gown with lace and spaghetti straps by Christos. Photo by George Chinsee

Sexy backs—several designers embraced this look in their collections for 2016 Fall with gowns featuring elaborate embroidery and appliqués on tulle, illusion panels that dipped to the far reaches of the lower back, “floating” buttons racing down the spine, and a range of other unimaginable yet stunning designs that were perfectly on trend. Ideal for the more daring bride, these gowns of distinction allow her to push the envelope as far as she feels comfortable, while remaining beautifully sophisticated.

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.34.56 Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.37.14 (first photo) 2016 Fall Bridal: Highly detailed gown with lace, embroidery, and buttons by Romona Keveza proves that sexy backs are as important as the fronts of gowns. Photo by Musette Bridal. (second photo) 2016 Fall Bridal, front of gown by Romona Keveza. Photo by George Chinsee

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.39.11 Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.40.39 2016 Fall Bridal: back of gown by Lazaro. Champagne tulle ball gown with a sheer illusion bodice and ivory and gold Alençon lace appliqué. Photo by L’elite Bridal
2016 Fall Bridal: front of gown by Lazaro. Photo by L’elite Bridal

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.41.45 2016 Fall Bridal: delicate lace illusion back of gown by Ines Di Santo. Photo by Alberto Maddaloni

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.54.09 2016 Fall Bridal: “Verda” by Atelier Pronovias Fall 2016. Sexy wedding dress in sheer illusion tulle with Chantilly lace, French lace, and gemstone embroidery appliqués. Beige details with an extra-long train

Big Ball Gowns are Back – Always a classic, this type of gown never went “out” of style, but 2016 fall bridal collections presented some interesting and intricate new twists including elaborate hand embroidery details; layers up layers of tiered tulle; Alençon lace appliqués; crystals and pearls; silk taffeta; organza; satin flowers; and more. As a number one choice for many brides, 2016 fall styles include even more unique offerings for this “cake topper” style of gown.

Screenshot 2015-11-06 21.58.09 2016 Fall Bridal: “Suri” layered tulle ball gown with hand beaded Alençon lace bodice by Kenneth Pool

Screenshot 2015-11-06 22.00.43 2016 Fall Bridal: Reem Acra ball gown. This strong yet seductive fall 2016 collection combines modern with classic styling. Photo by Thomas Ianaccone

Screenshot 2015-11-06 22.03.09 2016 Fall Bridal: Monique Lhuillier ball gown with satin rose accents and layers of tulle

Screenshot 2015-11-06 22.05.21 2016 Fall Bridal: Asymmetrical tiered ball gown with sweetheart neckline and detailed bodice by Rivini

Screenshot 2015-11-06 22.07.58 2016 Fall Bridal: elaborately detailed Romona Keveza ball gown embellished with pearls, crystals, lace, tulle and other fine detailing. Photo from

Thank you for reviewing this blog—we hope it helps you in your search for your perfect wedding gown style. Congratulations on your engagement and we’d be thrilled to assist you and your entire bridal party with your wedding attire needs.


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