Having or Attending a Wedding soon? Here's what's trending for dresses!

Spring is a beautiful time to have a wedding (and a great season to attend one!). Spring 2020 is looking especially promising with it’s gorgeous selection of elegant new Bridal gowns from the top Bridal Designers.

With so many unique options, choosing the perfect dress can become quite the challenge. To help you out in your selection, I’m going to give you a run down of a handful of Spring 20 ‘s top Bridal Gown trends, straight from the New York runways of Bridal Fashion Week. Even if you’re not currently searching for that once-in-a-lifetime dress, you can still take away many of these key trend points that will carry over into wedding guest dresses and even Ready-to-Wear fashion for next Spring!

Ready? Here we go!

 

Soft Belted A-Line - Oscar De La Renta S2020

 
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This first dress is a delicate romantic look from Oscar De La Renta. The bodice of the dress has a deep V neck with scalloped edges. It has a sashed waist for flattering definition and then it opens up into an A-Line skirt. My favorite part about the design of this dress is the balance between the embellished florals, sequins and beading, and the clean, un-decorated hem. Although the top of the dress is heavily garnished, it blends together well with the simplified bottom for an overall effect that is both light and airy. [Fun note: Brides.com cited this dress as being 280 hours of work!]

 

Tiered Combo - Zuhair Murad S2020

 
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Elegant lace with a scalloped edge frames the deep V neckline of this Zuhair Murad gown. There’s a sashed waist which acts as a meeting point for the dress’ two moods. Sheer, ruffled tiers of tulle overlay an opulent lace column skirt.

 

Volume sleeves and Cape - Anne Barge S2020

 
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This Anne Barge dress is the perfect statement gown. It’s off-the-shoulder volume sleeves blend into a floor-length cape. It’s embellished with a floral lace motif and scalloping along the hemline. This dramatic look is somewhat reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s Valentino gown from the 2019 Golden Globes.

 

Structured Softness - Lela Rose S2020

 
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With its high-neck lace overlay, and sheer lace sleeves, this Lela Rose dress is already quite unique from the others in this trend report. It’s embellished corsetted bodice extends over the hips for a controlled waistline and then relaxes into soft mini-pleats. That’s not even the best part—can you believe this dress actually has pockets?! I haven’t met a bride yet who didn’t wish her gown had pockets.

 

Draped Minimalism - Oscar De La Renta S2020

 
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I included two Oscar De La Renta gowns in this report because they were both so different yet each beautifully designed. This second dress has a clean, classic, draped silhouette with a high slit and a long train. Again, the waist is defined but the cross over top and asymmetrical skirt give it a ‘mock wrap dress’ look. Although this gown lacks the typical bridal lace or beading, its precise drapery adds the perfect amount of interest for the Bride who wants effortless elegance.

 

Victorian Romance - Vera Wang S2020

 
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This Vera Wang gown was my favorite to sketch. In fact, I loved Vera’s entire 2020 collection and suggest that you check it out on Vogue. This particular gown has a cream white top with an opaque dusty warm-grey tulle skirt. Vera Wang often strays from the traditional white bridal gown and this ethereal piece is no exception. The tulle skirt is draped and collected at the hip. A pink silk rose adorns it. The right strap if this dress is decorated with soft, grey layers of chiffon. The thin straps drop into a plunging V neck.

 

Spring 2020 Bridal Trend Summary

In case you gotten too caught up in all of the beautiful dresses, here’s a summary of the main Spring Bridal Trends covered in this report.

  • Deep, plunging V necks

  • A delicate balance of opposites:

    • Volume & Defined

    • Heavily decorated & Clean

  • Soft floral lace and beading

  • Sheer layers

  • Waist definition

    • Sashed, bowed, or belted

    • Cinched, seaming and corsetting

Do you have a favorite trend? Is there one you’d never wear? Which of these dresses would you try on? —and how much do you love dresses with pockets?!

I’d love to hear! Tell me in the comments or send me an email!

Also, check out my new custom Bridal Packages - perfect for the bride-to-be that wants a unique, personalized wedding experience.

Wait! Before you toss that bouquet--!

This project is actually from a  few months ago but as Valentine's day has just passed and many of you may soon find yourself with falling petals, I felt it was timely to share.

I was recently a bridesmaid for a close friend's Wedding and the Bride gave us the most beautiful bouquets. It was a fall wedding and the flowers were vivid autumn colors. I kept mine for as long as I could but when the petals started shedding it was time to give it one final run.

 

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To compliment the deep orange/yellow hued petals, I tipped the edges in red ink.

 

I had seen petals worked into fashion illustrations before but never tried it myself. It was actually very relaxing. The petals provided a loose medium that could be re-positioned and adjusted on whim. I was able to rework them into an endless amount of shapes on the same base sketch. 

 

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It was somewhat like draping in that I could design on the form with a 3 dimentional value and not have to reach for an eraser.

I also scrunched some, dipped them and used them as a press to add texture. 

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I worked other components from the bouquet into the image as well, such as the leaves and twigs. For this final look I tore some of the petals and scattered them, adding black ink and really allowing it to smear and splatter across the page (and my entire kitchen table).

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The petals may have ended up in the garbage but they were preserved in the photos I took off the process. Next time you have a bouquet on the way out, give this a try! It's loads more fun (and messier) than you'd expect.