Bridal trends from New York – chosen by The Wedding Club

Bridal trends from New York – chosen by The Wedding Club
Amazing use of 3D texture by Berta – a key bridal trend for 2017 and beyond, says Clare Thompson

As bridal buyers flock to New York and Barcelona for the spring fashion shows, Clare Thompson of The Wedding Club reviews key bridal trends she spotted at last Fall’s New York Bridal Week. From dramatic sleeves to 3D texture, these trends are already influencing what brides will wear in 2017 and beyond

New York is undoubtedly the place to spot upcoming global bridal trends. With a huge home market to satisfy, its spring and fall showcases are where the world’s bridal buyers take their pick of homegrown and international gowns. Clare Thompson of The Wedding Club selects key trends for 2017 and beyond, as seen on last October’s designer catwalks.


Bridal trends from New York – chosen by The Wedding Club
Halternecks and off-the-shoulder gowns are big news – here Naeem Khan channels a 1970s vibe with a sleek gown

Shoulder reveal

Off-the-shoulder gowns were big news in New York fall collections and appeared across virtually all lines. Clare says: “This is a flattering and versatile neckline that can either be the focal point of a tailored or ballroom-style gown or – with the addition of lace – channel a more 1970s boho look”. With another nod to the 1970s, halternecks were also much in evidence adding length and a streamlined silhouette –showcased particularly effectively in the fall collection by Naeem Khan.


Bridal trends from New York – chosen by The Wedding Club
Lush 3D textures are a key theme – here Berta creates a dramatic and glitzy effect for a back panel and train

3D textures

The creative use of textures – especially 3D embellishment – is coming through even more strongly than last season. Polka dots are favoured designs, says Clare, along with big and bold blooms and intricate leaf or graphic details. Bridal trends also point to plenty of glitz, with adornments such as crystals and pearls on bodices, shoulders and belt details. Metallics are also big news – used to great effect by New York talent Isabelle Armstrong, who also included exquisite lace detailing in some of her gowns. The bare-skin effect shows no sign of abating. Clare says: “Sheers are still everywhere, and particularly strong in combination with sophisticated textured and layered fabrics. Some create an almost découpage effect – brilliant for adding points of focus to a slimline gown”.


Bridal trends from New York – chosen by The Wedding Club
Full skirts and overskirts are a strong bridal fashion story – here Zuhair Murad adds a lavish overskirt to a slimline gown

Strong silhouettes

The strong silhouette is much in evidence, with neat fitted and A-line shapes is in all collections. More curvaceous fishtail skirts are still popular – strong stories in both the Berta and Legends by Romona Keveza collections. Clare spotted a clear 1950s theme, with lush fabrics and full ballroom-style skirts, often in textured silk with wide waistbands. Hi-lo hemlines are one way to work this silhouette, as they are particularly effective with a hint of 1950s styling. Overskirts are even more versatile giving the option to transform from showstopping full skirt to slinky cocktail number. Zuhair Murad showed fabulous overskirts over embellished slimline gowns.

Bridal trends from New York – chosen by The Wedding Club
Colour pops range from Romona Keveza’s soft blush pink to bolder hues and patterns


Colour pops

The ‘other than white’ trend is still one of the most interesting developments in bridal gowns – reflecting both changing wedding styles and brides’ desire to do something different on their wedding day. Alongside the glitzy metallics and silvery grey shown by designers such as Isabelle Armstrong, we have delicate blush-pink from Romona Keveza, while lilac and soft mauves are making an appearance in other collections. The master of drama Naeem Khan took things one stage further with a bold cornflower blue and dazzling sunshine yellow at his runway show.


Bridal trends from New York – chosen by The Wedding Club
Dramatic sleeves are set to be a key bridal trend in 2017 and beyond. This glamorous gown is by Isabelle Armstrong

Trends to watch

Longer sleeves were already in evidence in many of the New York collections and Clare believes that the more covered look is set to become a much stronger theme in seasons to come. Look out in particular for bell and balloon sleeves – adding a dramatic accent point to a simple silhouette.


About The Wedding Club
London branches are at 10 Yeomans Row, Knightsbridge, SW3 and 37 Thurloe Street, South Kensington, SW7. The Birmingham branch is at 15 Templefield Square, B15. The Wedding Club offers luxury and fashion-forward gowns by over 20 leading international bridal designers across its three branches – including Atelier Pronovias, Carolina Herrera, Suzanne Neville, Temperley London and  Savannah Miller. It is exclusive UK stockist of leading lights such as Berta, Naeem Khan and Zuhair Murad RTW.