Bridal Fashion Week occurred once again in New York last October, showcasing exclusive bridal designs of 2020 by elite designers, such as Vera Wang, Ines Di Santo and Monique Lhuiller. This year’s designs displayed sophisticated over-sized bows, cape-like trains, plummeting V-necks, jaw-dropping tulle tiered gowns, and romantic lace. If you are planning a wedding in 2020, get inspired by these designs, which were featured in The New York Times (Manners 2019).
Wedding Dresses and Bows
Carolina Herrera made a statement beyond sophistication with an over-sized bow sewn into the back of an A-line gown. The coquettish design playfully drapes thick straps loosely off the shoulders. Pockets added a touch of simplicity to the design. Ines Di Santo revealed an elegant column dress with a simple and modern train that seemingly wrapped the waist and tied in the back with a half bow.
The A-line wedding dress has a fitted bodice and flows outward in the shape of an ‘A’. This silhouette compliments most body types, and gives a curvy illusion to a narrow frame. Easy modifications to the neckline and waistline can alter the fit to hide and accentuate body features as desired. This Herrera design inspires simple modifications, like the elegance of an added bow.
Cape-like trains are trending in 2020. Amsale revealed a simple trumpet style gown with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a cape-like tulle train. Ines Di Santo embellished a trumpet gown with an embroidered tulle train.
The trumpet wedding dress flares just beneath the hips, creating a shape similar to the bell of a trumpet. Its similarity to the mermaid-style dress is reason for commonly confusing the two. However, a trumpet is less fitted. An Amsale and Ines Di Santo inspired trumpet gown could be created by alterations with a cape-like train.
Tiered Skirt Wedding Dresses
Viktor & Rolf showcased a petticoat skirt with a jaw-dropping taffeta V-neck that ended at a cummerbund-style waistline and voluminous sleeves.
Romantic Lace Wedding Dresses
Lace is romantic, alluring and daring. Monique Lhullier and Berta revealed captivating lace designs with long sleeve trumpet silhouettes. Vera Wang rocked the stage with macramé lace and slit skirt wedding dresses.
Meet some of the Wedding Dress Designers
Carolina Herrera is a sophisticated Venezuelan-American fashion designer, known for dressing celebrities in elegance. Without any formal training as a fashion designer, her talent and passion for elegant designs led her to success with a distinguished brand.
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren met in the Netherlands at the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design where they studied fashion and began a friendship that combined exceptional talent and passion for design to create a world-renowned brand.
Ines Di Santo is an Italian-born designer that was raised in the fashion culture of Buenos Aires. She received her training from a French instructor. Her cultural influences are expressed in her elegant and rich designs.
The former figure skater, Vera Wang, has all of Hollywood and brides worldwide falling head over heels for her designs. After a 15 year career at Vogue as the senior fashion designer, she joined Ralph Lauren as design director. She designed her own wedding dress for her special day, opened a bridal boutique to showcase her signature collection, and now rocks a powerful fashion brand.
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