Spring 2018 Bridal Fashion Week is almost here, and that means one thing: tons of stunning wedding inspiration is about to float down the runway. Before the designers unveil their newest wedding dress collections, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what's to come. From perennial favorites like Monique Lhuillier, Hayley Paige, Naeem Khan, Rivini, and Lela Rose, to the emerging designs we love, like Houghton and Sachin & Babi, there will be no shortage of inspiration for every type of bride.
If the sketches are any indication, brides-to-be can look forward to romantic silhouettes with daring details and plenty of modern interpretations of classic styles. While color continues to play a role in the latest collections, it looks like many designers will be making a major return to white. Not surprisingly, multiple designers drew inspiration from the skies and stars above, proving that celestial style will continue to influence the world of weddings. Get ready to see a sneak peek at the stunning silhouettes before anyone else, and check back for more Bridal Fashion Week coverage beginning on April 18.
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Known for designing airy dresses (made right here in New York City!), Alexandra Grecco's newest collection will be a twist on her usual style. "This season, I wanted to keep things really light and ethereal with a bit more sparkle than we normally offer," the designer says. In addition to amping up the shine, Grecco is also drawing from one of the hottest wedding trends right now: celestial inspiration. "Our celestial-inspired embroidery is the perfect complement to our dreamy illusion tulle and sheer silk chiffon."
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Designer Amsale Aberra says her new collection is all about the balance between simplicity and drama. "This bride has her own sense of style," she says. "Her instinct is more to her style than to trend. Her gown does not define or change her." If this sketch is any indication, we should expect architectural details and sleek silhouettes.
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Now that's a skirt. Inspired by timeless femininity with a modern twist, we expect Anne Barge's newest collection to deliver contemporary interpretations of classic bridal styles. This dress, made from layered tulle with a deep v-neckline, features floral embroidery and silver accents—a contemporary take on a traditional ball gown.
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"The 2018 collection is inspired by the meticulous combination of materials and textures," the designers for Atelier Pronovias say. "Elegant silhouettes in brocade crepe, chiffon, silk satin, and organza are emphasized by silver and gold embroidery, romantic lace, and floral motifs edged with gemstones."
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Drawing inspiration from flowers, Berta designer Berta Baliti wanted her new collection to be very feminine, sexy, and modern. With the intricate use of fine materials and small details, the Spring 2018—which includes this figure-hugging gown—stays true to Berta's usual style, but with a fresh twist. "We're using new materials and cuts that have never been seen before in bridal fashion," she says.
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Blush by Hayley Paige
"This season explores the magic of minutia," says Hayley Paige, designer of Blush by Hayley Paige. Created for the bride whose vibe is "lyrical and effortlessly lovely," this structured gown boasts detailed overlays and an ultra-chic open back.
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"This bridal season, I wanted the collection to feel as romantic as ever, with frothy tulle skirts and textured embroidered bodices," says designer Christian Siriano. "It is important to have a diverse collection and something for every bride." To that note, he created everything from clean, modern silhouettes to princess gowns with lots of drama. "Our bride wants a fashion moment and this season, we are giving her just that."
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Greek designer Christos Costarellos returns this season with styles inspired by his country's landscape. "Greek tradition always plays a key part in my inspiration process and with spring in full swing, this collection is an ode to the magnificence of the spring landscape in Greece," he says. "Nature's most delicate blossoms are duplicated in intricate lace patterns, the ethereal spring breeze is infused into the soft touch of silk tulle, and elements of the Greek tradition are incorporate into vintage inspired appliques." In short, if you're planning a seasonal celebration, this Chantilly lace gown is for you.
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Designer Elizabeth Fillmore describes her newest collection with these words: frothy, romantic, modern, and sleek. "A collection of dresses for the 'Victorian Rocker' and her many moods," she says. With what looks like vintage-inspired sleeves and lots of detail in the sketch, we can't wait to see this look come to life.
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Take one look at this tulle ball gown and you'll understand Francesca Miranda's latest inspiration: pink! "The spring 2018 collection is inspired not just by the color, but also by what the color represents—romance, individuality, and femininity," she says.
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Want to make jaws drop on your wedding day? Then it seems like Galia Lahav's latest collection will be just for you. One look at this gold gown and we're already confident the designer's newest dresses will wow.
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Hayley Paige's inspiration for eponymous collection? "Lightening in a bottle," she says. "Imagine Ginger Rogers dancing to the bongo drums somewhere in Black Rock City during a sand storm." The designer's dream bride is someone who is always animated, with a chic sense of humor and the hustle of a wild flower.
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Katherine Polk, designer for Houghton, drew inspiration from this season's Houghton Girls, Lauren and Holly. "This season we celebrate romance, sexuality, and femininity," she says. "I am inspired by hearing Lauren and Holly, my dear friends, as well as real women share their stories about being portrayed as sexual objects in the industry and how it has shaped them and taught them how to deal with work, family, and personal life. I want our bride to embrace her body, sexuality, and curves."
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Ines Di Santo
"My spring 2018 inspiration was the true elegance of simplicity," says Ines Di Santo. "I found myself drawn to a cleaner palette, exploring new treatments in classic fabrics and embellishments." If this look is any indication, there's nothing wrong with stepping outside of the box.
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Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige
How does Hayley Paige find the time? For her newest collection of Jim Hjlem by Hayley Paige gowns, the designer wanted to create modern renditions of ladylike gowns. "The polished modern day beauty, with a quip of clean minimalism, would wear this dress."
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Is that a convertible skirt, we see? Justin Alexander teased his Spring 2018 collection with this sketch, showing what just might be a figure-hugging embroidered gown with a flowing overskirt.
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Laure de Sagazan
French designer Laure de Sagazan says her 2018 collection is tinted with Jane Austen's atmosphere. "A light mist and a wood fire in the chimney. We are in the countryside, and the tea-pot is smoking on the table," she says. "Born in a large house far from everything, in the middle of Autumn." Her 30-piece collection is retro-inspired with a dose of literary charm.
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"This season's collection is best described as a metamorphosis of beauty and all her shades," designer Lazaro Perez says. Inspired by unique fabrications and modern version of sparkle, he's showing a whole new way to interpret classic bridal silhouettes. "Hidden birds, butterflies, and small 'fairy'-like creatures symbolize love and growth."
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This ballerina-inspired gown from Lela Rose is in keeping with her overall inspiration: the relaxed rules for the present day bride. "The use of textured matelassé, re-embroidered lace, and delicate hand-crafted details speak to an artisanal beauty while the range of styles show a modern versatility."
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Need more proof that celestial inspiration is everywhere right now? Liancarlo's newest collection was inspired by "the beauty of a thousand stars, like the glow of a gorgeous bride." More specifically, the designs stemmed from a moonlit walk through an English garden, and the emphasis was on designing dresses with an ethereal feel. Expect to see light and airy fabrics, three-dimensional textures, and beautiful architecture.
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Have you been thinking of your wedding as your version of a fairytale? Then look no further than Maggie Sottero's new "Cordelia Collection." "Designed for the graceful and romantic bride, the collection infuses woodland enchantment with refined styling and artful details, with an emphasis on innovative shapewear and fabrications," the designer says. This dress, named "Geona," is perfect for the classic bride with an eye for storybook-inspired details.
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Marchesa's designers are keeping their inspiration under wraps, but they treated us to this lacey sneak peek. We're expecting we'll see tons of it coming down their runway.
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Marchesa Notte Bridal
Take one look at this sketch from Marchesa Notte Bridal's newest collection and you'll understand why the inspiraiton was "cascading ivory." Just look at that stunning skirt!
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Marco & María
Spanish design duo Marco Marrero and María Díaz drew inspiration for their 2018 collection from Hamlet's Ofelia and her relationship of love with the vegetation on the shores of the lakes in England. "The motivated embroideries are a real reflection of the atmosphere of the gardens which Ofelia frequented," they say. "We present gowns with a romantic and sweet cut, with a lot of movement, and we choose fabrics like tulle, organza, and crinoline, all richly embroidered and treated."
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Mark Zunino Atelier Collection
Mark Zunino returns with clean, sleek lines and soft, feminine silhouettes. "The look is sophisticated yet playful, flirtatious and romantic," the designer says. "This collection is inspired by Parisian romance. It embodies the sensuality of Paris, from its lust for fashion to its captivation with love."
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What's cooler than a mother-daughter design duo? Mira and Lihi Zwillinger say their latest collection drew inspiration from The Wizard of Oz. "Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true," they say. We're certainly dreaming of seeing this incredible gown, which features textural floral elements, walk down the runway.
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Known for her romantic silhouettes and distinctly feminine designs, fans of Monique Lhuillier can expect something special this season. Her inspiration for the newest collection? Sheer romance. Judging from the sketch seen here, we can expect to see dramatic skirts and plenty of detail in this new collection.
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Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Madeline Gardner dubbed her newest designs the "Reflections Collection." "It's the spark of radiance that shines off the crystal beading and the glisten in the eyes of those that share their love on that special wedding day," she says.
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Fans of Naeem Khan know to expect intricately embroidered and structured gowns from the designer. While his latest collections have played with bold colors, it seems he's going for something more classic this time around. "It's a modern, timeless collection for an avant-garde bride with couture taste," he says.
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If you love clean, modern lines, then Peter Langner's newest collection is for you! The designer is celebrating 25 years of bridal couture this season, and he designed his newest dresses to be both a retrospect and a vision for the future, exuding the idea of minimalist opulence.
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Rita Vinieris created her upcoming collection for the confident and fashionable bride, with an emphasis on color. "It's a journey through the pink looking glass," she says. "Feminine, modern silhouettes in a mix of luxurious, contrasting fabrics and tones that harmoniously skim the body, allowing each woman to express herself." Should we expect to see all pink-hued gowns? Only time will tell!
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"The 2018 collection is ethereal and delicate, a rich proposal in options designed to highlight the personality of each bride," Rosa Clara says of her upcoming collection. "It is more suggestive than ever thanks to an exception and subtle technique that result in looks that enhance the female silhouette with maximum elegance." This gown, a silk crepe dress that's fitted to the body, features lace appliques and a full silk tulle skirt.
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Sabrina Dahan drew inspiration for her latest collection from her Southern California upbringing. Subtle blue ombré details and layered semi-sheer tulle are used to mimic the look of waves, and ruffles will be spotted throughout her designs. Dare we say beach brides will find their perfect dresses here? It seems like a safe bet!
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Sachin and Babi
Husband-and-wife designers Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia return with dresses fit for the graceful and elegant bride. "We played with a mix of traditional and contemporary silhouettes, placing refined coast dresses and elegant pantsuits alongside our gowns, staying true to our love of texture and embroidery," they say. "The bride who would wear this is a woman who wants to make an impression, with an eye for luxurious detail."
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Sottero and Midgley
For the bride that's looking for Old Hollywood glamour, look no further than Sottero and Midgley's "Arliegh" gown. "Arleigh is designed for the bride looking for a modern twist on Old Hollywood glamour. This slink sheath gown embodies the 'love goddess' look—Rita Hayworth's iconic style, Lauren Bacall's sultry charisma—with illusion cutouts for a sexy and contemporary edge."
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Steven Birnbaum's spring 2018 collection was designed for today's "All American Woman." Created for the bride of all ages, ethnicities, and shapes, we can expect to see sophisticated interpretations of classic wedding gowns in the mix, including "Suzy," seen here, is made from a blend of silk and cotton and features transparent lattice seam insets.
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Designer Lazaro Perez wanted to bring glamour and sparkle into every aspect of Tara Keely's newest collection. "Tara Keely has always been very sultry and this season I am punching in on the wow factor while keeping everything very romantic," he says.
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Known for its signature carefree, boho style, THEIA's spring 2018 collection will return with that same aesthetic, but with an elevated dose of formality. "We are mixing cotton Guipures over nude silk charmeuse linings and adding in hints of color, a whisper of blush and breath of blue," says the brand's creative director Don O'Neill. "Our elegant beaded gowns continue to be a focus, featuring lots of pearl details."
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Viktor & Rolf
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren return this season with their newest take on luxury bridalwear. Exuding unexpected elegance, conceptual glamour, and provocative couture, Viktor & Rolf's latest collection features a distinctly fashion-forward edge. "We love the play on opposites," the designers say. "Our new collection is very romantic, yet elegant and fashionable in an architectural way."
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Celestial inspiration strikes again! Watters will debut their exclusive capsule collection, Seraphim, which is made up of a series of six gowns that all reflect celestial and angelic beauty. "This collection reflects Watters' dedication to merging luxury and fashion with incomparable design and the evolution of modern brides," says Creative Director Xay Vongphachanh.
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