Exclusive: Get a First Look at the Spring 2019 Bridal Collections
Spring 2019 Bridal Fashion Week is nearly here, and with it comes endless inspiration in the form of beautiful new wedding dresses. As if you needed another reason to get excited about being engaged, you're about to get a front row seat to the very latest in bridal fashion trends.
In the spring and fall of each year, bridal designers debut their latest creations in New York City, but before they do that later this month, many of our all-time favorites gave Martha Stewart Weddings an exclusive sneak peek at what their collections will look like. Even better, many told us a little bit about what inspired their designs, and what kind of bride they had in mind as they created each look. One prevailing theme many of these designers spoke of? "Modern femininity" and the idea of creating wedding dresses that help today's bride feel like the very best version of herself.
That wasn't the only overarching theme, though. Several designers said these are their most dramatic gowns yet, or that they were inspired by a favorite city (Paris!), decade (the '60s and '90s were both mentioned), or art form (ballet, in particular, came up multiple times). Although these designers had similar points of inspiration, their wedding dresses are still uniquely their own.
To get a first look at what your favorite designers—including Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Hayley Paige, Elie Saab, and Lela Rose—will be debuting at Spring 2019 Bridal Fashion, click through here. Trust us, you won't be disappointed by these incredible new designs.
It's all about fun for Alexandra Grecco's latest wedding dress designs. "The collection is a little bit '60s and a little bit French," the designer tells us. "Our embroideries are a bit bolder than usual, but still really feminine and intricate." Playful silhouettes, plenty of ruffles, and a swing coat are all on order this season, but there's one new release that every bride-to-be should watch the brand's runway for: their first ever selection of veils.
Talk about a head-turner. Allison Webb's "Covington" gown, seen here, features a bodice fully-encrusted with crystals and pearl embroidery, a column skirt, and a draped overskirt. "This bride has a penchant for drama, a love of sparkle, and a desire to make a statement" the designer tells us of the type of woman who would favor this gown. Expect to see plenty of "clean sparkle" from the rest of Webb's designs. She said she focused on creating tailored gowns with rhinestone flowers 3D textures this time around.
Anne Barge's Spring 2019 wedding dress collection "pays homage to extraordinary women, past and present" and each dress epitomizes timeless, feminine elegance. Her preview sketch is proof. Constructed of Swiss net and hand-appliqued French lace, this architectural gown feels womanly and strong.
Fans of Berta's wedding dress collections know to expect sexy, daring gowns season after season, and Spring 2019 does not disappoint on either front. "A sophisticated yet bold bridal style, this dress features a plunging neckline, detailed skirt, and embellished gathered waist," the designer says, adding that this particular look speaks to the theme of the entire collection: the art and beauty of fabric.
Bliss Monique Lhuillier
If you consider yourself a bride with a modern, playful aesthetic, you'll likely be drawn to Bliss Monique Lhuillier's Spring 2019 collection. This strapless ball gown, with its deep illusion V-neckline and grand skirt, is fresh and youthful but still classic.
Blush by Hayley Paige
Considering a destination wedding in the City of Lights? The latest collection from Blush by Hayley Paige might be just for you. The "Jardin" ball gown, seen here, features a flouncing tulle skirt and a crystal-dusted bodice. Can't you just picture a bride wearing it with the Eiffel Tower in the background?
Wow your guests from all angles in a wedding dress from Catherine Deane's Spring 2019 collection. Inspired by the cherry blossoms of Japan and the capital city of Tokyo, Deane says her newest gowns are for the fun loving and modern bride. "Our range of gowns, dresses, and separates are made to make every woman feel beautiful both inside and out," she says.
"Our woman understands craftsmanship and appreciates the details in her purchase," designer Danielle Frankel says of her dream bride. "Her overall approach to clothing is knowing whatever she wears will still be relevant in 20 years." Her "Alice" dress, seen here, embodies that idea. Made from silk duchess satin and manipulated with Chantilly lace, the tulip silhouette will look as chic in two decades as it does today. Expect similar shapes from the rest of the brand's new designs.
Are you a traditionalist at heart? Then David's Bridal is designing for you. "We wanted to create something youthful and traditional at the same time," the brand says. "For this style, we paired a ballerina bodice, embellished in a floral lace motif with a light and airy tulle skirt."
Elie Saab is debuting just 13 new looks this season, but each is somehow grander and more elegant than the last. Expect to see contemporary takes on traditional silhouettes and sophisticated details, like this classic ball gown with an off-the-shoulder bodice.
This dress, aptly named "Bloom," features dramatic three-dimensional floral details. If you're a flower child at heart, keep an eye out for the rest of the brand's new wedding dress, which is packed with even more floral motifs.
Eve of Milady
Known for crafting wedding dresses that look as if they were made for each woman's specific body, Eve of Milady's designs have long been favored by brides-to-be. "I want all my brides who choose my gowns to feel absolutely magical," the designer says. "I feel proud to be such an important part of their wedding day." If drama is what you're after, this floral ball gown is one to watch for.
Talk about elegant! Francesca Miranda's latest collection was inspired by a 1940s ballerina. If the full skirt and structured bodice on this sketch is any indication, we're in for some seriously romantic wedding dresses.
"This collection is entirely about volume and draws its inspiration from royalty," says designer Sharon Sever. Regal ball gowns, classic corsets, and endless trains are all on order. Could these looks have been inspired by Meghan Markle? We'll have to wait and see.
Galina at David's Bridal
The long sleeve wedding dress trend is here to stay—at least if Galina has anything to say about it. Form-fitting lace, an illusion neckline, and romantic long sleeves are key elements of the design seen here, but you'll want to watch carefully for this particular dress on the runway. The seemingly covered-up gown actually features an open back.
Galina Signature at David's Bridal
If you love the look of a wedding dress with a high neckline, you'll go crazy for Galina Signature's newest designs. This halter gown also features gold embroidered lace appliques, perfect for the bride who wants to shine on her big day.
Also inspired by ballet, Gracy Accad's newest wedding dress collection screams romance and grace. Dubbed "Ephemeral Beauty," there will surely be no shortage of floaty silhouettes at the designer's show.
"During development I listened to loads of throwback '80s and '90s music, which set the soundtrack for a splashy rewind with pops of glamour," the designer tells us. "This collection is somewhere in between Huey Lewis and the News' 'Heart and Soul' and Whitney Houston's 'Queen of the Night.'" Be on the lookout for cool-girl renditions of classic ball gown and mermaid silhouettes. One thing that's not changing? You'll still see Hayley Paige's signature striped organza make its debut.
Ines Di Santo
"This season is infused with modern romance," designer Ines Di Santo tells us. Judging by the silhouette seen here, which features floating floral appliques and a plunging neckline, she's not kidding.
Expect to see the juxtaposition between soft and strong to be on full display in Isabelle Armstrong's latest wedding dress collection. "Some days I feel like I have a split personality," says Remy Quinones, creative director and founder of the brand. "As a woman today, we're required to be both soft and strong, and often at the same time. This underlying feeling really informed the Spring 2019 collection." That's why you'll see frilly dresses with a tailored vibe, she explains. "I think this speaks to a lot of us who feel the push and pull of what it means to be a woman in the world today."
Jenny Yoo Collection
If you'd describe your style as "pretty" and "playful," Jenny Yoo understands your aesthetic. "I envision the woman who continues to evolve while still seeking timeless elegance," says the designer. Playful patterns, sumptuous textures, and skirts with volume make up this new collection.
Justin Alexander Signature
Inspired by the juxtaposition between modernity and opulence, Justin Alexander Signature's Spring 2019 delivers on chic minimalism. Be on the lookout for transparent details, geometric beading, and clean lines.
Laure de Sagazan
Dubbed "Civil Collection," Laure de Sagazan's newest wedding dress designs were inspired by vintage French style. "These short dresses were designed to highlight the female form with defined waistlines, plunging backlines, and transparent laces," the designer says. Just six dresses will be shown this season, but each one wows.
Whether you're throwing a backyard wedding, boho beach bash, or laid-back garden ceremony, this strapless wedding dress from Lakum's Spring 2019 collection might just be what you're looking for. It's versatile and modern, but still fun and daring, which is what we always expect from the Brooklyn-based designer.
It's all about modern shimmer for Lazaro's Spring 2019 collection. Body-hugging silhouettes, strappy backs, novelty fabrics, and a color palette largely of ivory and nude define these new gowns.
Meredith Stoecklein, founder and designer of Lein, fell in love with a beautiful blue and black cashmere lace at her Italian mill, which set her ideas in motion. "We used traditional outerwear weight wool twill in more feminine styles, paired with cashmere lace detailing; mixing masculine elements with a femininity that is consisted with the Lein look," she says of her collection. "For me, it's always about finding that perfect balance of strong and soft, giving our girl the versatility and wearability that allows her to feel like herself."
This rose jacquard wedding dress is a new idea for Lela Rose, but the designer is insistent about creating gowns that her bride wants. "We are always designing for today's bride," she explains. "This ball gown silhouette is fitted through the high hip, and it's a personal favorite!"
Created with a chic, modern bride in mind, Linacarlo's latest collection was inspired by timeless romance and modern style. We think this classic silhouette and cool high neckline embody marry those two ideas to a T.
Lihi Hod's latest collection is called "Dreams," and this sketch definitely has us dreaming of our own walks down the aisle. If the tailored silhouette and romantic draped back are any indication, there's plenty to look forward to from this designer's new looks.
Are you a glamorous bride? Say hello to "Brinkley," one of Maggie Sottero's newest creations. "Every bride should have a red-carpet moment, and Brinkley was made for glamour. I love every detail on this dress, but my favorite would have to be its curve-hugging construction—you'll feel like magic the moment you put it on," the designer says.
Melissa Sweet at David's Bridal
Melissa Sweet is known for creating romantic wedding dresses, and this one-shouldered gown is no exception. We're loving the watercolor hue and flowing skirt.
How's this for a build-up? Mira Zwillinger's new "Queen of Ice" collection explores the strength and sophistication of women. "A woman faced with challenges can choose to rise above it, growing more powerful each time," the designer says. "Some of the details that are emphasized in this collection reflect a grander version of ourselves, which we can find and honor in each of us."
"Spring 2019 is an ode to classic romanticism," says Monique Lhuillier. This re-embroidered lace wedding dress features an exaggerated train—a look the designer says is "fit for royalty!"
Morilee by Madeline Gardner
"Ignited by love and designed with love, this collection is a celebration of that magical feeling that knows no boundaries," says designer Madeline Gardner. This dress, which appears to feature a dramatic train, is part of a group of designs called "Endless Love."
Naeem Khan's latest collection was inspired by the intellectual woman who is motivated to impact the world with her compelling vision. He created this multi-fabric floral ball gown for his dream bride: "The confident, active woman that wants to wear a silhouette from the couture tradition but with a fresh, sleek neckline," he says.
Oleg Cassini at David's Bridal
It was important to the designer that the newest collection of Oleg Cassini wedding dresses feel updated yet still timeless. This off-the-shoulder beaded gown certainly delivers on that idea.
Designer Olga Yermoloff said she wanted her newest collection to preserve the signature Olvi's values while embracing the trend of casual elegance that's currently ruling bridal fashion. That's why this new collection is centered around femininity and the female body. "I was inspired by Baroque and Victorian splendor fused with surreal romance," she says.
"I am so proud of this collection because it reflects an independent woman's personality and femininity," says designer Yaniv Persy. "The dresses evoke the feeling of timeless classics yet fashion forward elements, for the bride who wants to look back at her wedding gown and feel eternal."