Exclusive: Get a First Look at the Fall 2019 Bridal Collections
There's no better time than right now to be engaged. Why? Fall 2019 Bridal Fashion Week is just around the corner, and that means we're about to be treated to a whole array of brand-new, beautiful wedding dresses. Twice a year, bridal fashion designers debut their latest collections in New York City, giving brides-to-be a first look at the trends to watch for. But before they do that, they give Martha Stewart Weddings an inside look at their wedding dress designs and the inspiration behind each new collection.
This season, 62 designers gave us a sneak peek at what's to come, and you can trust us when we say the looks do not disappoint. One overarching trend? Old Hollywood glamour, which multiple designers site as this season's inspiration. Statement-making silhouettes, long trains, and vintage-inspired details that any big screen starlet would have love to wear are all on order. Another form of inspiration that came up over and over again? Nature. From flowers to the seasons, many of these bridal fashion designers looked outside for new ideas. But those aren't the only ways these designers were inspired as they created their newest wedding dresses. One collection was inspired by (and named after!) a Rolling Stones song; another used today's modern bride as its muse; others still were inspired by favorite places, including Iceland, Oregon, and a family ranch in Idaho.
To see how all of these ideas came to life, click through to check out sketches and inspiration from our favorite bridal designers, then check back to see how your wedding dresses came to life on the runways.
For her latest collection, designer Alexandra Grecco drew inspiration from a recent vacation in Italy. "One of my favorite memories was walking through an olive grove, listening to the crickets and taking in the untamed beauty of it all, which led to the inspiration for this collection," she says. "I wanted the gowns to feel really wild with lots of bold floral embroideries." Tying the knot in a wild garden? Then you'll connect with Grecco's latest designs, which she says were created with this specific venue type in mind.
If you're looking for a supremely elegant wedding dress, consider Allison Webb's latest collection. "It's an ode to dramatic simplicity; clean lines, fresh textures, and classic details converge to create gowns that are simultaneously modern yet timeless," Webb explains. This season, the designer drew inspiration from an unexpected muse: the fabrics themselves. Expect to see plenty of French micro sequins, Italian floral jacquards, and silk faille. And, as evidenced by this sketch, there will be at least one incredibly architectural number in the collection.
Alyne by Rita Vinieris
Based on the sketch from their Fall 2019 collection, brides-to-be should expect romance from Alyne by Rita Vinieris' newest batch of wedding dresses. Complete with butterfly sleeves and contoured lace, this delicate design looks as if it would be at home on a beach or in a beautiful garden.
According to Margo Lafontaine, design director at Amsale New York, brides should expect old-school glamour from the brand-new collection. "The dress featured here is a Faille de soie gown with vertically seamed bodice and pleats that unfold into a dramatic ball gown—purposefully simple," she says.
"The beauty of gardens and the unmistakable presence of floral elements find their reflection in the new collection's designs," artistic director Herve Moreau says of the latest Atlerier Pronovias designs, which were inspired by Monet's vibrant Impressionist rendition of the Giverny.
Do you consider yourself an ultra-feminine woman? Are you interested in making a whimsical statement on your wedding day? Then you'll want to watch closely when Anne Barge sends her latest collection of wedding dresses down the runway, as she said this type of woman would be most likely to choose her latest styles. "Look beyond what meets the eye; the Anne Barge Fall 2019 Bridal Collection is full of mystery and surprise," the designer explains. "Past the clean, graphic lines of the collection lies layers of rich detail and meticulous craftsmanship. This season, inspiration is taken from perspective photography, with each dress open to interpretation based on the viewer's lens."
Azul by Liancarlo
"The 2019 Azul Collection is inspired by Old Hollywood weddings and the strong women of the past and present," the Azul by Liancarlo designers say. "The gowns take inspiration from these original influencers who have shaped what fashion means today."
If "sexy," "figure-flattering," and "unique" are buzzwords you'd use to describe your dream wedding dress, keep a lookout for Berta's Fall 2019 bridal collection. The designer is known for toeing the line between sensual and demure, and their sneak peek sketch proves they're back at it again this season. With a high neckline and what appears to be illusion detailing, this silhouette looks like it will deliver the brand's signature aesthetic.
Blush by Hayley Paige
"There is a mood-lifting charm about this season; only kind and happy thoughts allowed," Hayley Paige says of her latest designs for her Blush collection. Inspired by a summer packed with love, travel, and laughter, Paige strove to create a selection of joyous designs. And what could be more fitting for a wedding dress than that? The Fawn gown, seen here, is actually a two-in-one style, complete with a detachable overskirt for the bride who wants a little versatility.
"The collection is a blend of contemporary and classic styles, with fluid skirts and intricate features," designer Catherine Deane says. Watch for themes like nature and romanticism in the new wedding dresses, which Deane says is especially evident in the "London" gown, with a ladder trim skirt and bodice with lace inserts.
"Carole Lombard, one of the beloved leading ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age, largely inspired this collection," says designer Catherine Kowalski. "Her impeccable style and zest for life had a strong influence on the design process of each gown and the overall aesthetic of the collection." Just take a look at the sketch here and you'll understand how that inspiration came to life—the layered bodice looks like something an Old Hollywood starlet would have worn.
"Our brides are elegant, modern women who are knowledgeable about fabrics and construction," says designer Cristina Ottaviano. "They want to look and feel there best!" With a goal of creating timeless, spectacular wedding dresses for each of their brides, the brand is known for quality and style. This season the designer was inspired by Claude Monet's home and gardens, which feature hundreds of different flowers and plants, so that means brides-to-be can expect plenty of floral inspiration from this collection.
Dubbed "Whisper," the latest Daalarna Couture collection was inspired by Iceland—namely, it's calming wind, unusual colors, lights, and flowers. Based on the inspiration sketch the designer shared, we expect to see flowing skirts and maybe even a cape or two from the brand's newest wedding dresses.
Call it the Meghan Markle effect: Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses will surely rule the latest bridal fashion runways. Case in point: This brand-new design from David's Bridal. "We wanted a gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline to frame the face," the brand's designers say. "Something that felt a little more contemporary but was still timeless. We think we got the balance right with the more traditional lace hand appliqued bodice, but the sheer sleeve, mermaid silhouette, and soft skirt to reflect the more relaxed trend in bridal."
DB Studio Collection at David's Bridal
Brides-to-be can expect fun, flirty styles from DB Studio. Inspired by the bride who has an effortless way of expressing herself, the designers created fun dresses like this one, which features a flouncy hem and an illusion lace yoke.
Want to make a statement on your wedding day? These intricate cape from Demetrios' Fall 2019 collection will help you do just that.
Meet one of Elizabeth Fillmore's newest wedding dresses: Ophelia. "The spirit of Ophelia is the 'New Romantic.' She creates her own journey and independent vision of herself," Fillmore says.
If detail is what you're after, check of Francesca Miranda's latest wedding dresses. Based on the beaded gown in this sketch, we expect to see lots of intricate elements on the designer's latest collection of bridal gowns.
Gala by Galia Lahav
This sheer mermaid wedding dress, made from antique lace crochet, is part of Gala by Galia Lahav's new collection, and all of the designs were inspired by an enchanted forest. If this dress is indicative of the rest of the styles, expect flowing fabrics and flattering silhouettes.
Galia Lahav Couture
Inspired by the "romantic Latin culture of Portugal," Galia Lahav Couture's latest bridal collection is sure to deliver an array of unique new wedding dresses. This one, a figure-hugging, fully-beaded mermaid, comes with a detachable skirt.
Galina at David's Bridall
"We designed a simple, short-sleeved, delicate Venise lace illusion bodice with a stunning open back," the Galina designers say. "We wanted a clean fabric on the skirt to contrast the top, so we went with a simple crepe, but with a dramatic fit and flare skirt." If you're the type of bride who favors a classic look with a twist, then the brand's Fall 2019 collection might be right for you.
Galina Signature at David's Bridal
Consider yourself a glamorous bride? Then take a close look at Galina Signature's brand-new collection. "We continued with the idea of an absolutely all-out glamour bride," the designers say. This dress, a fitted number with heavy beading, will deliver a "sexy-spark-shine impact" on your big day.
Gracy Accad's latest wedding dress collection was inspired by the nine Greek muses. "They are the personification of literature, music, visual arts, and science," the designer says. "Through this collection I sought to represent their influence, whether through sheer feats of craftsmanship, or dramatic re-embroidered laces." As for her own muses, Accad sites her sisters and friends as the women who inspire her designs.
If you value love, loyalty, and laughter, Hayley Paige's latest collection of wedding dress is right for you. "This season is about confidence, not compromise," Paige insists. "I've been exploring empowerment principles and how energy is truly a universal language." Each new wedding dress represents a different value ("In the same way a superhero manifests a special skill," the designer adds), and everything from loyalty and resilience to grit and gratitude has been turned into a beautiful wedding dress.
"For this collection, I was thinking about the brides of the '70s and early '80s. Voluminous sleeves, Victorian and refined, but much more effervescent," says designer Giovanna Randall. The wedding dress seen here features pleated tulle, lattice lace, and detailed medallions from Italy.
Ines Di Santo
If you love fairy tales, you'll surely love Ines Di Santo's latest wedding dress collection, which was inspired by the power of storytelling and the idea of taking a walk through a modern-day storybook. You'll feel like a princess for a day in this incredible off-the-shoulder wedding dress, complete with puffed sleeves.
Get your first look at Isabelle Armstrong's new "Cleo" gown, which designer Remy Quinones created to be worn for anything from a glamorous elopement to a black-tie wedding. "Cleo is fun, young, and romantic," Quinones adds.
Jenny by Jenny Yoo
Youthful brides, take note of the brand-new wedding dresses from Jenny by Jenny Yoo's Fall 2018 collection, as the designer says this latest collection was created with you in mind. "This collection is all about the unexpected, from dramatic slit skirts that appear as you take your first step down the aisle to ball gowns that are as ethereal as they are airy," Yoo says.
Jenny Yoo Collection
Jenny Yoo Collection's latest designs highlight "sculpted femininity," so expect to see plenty of clean-lined silhouettes and sheer necklines. There'll be a healthy dose of French lace, too, the designer says. If you're a refined, romantic bride, these new wedding dresses will surely strike a chord with you.
Justin Alexander Signature
"This season we explored soft textures on graphic silhouettes and necklines to create an utterly modern collection that transcends traditional bridal styling," says Justin Warshaw, the President and Co-Creative Director of Justin Alexander Signature. "We always envision a woman of the world wearing our gowns." This ball gown with Marabou skirt and soft satin v-neckline is no exception.
Dreamy and romantic are two buzz words we'd use to describe the latest offerings from L. Wells, so if you love floaty silhouettes and soft fabrics, this is one designer to keep an eye on.
Lakum's latest collection, dubbed "Nonlinear," explores the idea of trying to find true love. "We modern day humans shift, often moving in circles around each other before the effect of time and space bring us together," the designer says. "I looked to Kandinsky and the Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitzadze for inspiration. Specifically, her piece 'Ali and Nino' which involves two humans moving through one another." That color you see in the slit of the "Anjali" gown featured here? It's the brand's latest embroidery, a collection of floral appliques, laser-cut leather flowers, and stones.