A Basic Bateau Neckline
A dress doesn't need lots of embellishments to truly stand out when a classic style can complement the bride in the best way possible. The bateau necklines we saw at Oscar de la Renta, Kelly Faetanini, Maggie Sottero, Amsale and Lela Rose all had sophisticated silhouttes but with a sexy fit.
The "Dipped" V Neckline
Not as innocent as a sweetheart neckline but not as sexy as a plunging one, the subtle deep-V bodice seen at Maggie Sottero, Reem Acra, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Barge and Christos adds just the right touch of drama.
A barely there pop of color is perfect for your spring nuptials. Shades of pink and rose were seen all over the runways, but we fell in love with the blush tones at J. Mendel, Jenny Packham, Houghton, Pamella Roland and Romona Keveza.
A combination of casual and chic, there's something uniquely elegant about a bride showing off just a sliver of skin on her wedding day. We saw it done right at Mira Zwillinger, Reem Acra, Elizabeth Fillmore, Victoria KyriaKides and Theia.
Whether they were big, black and dramatic, like at Vera Wang, or soft, fluttery and delicate, like at Amsale, the feather details at Bridal Fashion Week were stunning. We also loved the ostrich feather skirts at Lela Rose and Kelly Faetanini, but the cascading bodice effect at Jenny Packham was our favorite.
While florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, floral-print wedding dresses are very fashion forward. Whether done as intricate embroidery, like at Carolina Herrera, or painted onto fabric, like at Romona Keveza, bridal blooms are definitely trending -- just look at Elizabeth Fillmore, Houghton and Naeem Khan.
Layers of Lace
Because one type of lace is never enough, this spring, designers such as Angel Sanchez, Rivini, Ines Di Santo, Maggie Sottero and Christos layered Chantilly lace on top of embroidered tulle and Swiss dot lace for mind-blowing texture and detail.
Subtle tones of taupe, nude and silver were scattered among the spring runways. A sweetheart, tulle ball gown at Anne Barge had a nude underlay for a warm effect, while a strapless gown at Naeem Khan had cool tones of silver that gave the gown an almost-bluish glow. Other collections that had just a hint of color were Jenny Packham with an ombre skirt, Liancarlo with copper threading and Mira Zwillinger with a soft gray wash.
One of our favorite dress trends isn't actually a dress at all -- it's a two-piece suit. The perfect look for that slightly cooler, more casual wedding, the bridal suits at Pamella Roland, Naeem Khan, Carolina Herrera, Theia and Houghton put trousers in a whole new light.
Whether it was the high necklines at Theia and Claire Pettibone, flare sleeves at Maggie Sottero, pearl-stranded sleeves at Ines Di Santo or the silk ball gown at Oleg Cassini, it was pretty clear that designers were drawing inspiration from old-world opulence.