Every April, as the blossoming buds on the trees in New York’s Central Park spring into bloom, so do the creations of bridal designers from around the world. Their Spring/Summer 2020 collections were unveiled once again amid anticipation for what choices lie ahead for brides planning their wedding and in search for that perfect dress. Creations feature a mix of bold and extravagant juxtaposed with understated elegance widely embellished with intricate beading, floral appliqués, dazzling jewelry and accessories. Here are the highlights the Grace Ormonde Wedding Style editorial team curated for you from New York Bridal Fashion Week- April 2019. (click on the blue links to see designer's entire collection)
The Ines Di Santo collection was inspired by a fairy tale dream. As a tribute to Karl Lagerfeld she created a long sleeve blazer and shorts outfit, embellished with pink and blue cut petals.
Photography: Josh Wong
Photography: Gemy Maalouf
Francesca Miranda draws her inspiration for her new 2020 collection form the iconic black & white masquerade ball. Accentuated sleeves, plunging necklines, textured fabrics and intricate beading along with glimpses of color accentuate the female form.
Photography: Francesca Miranda
The Spring/Summer 2020 Vera Wang collection explores a new, gentle, relaxed kind of design freedom. Some asymmetry with a deliberate play on volume create sensual, female, light and seductive looks. The collection showcases a mixture of silhouettes and fabrics with contrasts in textures and tonalities. Muted tints though layering and veiling and a full exploration of floral embellishment are abundant as collars, sleeves, petticoats, and corsages enhance.
Photography: Vera Wang
Inspired by the musical "Dreamgirls" the Galia Lahav Spring/Summer 2020 collection exudes confidence and boldness.
Photography: Galia Lahav
Reem Acra presented her Thankyou Collection showcasing an array of creations in her signature style.
Photography: Josh Wong
The Christos Costarellos collection merges the ease of the Mediterranean with the attention to detail and fabric quality of a Parisian house. While the designer uses multiple laces to create a single silhouette, brides will discover hand-cut, fluttery appliqués to a softly frayed hem or a soft puckering atop a single tier in the skirt.
Mira Zwillinger, the mother-daughter design team, presented their Make a Wish collection featuring 29 looks with 25 floor-length gowns. Belgian tulle, silk organza, French and Italian lace and polished gazar with intricate embellishments and hand-stitched embroidery dominate the collection.
Photography: Mira Zwillinger
The Temperlay Honesty collection is a celebration of romance drawing inspiration from antique porcelain fans, chinoiserie screens and Victorian corsetry. Sleek silhouettes adorned with opulent embellishments offer a sense of drama and fantasy. Head to toe sequins in platinum or pearlescent tones are scattered with satin stitch flowers or cut-tube beads and petals. The collection also speaks to the the bohemian bride with fluid shapes and flashes of muted color.
Photography: Temperlay London
The Anne Barge collection intertwines the serene romance of the past with the cutting-edge sophistication of the contemporary. Romantic re-embroidered lace gowns bloom with off-the-shoulder floral brocade capes and coats. Contemporary silhouettes, dramatic corset bodices, mermaid skirts, and princess tulle with lace appliqués add an ultra-femme touch.
Photography: Anne Barge
The Victoria Kyriakides spring 2020 collection pays tribute to the seductive elements of music, cinema and style. Creations offer a multitude of silhouettes and overlay options with details and adornments that lean toward edgy yet elegant. Design details include lavish layering, volume and exaggerated butterfly bows, origami hand-pleated embroidery, detachable split long bell sleeves and luminous, sparkling luxurious fabrics.
Photography: Victoria Kyriakides
The Spring/Summer 2020 Viktor&Rolf Mariage collection offers dramatic ball gowns, elegant columns, flirty minis and tailored creations adorned with bold stud and crystal embroideries, sculpturally draped constructions, and an abundance of cascading intricate broderie anglaise flowers. Emphasis is placed on the décolleté detailing, featuring bejeweled illusion necklines with sheer ruffle layering, off-the-shoulder necklines that wrap around the back, scallop shaped collars and sculptural draped sweethearts. The collection’s highlight is the introduction of separates.
Photography: Viktor & Rolf
A newcomer from Vietnam, Phuong My, impressed with her architectural and bold style debut collection. A powerful creation in bright red with sheer overlays styled with long red gloves and a signature hat was a showstopper.
Alon Livné’s Spring-Summer 2020 collection was inspired by “Rêverie” (daydream in French), one of the first solo piano compositions of Claude Debussy from 1890. The soft and comforting sounds of the piece that hint the start of a daydream, inspired the clean and minimal designs in this collection. As the piece progresses and becomes rich with harmonies and creates an almost touchable texture of sounds, so does the collection with gowns made of lace designs, rich hand-beaded fabrics and intricate sewing techniques.
Photography: Alon Livne
Exploring modern sensuality, elegance and simplicity, the Spring 2020 Amsale collection plays with depth and dimension through unexpected volumes, layering and tiers. Dramatic draped faille ballgowns are presented alongside severe crepe sheaths. Highlighting Amsale’s signature interplay of opacity and sheerness, airy, textured skirts are anchored by clean tailored bodices. Textures are built with tonal embroideries, laser-cut petals and delicately hand-made organza flowers.
The Isabelle Armstrong collection was inspired by the rich, historical, medieval city of her birth, Lugo, Spain. The collection evokes the city’s stately structure and surrounding lush gardens with new silhouettes in weightless, buoyant fabrics, layered floral motifs, and unique details.
Photography: Isabelle Armstrong
The Carolina Herrera collection is about lightness and purity. With dreamy silhouettes and illusion details, the collection highlights the feminine form in luxurious laces, embroideries, tulles and silk fabrics.
Photography: Carolina Herrera
Inspired by the romantic spirit and streets of Paris, Eisen-Stein's Spring 2020 "LOVE" bridal collection introduces seven new gowns that feature intricate hand-made beading, lacework and crystal embellishments with modern silhouettes. Princess dresses with custom designed tulle and silk organza, details like pant suits, plunging necklines, bustiers, and sheer elements provide a sensual and dramatic touch.
Berta continues to offer beautiful creations mixing elegance and sensuality by combining traditional silhouettes with thigh-high slits and deep necklines.
Photography: Josh Wong