“It’s about the formality and the timelessness that a wedding should have,” Lhuillier said before the show at Carnegie Hall. Florals were a recurring theme: All of the models wore organza roses in their hair, and a tiered peplum dress was hand-painted with a floral dégradé motif. Elsewhere, florals were layered over point d’esprit, like a capelet over a sweet strapless gown. There were also jewel-encrusted capes, some made entirely from ropes of pearls, which were just the thing to jazz up the more understated dresses. As the designer put it, “A little sparkle goes a long way.”


Captured amongst notable New York landmarks (The Plaza Hotel, Central Park and Washington Square Arch), gowns feature an array of textures and motifs expected to dominate 2018 bridal. We’re talking bouncy tulle, glorious capes and floral appliqués that swim through bodices and skirts.


At Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s Marchesa presentation, they cited English gardens as their jumping-off point. “We were thinking about the English bride, but it’s still quintessentially Marchesa,” Chapman explained. Which is to say: romantic, feminine, and with a fair bit of drama. New for Marchesa brides were the body-skimming dresses in slinky stretch crepe; a few “cold shoulder” gowns, like one with playful bows on the sleeves; and voluminous skirts that started “below the derriere.” The results were subtler and more elegant than your standard mermaid gown, and there was an airy, ethereal quality to the lace, shirred tulle, and 3-D florals that looked like they would be well suited to a garden wedding—English or otherwise.


Delicate details in soft, airy hues inspired by the English rose garden at Mottisfont summed up Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s collection.


Vera Wang debuts her Spring 2018 Bride Collection through a short film titled TheBride Wore White. The film, created by Vera Wang, launched on the designer’s website today.

Vera Wang’s collection notes for this season: “CRAZY INNOCENCE . MODERN SEDUCTION . ASYMMETRY RULES “