We just returned from New York Bridal Market, and we’re both exhausted and exhilarated. As a team, we viewed over 70 collections, thousands of dresses (nearly 1,125 by our estimate!) and hundreds of accessories, and spotted some very clear wedding dress trends. So what was the biggest trend of the season? We’re calling it now…

Wedding Gowns by (from left): Olia Zavozina, photo by Todd Matarazzo; Claire Pettibone, photo by Dan Lecca

Gold, silver, and everything in between! We loved the glamorous and regal, yet still totally wedding-appropriate and flattering look of metallic wedding gowns (and some bridesmaid styles too!). From grand ballgowns to slinky lace sheaths, rich golds and luminous silvers were shown on all silhouettes and gown styles. Check out our favorite metallic styles from the Fall 2014 New York Bridal Market in our special bridal market section, and be sure to check out all of the brand-new, hot-off-the-runway designer collections.

new-wedding-dresses-1Dresses by (from left): Olia Zavozina, Berta. Photos by Robert Mitra

Well, it’s that time of year again! In just a few short days, we’ll be heading up to New York City to see the newest designer wedding dresses at Bridal Market. So to get ready for the biggest event in bridal fashion, we thought it would be wise to take a look back at our favorite wedding dresses from last season – the styles that really wowed us. Two of our editors’ personal faves are pictured above: a pink textured rosette A-line gown by Olia Zavozina, and a romantic long-sleeved gown with a plunging neckline and body-hugging silhouette by Berta. Both of these gorgeous gowns were photographed at Pier 94, the hub of New York Bridal Market. Be sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to get inside scoop on what’s new in bridal fashion. See you on the runway!

Bridal Market Spring 2014: Trend Update

Posted by jtrumpower on May 03, 2013

Guest Post By: Jim Verraros, Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury

I’ve been attending NY Bridal Market for four years and each time I fantasize about rolling around in couture gowns and dream about making a bedspread out of them. But that would be strange, so I hold myself back.

Maggie Sottero’s Spring 2014 collection took a page from “The Great Gatsby,” and showed silk charmeuse sheaths and beaded, slinky silhouettes. This was by far the most sexy they’ve gone, and I was a fan. It was risky but in the most tasteful way possible.

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero; Photo: Dan Lecca

Justin Alexander is always a highlight for me. Designers Jose Diaz and Terry Hilferty always seem to have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to trends. The Spring 2014 preview included some off-the-shoulder gowns, ball gowns that would make even me want to wear them, and peplums. I’m obsessed with peplums.

Dress Designer: Justin Alexander

Junko Yoshioka, best known for her red carpet gowns and architectural details showed a collection that I fell in love with. From the names of her gowns like, “Macaroon,” and “Éclair,” (which made me think: “I need to get over to Laduree before they close”), to the gorgeous fabrics like crepe de chine and Bellagio silk, the collection was delicious.

Rita Vinieris, for Rivini, showed a collection that was diverse in design and silhouette. From plunging necklines to a sheer lace top that left nothing to the imagination, she took a risk and it paid off. BIG time. While still staying true to her design aesthetic, she always manages to keep things fresh and the audience excited.

Dress Designer: Rivini; Photo: Dan Lecca

A new designer on the scene, Berta Bridal from Israel took sexy and RAN! These gowns were smokin’ hot, made impeccably with backs that were plunging and lace-embellished detail that you HAD to see up close.  Berta Bridal was truly a stand out at market.

Dress Designer: Berta; Photo: Robert Mitra

Lazaro always delivers, but this season it was beauty channeled through lace, sleeves, open and keyhole backs and beading. Lazaro knows a woman’s body and this collection truly focused on that. Not to mention- the collaboration between him and the Maria Elena Headpieces accessories in his gowns made me squeal. I think I turned a few heads in the showroom, but I couldn’t contain my excitement.

Dress Designer: Lazaro

Speaking of squealing, I’m taken back to last Fall when I was introduced to “Guindon,” a striped ruffled ball gown by the gorgeous Miss Hayley Paige that I couldn’t stop thinking about. Once I saw this creation come down the runway, I knew Hayley was going to be a star; and a star she quickly became. For fall, she didn’t disappoint- with point d’esprit and crisscross backs and an airiness that she does so well.

One of my favorite designers, Carlos Ramirez for Liancarlo showed us Lyon, Chantilly and Alencon laces coupled with Italian embroidery and Swarovski detail throughout. One gown in particular, a blush colored ball gown with peplum and embroidery almost went home with me- I just couldn’t fit it under my suit.

Dress Designer: Liancarlo

If there’s one thing I can say about NY Bridal market, it’s that designers are listening to you! The request for sleeves, higher necklines and removable boleros were affluent throughout designers’ collections and this is a great thing. Brides, you’re in for a treat as you peruse through gowns in your local bridal boutiques. Just hurry before I get to them first.

Jim Verraros | National Bridal Sales Manager, Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury

Jim is the National Bridal Sales Manager for Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury and wears multiple hats, ranging from servicing designers and bridal salons to copywriting and editing, participating in strategy sessions with the entire sales office, and choreographer for its weekly fashion shows.

We asked our readers to submit their “wedding dress wish lists” and we went on the hunt at New York Bridal Market to find their dream dress. Susu commented with the following request:

My fiance’s dream was to be married on a beach, but we sadly can’t make that happen. I think I like the trumpet style dresses. Is there a wedding dress that falls somewhere in the middle? It’s been a challenge trying to find something!

It seems that Susu is looking for a combination of a beach wedding dress and something that’s more fitted and appropriate for an indoor wedding. We suggest she look for trumpet wedding dresses in lightweight fabrics, like tulle or organza. These dresses feel ethereal and beachy, but are still formal enough for an indoor wedding. If Susu wants something a bit more glamorous, she can easily add a beaded sash to any of these styles.

Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Liancarlo; Watters; Jane Wang; Christos. Liancarlo courtesy of Liancarlo; Watters and Wang photos by Robert Mitra; Christos photo by Dan Lecca

Are you having trouble finding your wedding gown? Give us a description of your dream dress in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you find it.

We asked our readers to submit their “wedding dress wish lists” and we went on the hunt at New York Bridal Market to find their dream dress. BellaKFaye commented with the following request:

I would love to see some asymmetrical, A-line gowns with totally unique details that don’t include feathers! Maybe strapless with a sweetheart neckline, or something with straps and a gorgeous back. I’ve been looking for dresses since my engagement and have yet to find something that’s both unique and show-stopping without being gaudy or too couture. Please help!

Well, BellaKFaye, there weren’t as many asymmetrical hemlines this season as we saw during October Bridal Market, there were several styles that we can point you to. All of these feature unique details (and no feathers!) – the Jenny Lee has a feminine ruffled skirt, the Rafael Cennamo features an exaggerated bow detail and gorgeous draped back, the Reem Acra has stunning sparkle on the bodice, and the Carolina Herrera’s scalloped skirt is a sweet touch.

Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Jenny Lee; Rafael Cennamo; Carolina Herrera; Reem Acra. Lee, Herrera, and Acra photos by Dan Lecca, Cennamo photo by Robert Mitra

Are you having trouble finding your wedding gown? Give us a description of your dream dress in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you find it.