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It was bridal gown heaven at New York Bridal Fashion Week where we previewed the fall 2024 collections of designers Anne Barge, Rime Arodaky and Ines Di Santo. Anne Barge’s gowns have a timeless elegance about them. Rime Arodaky gowns are on the sexier side. Ines Di Santo often incorporates color or pattern. We saw plenty of classic ball gowns, corset bodices, satin dresses and other more traditional yet stunning options. But we also picked up on some trends that the bold bride who craves something unconventional or unexpected may want to explore. Consider these styles before you head to your wedding gown shopping appointment.
Sleeves aren’t just reserved for winter weddings. On the runway, we saw several sleeves that were sheer or only covered part of the arm. They added visual interest rather than warmth. Many designers also make the sleeves on their gowns detachable so brides can transform their look in an easy way. Designer Rime Arodaky’s fall 2024 bridal collection is inspired by, “the ethereal dance of celestial bodies,” according to the company. “Rime celebrates the luminous, the ethereal, the divine.” The sleeves on her dresses looked lightweight and effortlessly elegant.
Catch your guests by surprise when you reveal a fun feature like an oversized bow on the back of your dress or a Watteau train (think a veil/train combo that starts just above the waist and below the shoulders). Start practicing your over-the-shoulder poses.
Who says you need to wear white on your wedding day? A colorful dress or one with a pattern will be unexpected and make a statement. Let your personality shine. In designer Ines Di Santo’s fall 2024 collection, we saw everything from a subtle pale-pink gown to a blue-and-green dress with a floral pattern. Throughout this collection, Ines wanted to represent, “our relationship between architecture and the ever changing urban landscapes that surround us,” according to the company. “Using innovative interior construction, Ines plays with transparent layers over frameworks of corsetry to create new voluminous shapes and silhouettes.”
A flirty short dress will show off your legs and be easy to move in. Whether you choose a mini as your main ensemble or for an outfit change during the reception or after-party, there are many options ranging from fitted with floral appliqués to lacy and billowy. Designer Anne Barge’s fall 2024 collection is a tribute to Nantucket and, “the island’s timeless elegance and romantic coastal vibes,” according to the company. “Silk faille and organza flowers have been hand-embroidered onto the gowns; reminiscent of the vibrant hydrangeas that bloom across Nantucket.” Her mini dresses in particular seem perfect for a seaside soiree.
Skip the gown altogether and opt for a set of separates (either pants or a skirt with a cropped top). If a princess gown is not your style, you may feel more comfortable in an outfit that’s closer to what you’d wear on a normal day but with special details. We also saw some asymmetrical dresses with cutouts around the mid-section or back—a great option for the bride who wants to show a little skin.