Walk Down the Aisle with these Runway Worthy Trends

When you walk – or strut – down the aisle, chances are Tyra Banks won’t be there to give you feedback. However, that doesn’t mean that fashion-conscious brides can’t pay attention to what’s happening on the runway and incorporate some of the season’s hottest wedding trends into otherwise traditional attire. If you missed the memo to tune into the 2018 bridal fashion week shows, IES has you covered on what’s in style for your magical runway moment.

Here Comes the Bride, All Dressed in Black?

For 2018, many designers ventured away from standard white gowns and opted for something almost completely opposite. Vera Wang featured white dresses covered with black flowers and other models were accessorizing with black ribbons, gloves and hairpieces. While you may not be ready to turn your back on decades of traditional, all-white wedding dresses, it seems that maybe 2018 is the year to experiment with bolder accessories and color-schemes. Consider picking up those black statement earrings or saying “yes” to a dress that you might think is unconventional, but perfect for you.

If you’ve always felt that you’d do better as a princess, 2018 is offering another option for you. Almost every designer featured dresses with capes or a cropped capelet, offering a royal – if not funky – touch. Runway versions of this look varied dramatically. Some models rocked floor-length, ruffled capes while others donned cropped, sheer capelets. Whether you just want to cover your shoulders or borrow a look from the modern runway princesses, adding a cape to your wedding day look might be the perfect tend for you to incorporate.

2018 runway trends suggest that brides can get away with more playful and bolder looks than in the past, making it a great year for fashion lovers. 

Get Graphic or Put on Your Pearls

Accessories at the 2018 bridal week shows ranged from intricate beaded chokers to elbow-length gloves. However, one trend in particular spoke to an increasingly modern and digital generation of brides. Many designers featured graphic art in their runway looks. While the plush cape proclaiming “love is love” in very modern font shown at the Lela Rose show might not be for everyone, other perhaps easier to incorporate examples of this trend are graphic jewelry items. Rings and bracelets featuring graphics and text are simple and perfect for those brides obsessed with all things design.

If you’re slightly more traditional and aren’t ready to pick graphic art jewelry over pearls and diamonds, you’re still in luck. Other designers featured very simple dresses but accessorized with over the top, statement jewelry, mostly using pearls and diamonds. If you don’t have the big bucks to shell out on huge statement jewelry, try opting for more conservative, but still unique – and sparkly – options. You could pick a choker necklace or highlight cartilage piercings.  

Say Goodbye to Flower Crowns

What the 2018 fashion week shows highlighted most was that very sleek looks with an eye to the future are key. The bridal market is expanding from sweetheart gowns and minimum accessories, putting attention on unconventional looks. While this means that chances are, there’s a runway look perfect to inspire you, it means that DIY-friendly wedding trends might be on their way out. Yes, this means that flower crowns and casual footwear, are trends fashion-conscious brides should say goodbye to.

Fashion week shows offer a look at high-end wedding trends and serve as a great starting point for planning your special day. While you might not want to jump on the bandwagon for the all-white pantsuit trend or zip up an all-black dress, consider picking something that is unique to you from the 2018 runway looks to incorporate in your wedding, whether it be a statement necklace or a pair of stunning black heels. It seems that 2018 will be the perfect year for the unconventional.

xo, 

The Sparkler