Remember when Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's streamlined Narciso Rodriguez slip dress was considered revolutionary as a wedding gown back in 1996? Granted, nearly two decades have passed, but for spring 2015, the options go beyond the minimalist sheaths (hey, even short dresses aren't a big deal anymore) to inspired and unexpected options for the 21st century bride -- from cool moto jackets to mix-and-match separates to revisiting (and re-imagining) vintage silhouettes. It must be so much fun to be a bride right now, especially when these are the trends for the upcoming wedding season.
The Coolest Jackets Beyond the Wrap
Capes are still going strong for spring 2015, but coming in a variety of lengths and pretty textures -- ethereal sheer silk, intricate embellishments, and a structured wool-felt. Other designers went with less traditional layers, including Houghton's lambskin and rabbit-fur lined moto-jacket (how very Man Repeller) and Delphine Manivet's après ski-esque parka.
The Prettiest Pastels
While Queen Elsa-blue is having a bridal moment right now, let's not forget the rest of the Easter Egg-y assortment of colors. The popularity of soft spring-ready hues -- lavender, pink, minty green -- for wedding dresses mirrored the Fashion Month runways. But question: if the bride wears pink, then what do the bridesmaids wear?
The Wannabe Olivia Palermo
Reality TV star turned profit-generating tastemaker Olivia Palermo got creative for her walk down the aisle in a sweater-shorts-tulle skirt ensemble custom-made by Carolina Herrera. Perhaps her inspired choice of bridal wear was a game-changer for the industry as a whole, as shorts and knits made their way into the spring collections. While for some, these options might be a little too progressive , they do make for super fun second looks of the evening (or for the after-after-party).
Bringing Sexy Back
For that slow walk down the aisle, it's kind of a no-brainer that brides want to look just as good from behind as they do from the front. For spring ,the back-detail on gowns have more of a seductive, almost racy thing going on -- as opposed to, say, a big decorative bow. The backs are looooow, be it with a gossamer sheer (and sometimes embellished) illusion panel, peekaboo lace or just 100 percent bare.
Next Level Ballerina Tulle
The traditional tulle ball gown has a new lease on life for spring 2015 -- whether in the form of cascading dessert-like ruffles or Carrie Bradshaw-esque ballerina flounce. (Heads up: this look may require assistance to the ladies' room.)
So Many Separates
Why have just one wedding gown when you can enjoy an arsenal of separate pieces for the day? From embroidered lace pairings to mix-and-match creations to very convenient convertible sets, the options for bridal wear just multiplied exponentially. While most looks come as one set, some designers, like Marchesa, will give you the choice to buy each piece, well, separately.
The Roaring '20s and '30s
To counter the glorious multi-layered tulle ball gown, the figure-skimming sheath made popular in the late '20s and '30s made a strong showing on the runways. The short cap-sleeves make for a retro-inspired compromise between Kate Middleton sleeves and totally bare arms. Plus, the slip-like dresses are beautiful canvases for exquisite beading, delicate lace and light ethereal layers of sheer silk.