Cue up the Pachelbel's Canon and start stockpiling Kleenex because wedding season is upon us. While the fashion calendar is already time-jumping a season into the future, the bridal market timeline flashes forward an entire year to spring 2017. But that works out for brides-to-be on a planning jag — and those of us who love clicking through galleries of pretty wedding dresses — by divulging all the trends that will happen next year.
For spring 2017, there's a bit of sartorial cognitive dissonance happening: Somehow designers devised a way for brides to wear all of the traditional wedding accoutrements (long sleeves, a train, the veil, etc.) and still bare as much skin as J. Lo at the 2000 Grammys. Unsurprisingly, Coachella vibes have infiltrated the wedding market as well, and maybe it was the New York Times finally catching onto the pants trend (which has been happening for a couple seasons now), but bridal trousers were few and far between this time around. So before anyone objects, may we present the 10 biggest bridal trends for next season. (And warning: You might want to shield grandma's eyes.)
50 SHADES OF PINK
While pastel blues and vivid lilacs did pop up throughout the collections, pink reigned supreme as the non-white bridal color of choice this season. From the lightest, barely there blush at Marchesa to embroidered florals at Sabrina Dahan to ombré dessert-like layers at Christian Siriano, the Pantone-approved color is major for weddings next year — and we're not mad about it in the least.
While the sexy, open back trend isn't going anywhere, this season, a massively plunging neckline jumps into the mix. From a relatively discreet illusion-covered slash to a down-to-the-pelvis V-neck plunge, cleavage is a "thing" for bridal in 2017. Start stocking up on Hollywood tape and breast petals right now, ladies.
NOT AN ILLUSION
Designers played with sheer elements ranging from embellished, modesty cutout panels to full-on see-through embroidered tops and dresses — to the point of looking like bedazzled floral pasties floating above a ballgown skirt or Beyoncé in her custom Givenchy Couture dress at last year's Met Gala. (Lookin' at you, Mira Zwillinger.) Hope your officiant has a good poker face.
SPECTACULAR TRAINS AND VEILS — OR BOTH
The two classic elements stayed strong on the bridal runways, but with the sort of drama and glamour that would make for the perfect "flowing in the wind" Instagram and Snapchat moments. Veils were accented with embroidery, lace, beading and, in certain cases, Swarovski crystals; romantic trains ranged from a shorter church length to a Royal Wedding-esque cathedral style. Reem Acra went extra creative by offering a metallic embroidered back train that converts into a veil. Genius.
CAPES, CAPES, CAPES
While capes appeared here and there over the past couple of seasons, the runway-, street style- and superhero-favored toppers are officially having their moment in the bridal world. From Lela Rose's adorable collared, button-down top to Naeem Khan's lace-trimmed, high-low poncho to many long billowing cloak-trains, capes are everywhere for spring 2017.
UNDERWEAR AS BRIDAL WEAR
Bridal designers played up corsetry this season by accenting the bustier top with lace, embroidery, elaborate beading and creative illusion paneling (apparently, side boob is "in" for weddings). The '90s slip dress trend also made its way to the wedding aisle with silhouettes beyond the spaghetti-strap column: '30s-style peignoirs, Isabelle Armstrong's bathrobe-esque floral silk shirt dress tied over a satin slip and almost all of Elizabeth Fillmore's boudoir-inspired collection.
Lace is always a bridal mainstay, but for spring 2017, there seems to be a profusion of it. We can't help but look to a certain music festival in the California desert since we're noticing a bit more of that laid-back, Coachella boho aesthetic here, as opposed to the prim, old-school silhouettes we're used to seeing in the material.
Anyone who's struggled with an overly complicated bustle (or braved the bathroom in a poufy dress) knows that wedding gowns can be unwieldy at times. Plus, it's really hard do the Macarena/Electric Slide/requisite-wedding-group-dance-routine when your tulle layered dress has a massive bow and train combo at the back. So, wedding dress designers took practicality and function into consideration and added detachable or convertible elements to styles this time around, like Sachin + Babi Noir's removable bows and Marchesa's detachable cascading tulle layers.
The strapless wedding gown now has some major competition from the off-the-shoulder silhouette, which also happens to be one of the most prominent spring runway trends. Designers played with the shoulder-baring style, too — from the traditional open neckline to cutouts to Isabelle Armstrong's straps-slipping-off-on-the-wedding-night interpretation.
AND THE NON-WEDDING, WEDDING LOOK
With wedding dresses becoming increasingly accessible — and with ceremonies turning into multi-event occasions — more and more brides are shopping for all of the nuptials-related obligations: the rehearsal dinner, the reception, the post-wedding brunch, and, of course, the after-party. Houghton's bell bottom overalls, Carolina Herrera's very Hamptons-y maxi-shirt-dress and Naeem Khan's sassy gold flapper number work for all wedding-related occasions, except maybe the actual ceremony.