Considering that 2018 featured not one, but two highly anticipated weddings, the bridal runways for Fall 2019 felt extra festive this season. Unsurprisingly, the understated glamour of the Duchess of Sussex, formerly Meghan Markle, and the street style-to-wedding aisle aesthetic of the Empress of Influencers, Chiara Ferragni, influenced the upcoming bridal collections with both understated glamour and cool girl playfulness.
But honestly, for Fall 2019, there's something for everyone and every style. Grand ballgowns and sexy illusion dresses will always be around, but wedding looks that offered more ease and, thankfully, comfort — not to mention, assist-free bathroom trips — dominated the collections with streamlined sheaths and more relaxed A-line silhouettes. Reflecting the runways, the proliferation of trousers looks for bridal now requires two separate categories for jumpsuits and pantsuits.
Fittingly, empowerment was a common thread throughout the Fall 2019 collections — offering brides the options and choice to celebrate their individuality, personality and creativity to feel their best on their wedding day. Plus, kudos to Pronovias, Theia, Alexandra Grecco and David's Bridal for showing size-inclusive presentations. Here's to seeing more next season. Check out the top 11 bridal trends for Fall 2019 below.
Bridal takes a cue from ready-to-wear this season with convertible pieces and separates to create multiple ensembles out of your investment. Halfpenny London and Laure de Sagazan offer interchangeable cape or jacket layers, dresses, skirts, trousers and tops to create your own — and many — wedding looks, while other designers make the ceremony-to-reception transformation a literal snap (or unsnap) with detachable overskirts. Because it's all about choice, right?
Meghan Markle Minimalism
After seasons packed with of heavy embellishments and in-your-face sexy, illusion gowns, Fall 2019 is fully embracing the return of minimalism. We probably, definitely, have Meghan Markle's double dose of understated wedding elegance to thank with her custom long-sleeve sheath by Givenchy and halter gown by Stella McCartney. Of course, designers gave the classic streamlined silhouettes their own inventive signatures, like Savannah Miller's delicately beaded and attached and convertible train/cape/veil and discreet cut-outs for Cushnie's bridal debut.
The Chiara Effect
Ferragni's haute couture crochet romper and voluminous tulle skirt by Dior reigns as the most influential wedding look ever — by social media standards anyway. Understandably, cool brides everywhere will want to cop a similarly modern, playful and just fun take on the traditional tulle-layered ballgown, like Randi Rahm's floral-embellished sporty crop top and blush-lined skirt. (In the meantime, start working on your wedding hashtag.)
Perhaps it's spillover from Chiara Ferragni's post-ceremony reception outfits, but gowns detailed with blooms of color added depth and liveliness to the collections. Whether jewel-toned embroidery on white by Monique Lhuillier or soft painted florals on a blush pink by Dalaarna, we're swooning.
This season, the garden motif went up about 100 notches with glamorous beading, dazzling crystal-work, elegant pearls, intricate (and at-times hand-embroidered) lace and lifelike 3D florals. Viktor & Rolf Mariage introduced its sculptural "Blooming Flowers" design and Lela Rose even held her high tea presentation in a literal flower garden.
The pantsuit craze that's blown up the runways, street style and our bank accounts the past few seasons has officially become a wedding mainstay. But designers took the suiting up a notch this time around, like Cushnie's cape blazer and Elizabeth Fillmore's David Bowie-inspired floral matador jacket and cropped trousers.
Black Tie Jumpsuits
If you're worried that a jumpsuit isn't formal enough for a ceremony or reception, don't, because designers upgraded bridal jumpsuit for next season. Cushnie's disco beaded (and cut-out) one-piece looks stunning — and right at home — with a minimalist veil, while Justin Alexander Signature's floral-embellished illusion confection feels just as elaborate as a gown.
Lacework runs the gamut — and centuries — for Fall 2019, from Victorian scalloping at Temperley London to Edwardian elegance at Inbal Dror to Old Hollywood glam at Elie Saab to very fall 2019 patchwork weaves at Viktor & Rolf Mariage.
The All-Purpose Mini
Whether you're in the market for for a less formal, but still chic City Hall look, a second (or third or fourth) ensemble for the wedding festivities or a long gown (or pants) just aren't your thing, you have a wealth of mini-styles this season. Come to think of it, Elie Saab's adorable beaded and embroidered cape and mini-dress convection would cover all of the above.
Sure, indeterminately long sleeves, whether floor-length or dramatically fluted, may make cake-cutting and champagne toasts a bit complicated. But the streaming — and oft-embellished — features will look mesmerizing on the dance-floor and all your wedding social #content.
Perhaps a metaphor for the seemingly uncontrollable chaos in the world and yearning for equity — or just cool design details — both asymmetrical and symmetrical elements dotted the collections. If you're feeling conflicted, double up — then even out — with Rime Arodaky's diagonally slashed and cut-out gown followed by designer's delightful crisscross halter and ruffled minidress for the after-party.
Top and homepage photo: Taylor Jewell for Lela Rose