6 Luxury Bridal Fashion Week Fashion Trends for Fall 2023 – WWD
Updated October 27
Wedding day fashion is steeped in tradition, but as New York’s Luxury Bridal Fashion Week revealed, today’s bride is just as free to assert her individual style on her big day as in daily life. The collections yielded a wide range of styles to suit the demands of a range of bridal personalities – whether she wanted to keep it understated with a bias-cut slip for an intimate garden ceremony, or maximize the glamor for a formal large-scale event with a fairytale ball gown.
As WWD previously reported, the arm has become a focal point for the fall wedding season with Elizabethan sleeves and unconventional glove styles from bridal favorites like Christie Nicole and Houghton, giving those who are on the spring ready-to-wear runways a race for their money.
To keep the party going, other major trends included volume, bow embellishments, sweeping trains, shimmer and shine, and sheer detailing. An undercurrent of ’90s-tinged minimalism also emerged to counteract any princess pizzazz and round out the assortment. Here, WWD breaks down the top bridal trends to keep an eye on for Fall 2023.
1. Voluminous prom dresses
The timeless ball gown makes a strong comeback for fall with larger-than-life skirts made modern in a range of fabrications. For example, the cupcake-like tulle and 3D floral interpretations of Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Amsale Marchesa Couture and Madeline Gardner’s first brand Madeline. Elsewhere, brands such as Houghton, Ines di Santo Couture, Francesca Miranda, Sareh Nouri and Peter Langner have also offered creative takes on the traditional pouf style.
2. Minimalist Mindset
While ready-to-wear designers tapped into minimalism on their spring runways with boxy cuts and proportions, bridal designers came up with the idea of sophisticated and streamlined wedding styles ranging from two-piece sets pieces, as seen at Scorcesa; slides by Savannah Miller and Jenny Yoo; skin-baring dresses with angular cutouts from Katherine Tash and no-frills gowns from Sebastien Luke, Kyha Bridal, Besa and Elie Saab.
3. All About Bows
In the fall 2023 bridal collections, bows were a must-have adornment for bridal designers. Whether you’re looking to think big, with oversized constructions from Amsale, Eisen-Stein and Nadia Manjarrez, or add a playful touch with more elegant decorations – as shown by Viktor & Rolf Wedding and Honor – the trend sends a message of playful glamor for a special bride’s day.
While most brides tend to focus on the front of their gowns with plunging necklines or thigh-grazing slits, there’s no doubt that the back is the main eye-catcher on the altar. This season, wedding guests will have plenty to ogle from their pews with the “mule dress,” a business-in-front-party-in-back hybrid, emerging as the standout option in many collections. From Monique Lhuillier to Francesca Miranda and Halfpenny, overskirts with high-impact cathedral trains have mopped up the competition.
5. High gloss
All that glitters is wedding day gold this season with designers offering megawatt surface embellishments to woo the bride looking for a dress to eclipse the rock on her finger. Rather than ornate swirls or delicate florals, which have become synonymous with bridal couture, crystals in geometric alignments gave Rebecca Vallance and Dana Harrel’s gowns a graphic punch, while Katherine Tash and LaPointe offered sequins in fish scales in line with the mermaid trend rising to the surface in ready-to-wear.
The bride who doesn’t want to sacrifice raw sex appeal on her big day will be delighted to check out the huge range of sheer dresses that have emerged this season. Cut from fabrics like lace and tulle and worn without a negligee in sight, peek-a-boo details expose more than flesh, they’re also a clever way to show off couture craftsmanship. , showing Galia Lahav’s corsetry expertise or Christie Nicole’s three-dimensional rosettes.