Myrna Daramy sits front row at the twice-yearly New York designer shows, a feted guest who works behind the scenes with more that 50 bridal boutiques across the US. Here’s her take on the features that will stand out in 2020
Capes and Capelets
Move over illusion neckline, bring on the capes and capelets! It seemed as if every designer incorporated his/her interpretation of what an alternative to a veil could be. Designers like Ines Di Santo, Justin Alexander are just a few who added this beautiful accessory to their line up.
The first thing that I noticed was that beading was back and the designers seem to be exploring new methods on how to adorn fabrics. Reem Acra, Berta, and Mira Zwillinger are just a few designers who chose to incorporate beading into their intricate designs.
Designers also seemed to play with shoulder treatments. Whether it was a capped sleeve, spaghetti strap adorned with embellishment, or one-shoulder which I seemed to notice quite a bit, there was a lot of exploration.
Over-the-top sleeve treatments
Designers definitely brought the drama when it came to sleeve treatments! This seemed to be one of the freshest new trends this season, which will provide brides with a great option if they are looking for arm coverage or just a little extra drama to add to their gown.
Clean and structured fabrics
A trend that is timeless and never seems to go out of style is that of the clean, minimal, and structured look. There are many designers that do this well, but some standouts this season were Romona Keveža, Amsale and Anne Barge.
Overcoats and Men Fashion
Something else that was very exciting to see was the use of overcoats which seemed to the alternative to the cascading capes or cathedral-length veils. Overcoats were shown with various lengths and styles. Bridal Fashion Week has typically been a women’s fashion event but this season one designer offered a slight twist from the norm. Reem Acra not only surprised us with overcoats, but she also collaborated with men’s wear designer Joseph Abboud to create a collection of custom-tailored suits for grooms. These pieces complimented her gown collection perfectly!
Although jumpsuits have hit the bridal fashion runways for a few seasons now, it was very nice to see the variations of length and fabric selections that graced the runway. Although jumpsuits have become the perfect alternative for a modern or same-sex wedding, brides also seem to be looking for fresh options for their bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and 2nd outfits for receptions. Designers like Galia Lahav, Carolina Herrera, and Justin Alexander are just a few who chose to incorporate this trend into their latest collections.