After an abbreviated but hopeful Spring 2021 Bridal Week, the Fall 2021 season returned in full-force-ish.
Due to the pandemic, instead of rushing all over New York City to see in-person shows and presentations, the event went virtual, with video presentations and Zoom appointments for much-appreciated social interaction. Perusing bridal dresses and separates never fails to bring the warm and fuzzies, but it’s also impossible to look to the upcoming wedding seasons without considering the unpredictability and uncertainty in the months ahead. Fittingly, the Fall 2021 offerings really do cover a wide spectrum of wedding celebrations and style preferences.
Carly Cushnie may have just launched her bridal line in 2019 but the label is quickly becoming a favorite of contemporary brides everywhere. With fitted, streamlined looks and her signature minimalist-with-a-twist take on clothes, the pieces are form-fitting, powerful, and modern. A fun, fresh take on bridalwear.
Cushnie Bridal Spring 2020
A play on cut and symmetry, Cushnie Bridal’s Spring 2020 features edgy square cuts, flared pants, and capes. The details are unexpected yet subtle: spaghetti straps over off-the-shoulder lace, lace capes on a structured pantsuit, and one-shoulder sleeves. Powerful and versatile, these are highly functional pieces brides can wear over and over.
“Style 311” square neck sleeveless column gown with detachable train.
“Style 310” One-shoulder flutter sleeve gown with lace trim on asymmetrical neckline and thigh slit.
“Style 704” long-sleeved wide leg jumpsuit with plunging neckline and
Fashion designer Elie Saab’s bridal collection embodies the same elements as the Lebanese designer’s Couture house. While known for his ultra feminine and awe-inspiring red carpet gowns—he’s a favorite among the Hollywood set—Saab’s design roots are grounded in bridal. “I like feminine elegance, not extravagance,” Saab has been known to say. And that’s clear in his beautiful collections of wedding dresses below.
Elie Saab Bridal 2021
The Elie Saab Bridal 2021 collection delivers a romantic and feminine collection that touches on all of the house’s signature details. From ornate embroidery and sequins to feminine lace, and even Elie Saab’s traditional white belt touch, this collection evokes with Saab calls “contemporary feminine.”
In accordance with our diversity pledge, it’s our duty to note that at the time of publishing, this brand/designer did not include BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in their Fall 2021 campaign imagery. We have since reached out
Those months leading up to your wedding are filled with opportunities to celebrate, and your bridal shower is no exception. Unlike your bachelorette party, it’s also a great chance to include both older and younger family members in the festivities, meaning grandma and your flower girl can be part of the anticipation and excitement. So when’s the best time to throw a bridal shower?
Tradition (and Emily Post) states that the bridal shower should take place between two weeks and two months before the wedding. Seems tight, no? Thankfully, the real requirement for planning a shower isn’t how soon your wedding is, but whether or not you have concrete plans. As long as you and your partner have started planning your wedding and have a date set, any day goes when it comes to throwing a bridal shower.
Finding the right timing is especially important if you live further away
2020 has been a one-of-a-kind year for Lebanese designer Elie Saab. He started the year off with his spring-summer 2020 Haute Couture runway show in Paris, followed by his women’s autumn-winter 2020 ready-to-wear runway show a month later. Then the pandemic hit the world and hit his native Lebanon hard. And, on August 4th the city of Beirut had an explosion that left the country numb, while Saab has had to deal with damage to his atelier.
However, with all of this, the fifty-six-year-old fashion designer has managed to put one foot ahead of the other and do what he does best- create beautiful fashion designs. In September, he unveiled his autumn-winter 2020-21 Haute Couture collection digitally. And, through digital medium again, he just launched his new spring-summer
Cynthia Bailey is married! The Real Housewives of Atlanta model and businesswoman wed Mike Hill on Saturday, October 10. And for her walk down the aisle, Cynthia switched a traditional bridal look for a glittering, vintage-inspired gown in a romantic shade of blush pink.
Cynthia’s glamorous affair called for a bridal gown that was anything but expected. She turned to designer Nneka C. Alexander of Brides by Nona to create a dazzling gown with sheer, nude panels, a crystal embellished bodice, and beaded details that spanned her waist and diaphanous train. The custom-made dress mixed art deco touches with ornate, hand-adorned lace for a dramatic bridal look like no other. We don’t know which element we swooned over the most… the laced open back, the nude-illusion long sleeves with swooping crystal clusters, or the plunging overlay neckline.
But it wasn’t just the soft, petal pink hue and curve-hugging silhouette that
The countdown is on for Cynthia Bailey’s upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Mike Hill, and we are starting to get a few fashionable details of her much-anticipated wedding day look. One thing we do know is that The Real Housewives of Atlanta model commissioned a slew of personalized face masks from fellow Bravoleb Jill Zarin and her daughter, Ally Shapiro, for the affair. And now, we’re getting a glimpse of her glamorous bridal accessories — including one surprising style choice.
“2 mo days,” Cynthia excitedly captioned her Instagram Stories as she displayed her chic handbag and shoes for her wedding weekend. In the shot, we see a sleek, cream zip clutch that is customized with the bride-to-be’s possible new name “Mrs. Cynthia Hill.” The petite purse is the perfect addition to her bridal look and can easily transition to an everyday pouch post-nuptials.
Alongside veils, tiaras and spiffy neckwear, brides and grooms getting married during the coronavirus pandemic have added face masks to their must-have wedding accessories.
Top wedding designers and artists on platforms like Etsy released a slew of masks made specifically for couples and their attendants. Some match dresses and suits while others incorporate something blue. There are masks that are monogrammed, hand-woven, or made of silk. Couples are buying them for themselves as well as getting them as wedding gifts.
“Masks at first were considered a purely medical device, but as they have evolved into our new normal we received an overwhelming amount of messages requesting if we could create them,” said Hermione de Paula, a London-based bridal designer. “We found it really important to help our clients find a solution to still feel beautiful on their most important day.”
Dubai designer Rami Al Ali has launched Rami Al Ali White, a collection of ready-to-wear evening and bridal designs.
An annual collection, White prioritises quality over quantity, with the first iteration consisting of only 17 looks.
They carry all the Al Ali hallmarks – elegant silhouettes, decadent embroidery and detailed handiwork, with prices ranging from Dh5,020 to Dh53,320.
Eschewing trends, the collection offers a timeless medley of Al Ali’s best pieces, drawn from the maison’s ready-to-wear archive. It features understated, off-the-shoulder dresses and bold, asymmetrical designs, as well as traditional silhouettes with intricate embroidery.
A floor-sweeping gown features delicate lace overlay and iridescent sequins, while a sleek, hand-embellished satin dress is fitted with a dramatic cape.
Accompanying the ready-to-wear line is a collection of accessories, including matching headpieces and veils.
“The decision to launch Rami Al Ali White was one that was made some time ago and felt like
Black bridal designers have been at the forefront of innovation in the bridal fashion industry for years, yet many of them have failed to receive the recognition that they deserve. Most famously, when Ann Lowe, a Black woman who created gowns for debutantes and society brides, designed Jacqueline Bouvier’s gown for her wedding to John F. Kennedy in 1953, Ms. Bouvier described the designer as “a colored dressmaker” rather than offering her name. In an industry that has often left out people of color, these Black wedding gown designers continue to make waves in bridal fashion with showstopping, intricately designed gowns for all.
Jean-Ralph Thurin rose from rags to riches when he launched his own design house in 2013. He learned to sew by carefully studying his grandmother piece together bits of fabric to make clothing. Mr. Thurin began tinkering with her technique, moving on from those bits of fabrics