The New York fashion week has come and gone, but the trends on the runways will have a lasting impression not just in New York but also here in Kenya. From gowns designed purely of tulle and feathers, through to mega-dangly earrings, the fashion week was full of memorable moments. The styles that graced the runways were a departure from tradition and a celebration of femininity and romance. Throughout the 20th century especially after the Second World War- New York City rose in stature as a fashion capital, challenging the dominance of Paris in the 1940s and ’50s.
As a fashion capital, New York has a major influence on international fashion trends and we anticipate that Kenyan wedding designers will infuse the style into magnificent designs. Here is a look at some of the designs during bridal fashion week.
Feathers and Fringe
Textured embellishments such as fringe and feathers made an unanticipated appearance. Designers like Hayley Paige and Berta adorned their wedding dresses with layers of feathers, while the worlds largest bridal brand, Pronovias closed their show with a bedazzled gown with fringe from top to bottom.
Many bridal designers have extended their bridal collections beyond glittery ball wedding dresses as well as mermaid silhouettes. Designers like Theia as well as Ines Di Santo sent glamorous jumpsuits down the runway that could be worn as a wedding dress as another option or worn during pre wedding events.
Inspired by Outerwear
Intricately designed capelets, blazers and bolero jackets paired with gowns of all shapes and sizes at the catwalk. Designer Inbal Dror paired a structured blazer with a revealing tulle skirt while designer Allison Webb paired a heavily beaded bolero with a simple silhouette.
Skin is always in and designers have proven this to be true during this bridal fashion week. Designer Berta showcased a wedding gown with a detailed lace appliqu design and a full sheer skirt and train. Another designer Reem Acra accentuated a metallic ball wedding gown with a voluminous sheer-paneled skirt.
Blush is the New White
Top designers such as Galia Lahav, Lazaro, as well as Inbal Dror all sent blush-toned wedding dresses in traditional silhouettes like the ball gown. Another trend that was slightly daring yet a departure to the norm was the introduction of the soft shades of pink as well as rose wedding gowns.