Although, regrettably, I couldn’t attend NYBFW in person this year (my husband and I managed to sneak away for a getaway to Mexico City instead – and stay tuned for that travel blog!), bridal fashion holds a significant place of interest for both me and my wedding clients. My knack for identifying a particular dress is somewhat legendary—I’ve walked into several bridal suites and instantly recognized the designer of the wedding dress without even glancing at the tag. Fashion now plays an enormous role on a wedding day, more than ever before, and it’s one of the primary means through which a couple conveys their personal style. This Fall 2024 New York Bridal Fashion Week brought some seriously stunning options for the fashion-forward bride looking for a gown that makes a statement. I was virtually exploring my favorite looks all week from Mexico City, and now I’m thrilled to share my personal top picks with you. Enjoy!
Monique Lhullier – Starlet
It was too difficult to pick just one dress from this line to highlight because each one is a work of art. However, I find myself continuously captivated by “Starlet.” It’s rare for me to be so drawn to a mermaid silhouette, but this gown strikes an impeccable balance between delicacy and drama.
Image by Jose Villa
Amsale – Orion
This exquisite dress is part of Amsale’s latest collection titled The Way of Flowers. To be frank, this collection has my jaw on the floor. These gowns should be in a museum. Inspired by ikebana, an ancient Japanese flower arranging style, the Orion gown stands out with its graceful simplicity. The fabric flows so fluidly, and it feels like an evolution of the drapey satin dresses that have dominated our Instagram feeds in recent years.
Anne Barge – Sconset
The Sconset dress from Anne Barge, as featured in the first two slides, features a interesting cat-eye neckline. This neckline style is expected to be a prominent trend throughout 2024 and into 2025 The textured fabric and the structural accent gathered at the bodice give it a classic and romantic touch with a modern twist. And with this photoshoot in Nantucket, it’s easy to imagine a bride in this gown at her tented coastal wedding.
Image by Laura Gordon
Ines DiSanto – Radius
This Ines DiSanto gown from their new Modern Perspectives collection is just…pretty. Truly pretty. Its sheer sleeves, intricate floral applique, off-the-shoulder neckline, and delicate train come together to create a gown that exudes pure bridal elegance. There’s not a single aspect of it I’m not obsessed with. It’s the kind of dress that makes you feel like a bride from the moment you put it on.
Nardos – Look 18
Nardos’s collection at Fashion Week was a true standout, pushing the boundaries of bridal fashion with creative designs and innovative elements. Think unexpected sheer paneling, dimensional appliques, oversized bows, and more eye-catching elements. This particular look is a personal favorite. The textured organza creates the illusion of lace, and the removable topper adds a touch of drama, making it an ideal choice for the ceremony.
Galia Lahav – Alona
What is the opposite of “quiet luxury?”
Galia Lahav is for those who embrace glamour, boldness, and don’t shy away from a little attention. The lantern sleeves on this gown add a playful touch, and the overall look exudes luxury and sophistication. It’s a dress that evokes Old Hollywood in a classic sense.
Rime Arodaky – Sky
I’m realizing that I (apparently) have a fondness for dresses featuring a strapless neckline and statement sleeves. But Sky by Rime Arodaky is a worthy addition to the list. The airy, sheer sleeves complement the gown’s sleek silhouette beautifully. Rime Arodaky’s unique approach has always intrigued me. I see her dresses being ideal for the modern, unconventional bride who seeks to defy tradition while remaining true to herself.
Image by Greg Finck
Nicole Felicia – Look 26
The Nicole Felicia gown I encountered on Instagram stopped me in my tracks. I can’t be the only one pondering how practical it is for a bride on her wedding day, but for that brief walk down the aisle? The visual is simply enchanting, akin to having a garden of flowers trailing behind you.
Dreams by Lihi Hod – Amaryllis
This interpretation of the drop waist is captivating. The dress is approachable and appears versatile enough for a bride who desires a blend of contemporary fashion with classic sensibilities. Its uncomplicated silhouette is elevated in a creative way.
Dreams by Lihi Hod – Desert Rose
I couldn’t resist featuring this gown by Lihi Hod because I was drawn to the broderie-style fabric, something I didn’t see featured elsewhere in many NYBFW collections. Plus, it looks like it might have pockets, which is a major plus in my book.
Rita Vineris – Bella
The Rita Vinieris gown exudes delicate playfulness, ideal for brides who resonate with a sense of feminine romance rather than chic drama. A prominent trend in bridal fashion this year, the dress features exposed boning on the back of the corset. The neckline also gives the illusion of a plunge while maintaining an elegant, not too revealing, style. Truly stunning!