Every bridal designer needs to send a princess ballgown or two down the runway, but this season offered more options than ever for the modern bride who wants something less cookie-cutter. Sophisticated details — asymmetrical ruffles, a dramatic bow in the back, a Solange-inspired cape — adorned even the simplest of gowns. Click through the slideshow to see our top-ten looks from the Bridal 2017 shows.
Carolina Herrera’s gowns are as iconic as the designer herself. This dress is simple, with the kind of free-falling train that many brides now prefer, but the back detailing with the loose bow is a showstopper.
This was Elie Saab’s debut wedding collection, and it didn’t disappoint. He offered his own take on dramatic, feminine embellishments like see-through panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves.
Houghton continues to be the front-runner for brides who want a more relaxed silhouette on the Big Day. This dress has attitude yet somehow still feels mature.
Pantsuits are quickly becoming a trend for even the most conventional brides because they’re just so easy. The shape of this bodice is stunning.
Flowers are one of Marchesa’s signature elements, and this dress uses them in an appealingly light, spring-y way. The detailing is luxe, and the sleeves add a special romantic touch.
Monique Lhuillier can give a gown a lot of personality even without fancy trimmings. This dress feels fresh and sexy without being boho.
Naeem Khan’s show was full of floral appliqués and embellishments, usually showcased on romantic, flowing silhouettes. This dress was a refreshing change of pace, with long sleeves and a slim cutout at the center.
Still love capes? Join the club. The trend is going strong; this dress from Nurit Hen updates it with sheer fabrics and back details.
Oscar de la Renta
You’ll have to trust us when we say this looks incredible in person. Peter Copping somehow found a way to mix a mink bolero with an embroidered silk gown and pearls and make it look magical.
Vera Wang’s recent collections have pushed the limit of what bridal means. This sheet look has a certain grandeur to it, and even though the silhouette is simple, the pearl detailing makes it feel regal.