Exclusive: Get a First Look at the Fall 2018 Bridal Collections!
Preview the latest wedding dresses from some of your favorite bridal designers.
Get your Pinterest boards ready, because Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week is right around the corner. Before you know it, new wedding dresses will be paraded down runways, and we'll be covering it all. Expect to find bridal inspiration no matter your taste and budget, as tons of brands with varying aesthetics and price points will be showing off their new collections. If you can't wait for our market coverage and want to preview some of the wedding dresses, we've consulted some of your favorite designers to get the inside scoop on what's to come. From sketches of dresses to quotes about the designs, we've collected exclusive intel. We've even asked the brands to spill on what kind of bride they envision in their looks, to help you find the right fit for your big day.
Click through for a sneak peak of Fall 2018's new batch of wedding dresses. From Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier to Hayley Paige and Sachin & Babi, tons of incredible brands are showing this season. As you'll see, many designers are drawing inspiration from other decades. There are modern details, too, including pops of color. The styles run the gamut from classic to unconventional, and use a whole range of accents, from feathers to ever-popular bows. Whatever the case, the artistry behind each piece is evident, thanks to these gorgeous illustrations.
This brand's Fall 2018 muses were quite unique. "The colors that make up the collection were inspired by the pastel buildings and hollyhocks that lined the narrow cobblestone streets of Ile de Re," an island off the coast of France. Meanwhile, the shapes and accents on the wedding dresses draw inspiration from "a 1920s circus." That means "feathers and shimmering beads," among other details for the "free-spirited bride."
Webb's collection is "a tribute to elevated elegance." "I sought to create gowns that would emphasize a bride's natural beauty, making her, not the gown, the star on her wedding day," Webb shares. She describes the dresses as "refined, modern, and imbued with a timeless sense of polish and sophistication." Shown here is an off-the-shoulder style from the collection.
Amsale gave us a preview of her collection with this sophisticated sketch, showing a strapless wedding dress with a big-bowed top.
According to the brand, this gown is called "Pippa" because the label's unique machines produced the lace for Pippa Middleton and Duchess Kate's wedding dresses. If that's any indication of what the new collection will look like, anticipate regal designs. This year, the brand is also increasing its accessibility, producing wedding dresses that are affordable to more brides than ever before. The garments still maintain their high quality, however.
"I love how romantic, sensual, and sophisticated this collection is," president Shawne Jacobs shares of this year's batch of dresses. Look forward to "a delicate tracery of ribbons and bows, a whisper of pink, and dreamy layers of lace." The wedding dress in this sketch is an off-the-shoulder design with hand-appliquéd, embroidered lace.
Azul by Liancarlo
Liancarlo's launching a new line this season, called Azul by Liancarlo. This sketch—of a dreamy strapless dress—has us excited for its unveiling.
This hand-crafted lace wedding dress is just one of many to look forward to from Berta's latest collection. The brand thinks that their newest designs will appeal to the "forward-thinking," "sophisticated" bride—and one who appreciates "the importance of a wedding dress."
Blush by Hayley Paige
"This collection is a floral affair with a fight of fancy," Paige shares. "The 'Daphne' gown is equal parts bodacious and amorous—an ideal combo for the bride that appreciates a romantic twist, but also loves a dash of 'suave suavecito.'" Yes, we think that was a "Despacito" reference.
Caroline Castigliano shared the sketch of the "Natalya" gown with us. The stunning design features sequined lace, and is crafted for the bride who wants "to show her figure and be sensual."
"My collection this season is entitled 'Vagabond,'" Pettibone shares. According to the designer, "wanderlust has taken hold," and "the idea of exploring will always hold a certain romance." This dress, which Pettibone deems "perfect for a wedding adventure," is ivory with a touch of gray.
Searching for a wedding dress that's fashion-forward but still romantic? You'll love this dreamy strapless gown from new bridal designer, Danielle Frankel. Frankel, who previously designed for Marchesa and Vera Wang, describes her debut collection as "handsome yet feminine and powerful yet understated."
According to the brand, "this collection was created for the bride who is at heart a traditionalist, but with a relevant update." This sketch shows a dress with a lace bodice, a plunging neckline, and a voluminous tulle skirt.
Just look at that gold cape. We're more than ready to see the rest of Francesca Miranda's latest collection.
"This season, we challenged ourselves to visualize scents and sounds," the design house shares of the inspiration behind its latest dresses. The brand also promises that the new looks work just as well for fairytale-themed weddings as they do for country-style affairs. "The gowns are so defined, but they get their complete character by the bride, and it's amazing to see how each gown looks the same, but so different" depending on the wearer, the label adds.
"I wanted something of a space fantasy," Paige says of her newest looks. "The 'Mercury' gown"—shown here—"is a bit of a textural sonnet. The warped embroidery is hand-stitched and inspired by a ride on Space Mountain while listening to 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'" We hope that description excites you as much as it excites us.
According to the label, "this collection is romantic—a combination of 'this moment' and 'timeless.'" We're dying to see what this off-the-shoulder wedding dress looks like in real life.
Ines di Santo
"My inspiration for this season started with the city of New York and the women who make it the vibrant, beautiful place that it is," Di Santo shares. "Signature pearls, fabrics, and beading come together to create romantic gowns that are as varied as the city and as the women that inspired them." This sketch shows a stunning number with embellishments and a mock neck.
This pretty gown features a big, floral skirt and a rounded neckline. We're guessing the rest of the collection will be equally as romantic and fairytale-worthy.
This season, Lakum turned to three design icons: Zaha Hadid, Joan Miro, and Francis Picabia. "Drawing inspiration from the timeless oeuvre of these legendary artists, Lakum develops new textures and layers and aims to upset the established standards of bridal wear," the brand shares of its newest looks. Prepare for "unexpected fabric choices and design details," which the label says will be "utterly modern."
Laure de Sagazan
Laure de Sagazan's latest collection is inspired by "a hint of surrealism, architectural lines, and a 1930s villa with jazz melodies resonating all around." Overall, "the 2018 collection is vibrating with joyful music," the brand shares. Accordingly, the dresses as "light and airy," and you should expect to see some skin.
"Shimmer," "pastels and sheer nudes," and "floral nets" are just a few of the details you should expect to find on Lazaro's latest batch of dresses. The brand shares that the collection's "inspired by enchanting evenings filled with dancing under the moonlight, and the sight of twirling gowns."
Belter's new collection is called "Summer in Provence." "I'm so proud of this collection," the designer says. "I spent the summer at my brother's truffle farm in the South of France and connected with so many things that are important to me. This collection is for the bride that loves beautiful things, appreciates quality, and wants to look back at her wedding gown and feel timeless—not trendy." This dress, called "Maxine," "is the perfect combination of romantic and sexy."
"Let's get lost together," the brand says of their newest batch of wedding dresses. The collection, which was inspired by "a hefty dose of escapism," has roots in fantasy. This sketch shows a billowy dress made for "unfussy bohemian brides."
"We took our favorite brides of all time and reimagined them for today," the label says. The gown in their sketch has polka dots and is "a personal favorite from the new collection!"
Liancarlo gave us a peek at its latest collection with this moody sketch. The dress is strapless and figure-flattering—we can't wait to see it on a model.
This is Hod's sketch of the "Buttercup" dress, featuring an off-the-shoulder bodice, pleats, and a layered skirt. According to the brand, the gown's designed for the "fashion-forward bride," who is "very chic and cool" but still wants something "timeless."
This season's looks are from the "Emerald" collection. The "modern and romantic gowns" celebrate the brand's 20th birthday. "These captivating designs bring a bride's vision of a beautiful and personalized wedding to life," the brand states.
Rather than send us a sketch, Marchesa sent us an inspiration photo. The brand uses the word "adorned" to describe their newest collection.
This pretty image is a preview of Marchesa Notte's newest collection. The brand titles the inspiration picture "plume."
Marco y Maria
This year, the brand was inspired by Shakespeare's Ophelia, and specifically by the flowers found in artistic depictions of the fictional character. "The motivated embroideries are a real reflection of the atmosphere of the gardens which Ophelia frequented," and center around "liliums, violets, primroses, hydrangeas, water lilies, and weeping willows." Additionally, the collection's gowns are "made with layers and transparence, to create linings and textures as if they were painted in a painting."
"In thinking about the bride for Melissa Sweet this season, we wanted to appeal to her affinity for vintage-inspired styles with an ethereal quality," the brand shares. "To achieve that, we mixed and layered delicate laces and tulle, and then added black accents in the accessories to give it a little bit of an edge." The dress in this sketch is a strapless style with a matching capelet.
1920s Art Deco style inspired Michal Medina's latest collection, meaning geometric details will be a focal point. The dresses mix contemporary with classic, and are crafted with utmost care.
Zwillinger's latest looks are part of the "Over the Rainbow" collection. According to the label, the wedding dresses will have a "soft pastel palette," with lots of "featherweight tulle, wispy feathers, and illusion details." This specific gown comes in a light shade of peach, and has tulle, sequins, and appliqués. According to the brand, it's for the "independent" bride, who "doesn't want to conform to norms."
According to the brand, the new collection "is a modern take on traditional, majestic silhouettes." This sketch shows a princess dress with a drop waist. "The bride that would wear this gown is a bride that has always dreamt of having a regal, timeless, once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Morilee by madeline gardner
"For my newest collection, I created dresses with intricate and unexpected detailing, Gardner shares. This gown features crystal-beaded straps, a plunging neckline, and a sheer bodice. It's designed "for the bride that wants to make a statement."
"This season my collection is inspired by the late-'70s couture disco bride," Khan shares. In real life, this dress is made with silk fringe.
Odylyne the Ceremony
This collection is modern, ethereal, and inspired by mythological nymphs. The dress pictured in the brand's sketch is called "Bess." "This gown is both alluring and imaginative, and is calling for a bride who wants to possess that combination on her wedding day," the brand shares.
The design house shares that this specific dress "represents the opulence" of the brand. The new collection is described as "timeless and elegant," and signifies "the return of the princess."
This dramatic, "romantic" wedding dress features an illusion sweetheart neckline, a detachable skirt, and a round, open back.
Oscar de la Renta
Embroidered stems and flowers create a tossed-poppy effect on this whimsical wedding dress from Oscar de la Renta's newest collection.
This season's collection is inspired by artist Alphonse Mucha, and "explores the concept of the goddess-like muse: ethereal, mystical, and entranced by a dream." Accordingly, the brand has "moved away slightly from our traditional soft look and focused on a much deeper color palette to reflect the muted tones used in Mucha's work."
"This season, I was inspired by nature; specifically, I pulled influences from my South American roots," Yaniv Persy explains of his new collection. The fitted dress shown in this sketch is sensual and elegant.
According to creative director Hervé Moreau, the dress pictured here "is meant for the bride who has been dreaming of her wedding for her entire life." This collection "was inspired by the dream-like quality of a wedding day, and the 'Roxana' gown is the embodiment of this fantasy."
This season, Reem Acra's collection is guaranteed to have three components, the brand shares: "Something soft, something floral, and something delicate."
Here, the sketch of Arodaky's "Cooper" gown, designed to be edgy and unconventional. The entire collection has "rock 'n' roll" and "grunge" vibes, and was dreamt up with the rebellious bride in mind.
In this new collection, "dreams and reality converge." According to the label, "sheer fabrics and weightless looks" will take center stage on their runway. Additionally, "Chantilly lace is the star fabric," and "plunging necklines" and "3D effects" will also be present. Of her latest dresses, Clará shares that she's "presenting the sexiest collection I've ever designed."
Sachin & Babi
"Our bridal collection is always a new beginning and a spinoff of our most recent ready-to-wear collections," the designers note, so look at those for some insight into their latest batch of wedding dresses. They reveal that this season will feature sequins, and is designed for the "light-hearted" bride who "wants a little something unexpected."
Expect every dress in Samuelle Couture's new collection to be unique. "No two are the same," the brand shares. "Each is created for and inspired by the bride who will be wearing it." This sketch pictures just one of those gowns, featuring a corseted bodice and appliquéd lace.
Could a wedding dress really be this unexpectedly regal? You'll have to see Sareh Nouri's new collection to find out.
Steven Birnbaum Bespoke
This sketch previews a strapless ball gown with a unique, bow-wrapped bodice.
Steven Birnbaum Collection
The structure on this wedding dress is incredible. We're more than ready to see it walk down the runway.
Lazaro's newest Tara Keely collection is modern, romantic, and has "flairs of shimmer." Described as "airy" and "ethereal" by the brand, the dresses are sure to impress. This sketch shows a floral gown with a plunging neckline.
This year, Theia's "moving away from boho" and opting for more daring designs. "There are lots of illusion bodices, plunging necklines, bare backs, and nude linings," the brand shares. If this sketch is any indication, we'll also be seeing some sparkle.
Truly Zac Posen
If you think this wedding dress would be as at home on the red carpet as it would be at a wedding ceremony, you'd be right. "Truly Zac Posen's new collection is a true reflection of Zac Posen's signature style with this season's incluence drawn from Hollywood glamour with a modern edge," the brand says. This gown, made in satin organza with a bias pleated bodice, features a dramatic skirt any celeb would be jealous of.
"Silhouettes are sculptural and graphic. Embellishments are bold and textural. Fabrics are structured," shares the label of its latest collection. "Our designs are created with a focus on mingling signature elements such as bows and voluminous tulle," the brand adds.
This season's collection from Watters is called "Reign." It's inspired by Monaco and England, "due to their lavish royal weddings and historic matrimonial traditions." "The gowns in Watters' newest collection will make any bride feel like royalty on her wedding day. We believe a modern-day princess can come from anywhere," Xay Vongphachanh, the brand's creative director, shares.
Willowby by Watters
This collection, called "La Luna," was inspired by "stars and all things outer space." "Whimsical in nature, this collection features free-flowing dresses decorated with tassels and beading reminiscent of constellations," the brand shares. The looks are designed with the "free-spirited, adventurous" bride in mind. This soft-gold gown is called "Orion."
Wtoo by Watters
Called "Celestial Illumination," this collection is inspired by "ancient Greek goddesses and Greco-Roman architecture." The latest looks will be "ethereal, airy dresses with a classic touch," Elias Gutierrez, the brand's senior designer, says.