Of course, in the UK we have Harrogate, and there’s also Barcelona and Milan, but the biggest and best of all bridal weeks (which are never actual weeks, bizarrely!), in our opinion, is New York.
From sexy and sleek, sensational gowns by Berta, Watters and Milla Nova, to the crème de la crème of the Brit pack – Kate Halfpenny and Sassi Holford, for example, to beautiful ball gowns by Amsale, fabulous floral prints by Claire Pettibone and Justin Alexander Signature’s 3D Florals, it was a Bridal Market full of decadence, glamour and sophistication.
Kate Halfpenny showed off her Balance Chapter Two collection at Melange Blanc
For many years we, too, headed to New York (I know, poor us!) and found the fun on the pumpkin-strewn streets of magnificent Manhattan – the Americans love an autumn window display, combined with Halloween. This year we had too much on back home, but we still managed to keep our ear to the ground and find you the most fabulously fashionable elements of this epic exhibition.
The show has now drawn to a close, but here are some of our best picks from the Fall New York Bridal Fashion Week…
Beautiful out-sized details from top designer Peter Langner
“After five years of overcoming the challenges of the Pandemic, we are back in the city that never sleeps! I'm overjoyed to unveil 'Astral' and illuminate the Manhattan runway again - a collection where the cosmos and stars intertwine with bridal dreams. Swipe to embark on this celestial journey with us."
"Merci my forever team of love!" Photos: @gregfinck Makeup: @odilejimenezmua Hair: @richard.bajon Earrings" @jenniferbehr
“A few of my wonderful team are in New York for #NYBFW this week. It feels like yesterday when we presented Balance, Chapter One, yet it’s already time to give our stockists and press a peek at Balance Chapter Two!”
Shorties to show off those elegant pins from the fabulous Halfpenny London
There was a magical runway at 30th Street Studios as Peter Langner showed off his new creations. He says "Countless hours to create one emotion which should last a lifetime!" Image: @collinpierson
The finest of fabrics and the most fabulous features at Peter Langner
Ines Di Santo
Yet again, the designer focused on that ‘second look’ – with Ines Di Santo presenting dresses that are designed to be worn again, at cocktail parties and other important occasions in her 2024 collection, Modern Perspective.
All the drama and something blue from Ines Di Santo
Blush pinks, luxurious lace and those 3D florals! Esé set out to impress, and impress they did! The new collection has some stand-out features, which you must check out!
Jaw-dropping lace and embellishments from Esé Azénbor
Israeli designer Zwillinger has such a beautiful way with bridal fashion. Her creations are sophisticated and stylish, and somehow brilliantly wearable. Her attention to detail is amazing and guess what there is a lot of? Yes, floral!
3D florals were a prominent feature everywhere but here for Mira Zwillenger
With designs described as "bold, brave and powerful, with the modern bride in mind." We love the use of beautiful fabrics like thick stretch crepe, silky chiffon and georgette.
Bold and fearless, the Colby John leads in the style stakes
Justin Alexander Signature
The beautiful new "Art of Waiting" collection by @justinalexandersignature is meticulously and "embodies grace, elegance, and strength as we anticipate life's most beautiful, life-changing moments." A successful launch for this beautiful new collection.
Exaggerated details and effortless romance… Justin Warshaw presented the new Justin Alexander Signature Collection
Gloriously glamorous, there’s something so alluring about Reem Acra’s collections, which combine traditional silhouettes with finishing touches that are bang on trend. We also love the photography and the whole Acra vibe… Gowns you want to wear!
Gorgeously glamorous – traditional styles with a contemporary edge – Reem Acra
The Harmony collection for 2024 is out! It is lovely to see designs that are as cutting-edge as they are classic. We adore Sassi and her dress never fails to impress the crowd in New York or back home.
Homegrown talent on a national stage – Sassi Holford is a regular at New York Bridal Fashion Week
The next New York Bridal Fashion Week will take place from April 11-13. For more information on the show and who will be exhibiting, head here.