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For Spring 2016, our favorite bridal designers pulled out all of the stops, breaking through the conventional bridal mold and spearheading new styles that classic, romantic, and modern brides alike will adore.
Many of the new details focused on creating layers and adding dimension to the gowns. Whether it meant taking the beloved floral lace appliqué and making the blooms literally pop as three-dimensional embellishments, or experimenting with sheer skirts and full-on illusion bodices. Overskirts, too, resurfaced as a play on popular silhouettes, creating the illusion of various shapes.
When creative masterminds weren’t fooling our eyes with magic design tricks they were crafting some seriously sexy looks. “Sensual” was a word that a lot of designers used to credit their collection, and it was pretty apparent with the array of deep plunging necklines, thigh-high Angelina Jolie-esque slits, and keyhole’s at the bust. Even the few pantsuits that walked the runway had a powerful feel to them.
Last but not least, the designers gravitated towards soft details that create extra movement and fluidity. Feathers were found on a lot of gowns, whether it was at the hemline, underneath a peplum, or as a waist embellishment. Wave details, too, took hold with swirling patterns replacing the perennial brocades and florals. Tiered skirts came back in a big way with flowing layers of tulle, silk and organza creating a grand finale for many of the designers’ collections.