Capped and Billowed Sleeves
This NYBFW showcased a strong ‘sweet and sexy’ aesthetic that carried through from design details to beauty and styling. Playful yet mysterious, the trend of capped sleeves made an appearance on a number of runway shows, capturing the romance and bliss of a girl in love. Epitomising the regal vibe of a Laure de Sagazan bride, the French designer featured delicate sleeve details in her Fall 2018 collection paired with a crossed v-neckline to balance the silhouette and frame the décolletage. We also noticed the capped sleeve as a delicate detail of traditional outerwear, like the wrap cardigan of the Ivy and Aster collection. But of course, capped sleeves weren’t the only sleeves to grab our attention. Following on from Spring 2018, voluminous sleeves and off-the-shoulder statements are here to stay, perhaps in a more Neo-Victorian inspired manner than the classic romantic sleeve we had come to appreciate last season. Designers experimented with different accent points on the sleeves, creating gathered details at the mid forearm and elbow rather than typically cinching in at the wrist. Alexandra Grecco’s Fall 2018 collection was elegant yet daring, featuring an unassuming peachy toned wrap dress – a silhouette known to flatter almost every body type. The addition of feminine ruffles at the sleeves and along the hems gives the ensemble a romantic edge, topped off with a subtle touch of sparkle for the occasion.
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We saw the resurgence of capes and capelets last season and are pleased to see them make another, slightly more audacious appearance on the runway. The princess cape was a major trendsetting detail this week and conjured a fairytale atmosphere of haunting beauty and mysticism. The Elie Saab Fall 2018 collection starred a celestial two piece ensemble, with a beaded sheath dress and matching princess cape. The oversized hood is an enchanting accessory and serves as a fashion forward alternative to a traditional veil. Expert layering is key to this ethereal look. Sheer capes pair nicely with sheath or strapless dresses for an elegant play on proportion and transparency. We can see another take on this statement trend in Rime Arodaky’s collection of airy pieces and modern styling. Take a low back slip dress and pair with an off-the-shoulder cape, balancing the look with layered necklaces and a delicate fabric choker.
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This season you can expect to see warmer tones hit the isle, from incorporations of gold and blush, to pink and crimson accents. Whilst gold has an innately regal dimension, blush and pink tones help to soften the look and add a youthful sense of femininity. The inclusion of exaggerated shoulder bows in this all pink look by Naeem Khan adds an element of movement to this form fitting number. Of course you don’t have to go all out with this trend – subtle incorporations of warmer tones can be just what’s needed to inject an element of personality. Zunino’s latest collection pairs neutral tones of blush and cream with whimsical, textural elements, complemented with bold orange draping for a sun kissed beauty look.
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It seems that in the midst of statement trends with exaggerated features – capes and puffy shoulder details – the modern silhouette continues to capture the hearts of brides everywhere. The modern silhouette is wearable and fashion forward, featuring clean lines, pared back detailing and ample room for contemporary accessorising. A plunging neckline and racerback design is a signature duo that accentuates the beautiful simplicity of the décolletage and neck area. Paired with a relaxed up-do hairstyle for an element of contrast, this silhouette typifies the modern, minimal bride. Jumpsuits have also become a popular statement on the runway and offer a slightly more androgynous approach to bridal wear. A big trend this season, the tailored jumpsuit is a beacon of sophistication and can be accessorised with a birdcage veil or crown to top off the look.
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No fall collection would be complete without a few statement outerwear pieces. The moto jacket inspires a bohemian edge and contrasts beautifully against delicate fabrics like lace and georgette. Look to Monique Lhuillier for inspiration on rocking a moto jacket on your wedding day. An extension of the cape trend, embellished outerwear is another of our favourite looks from Fall 2018 NYBFW. Be it beaded, embroidered or impressed with eye-catching appliqué, statement jackets in gauzy fabrics have an effortless quality that helps to elevate the look of a contemporary wedding dress.
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