Season Review: Bridal SS18

Marchesa & Marchesa Notte – In typical Marchesa fashion (no pun intended), ultra-romantic couture unfolded in front of us for SS18. It was a lineup that reflected the hedge-line pathways of Castle Howard, a prominent brick-walled garden in England while Notte drew from the English rose garden at Mottisfont. Both collections showed off floor sweeping gowns and while Marchesa stayed more formal with exquisite construction, tiers of chantilly lace, silver beaded threadwork, silk faille ballgowns and 3D pearl embroidery, Notte appeared more bohemian with more simple silhouettes full of fun applique’s, sunburst pleating, plunging necklines and column skirts layered with tiers of tulle and fringe.

Sachin & Babi – There’s just something different and special about the clothes that design and life duo, Sachin & Babi create and that extended to their SS18 bridal collection. It explored the notion of Spring as a cycle of renewal, just as a wedding itself is a fresh start and the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. For example, the opening look showed off a fil coupe coatdress w/ draped sleeves paired with slim-fit Mikado pants that nearly knocked us off our chair while hand cut lace flowers, intricate embroideries, engineered lace and embellishments like ostrich feathers and pearls provided a perfect extra something. Even components of their latest RTW collection snuck in – like in a silk botanical printed sash draped around a flared sheath gown. And while each piece appeared to be light and full of life they maintained a contemporary appeal, leaving a little something for everyone to love.

Monique Lhuillier – Lace and tulle always go hand-in-hand at a Monique Lhuillier bridal and SS18 was no different except this time around there was a little something extra for brides to accessorize with. To start, and a trend we saw frequently this season, delicate sheer and lace gloves with dainty embellishments and on the other hand heavily beaded boleros that draped softly over the models’ shoulders full of crystals and pearls – giving something for ceremony and reception without a second dress becoming involved. Horsehair provided volume and structure in the most appropriate places, giving various levels of skirting within one silhouette and the bust and corseting construction was a complete dream being both seductively sexy and utterly romantic.

Carolina Herrera – Carolina Herrera harped on one theme this season, timelessness. Disregarding trends and streamlining the gowns to more simple silhouettes, she let the pieces speak for themselves without too many extra bells and whistles. “To me, the most important day in the life of a woman is her wedding, and it has to be romantic, it has to be feminine, it has to be ethereal, it has to be dreamy.” It was about elegance, not necessarily sexiness. This idea was reflected within an easy silk bias-cut gown, a lady-like tea-length number, a collared gown with pockets and the most fun part, separates. Precisely tailored cropped trousers, a back-button-up lace blouse and a tulle skirt paired with an embellished sweater has us reminiscing about our own EIC’s CH selects for her special day.

Oscar de la Renta – Ethereal. That’s the word to summarize Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim’s first ever bridal collection for the timeless ODLR brand. Tapping into traditional ODLR details, specifically, florals reflecting on Oscar de la Renta’s love for his gardens, the duo took these elements having them dance on garments in 3D applique’s and lace but with more modern and streamlined silhouettes. For example, a new exaggerated sweetheart neckline made of guipere lace found in a column gown as well as an ivory stretch silk georgette jumpsuit. Obi bows, a detachable embroidered tulle cape and a white denim jacket with “Just Married” across the back were additional surprises that would bring in a new audience and consumer without alienating the traditionalist that yearns to wear ODLR on their special day.

Reem Acra – What could be a better way to kick off the SS18 bridal season than sitting in the Tiffany’s flagship after hours, watching a triumph of gowns cascade out from the vault modeled elevators, surrounded by the rings that so many people dream to receive? Apparently, Reem Acra read all of our daydreams and presented her latest bridal installment just so. Inspired by the heritage and craftsmanship of Tiffany & Co., the first ten gowns showcased interpretations of the famous little blue box while the rest of the designs  full bridal bliss with no stone (or in this case, crystal and diamond) left unturned. Encrusted bodices, layers of tulle and a Tiffany blue ballgown with gold embellishment and embroidery made sure that whomever the bride is that decides on Reem Acra for their special day is sure to make a statement.

David Yurman – We certainly can’t speak of only gowns when reviewing wedding goodies, especially when it all begins with a kneel and a ring. David Yurman’s latest collection is one that will make your eyes open extra-wide.


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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m