Bridal designs by Jenny Packham
With Barcelona Bridal Week kicking off next month, wedding fever is officially in the air and the recent bridal presentations in New York showcased what the most stylish brides will be wearing while walking down the aisle next year — with influences ranging from classical Spanish to vintage Hollywood.

Some of the more contemporary takes on bridal came from the likes of Amsale, who showcased short and flirty hemlines, while Rafael Cennamo referenced the current trend for dropped hems by teaming short skirts with lengthy trains.

The catwalk trend for peplums has also translated for wedding gowns, with peplum skirts adding interest at Angel Sanchez and Amsale.

Going for a more traditional aesthetic were labels such as Jenny Packham, whose collection was inspired by Hollywood icons such as Vivien Leigh and Bette Davis, and the vintage glamour of 1930s Paris with lashings of silk chiffon, draped satins and French lace.

Lace was also big at Romona Keveza, Temperley London and Kenneth Pool, while traditional Spanish-style lace gowns with demure high necks were seen at Oscar de la Renta. The latter also offered a more modern wedding style in the form of cropped tops, floral patterns and shorter skirts.

Also earning a prize for innovation was Reem Acra, whose runway finale saw a model remove her tiered tulle skirts to reveal a cropped tube dress.

And while in terms of colour the usual delicate tones such as ivory, champagne and platinum ruled the runways, designers experimented with less conventional shades.

Last year Vera Wang famously showcased gowns in midnight blacks, while for 2013 she presented dresses in scarlet, crimson, vermillion and dahlia. “It’s a celebration of love,” explained the designer. Red frocks appeared on the runways at Romona Keveza and Oscar de la Renta too, while the latter also showcased dresses in cool blues. –AFP RELAXNEWS