Ethereal Skirts

Inspired by lavish boudoirs, vintage laces and princess brides, wedding dresses have never been so ethereal with layered skirts resembling fluffy clouds.

When choosing a wedding gown, every detail matters, but it is the silhouette of the skirt that essentially defines it. From ball gown shapes to slimmer and shorter styles, wedding dress skirts for fall 2016 are beautifully lightweight and ethereal, and some of them even boast detachable layers so that you can transform the gown from ceremony attire to a fun party frock!

Frothy tulles and elaborate laces dominated the catwalks at Bridal Fashion Week in New York with many designers focusing on lingerie-like styles for autumn. Vera Wang continued to develop her Hotel Madrid theme and worked with black and white fabrics to create her lavish wedding gowns which sometimes look like luxe bridal underwear. She introduced multi-way dresses with detachable skirts, as well as short frocks finished off with dramatic trains and big bows tied around the waist.

Other designers played with removable skirts and ball gown overlays as well. Zuhair Murad took the trend to a next level with his signature embroideries layering to create different silhouettes, while Amsale added draped tulle and silk bows to add ball gown elegance to her sexy lace wedding dresses. Anne Barge’s wonderfully romantic dresses had cascading organza overlays floating around sleek satins which is another prominent trend in 2016.

We also loved how Ines di Santo and Reem Acra combined corset-style bodices with oversized tulle skirts, and some Pronovias dresses featured a delicate sheer tulle overlay on top of elaborate re-embroidered laces.

Designers matched the elegance of airy skirts with bejewelled bodices and we loved the translucent layers of tulle that appeared in Badgely Mischka’s fall collection. Oscar de la Renta brides remained classically beautiful in flamboyant ball gowns with skirts that look like buttercream icing.

One of the most striking pieces from autumn 2016 collections was certainly a Marchesa gown with an oversized ruffled skirt made of meters and meters of softest tulle topped with an elegantly bejewelled bodice. This wedding dress evokes the glamour of bygone eras and still has that effortless modern feel.

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