Bridal Fashion Week’s Best Wedding Gowns


Twirl’s Top Twelve

Our top picks from Spring/Summer 2017 New York Bridal Fashion Week


The Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal Fashion Week brought many highs and lows, with new trends, timeless classics and and even a few “What were they thinking?” moments.  Among the dreamy ball gowns, three-dimensional flowers and polka-dots a plenty, these twelve gowns led the pack for introducing new styles to our ever classic market and earned the honor of being in The Twirl Top Twelve.  All captions are from left to right:

Lela Rose: This gown may seem simple, but for the bride who wants understated yet fashion forward, this two-piece top and leafy lace skirt is the way to go.  While it feels sportswear like, the cut-out back gives it a more formal touch. Two-piece bridal looks are usually very constructed, think corset tops paired with full or narrow skirts, but this soft ensemble is anything but.  Extra points for the flounce sleeve.  Perfect for The Glasshouses.

Carolina Herrera: We love a classic shirt dress and no one does the crisp white shirt like Carolina Herrera.  With a high front slit and fitted bodice, this dress manages to be anything but buttoned up.  While shown in a light cotton, it is also available in a more structured taffeta that dresses it up just the right amount. Perfect for Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Angel Sanchez: Angel Sanchez always manages to create something inventive and uniquely beautiful.  This gown incorporates so many trends: three-dimensional flowers, a high neckline and side cut-outs, but still looks classic and romantic.  We love the subtle touch of the soft blue-grey color  and the ribbon accent.  Perfect for The Museum of the City of New York.

Mira Zwillinger:  Three dimensional and textured flowers were the biggest trend at market, but this flat, burnout floral print on organza was one of our favorite floral-themed gowns.  We love the ever so slight sweetheart neckline and just visible corset lines paired with a baby A-line skirt.  And the caplet seriously rocks.  Perfect for The Foundry.

Peter Langner: The Kate Middleton effect on bridal is still going strong with sheer lace long sleeve gowns turning up on every runway.  We love this one by Peter Langner.  The lace is beaded with abstract, geometric lines and rises slightly over the neckline like a small mock neck.  Very cool.  Perfect for The New York Public Library.

Christos Costarellos: One of our favorite new designers on the bridal scene is Christos Costarellos from Greece. His gowns are boho with a Mediterranean flair.  We love the vertical and horizontal placements of lace over point d’espirit and basket-weave laces. The ruffled neckline and sleeves give a more formal, Elizabethan feel to the boho style. Perfect for The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Christian Siriano: With his first full bridal collection for Kleinfeld, designer and celebrity dresser Christian Siriano showed a pretty wide array of styles.  Our favorite was this pink ombre, texture skirted ball gown, ’cause if you want to make a bold color statement with your gown, this is the way to go.  Perfect for One World Observatory.

Delphine Manivet: Everything about Delphine Manivet’s bridal collection had a chic, Parisian feel.  We adore this two-piece ensemble.  The perfectly fitted robins egg blue sweater paired with a high-waisted cage ball skirt with sheer blue organza overlay is très, très chic.  Perfect for The Brooklyn Winery.

Marchesa: Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s bridal collection for Marchesa was, hands down, their best yet.  While it’s hard to choose one from the pretty flawless collection, we love this lace sheath with all over 3D flower applique.  The bat-winged cape/sleeve combination puts it over the top!  Perfect for The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center.

Pallas Couture: Our favorite Aussie brand made a big splash this season, with gowns made of layers of our favorite floral, lattice and polka dot laces layered to hug the body.  The stand out among the fitted sheaths was actually a soft A-line gown, with a plunging V and spaghetti straps, a little sportswear touch to this formal gown.  Perfect for The Frick Collection.

Naeem Kahn: Every single gown, and pant suit and tunic in Naeem Khan’s collection was to die for.  We love this ball gown with blue and gold embroidery (it will be available in an ivory combination as well).  This gown has a bit of something blue and a whole lot of something WOW.  Our favorite neckline of the season!  Perfect for Ellis Island.

Vera Wang: No one does a grand ball gown like Vera Wang.  Only she can take a shape more associated with Cinderella and Scarlett O’Hara and make it ultra chic and sophisticated.  Her ball gowns are so voluminous we really don’t understand how they fit in the salons!  We adore this basque waist gown with a pleated skirt.  The fitted bodice has a halter shape with a high neckline.  Bow down.  Perfect for The Plaza Hotel.

All images courtesy of designer.  Landing page image from Marchesa.