Wedding dresses: the most show-stopping gowns at New York Bridal Week

Designers flocked to New York over the weekend to showcase their latest wedding dress creations at the Spring 2016 New York Bridal Week. Celebrity favourites such as Marchesa and Oscar de la Renta took it in turns to unveil their new gowns – and suits – and reveal the hottest trends in town.

With dozens of shows taking place, there was no shortage of wedding inspiration for brides-to-be worldwide.

The options were endless, for the traditional romantic brides who lust after a big white dress, and for the more daring brides who don't mind showing a little thigh.


Galia Lahav's wedding dress featured thigh-high splits

Galia Lahav, the fashion house founded in Tel Aviv, delivered some sensational gowns. The designer took the plunge with dresses featuring low V's that went down to the waist, while another chiffon gown bore thigh-high splits on both sides.

Keyhole necklines and barely-there straps were also recurring themes, while the practical use of subtle pockets was sewn into one ballgown.

The classic suit made an appearance in Carolina Herrera's collection

Carolina Herrera pleased the more traditional bride, with the Spanish designer showcasing strapless dresses swathed with tulle and satin ballgowns dotted with dainty crystals.

Perhaps the piece that turned most heads, however, was her crisp white suit, made up of a simple jacket and cropped, straight trousers. The look may well please the more contemporary bride, or someone celebrating in a civil ceremony.

Carolina Herrera embraced springtime with her floral and leaf motifs

Carolina embraced the current season with one satin gown that featured a striking floral and leaf motif painted down one side. Her touch of colour lit up the collection, but not as much as Lebanese designer Reem Acra, who was wasn't afraid to parade with nude and champagne tones down the runway.

Reem's collection remained true to her elaborate style. One dress played tricks on the eye, being made of a transparent material that blended in with the model's skin, while also featuring an ornate swirl pattern.

Reem Acra played with colour and pattern in her 2016 collection

Oscar de la Renta played around with hem lengths, unveiling a thigh-skimming number, a tea-length gown and an array of traditional floor-length wedding dresses.

One of his most striking pieces gave a nod to period costume with its ruffled collar, while another creation, featuring a ruffled tulle ballgown, was fit for the princess bride.

The more trendy bride may opt for Houghton's tasselled and brocade dress

Ines Di Santo, Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier all showcased very feminine, otherworldly gowns. Monique's collection in particular was the epitome of romance with its pink tulle skirts and dainty lace overlays.

Houghton, on the other hand, made dresses for the more trendy bride. One show-stopping frock featured a fringed, tasselled hemline, while the top half was all about the billowing sleeves.

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