Chicks Getting Hitched: Fall 2013 Runway Report

Fashion designers unveiled their latest wedding gown collections last week in New York at Bridal Fashion Week. Lace, layers and long sleeves ruled the runways this year. There were also surprises like bold headpieces and colorful dresses. Whether you’re planning a walk down the aisle or just fantasizing about tying the knot someday, here’s a glimpse at some of the prettiest and most daring looks in bridal fashion – coming soon to a wedding near you!

Many women say they just don’t feel like a bride until they put on a veil. I’m not a huge fan of traditional veils, but I’m liking some of the unconventional headpieces designers showed this season. I think this 1920s inspired Reem Acra headpiece would be perfect for a high-fashion bride who wants to stand out.

Courtesy of Reem Acra/Facebook

For a less in-your-face take on the unconventional headpiece, I love this sparkly Marchesa headband.

Photo courtesy of Marchesa/Facebook

I’ve always loved the look of sleeves on wedding dresses. They’re so demure and romantic, and flattering to so many body types. I can tell you from my own exhaustive wedding gown search that a sleeve is hard to find. But, I’m happy to report that is all about to change. All it took was one royal wedding to bring sleeves back into fashion. Thank you, Kate Middleton, for wearing that lovely wedding gown with full-length lace sleeves by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

If you need proof that covering up a bit can be sexy, check out this Oscar de la Renta beauty that is fit for a princess.

Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta/Facebook

If you don’t want to mimic Kate’s look too closely or aren’t into long sleeves, you can still get in on this trend.

Here’s a darling Lela Rose cap sleeve gown that would be perfect for a spring wedding.

Courtesy of Lela Rose/Facebook

I also love this bejeweled Badgley Mischka cap sleeve dress.

Courtesy of Badgley Mischka/Facebook

I can’t stop staring at the intricate beaded pearl sleeves on this Marchesa gown. That’s an heirloom dress if I’ve ever seen one.

Courtesy of Marchesa/Facebook

If you’re not a white dress kind of gal, you’ll find some colorful options from this year’s fashion shows. Here’s a beautiful dress by Claire Pettibone with pops of pink and green lace sleeves. I think you have to be a runway model to pull off that floral headpiece, but the dress would be lovely on many real brides.

Courtesy of Claire Pettibone/Facebook

For the lesbian bride who wants to show her pride in the most stunning and subtle way – I present to you this romantic embellished dress by Badgley Mischka in our signature color: lavender!

Courtesy of Badgley Mischka/Facebook

Not every woman wants to be encumbered by a floor-sweeping gown on her wedding day. Thankfully, designers are still churning out show-stopping LWDs. Here’s a glimpse of a knee-length Marchesa dress from the back. I love the full skirt and lace sleeves. It’s on trend, but has a timeless quality about it.

Photo courtesy of Marchesa/Facebook

Here are two more short dresses from Rivini. I particularly like the gray one on the left. It’s elegant but not prissy and also incorporates one of the season’s hottest trends – the illusion neckline.

Photo courtesy of Rivini/Facebook

Which new bridal fashion trends are you in love with?