Our 2022 Bridal Fashion celebration is coming to a close – and what a fashion-filled month it’s been!
We’ve released a number of gorgeous new wedding dress collections with still more to come (you can catch up on that here), shared which new design details are #trending (living for all the statement minis), & fitting to this virtual shopping age, we updated our 15 favorite Etsy wedding dress designers. Now, it’s time to share the best gowns from this season’s in-person & virtual runways, and who better to choose than the bridal world’s top tastemakers?
Who are these tastemakers, you ask? We talk so much about our favorite designers & the incredible collections they create, but we don’t often enough rave about bridal store owners & buyers who actually decide which gowns make it to salon floors & in front of trendsetting brides like you.
Our chosen bridal salon owners not only curate the most fashion-forward collections in the world but also run many of the best Instagram feeds for your wedding inspiration pleasure (we’ve shared their IG accounts below too!) We’re pretty psyched to see so many of our favorite up-and-coming designers making this list, and even share our own favorite picks: Zoë of Zo & Willow & I are both dying for the sustainably-made and versatile Lirio Gown by Cortana.
So without much further ado, here are the bridal world’s top tastemakers’ favorite wedding dresses from 2022 bridal fashion month virtual & in-person runways…
Annika Noordzij of Wild at Heart Bridal
BB25 and BB26 by Bon Bride
This combo looks so effortlessly cool and striking! A perfect chic-yet-alternative option for the modern bride. We also love that Bon Bride takes sustainability into account which we think is super important in modern-day life. All in all, the perfect look for the modern bride that dares to dress for herself on the big day!
Eden by Rue de Seine Bridal
This gown is sexy, sophisticated, bohemian and just unlike anything else. Nobody does modern bohemia like Rue de Seine and we feel the Eden gown is just perfect whether you are wearing it for your winter elopement in Iceland or on a beach in the Bahamas. Also important, we feel this gown would be gorgeous on any body shape!
Zoë Willoughby of Zo & Willow Bridal
Dahlia by Halfpenny London
Designer Kate Halfpenny just launched her latest collection, “Three”. This year, instead of focusing on quantity, she pared back the collection, offering just three new gowns in the aptly titled “3” collection.
Our favourite from this new collection is the Dahlia dress. This is a classic style that highlights Halfpenny London’s quality Mikado fabric with a flattering silhouette and modern pockets. Zo & Willow brides love the endless styling options that Halfpenny London offers, like adding the detachable big bow at the back for some added oomph. So much fun! All of Halfpenny London’s dresses are sustainably made in the UK. Available at Zo & Willow in Berlin.
Lirio by Cortana Brides
We are silk minimalists at heart at Zo & Willow and huge fans of everything Cortana Bridal. Renowned for their artisanal approach to bridal, Cortana’s wedding dresses are like something from an ethereal dream.
This year we added the Lirio dress to our collection as it screamed Zo & WIllow in every way. The dress is composed of three layers of silk fabric of different lengths. It has a V-shaped neckline on the back and two very long stoles attached to it which can be arranged in different ways. We can’t wait to play with the different styling options of this dress in-store. All of Cortana’s dresses are sustainably made in Barcelona, Spain. The Lirio dress will be available at Zo & Willow in Berlin from December 2021.
Amelia of The English Dept.
Coco by Claire la Faye
My favorite gown this season is Coco, by Claire la Faye. This gown – Claire’s take on the beaded gown trend – is lightweight, innovative, and impossibly chic. I’m obsessed with pearls this season, and Claire’s use of pearl-studded fabric, cut with flattering bishop sleeves and a dramatic horsehair hem, is the most interesting use of the subtle gem I’ve seen so far.
Chelsea MacNamara of Everthine Bridal
IDL 483 by Daalarna Couture
We’re such a sucker for a Swiss dot! The playful print and unexpected shoulder detail add a pop of drama that is just right. She speaks to a variety of brides, from romantic and traditional to high fashion and modern chic.
Jackie by FLORA
Flora always seems to be ahead of the trend curve and nailed it with their 2022 GOLDEN collection. Featuring two trends we’re seeing everywhere, voluminous sleeves and a high, daring slit. Jackie’s luxurious and rich silk satin fabric looks and feels like butter! Perfect for the understated, yet fashion-forward bride.
Anna & Chase Dusatko of Stone Bridal
Tilda by Leanne Marshall
Two words: puff sleeves. We love this silk satin gown for its mega volume and separate sleeves. The removable sleeve option is ideal for brides that want to create a second look with one dress!
Freddie Jumpsuit by Ritual Unions
We love jumpsuits for their wearability after your wedding. The plunging V neckline allows a bit of exposure that balances well with the wide-leg pants and long sleeves. It’s chic, timeless, and fashion-forward.
Laura of Everly Fine Bridal Co.
Wisteria by Alena Leena
We love this take on a timeless style – the draping in the bodice and high leg split modernize this classic look. It’s elegant, playful, and just the right amount of sultry.
Tilly by Made With Love Bridal
The scoop neck is a big trend this season. Tilly’s luxe beading balances her clean and relaxed silhouette, and the barely there straps and open back make it effortlessly chic.
Carmen of The White Room
Max by Georgia Young Couture
We love this gown because it takes the simplistic and romantic trend that is hot right now and amps it up a level so you are destined to take everyone’s breath away! The fabric is luxe and structured, and the neckline is oh, so couture! Our favorite part is the way the seams trace the curves and add a modern element, and we love how there is an optional *removable* sleeve!
Vivienne by Varca
With a record-breaking amount of weddings in 2022, our brides are going to want to stand out! We love ‘Vivienne’ because she manages to take a risk while capturing the structural romance of traditional bridal. We love how much of a statement this gown makes, and the sheer skirt gives you a modern twist and an excuse to buy amazing shoes! We think after a year and a half of shutdowns, it’s time to be bold. After all, who doesn’t want to wear a piece of art?
Anna Walsh of anna bé & a&bé bridal
Mattea by Anais Anette
Mattea by Anais Anette does the watteau train to perfection. We haven’t seen this take on bridal trains in ages but it’s coming back for 2022. Mattea subtly ushers the watteau train back to the forefront with a nod to the textured embellishment trend that isn’t going anywhere either.
Jane by Katherine Tash
Jane offers renewed energy to the classic bridal slip dress trend, making it so perfectly of the moment.
Lauren Crispin of The Mews Bridal
Celine by Rime Arodaky
Celine by Rime Arodaky for the wild-hearted brides who want elegance with an edge.
Bartok & Morricone by Laure de Sagazan
The two piece Bartok & Morricone Laure de Sagazan for a modern take on nostalgic silhouettes.
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