Bridal market is coming up in New York City this month, and we're getting excited to see all of the latest collections of wedding dresses. Each year, designers showcase classic gowns, new trends, and unique details to the world of bridal fashion, and the designs seem to get more and more beautiful with every collection. From sheaths to mermaid dresses and illusion details to allover lace, there is truly something for every bride to find their dream dress.
To get prepared for the new season of styles, we spoke with bridal designer Francesca Miranda to discuss her thoughts on fashion, wedding planning, and finding The One – bridal gown that is. Her spring 2016 collection showcased memorable wedding dresses in striking patterns with fringe and lace details in a number of lengths, sleeve styles, and silhouettes, and we're looking forward to discovering what her latest spring 2017 collection will bring. From the look of her preview sketches, we'll be seeing a mix of classic bridal gowns and fashion-forward dresses with structured styles and on-trend components, such as overskirts.
Read on to learn more about Francesca Miranda's newest collection, her advice for brides-to-be looking for their dream wedding dress, and her vision for the future of bridal fashion!
Q: What was the inspiration behind your latest collection?
A: Basically, I want to honor monumental women. Women who have been icons to other women throughout history.
Q: What can brides expect to see from the spring 2017 collection?
A: I never abandon my hand-embroidered gowns, it's my essence, so they will see that and I am still loving the detachable skirts! But wait for the surprises!!
Q: Who is the Francesca Miranda bride?
A: Feminine, authentic, and very much in love!
Q: How will the spring 2017 collection differ from the fall 2016 collection?
A: In my last collection, I focused on latin flair and the fashion-forward bride. For SS17, my focus is more on the monumental woman, her romance and exquisiteness.
Q: Which is your favorite dress from the latest collection and why?
A: I love Agata. I love the combination of the embroidered tulle and the fringe. It is a perfect balance between a modern and a classic bride.
Q: What advice do you have for brides buying gowns for their wedding?
A: Try as many silhouettes as possible. It is the best way to know what you love and what you don't. Sometimes the silhouette you think would fit you best, or you would like, is not necessarily the most appropriate one for you. Don't discard anything until you try them all.
Q: What should brides keep in mind when deciding on a silhouette, neckline, etc.?
A: What fits you best, what you feel comfortable in, and what makes your eyes shine!
Q: What are your trend predictions for bridal fashion in 2017 and beyond?
A: I think every day brides are taking more risks. I love the use of color! Hints of color... brides who dare to be different, but I also love a classic bride. Nowadays, like in fashion, you can wear whatever you want, it is more personalized. You can find a dress that expresses your personality and I think that is what the bridal world is going to move towards in the future.
View Francesa Miranda's fall 2016 collection and learn more about each gown in her Lookbook! Check back during bridal market for more from the spring 2017 collection, and be sure to also take a look at the glamorous nuptials of her daughter in Colombia, which featured wedding attire designed by Francesca Miranda herself!
Photos courtesy of Francesca Miranda