FALL 2016 WEDDING DRESS TRENDS

From Spanish-inspired gowns to fully-sheer silhouettes, the Fall 2016 bridal runways weren't lacking in major dress-spiration.

By Lauren Frankfort

It's that time of year again! Another wonderful bridal fashion week just wrapped, which means we get to revel in the latest wedding dress trends to emerge from the runways. And from a vibrant Spanish-inspired aesthetic to more romantic 3D floral appliqués and fully sheer silhouettes, this seasons wasn't short of interesting new designs for brides-to-be to covet.

Yet again, layers played an important role in the most recent bridal presentations. Whether it was frilly capelets on a Spanish-inspired number at Oscar de la Renta or an asymmetrical tiered skirt at Monique Lhuillier, creating dimension, volume, and optical illusions with dress shapes was key to the Fall 2016 designs.

Another majorly important feature was texture. 3D florals popped up on the runways yet again, taking a more ethereal turn with delicate organza appliqués (some even dotted with crystals and beads!) blooming onto gowns at Naeem Khan and Reem Acra.

The illusion of seeing — and not seeing — made for an extra sensual lineup of new gowns. Whether it was the fully sheer silhouettes at Inbal Dror and Theia, or the illusion cutouts at Christos. Lingerie-inspired looks cropped up, too, with silky slip gowns and the most delicate laces gracing the runway too.

Modern, minimalist styles, were also a hit. And while these sheaths were certainly understated, they were anything but simple.

We can't forget some of the most influential decades in this seasons' slew of new designs! The 90s played a big part, with spaghetti straps proving to be, well, the strap of choice, and fluttery sleeves and draped silhouettes, reminiscent of the 1930s, making a mark as well.

Click through to see all of the latest wedding dress trends from the Fall 2016 bridal runways!

Illustration: Christina Park

Spanish Influence

¡Andale! Straight off the ready-to-wear runways, Spanish-inspired designs were a hit at the bridal presentations. From Flamenco-approved ruffles to charming off-the-shoulder, tiered necklines and capelets (tied with a bow, no less), Spanish glamour was omnipresent this season.

"La Paz" sweetheart strapless ballgown with ribbon and lace, Naeem Khan

Photo: Alberto Maddaloni / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Alon Livne White

Photo: Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

"Imogen" corded lace fit-and-flare wedding dress with Chantilly lace flutter sleeve overlay, Christos

Photo: Luca Tombolini and Alberto Maddaloni / Indigitalimages.com

"Sau Paulo" strapless hand-embroidered wedding dress with pearl sequins, Naeem Khan

Photo: Alberto Maddaloni / Indigitalimages.com

Embroidered lace column wedding dress with detachable sculpted peplum train, Marchesa

Photo: Luca Tombolini / Indigitalimages.com

"Cartegena" beaded fringe short wedding dress with tulle illusion neckline and 3/4 sleeves, Naeem Khan

Photo: Alberto Maddaloni / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta

Photo: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

"Gabriella" v-neck sheath wedding dress with 3/4 length sleeves, Sottero and Midgley

Photo: Alberto Maddaloni / Indigitalimages.com

Style 1614, organza bell sleeve beaded shrug over a silver lace strapless mermaid wedding dress with ivory vine embroidery, Inbal Dror

Photo: Luca Tombolini / Indigitalimages.com

"Cali" short sleeveless wedding dress with an illusion beaded and embroidered bodice and ostrich feather skirt, Naeem Khan

Photo: Alberto Maddaloni / Indigitalimages.com

Illusion see-through handcrafted netting & lace dress, silver tone with a matching bolero, Berta

Photo: Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Style 1612, lace and point d'esprit tulle wedding dress with dramatic wing sleeves and adorned with small crystals and pearl beading, Inbal Dror

Photo: Luca Tombolini / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Alon Livne White

Photo: Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Style 1616, crochet diamond lace sheath wedding dress with long sleeves and split hem, Inbal Dror

Photo: Luca Tombolini / Indigitalimages.com