5 Trends From the 2021 New York Bridal Fashion Week

The wedding industry was hit hard in the pandemic, but the second virtual New York Bridal Fashion Week, which took place from April 6 to 8, offered new collections, fresh trends and exciting brand launches. In addition to the several new designers to watch, highlights included Prabal Gurung debuting his first bridal collection with versatile, inclusive styles and Vera Wang signing a 10-year deal with Pronovias for Vera Wang Bride.

Much like October’s fashion week, brides are continuing to explore new ways of celebrating their special day, with fashions to complement. Across the fall 2021 and spring 2022 seasons, as seen on The Bridal Council x Pullquest’s digital platform and the CFDA’s Runway360, six prominent trends emerged. “Garden Party” was a popular theme, offering relaxed, floral fashions fit for intimate, outdoor gatherings. Meanwhile, oversize bows, “Bridgerton”-esque gowns and voluminous, fantastical frocks offered dreamy, feel-good optimism.

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New York fashion week style lessons, from Ella Emhoff’s modelling debut to the return of boho-luxe

Ella Emhoff, stepdaughter of US Vice President Kamala Harris, makes her modelling debut for Proenza Schouler - Proenza Schouler

Ella Emhoff, stepdaughter of US Vice President Kamala Harris, makes her modelling debut for Proenza Schouler – Proenza Schouler

Despite a ragged turn-out by big names, there were some rays of hope at New York fashion week, which came to an end on Thursday. Re-branded the American Collections by an exhausted-looking Tom Ford via a publicised Zoom call on the final day of proceedings, the designer postponed his presentation due to a Covid outbreak at his LA studio. The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) chief promised faithfully to return to New York in September though.

Meanwhile, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs all opted out of NYFW’s scheduled week. Yet bold, beautiful offerings still shook us home-front-row journalists awake, with Gabriela Hearst and Ulla Johnson stealing the crowns from the old-school absentees.

Hearst and Johnson showed digital presentations similar in scope and model

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A Love Letter to New York


New York. The Empire City. A glorious, triumphant, technicolor clash of classic style and fearless iconoclasm – in its people, in its art, its architecture, its style, its fashion, its soul. The vibrancy and the fearlessness of New York is expressed in a million different ways every day on the streets of the Five Boroughs… but reaches its apotheosis on the runways of New York Fashion Week.

It’s an ideology that gives the city its lifeforce – and it’s this same irrepressible coming together of quintessential style and bold new ideas that defines the newest incarnation of the world’s most famous fashion bible.

Grazia USA and New York Fashion Week are made for each other. And that is why, of all the places in the world, and of all the times in the year, it should be here, now, that Grazia makes its mark in the United States.


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How Kimberly Goldson Turned Her Dream Into New York Fashion Week Reality

Years ago, before she learned how to sew, appeared on Project Runway, and founded her own fashion label, Kimberly Goldson used to work for a jewelry company with offices near Rockefeller Center.

Sometimes during her lunch break, she would walk one block east to Saks Fifth Avenue. She couldn’t afford to buy anything—though every once in a while she would “spend a paycheck [she] wasn’t supposed to spend” on Miu Miu shoes. “I would just walk around and dream,” she told The Daily Beast over Zoom.

Last month, the dream came to life, when Kimberly Goldson (the label) landed front-and-center in Saks’ famous window display. Goldson’s offering—a bright, patterned green tuxedo dress—stands out, especially as it’s sandwiched between other designers’ monochromatic pieces.

Goldson and her sister Shelly Powell co-founded the eponymous brand in 2012, after the designer had appeared on Project Runway. They live and work in

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