princess wedding dress with embroidered lace bodice

Full of interesting texture and dynamic details, these dresses definitely had us at hello.

Lace Embroidery

Let's face it, if you can count on one thing from season to season in wedding dresses, it's lace. This staple fabric is so deeply connected with wedding dresses that it's not going anywhere anytime soon. However, how lace is designed and the patterns within it definitely evolve each year. For the Spring 2016 collections, lace is about a statement. It's a little bit heavier, more embroidered, and the patterns within the lace are a bit larger in scale.

scoop neck lace wedding dress with floral embroidery

We've also noticed a combination of patterns with lace that we think is pretty darn chic.  Pairing the floral pattern of lace with a linear netting (below) creates an entirely modern vibe.

lace and fishnet fabric on sheath wedding dress

This gown below features a similar pattern, but with dimensional "petals" rather than lace. The netting breaks up the material, giving it a lighter and less traditional quality.

v-neck wedding dress with floral petals and sheer netting

"3D" Effects

From ruffly, fringed-out fabric to appliqued flowers, these dresses beckon you to reach out and touch them. To help balance such an intense element, this wedding dress below is a minidress length surrounded by a layer of tulle (another structural detail we are seeing a lot of lately).

short wedding dress with tattered texture and tulle overlay
sheath wedding dress with 3D flowers applicaed to dress

But you certainly don't have to be a modern bride to wear these trends. This floral dress above is like a virtual garden, with flowers popping up straight out of the gown's embroidered tulle (totally romantic and perfect for a vintage gal).

And a bravely boho bride need look no further than this fan-freaking-tastic creation below.  With heavily embroidered fabric, fabulously huge bell sleeves, and a dusting of fringe at the hemline, it's for the bride who kinda loves being the center of attention.

boho glam wedding dress with large floral pattern and fringe

Layered Lace

Undoubtedly one of our favorite textural trends is layers and layers of lace, resulting in wedding dresses that resemble modern interpretations of traditional Spanish gowns.  We love the long silhouette it can create with a mermaid shape and a bit of tulle (below). The varying patterns in each layer of lace makes it all the more fascinating.

layered lace wedding dress with tulle overlay on skirt

If you are a petite bride, you will love how this technique lengthens you when the layers all point down in the same direction (below).

Spanish inspired layered lace wedding dress with train

Metallic Beading

Because we have trended towards more softer, vintage-inspired looks in seasons past, it's been awhile since very heavy beadwork was so stylish.  Beading can instantly transform a dress from simple to astonishing. It can also give the dress a bit more formality, so it's an especially pretty technique for evening events (remember to use candlelight at your reception so that your dress will positively glow).

white sheath wedding dress with heavily beaded bodice in metallic geometric pattern

Designers this season have used beadwork to create cool, geometric patterns on top of the fabric (above) or to highlight statements in the silhouette, such as with this daring back (below).

wedding dress with beaded statement back and cap sleeves

Skirts in Full Swing

Big skirts are back in a big way. Even more slim silhouettes are adding fullness with layers or fringe (below).  After seasons of narrow trumpet and sheath gowns, we're happy to see more diversity in silhouettes on the runways!

silver wedding dress with fringed skirt
Monique Lhuillier dress with scarlet floral embroidery on bodice

If you want a big skirt with an edge, look for a dress with a voluminous, tattered style. This Monique Lhuillier gown above marries traditional elements like lace and a bustier bodice with a bronze belt and dozens of yards of frayed organza. Adore.

Another style icon, Vera Wang, has embraced this trend with a bang.  This unforgettable black wedding dress is covered with ostrich feathers, for a skirt that's not only full, but also draped long.

Vera Wang wedding dress with ostrich feathers in black

What's your favorite textural element?

Credits:  Anne Barge   |   Reem Acra   |   Catherine Deane   |   Ivy & Aster   |   Marie LaPorte   |   Claire Pettibone   |   Houghton   |   Rivini   |   Pronovias   |   Amanda Wakeley   |   Rosa Clara   |   Paolo Sebastian   |   Monique Lhuillier   |   Vera Wang