There Were Plenty of Royal Wedding References at Spring 2019 Bridal Fashion Week

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The countdown for the royal wedding is nearing its end, and the identity of the designer who will create Meghan Markle‘s wedding gown remains a case for the FBI. We know traditional style rules are not Markle’s thing—and regardless of what brand gets the ultimate honor, you can pretty much expect her dress to inspire plenty of bridal trends in the near future.

Even without any leads or sketches to work off of, designers at New York’s Bridal Fashion Week clearly had the royal wedding at the forefront of their collective consciousness: Regal details, dresses inspired by palaces, and a whole lot of tiaras made their way down the Spring 2019 runways in startling quantities. (Oh, and plenty of English Breakfast tea was on offer to guests.) So if you were following the shows and noticed a princess-like ballgown or a glittering crown on a model and thought to yourself: Hm, is this supposed to be a royal wedding reference? It may not have been laid out as explicitly in the show notes, but it wouldn’t be that much of a leap to make the connection.

Ahead, we revisit eight collections that subtly and not-so-subtly referenced the new People’s Princess—or the idea of a “royal wedding” more broadly—for Spring 2019 bridal.

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