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© Provided by INSIDER Galia Lahav's press preview offered a glimpse into 2023 bridal trends. Samantha Grindell/Insider
- I attended Galia Lahav's press preview for its spring 2023 lines.
- Sheer fabrics, cutouts, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and sparkly, floral detailing are all trending.
- The brand's lead designer said he was influenced by world events for the collections.
I got a glimpse of the future of 2023 wedding trends last week.
Because I write about weddings for Insider, I was invited to Galia Lahav's preview of its spring 2023 collections and was able to get a sneak peek at what will be trending in bridal fashion in the coming year.
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The event spotlighted two collections: Rise, the brand's couture line for 2023, and Shine, its Gala collection. All of the gowns from both collections are now available to view on the Galia Lahav website.
Sheer fabrics and three-dimensional floral appliques were popular in the Gala line, as were off-the-shoulder sleeves. © Samantha Grindell/Insider Floral appliques will be popular. Samantha Grindell/Insider
Sharon Sever, Galia Lahav's lead designer, told Insider more brides than ever are asking for off-the-shoulder sleeves. He thinks the new interest in them is a result of virtual communication in the pandemic, as video chats only showed the upper portions of our bodies.
A bride wore a handmade wedding dress that has been in her family since 1939
- Cassie Kiel wore her great-grandmother's wedding dress when she married Tyler Kiel in September 2020.
- Cassie's mom also wore the dress to her wedding in 1991.
- Cassie's dress was originally handmade by her great-grandmother's sisters in 1939.
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Cassie and Tyler Kiel started dating after being introduced by a mutual friend.
Cassie told Insider that she and Tyler were introduced by a mutual friend at a bar.
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The two were dating for four years before Tyler proposed in 2019. Cassie said Tyler told her that he was meeting up with her dad to borrow a tool on the day he proposed.
"I'm at my parent's house and in walked my dad and Tyler from the back door," she told Insider. "Tyler started pacing a little bit and just got down on his knee and proposed right in front of my parents. The whole time that he was in the garage he was not asking for a tool, he was asking for my dad's permission to marry me."
Cassie added that her parents had no idea he was going to propose at that very moment.
"I was in a raggedy T-shirt, my hair was greasy and pulled back, so it was very random," she said.
Cassie said she didn't bother going wedding-dress shopping because she had already planned on wearing a gown that has been in her family since 1939.
Cassie said she grew up seeing pictures of her great-grandmother's dress from 1939 — which was eventually passed down to Cassie's mother, Annette Green — around her parents' house.
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"I've always talked about it, I've always known what the train looked like, what the color looked like, but I never knew the amount of detail it had until we actually pulled it out of the box," she said.
Green had the dress preserved after she got married in it in 1991, so it was actually kept inside the same box for 28 years.
The original version of the dress, which was worn by Green's grandmother, was made by hand.
Evelyn Spadafino's dress had a sweetheart neckline and long, tight sleeves. Green told Insider that the dress was made by Spadafino's sisters, who worked as seamstresses in New York City in the 1930s.
On her wedding day, Spadafino wore the dress with a headpiece and a cathedral-length veil.
Green said she was lucky enough to have her grandmother attend her wedding to see her in the dress.
Green told Insider that her grandmother was so happy when she saw her in the wedding dress for the first time.
"She loved it. She was very happy. It was a very exciting time for my family," Green said. "We're just about family and passing on traditions."
On her wedding day, Green also wore another family heirloom: a pair of pearl earrings that her grandmother let her borrow.
"My grandmother gifted me the pearl earrings before her death, and I, in turn, wore those pearls for Cassie's wedding," she said.
Green wore a garter as her something blue, and a headpiece was her something new.
When it was Cassie's turn to wear the dress, Green said her only request was that the long skirt and buttons of the dress stay the same.
Cassie listened to her mom's request but still made the dress her own by removing the sleeves, the bow in the back, and the lace on the skirt. Although Cassie's version of the dress was sleeveless, it still had the same corset-like bodice from when her mother wore it in 1991.
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"I was blown away at the end result. I had my doubts that my vision for the dress wasn't going to come to light," Cassie said. "I guess you could say my seamstress made my dress a dream come true."
Cassie's dress wasn't the only family heirloom she wore on her wedding day.
Cassie wore a diamond necklace that her parents had made using Green's original engagement ring. It also featured Cassie and Tyler's initials on the back.
Cassie's something blue was a handkerchief that originally belonged to her great-grandfather and was gifted to her by her father.
She also had the sleeves from her mother's wedding dress version wrapped around her bouquet. Cassie told Insider that she had never felt more beautiful than on her wedding day.
Cassie said she pinned the skirt of the dress up for the reception, but it got dirty anyway during her outdoor wedding.
However, she also said she had the dress dry-cleaned and preserved, just like her mom did.
Cassie said she's hoping to pass the dress down to another family member in the future.
Now that she's a mother to two boys and doesn't plan on having more kids, Cassie said her plans to pass the wedding dress down to a future daughter have changed.
"Right now I'm at a crossroads on what to do with the dress, so I don't know. I definitely want it to be passed down," she said. "Maybe I will save it for my future granddaughter."
Likewise, he told Insider he was inspired to include textured, floral elements in the gowns after thinking about the time people spent in nature when they couldn't be indoors together.
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Many of the Gala gowns also had dramatic slits and corset bodices on gowns with soft, tulle skirts, adding a sexy edge to the ethereal looks.
Both the Rise and Shine collections featured many embellished gowns as well, indicating sparkly dresses are only going to get more popular in the coming year. © Samantha Grindell/Insider Sparkles will be big. Samantha Grindell/Insider
Some gowns, like the Quinn (photographed on the left above), were completely covered in textured sparkles that had a disco-ball effect, while other dresses, like the Euphoria (pictured on the right), had small glittering details mixed in with florals.
Sparkles also popped up in many of the veils modeled during the preview, with Galia Lahav pairing them with sparkly gowns. The looks seemed to show a more-is-more approach to sparkles for the next year.
The Quinn also had a removable train, which has become more popular in recent years in wedding dresses. Galia Lahav's latest collections indicate the design feature is here to stay.
Sever also told Insider he designed many of the new gowns with cutouts. © Samantha Grindell/Insider Daring cutouts are here to stay. Samantha Grindell/Insider
Sever said dramatic cutouts felt natural in his designs because of his feeling that the world has been "torn" in recent years due to people having to distance themselves from each other physically.
Overall, it seems that bridal fashion is trending toward sexy, ethereal looks with nods to disco.
You can see more of Galia Lahav's bridal couture "Rise" collection here, and its latest bridal Gala collection here.
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