With her first-ever bridal collection debuting in Los Angeles last night, Rachel Zoe is technically a newcomer to the wedding dress game—but as it turns out, the designer has actually been dabbling in the space for years now. And none other than Who What Wear co-founder and CEO Katherine Power inspired Zoe's latest venture: "She got married in one of my dresses from my very first ready-to-wear collection," Zoe told Who What Wear. Originally, "I designed it in red, and then I made it for her in white. It really occurred to me that if I could be part of someone's life in that moment, it would be the greatest honor for me as a designer and a stylist."
Given her newly minted bridal designer status, we couldn't resist tapping Zoe for her predictions on next year's biggest wedding dress trends. "I really love a bias-cut slip dress," Zoe told us. "I never get sick of it—I think it's timeless, sexy, and elegant. I think it's so flattering on bodies. It could be a fluid sequin slip dress where you can't even tell it's sequin, but it has a beautiful shimmer to it and really catches the light. Or it could be a hammered satin, which wears so well and has really good weight to it." Are you taking notes yet, brides-to-be?
Scroll down to read our full interview with Rachel Zoe about her new S/S 18 bridal collection.
WHO WHAT WEAR: What are your three favorite wedding dress trends for 2018, and why?
RACHEL ZOE: I love ruffles, but I like a really modern ruffle. I want it to be ethereal and romantic but not too fluffy and complicated. I really love a bias-cut slip dress—I never get sick of it. I think it's timeless, sexy, and elegant. I think it's so flattering on bodies. It could be a fluid sequin where you can't even tell it's sequin, but it has a beautiful shimmer to it and really catches the light. Or it could be a hammered satin, which wears so well and has really good weight to it.
I also love lace dresses, and I love a statement-sleeve dress. I plan to redo my vows in 2018—I'll be married for 20 years—so I love a statement sleeve, real romantic moment.
WWW: We've seen a ton of celebrities and models wearing naked wedding dresses. What are your thoughts on the trend?
RZ: I think there's the approach of "I should show my body when I can," and then there's a part of me that thinks let's keep it for a day that isn't your wedding day. But I think it could be done in a very beautiful and elegant way as well.
WWW: What do you think is the right way to do the naked wedding dress trend?
RZ: I'm someone who is more conservative. I'm someone who prefers subtle sexiness over overt sexiness, so I love an open back versus an open front. I don't personally love cleavage on a wedding day.
WWW: What do you think about the bridal jumpsuit trend?
RZ: I love a bridal jumpsuit. If you are not getting married in the jumpsuit, I love it for the night before or the after party or even the morning after. I've created some in the collection, actually.
WWW: What is one fashion mistake people make on their wedding day?
RZ: I think they do something that's way outside of their comfort zone, and they always regret it. Either they put their hair up, or they wear earrings when they normally wear studs, or they wear a certain makeup trend they don't normally wear. Doing anything for the first time on your wedding day is always just a huge mistake.
WWW: How would you describe the type of girl you designed these wedding dresses for?
RZ: Honestly, everyone from the true bohemian bride to the one who wants to get married in a garden with a very small ceremony to the woman who wants a really glamorous black-tie affair. It's the woman who doesn't have the time, the patience, or maybe even the budget to go and spend years searching for that dress, have 25 fittings, and wear a very corseted ball gown. I really am designing this for the modern bride.