Neutrals took center stage on this season’s catwalks, with the Fall/Winter 2023/2024 evening couture aesthetic being a sophisticated glamorous, and vampy mix of black lace, nude tones, and structured shapes. Brides-to-be and bridesmaids alike may draw fashion inspiration from these evening couture collections, as they present some showstopping options for rehearsal dinners, receptions, afterparties, and any special occasion.

Zuhair Murad Evening Couture

The FW 23/24 evening wear collection by Zuhair Murad is dark, glamorous, sophisticated, and has an air of mystery to it. Think “Edgar Allen Poe-meets-Garden of Eden.” Sheer fabrics break up the all-black gowns with daring flashes of skin, tempered by romantic corsetry and floral details. These black lace showstoppers practically beg to be worn on the red carpet, while silver embellished ensembles would be the ultimate wedding afterparty look.

Elie Saab Evening Couture

Cloaked in glamour, this season’s evening couture picks from Elie Saab are a stunning ode to medieval fashion influences. Brides and grooms alike may opt for a cloaked look, which is becoming more popular amongst couples who opt for a pre-wedding photo shoot or destination engagement session.

The color palette of black, blush, and taupe are a stunning complement to the intricate beading, embellishments, and textures.

Stephane Rolland Evening Couture

It takes an exceptionally unique perspective to bring a fresh take to the classic black and white evening gown, but Stephane Rolland has risen to the occasion. The designer’s current haute couture collection is a stunning display of pleating, architecture, drapery, and universally flattering silhouettes.

Evening gowns with fitted black bodices and voluminous white skirts are absolutely exquisite, while his caftan gown in black wool gazar is a refreshingly wearable interpretation of evening couture.

Ashi Studio Evening Couture

Always one to create the next chapter of showstopping evening gowns, Ashi Studio’s Fall-Winter 2023 couture collection was inspired by Patrick Suskind’s novel, Perfume.

With a focus on black and nude tones, the couturier approaches dressing as “undressing” this season, with the intention of extracting the essence of couture.

“Passion, obsession, and mystery permeate dramatic silhouettes, embodying the visceral quest for the ultimate expression of art,” the team describes. “Embroidery, beading, and coppery threads – a nod to the equipment used in perfumery – give evening looks an evanescent shimmer. A bare back heightens the contradiction between secrets and disclosure.”

Rami Al Ali Evening Couture

For a lighter take on neutrals, Rami Al Ali’s lineup of evening couture features mermaid cut gowns, evening jackets, flowing mousseline, statement bows, gold tweed, and crystal beads. Modern yet timeless, these evening gown picks are suitable for everyone from a maid of honor to a mother-of-the-bride.