When it comes time to guide your brides to a perfect fashion fit, it’s helpful to take a good look at the fashion runways to see which trends are making news. Here’s a sample of what we learned from the latest bridal collections.
Here Comes the Bride … All Dressed in Red
You read that correctly. This year, colorful dresses have again been a top trend at bridal shows around the country. Top designers are splashing provocative shades of red, blue and other colors throughout their wedding collections. This color craze has certainly reinforced the industry’s continued quest to keep bridal looks fresh and modern.
Interestingly, Vera Wang’s fall 2012 collection did not include a single white dress. Instead, she showed dresses in nude, ivory and even black. Similarly, the collection of couture artisan Romona Keveza was awash in elegant shades of mandarin
red, lavender and blue.
With the emergence of this trend toward color, brides should no longer feel pressured to grace the aisle in all-white dresses. Instead, this nontraditional movement should challenge brides to seriously consider a non-white option for their wedding day.
The Demure Duchess Effect
Not surprisingly, Kate Middleton is still influencing the bridal market one year after she famously chose the floral fabric for her own wedding gown. Almost every bridal catwalk since has witnessed some sort of variation on the sexy yet sophisticated lace dress that softened her exposed skin with romantically layered patterns.
Indeed, designers like Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier and Angel Sanchez all have offered their own take on Middleton’s stunning ensemble. For instance, Acra went so far as to pair sexy sheer fabrics with an all-white slit gown. Lhuillier featured the same demure look in a conservative sleeved dress in the classical Sarah Burton style.
With this in mind, brides-to-be should keep a sharp eye out for both contemporary styles, as it will be impossible to avoid the Kate Middleton effect while shopping this season. Fortunately, the lace look is wildly en vogue. Any dress inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge is a can’t-miss selection!
Bows and Embellishments
Designers have set out to recapture the elegance of oversized bows, peplum skirts and other bold embellishments. For example, in a recent Monique Lhuillier collection, the designer has delicately crafted an oversized lace bow on the front of a magnificent two-tiered dress with a softly draped peplum. In contrast to Lhuillier, other collections show some of the more risqué but wearable bow looks on crystal and ice gowns and intricately embroidered dresses.
Another popular trend is chic conservative dresses tailored with sexy low-cut backlines. One of this year’s standouts comes from designer Amsale, who created a stunning white dress with a spectacular portrait back. The Amsale dress artistically flirts with onlookers while falling seductively close to the bride’s tailbone. Like the Amsale dress, many of these low-cut dresses feature carefully constructed re-worked lace and attractive embroidery designs.
As you can imagine, such bold details inevitably create an interesting and immediate focal point for the guests. It also allows the bride to choose an heirloom piece that timelessly captures her own stylish personality. For those reasons, even the bravest of modern brides should be utterly satisfied with the array of lush embellishments featured this year.
Event Solutions magazine
by Cho Phillips
Cho Phillips is the founder of Lovegevity and The Wedding Planning Institute.