We are in New York for one of the biggest weeks of the year in the bridal industry! New York Bridal Market is where we get to preview and order all of the hottest styles in bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses and mothers’ attire – and all the accessories that go with them! We’ll be updating often on all of the gorgeous things we see during this exciting bridal fashion week! Check us out on Facebook to get the latest quick news updates, and we’ll recap more in depth right here on our blog.
Bridal Market has come and gone, and our heads are still spinning with all of the gorgeous fashions we saw!
It was so cool to see some of our favorite trends still going strong for the Fall 2012 bridal collections and really fun to see some emerging styles that we think you will LOVE! So, without further ado, here are what we consider the top trends!
Many brides are still moving away from the strapless gown and looking for straps and sleeves. But not just any strap or sleeve – they want something unique! We are seeing more one-shoulder straps, straps made of decorated or embellished materials and different strap configurations, all giving brides numerous options in making their bridal gown different and memorable.
Coupled with this is the ever-strong trend of Illusion Necklines and Straps. Gowns incorporating illusion necklines and straps are the best of both worlds, offering brides a bit more coverage without being matronly. Some of these illusion elements were completely sheer while others were embellished with crystals, appliqués or lace. Simply gorgeous!
Gowns with back interest or details were also quite prevalent again! Some gowns featured bold, plunging backs, allowing brides to show some skin. If you’re not quite so daring, never fear… keyhole backs covered with lace, embroidery or appliqués are sexy but modest and perfect for the demure, romantic bride.
Designers also went for drama on the backs of skirts, adding details such as unique trains or lots of gorgeous fabric elements. Designers are taking a 360-degree approach, focusing on every angle of their gowns since guests will see the bride both coming and going!
Remember Angelina Jolie’s stunning gown that got people talking at Oscars? It was a great precursor to a huge trend in wedding gowns this season – the slit! Designers are daring to go all the way to here…And confident and stylish brides looking for a gown with a little sex appeal will love this design feature.
Beaded Bodices vs. Twinkle
We saw several gowns again featuring the beaded bodice, with gorgeous crystals and heavily embellished designs. These intricate designs are now mostly paired with a more simple skirt, a striking combination.
But an emerging sister trend we loved was the twinkle effect, in which gowns were adorned with subtle elements that when hit with light give off a beautiful shimmer or slight sparkle. Designers are using sequins and understated shimmery materials to perfect this element. This is a lovely look, very soft, romantic and beautifully ethereal.
Peplum Skirts, Tiered Skirts and Textured Bottom Mermaids
Interesting skirts continued to grow as a trend and we saw a lot more peplum skirts this season. The peplums can be more structured but there were also several more softly draped designs, as well as…wait for it…removable peplums! This is another nod to the convertible gown movement with designers providing options for the bride who would like more than one look for her evening but may not want to buy two gowns.
|fabulous Hayley Paige gown Sloane, shown with and without removeable peplum|
In addition to peplums, there were also more tiered skirts this season, and we also saw quite few textured bottom mermaid style gowns. These gowns are great for brides looking for some drama and glamour in their gowns!
With the huge explosion in vintage style weddings, it was no surprise to see more gowns catering to this trend. One way designers are answering this demand is through cotton bridal gowns! Cotton, “the fabric of our lives,” may seem like an odd choice for bridal gown material, but you would not believe the gorgeous execution! We are not talking about t-shirts here, ladies! These beautiful – and yes, comfortable – gowns were elegant and charming, and are offered in designs that could accommodate many wedding styles, including rustic barn to destination beach to boho chic and more.
We saw so much fabulous lace again this season! Lace bodices are a huge force and again, this is not the conventional stuff of years past. The lace we’re seeing now, especially on gown bodices, is fresh, floral and graphic. Inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge, the new lace is sexy with a touch of tradition. Even with this new edge, lace is romantic and soft, and transports us ever so slightly away from our modern world. Once again, we saw more of that gorgeous metallic lace as well. It is just beautiful!
|beautiful metallic lace|
Of course, it came as no surprise that color is HUGE again! Brides are really taking to the color offerings outside of white and ivory and the designers are again stepping up. The hues continued to be soft – like latte, petal, oatmeal, blush and violet – but a few designers have put out stunningly bold colors for brides looking for a very dramatic bridal entrance. What do you think, ladies? Are there any of you who plan to wear a red or black wedding gown?! Yes, they are really an option, thanks to some cutting edge designers!
|Victoria Nicole’s offerings of color include latte, light ivory, pearl and petal|
You have to know by now that bridal trends can be contradictory. That’s because, thankfully, designers know that each bride has a different personality and style; some brides are bold and modern, while some are traditional and demure and others still are somewhere between. So while we saw a lot of details and drama on gowns, we also saw a glorious return to simplicity. Clean lines, uncomplicated designs and unadorned fabrics were all featured in several designers’ collections. Oh, so beautiful in their simple elegance!
While those are the biggies we observed, some other trends we saw included dropped waists, origami details, bohemian gowns, scoop necklines and gowns inspired by the Mad Men rage.
|dropped waist ballgown by Lazaro|
|dropped waist gown by Victor Harper|
|This gorgeous Jim Hjelm gown features origami detailing on the skirt|
|Claire Pettibone’s Abbey is a gorgeous boho style|
|Beautiful Lazaro gown perfect for the bohemian bride|
|Augusta Jones’ aptly named Marilyn gown has a feeling of times gone by|
We cannot wait until the fabulous gowns we ordered start arriving! Be sure to like us on Facebook as we will add photos of our new gowns as we receive them in-store. Let us know what you think! What trends will be a must for your wedding day look?
What an adventure New York Bridal Market was! We enjoyed SO many fashion shows highlighting stunning new collections by fabulous bridal gown designers. There is truly something out there for everyone! Many of the trends carried over into bridesmaid dress designs as well, which makes for a stunningly cohesive wedding style. Here, in a gorgeous and bursting-at-the-seams nutshell, is what we saw:
My oh my, lace, have you come a long way from Granny’s doilies! Designers are creating completely new lace fabrics and designs and are using them in thoroughly modern ways. Laces are being laser-cut or are designed in different mediums, giving them a lighter, fresher feel.
We are especially in love with the metallic laces that we saw on both bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses!
We also adore the paring of a lace bodice with a simple or unadorned satin skirt, a simply stunning combination!
Once again, texture was everywhere! From appliqués and cut-outs to pleats and feathers, on both skirts and bodices, texture made an appearance in just about every show. Unique beading, ruffles, cut organza and dimensional floral accents give depth and richness to gowns. Gowns with a lot of texture are a great option for the bride looking for glamour and drama!
Draping of Fabrics/Asymmetry
Designers are doing amazing things with fabrics. We continue to see bold uses of draping and pleats, and the styles feature a lot of asymmetry. These gowns are beautiful, interesting and dramatic!
We even saw a lot of this on bridesmaid dresses.
Layered and Peplum Skirts
Again using fabrics in spectacular ways, designers showed off lots of layers on skirts and started incorporating a peplum element. Gowns had tiered skirts, pick-ups, high-to-low hemlines and peplum details. These were paired with both embellished bodices and more simple designs, and either way, the look is just gorgeous!
We were so excited to see the trend of straps and sleeves still going strong! Cap sleeves, illusion sleeves, thick or thin straps and even long sleeves graced many gowns showcased, and we think brides will continue to clamor for them! Boleros and jackets are also still present, giving brides the best of both worlds.
Another interesting element along these lines was the capelet, especially in lace or tulle, worn over a strapless gown. This fashion forward accessory gives a bride a little coverage, along with the ability to pull a “gown change” by removing it for the reception.
Nearly all the designers had at least a gown or two with a dropped waist. The element varied, though, between hitting higher on the hip or lower and being straight across or at an angle, so there are many options within this trend to play with. These flattering gowns are glamorous and can work on many body types!
Structure vs. Floaty
A study in extremes, gowns seemed to fall in one of two categories: they were either quite structured or very airy and floaty! Gowns featuring a more architectural style are formal, elegant and striking, while the airy gowns with more movement are youthful and whimsical.
Color continues to creep in subtly in sweet accents like belts and bling or make a splash by making up the entire gown. Colored bridal gowns were mostly made up of flesh or earth tones with names such as like butterscotch, sherbet and oatmeal! While going with a wedding gown of color may seem bold, many of the shades are still subtle enough for even traditional brides to consider.
One other interesting trend to note is that while the details on bridesmaids dresses were kicked up a notch, we saw the colors as more subdued, making the gowns’ designs the focus. So cool!
Dramatic details and accents
You may have noticed a theme of drama for this Bridal Market. We saw a lot of theatrical gowns featuring over-the-top details such as large embellishments, oversized bows and the use of haircloth or horsehair, a stiff fabric designers incorporated to create flair.
Bridesmaids also get to bring the drama with details such as illusion necklines or horsehair accents:
And talk about bringing sexy back…dramatic gown backs are HUGE! Even gowns that were seemingly simple in the front sent jaws dropping from behind with their plunging cowls and keyhole or sheer backs. In addition to the incorporation of striking keyhole or illusion backs on bridal gowns, illusion necklines are still going strong. Illusion backs and necklines are a great way to give brides a bit more coverage and sophistication while still allowing them a little sexy factor. Ooh la la!
Wow, to relive the details of this fall’s New York Bridal Market was so fabulous; thanks for letting us share them with you! We simply cannot wait until we start getting these gowns in next spring! Rest assured that we will let you know when these beauties start arriving in store!
We are excitedly gearing up for our trip to New York for Bridal Fashion Week in mid-October; in the meantime, we are giddy to share with you a sneak peek at the latest trends we encountered during our time at the local Dallas Bridal Market last week! Here’s what is going to be H-U-G-E this season:
Texture continues to reign as a top trend. Designers are embellishing gowns with fabulous appliqués on both bodices and skirts. Cut organza, beaded bodices and lots of various laces are adorning gowns in interesting and gorgeous ways! Check out this stunning example of texture with the bejeweled bodice and cut organza skirt! Wow!
We are seeing plentiful floral details on gowns again this season. Floral appliqués, flower-inspired lace and floral detailing are gracing gowns on both bodices and skirts. And to complement that, we will continue to see botanical details on veils, head pieces and hair accessories, as well as on jewelry!
Organic still continues to trend and designers are using eco-chic fabrics in beautiful and romantic ways. Flowing or flouncy, ruffles or lace…these gowns are elegant, feminine and full of romance! Look at this fabulous crocheted lace gown; what a gorgeous option for a vintage-inspired wedding!
Belts and Sashes
Ebony belts and sashes are still going strong! This eye-catching detail is a great way for brides to accentuate their waistlines and add a dramatic show of color to their wedding day ensemble. Heavily embellished ivory belts are also showing up a lot. What a fabulous way to bring in the bling without having it all over the gown!
Straps and Cap Sleeves
Even here in Dallas, where the strapless bridal gown has been the neckline of choice for several years, brides are starting to desire straps and cap sleeves and designers are not disappointing us with their response. Look at this gorgeous gown with sweet cap sleeves…romantic and beautiful!
Inspired by Kim Kardashian’s triple-gown-play during her wedding last month, many brides are opting to plan a gown-change or two during their wedding event. They will wear one gown for their ceremony, a second dress for their reception and yet another for either their get-away or after party. While the idea is fabulous, not everyone has the budget for three completely different gowns, so designers are rising to the occasion with convertible gowns! These gowns are created to be flexible and have details that can be removed or added as the evening goes on, such as a bow, a train, a sash, straps, a jacket and more! Brides can just sneak away, make a couple of quick changes and voila, re-enter in a gown with a totally different look!
Full Skirts and Layered Skirts
Big and bold is the HOT trend when it comes to skirts. Designers are giving us layers upon layers of gorgeous fabric in so many different ways. Tiered skirts, pick-ups and multiple bustles give these dramatic skirts movement and depth. Look at this stunning design!
Along those same lines, tulle is back! Once again, this flowy, romantic material is all over gowns and will soon regain its reputation as a go-to for wedding gowns. We heart this absolutely amazing gown with its phenomenal tulle skirt! YUM!
Blushing bride, indeed! Wedding gowns in subtle shades of pink, peach and blush are still coming on strong. We predict that we will continue to see them more and more as brides realize a bridal gown can still be wedding-like in hues other than white and ivory. These soft colors are just gorgeous and will flatter all skin tones, adding to that unmistakable bridal glow!
Keyhole or Illusion Backs and Illusion Necklines
Brides are looking for ways to incorporate a little sexiness into their wedding day look and keyholes and illusions are a great way to do this! Candice Crawford showed us just how striking a keyhole back could be when she wed Tony Romo in her custom St. Pucchi bridal gown from Stardust. Many brides may not be quite so daring, but an illusion back or neckline will allow them to be both sexy and sophisticated! Tres chic!
Stay tuned as we will recap each day at bridal market from New York in October!