Attending Bridal Fashion Week was a little like walking into a dream world. Only a few weeks ago New York Fashion Week wrapped up and in comparison the atmosphere was serene. Outrageous and over the top runways, internet famous style stars and celebrities fighting for tweets are far from the minds of the bridal designers. Instead, I scooted in and out of showrooms, mingled with buyers from all over the world and had time to talk with designers about inspiration and their love of everything wedding.
All of a sudden I understood the desire for both a ceremony and reception dress. With so many styles ranging from elegant and formal to flirty and fun why have just one! This is a dangerous place for a bride-to-be. How will us brides ever make a decision? Here are some of the stand out trends from Bridal Fashion Week in New York!
LACE. Don’t be to quick to say there is nothing new about lace. While lace is rooted in bridal tradition, it was appearing in new forms during bridal fashion week. Designers are playing with the idea of romantic and feminine lace by adding dimensions to its history. The new lace is laser cut and appliqued to English netting. Even leather, laser cut to resemble lace, made its way into belts and capes. Another take this classic look is lace embroidery. Layers of lace are seen on sheath dresses and cap sleeves occasionally lined with a modern blush color to create a soft element of texture.
SLEEVES. Whoever said everyone looks better in strapless was just plain wrong! It is so refreshing to see sleeves in all lengths making a comeback. Some favorites are a takeoff on the illusion necklines we have come to love. Only now the sheer extension of beading and sparkle flows down your arms and steals your guest breath — seriously. For a less opulent but still luxurious touch try lingerie straps with just enough to add something extra without the pretense. Square necklines, halters, or spaghetti straps, 2014 will have so many flattering options beyond the bare shoulders.
BACKS. A serious shift of focus to the bridal back. Details range from deconstructed fabric trains to slinky 1930′s Hollywood glamour with strappy crisscross shapes. Most commonly, the beautifully swooping low back that beckons us to start doing push-ups. And for something a bit more modest, an adorned keyhole or a beaded illusion back that gives more of a hint sexy but is sweetly finished.
GOLD. This is not to say the the glitz is out. I feel quite confident saying the wedding bling will never be “out” but not every bride wants to be ‘Princess Sparkle.’ I was pleased to see mid-century modern belts and gloves with gold accents. Simply add a little Midas touch to your jewelry and warm up your look. Gold is the perfect accent for a boho-chic bride who favors a unique headband or a hair comb.
SEPARATES. Crop tops claimed the 1950′s, 1980′s, Kelly Kapowski and now 2014 bridal territory! This is proof that fashion trends are catching on in bridal, albeit much slower. If Chanel can send some navel baring couture down the runway, anyone can. Fashion risk-takers wear your bridal chops with a flouncy femme fatale ball gown skirt and call it a night. If you haven’t fallen out of your chair yet, the bridal market turned up some amazing women’s pants, jackets, and illusion body suits. Separates are all about the body and no body can stop you!
DETACHABLE. Peplum or no peplum, glitz or no glitz, sleeve or no sleeve? Can’t make up your mind? First, hire a wedding planner then the detachable trend is all yours. No collection was complete with out a detachable bolero jacket. One dress could be completely detached leaving only a matching bustier. How many girls get to say they wore part of their wedding dress for their one-year anniversary. If that’s not what you have in mind you could opt for the removable lace vest and check off two trends at once.
NEW LENGTHS. If your
unhealthy obsession priority is shoes, then show us those babies with a wedding dress that wont keep them covered. Whether a structured tea length, a peep of leg with a high-low hem, or just short and flirty you will have some options that are special enough for your first wedding! Just kidding — your ONLY wedding! I thought we could just break the goofiness that imply short dresses are reserved for second wedding or second dresses. Although those are both fine, too. You can find short dresses that are delightfully frivolous with volume inspired by ballerinas or a modern sheath that simply lets the accessories shine.
NOVELTY. Plaids and geometric shapes are no stranger on ready to wear runways. And why not show them on the bridal runways as well. With new textures, a little shimmer and even an exposed zipper here and there bridal fashion is speaking up. “We are not just Fashion Week’s girly little sister!” (I can speak on behalf of her.) Bridal Fashion is growing up and giving women who think flowers and lace are to precious a real alternative proving once and for all, you can wear what ever you like.
MY ADVICE. Have fun, try on as many trends as you like, and get something that represents who you are right now. When we go back and look at pictures we can only hope to remember how amazing that wedding day was. So, if the dress does that magical thing only fashion can do… go for it!