Bridal Fashion Week – The wedding silhouettes, styles and silks…
What a week for Bridal!
New York Bridal Week is always a wonderfully exciting opportunity to see the silhouettes and styles that will begin feeding into the bridal market internationally over the next year. This season has been no different with a real turn back towards sumptuous, romantic, elegant styles with a contemporary tailoring flair. Never before has it been so clear that the unique individuality of the modern bride is leading the bridal industry in a much more couture, imaginative design direction, and we are adoring it.
Dramatic exits is the term of choice for the coming seasons and it’s easily understood why. During t he ceremony, the majority of the time a brides back is to the guests, it makes sense that the back of the gown should be as striking as the front. Also throughout the day, every angle of the gown will be seen while the bride is mingling, greeting, socializing. For this reason, there was a clear, re-invigorated commitment by couture designers to embellished or dramatic backs along with embroidered or patterned skirts.
It’s been all about the quality not the quantity when it’s come to embellishment this season. The most dramatic embellishment was delivered through fabric accentuation (think cascading fabric flowers, ruffles and trains..) instead of crystals or pearl adornment to soften the look, maintaining an elegant yet heightened impact. The inclusion of crystals, diamonds and pearls is used as a feature point only, an embellished neckline, against a sheer back, a thin waistline belt. Dramatic through simplicity and elegance.
The train is back, and all lengths are playing their part from Brush trains, Chapel trains and Cathedral trains all making their appearances on the runway. A train can add a level of regality or contemporary uniqueness depending on the gown style, but whatever a brides choice, the number one priority is consider your venue and the time of the year, a cathedral train being dragged through the snow is a recipe for disaster, the choice must work with a brides chosen wedding style.
Silhouettes varied across the different stages with the ball gown silhouette still firmly in place for many seasons to come. Another silhouette that was evident was the slender A-line, one of the most flattering shapes for the majority of brides. The slender A-line works on almost all body shapes and plays the line perfectly between the bigger gowns and the overly fitted gowns, giving a look of sleekness yet with a traditional feel. A perfect choice because let’s face it, most brides are starving by the time the day comes around and this shape allows a bride to walk, dance, eat and be merry all day long.
Fabrics of choice this season are silk, silk and more silk! Warm Ivory, Blush, Champagne tones in Silk Charmeuse, Sueded Silk, Silk Satin, Silk Organza, Duchess Silk, Silks with lace overlay….. Flatteringly enveloping, skin tone accentuating, seasonally neutral and pure luxury, luxury, luxury…
This season sees a gown for every brides style but to choose bang on trend, look to soft romantic fabric accentuation, A-line silhouette, all round gown impact (don’t forget the back of the gown!), elegant single feature embellishment and your silk of choice.