You’ve seen the Bridal Market trend coverage on Martha, Brides, Aisle Dash, The Knot, and about a million other magazine sites, not to mention blogs. But United With Love’s is special, with a real bride spin!
For All Sizes
For Spring 2011 Bridal Market, my absolute favorite trend was a general sense that real girls could wear the bejeezus out of a lot of these gowns. As a curvy girl myself, it’s always disappointing when a designer seems to only be able to create with one shape in mind. As incredible as some gowns that make their way onto editorial pages are, they are not always wearable, and it was nice to see more that were a hybrid of editorial-ready and able to suit a variety of shapes rocking down the runway.
A Bit of Sparkle
Sparkle gets such a bad rap. It’s like lace that way. Many women eschew it, since it brings some sort of over the top bridal baggage with it. But, girls, it was all over – in almost every collection, and I say hurray! It might seem wrong standing in your gown during your fitting, the smell of the Metro still in your hair, but on your wedding day, a subtle glimmering sparkle lends a little champagne spirit that is so, so right.
Lovely in Layers
Almost anything layered (phyllo, cake, dip) is delectable, and on the runway it’s no different. Different fabrics and details, arranged one on top of the other or in the form of textured textiles, add incredible richness and depth. More than once, I had to sit on my hands to keep from reaching out and touching gowns.
I know, I know…when hasn’t color been a trend to some degree? This season, though, there were lots of gowns that had color all over in sweet blushes, peaches, silvers, and blues. Some I didn’t even realize had a watercolor wash, and I was left trying to figure out what I liked so much about a particular ivory. Later, I’d discover that those gowns had color casting a soft glow from beneath layers of whites and ivories.
Straps. Need I say more? Three cheers for neckline diversity!
Phew!! Now that was some bridal fashion loveliness! Thank you so much, Jessica, for the insider knowledge on this year’s bridal market in New York City.