Simply Bridal's Five Spring Wedding Trends
By Natalie Tsang
October 31, 2011
Last month's Fashion Week has got my head in a tizzy. Did you see the weird headgear at the Alexander McQueen show? However, these are the five trends that Simply Bridal thinks will translate to next season's wedding looks.
1. A Touch of Boy
The masculine look never seems to go out of style on runway --it's like superwoman--, but how do you translate to a wedding where a bride wants to be the picture of femininity. Some designers like Marc Jacobs seized the sporty look. While other likes Peter Som decorated models with suit jackets.
A hint of masculinity makes for an ultra femme. A nicely tailored jacket is a wonderful accent for a wedding gown. If brides are sporting short hair, style for a tousled boyish look.
2. The Mullet Dress
Despite it's rather unappealing name, the "mullet dress" is actually quite flattering and practical. It shows off your legs and shoes with the possibility of a train. Jason Wu and Zac Posen both featured some sleek and sexy evening gowns.
Antonio Marras and Chadwick Bell both included asymmetrical one shoulder looks while the collections of Ralph Lauren, Zac Posen, and Carlos Miele all had gowns with exposed shoulders. From exquisite halter necks to off shoulder straps, a small amount of exposure is elegant, sophisticated, and youthful.
Several designers such as Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Julien Macdonald, and Temperley London featured long sheer gowns decorated with embroidery and delicate lace. Chloé, Lanvin, Dior, and Akris showed dresses with adorable pleats in sheer and semi-sheer material. The extra layering preserves the illusion of skin but without revealing too much.
After a winter of heavy fabrics like satin, sheer chiffon is an awesome and much needed change. With the right accessories, this flowy material can be transformed into classic to modern looks.
Doo.Ri, Rebecca Minkoff, and Derek Lam amazed the fashion community with tangerine hued clothing. Iridescent, metallic, and pearly gowns were other popular looks. Other designers used a more muted palette of pastels, but still used color to make a loud statement through color blocking.
While not every bride can pull off a colored gown or a different color top and skirt, a colorful accent is just as powerful and more demure. Pair a traditional ivory wedding dress with a bright sash, bouquet, or shoes.