Brides.com Editor in Chief Julie Raimondi offered her expectations for the mystery gown this morning on "The Early Show". This morning's show featured a mini fashion show of designer gowns modeled after what many think will mirror Kate's gown. Designers are already putting together new designs and trends into their 2012 lines to market to the many upcoming brides looking for a gown truly fit for royalty.
"Kate's dress will be an important dress and one that will be talked about forever, but her wedding is already changing the bridal market," says Raimondi. So what styles are catching this newly found royal fever?
TREND #1: CINDERELLA BALLGOWN (aka -- the formal ball gown)
Probably the most exciting, and fun, trend we're seeing is the explosion of the wedding fascinator. When the focus is on a signature accessory, it's important to keep the gown simple and sleek. A simple mermaid gown paired with sleek lines and a modern edge showcases the playfulness of a hat. We predict hats won't solely be worn by the wedding guests, but by brides, as an interesting and intricate alternative to veils.
TREND # 3: EMBELLISHMENTS (formal gowns with intricate adornments)
A royal wedding inspires a return to the formal. This is a gown by Lazaro, and represents the trend of over-the-top embellishments. In recent years, wedding gowns have really paired down, so this is something very different -- it's all about beading and lace and sparkle, along with a formal silhouette, so the effect is very "more-is-more," and it's something we saw a whole lot of in the 2012 collections.
When Princess Diana came out in the voluminous princess ball gown with puffy sleeves and layers of tulle, it became the new "standard." The David and Elizabeth Emmanuel gown was made of 275 yards of pearl-studded silk taffeta, tulle, and netting. It was a lot -- even for the '80s! Thankfully, today's princess ball gowns are toned down, but will always epitomize royal weddings, since gowns must be big and grand to suit a cathedral setting.
TREND #4: SLEEVES
This is also reminiscent of another royal wedding when, in 1956, Grace Kelly went from Hollywood star to real-life princess in a fairy-tale gown by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. The dress was made from 125-year-old Valenciennes rose point lace, 25 yards of silk taffeta, and 98 yards of tulle, and the veil was covered with lace appliquïe lovebirds and thousands of pearls. It was very ornate, without being too much.
TREND #5 - GRAND TRAINS (aka "the return of the train!")
Is your dress featured in this list of "Royal Fever" styles? Tell us about it! And if you've already married, share your photos! After all...you wouldn't want to ruin the surprise! = )