If you're like our team, we love to look ahead. We are inspired
we are taking a look at the wedding dress trends from
2012 straight from the runway. Enjoy!
THE TREND: Illusion Necklines
We saw a lot of unique necklines this season, but "most spotted"
goes to the illusion style, in which a sheer, delicate and often
embellished layer of fabric veils skin that would otherwise be exposed.
(Think of illusion as "strapless with coverage," noting its power to
transform a sassy, "look at my boobs" situation into something soft,
elegant, and romantic.)
Gown by Carolina Herrera
THE TREND: Two-Tiered Skirts
Last season in skirts, three-dimensional florals hit critical mass.
This season, designers focused on hemlines, creating skirts with
two distinct tiers. Call it an exaggerated form of the peplum detail
from previous seasons, and this time, it's superflattering-the top
tier is a genius way to camouflage wider hips.
Gown by Christos
THE TREND: Horsehair Trim
Don't worry animal rights activists, horsehair does not come
from our equine friends, it's a synthetic fabric often used on
the underskirts of gowns to create a cleaner shape and a crisper
hemline. Continuing with the trend of turning dresses inside-out,
designers are now exposing this underlay fabrication, either as a
visible hemline treatment or a lavishly looped sash or bodice
detail. It works to create incredible volume and dimension on
ballgowns and also provides a unique, frothy-yet-modern textural element.
Gown by Vera Wang
THE TREND: Blush
Wearing a wedidng gown in a non-white or ivory hue was,
until recently, considered a radical move. Then, a few seasons ago,
we began seeing subtle pops of color-from the faintest hint of silver
or lilac to bright lettuce green-but color was still the exception
rather than the rule. This season, however, blush and pink shades
appeared on dozens of runways, marking its official debut as an
expected-not quirky, wedding gown hue. Perhaps this has something
to do with Reese Witherspoon's blush Monique Lhuillier wedding gown.
If Reese, a paean to traditional, conservative dressing, chooses pink,
it's clearly time to give it a try.
Gown by Monique Lhuillier
THE TREND: Lace Sleeves
Since the April bridal market fell just a few weeks before the
Royal Weddings, several designers were inspired by Kate Middleton
and what she might wear. For a great majority, this meant lace
sleeves-a sleeker, more contemporary version of the voluminous
sleeves that engulfed the young Princess Diana so many years ago.
Turns out the recently dubbed Duchess of Cambridge did end up
wearing lace sleeves to her wedding, and it's only a matter of time
before this regal look catches on in a big way. We can't wait.
Gown by Legends by Romona Keveza
Are you wearing one of these trends to your wedding?
We would love to know!
The Emily Weddings Team