15 Jun 2015
Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week
Attending New York Bridal Fashion week is such an exciting time as it marks the start of the buying season for bridal shops around the world and this years shows didn't disappoint! As the owner of bridal boutique, Lilac Rose, I am always on the look out for what styles and trends are set to take the wedding world by storm and what the brides that are coming to me for their dream dress will want.
Lilac Rose Bridal Boutique started when my husband David could see the frustration I was feeling when trying to find a wedding dress that was a little bit alternatives to the mainstream offerings in the area. With his idea we created a beautiful shop that sits in the pretty, medieval city of Limerick. I love nothing more than to help brides find the perfect dress for them!
Illusion back wedding dresses have been a prominent part of bridal style for the last year or two and their popularity looks set to continue and it's easy to see why. There is almost a seductive, peek-a-boo element to illusion back dresses that allow a bride to achieve a somewhat sexy yet demure look. Illusion back detail is a beautiful way to show some skin without showing your actual skin!The hint is in the name I guess!
Seen at: Marchesca, Monique Lhullier, Reem Acra, Lela Rose
Colours other than white and ivory have slowly been creeping their way into bridal fashion for some time now albeit on a more reserved scale. Indeed a lot of accent colour or champagnes were seen hitting the rails for 2014/2015 but there was most definitely a move towards all over colour at New York Fashion Week this week. Pastel colours, mostly of pink and blue hues were seen heavily on the catwalks. A pastel coloured wedding gown is a beautiful alternative to any bride looking to move away from the more traditional tones. As a bonus pastel colours can be wonderfully complementary to lots of skin tones moreso than certain shades of white, particularly for fair skin.
Seen at: Naeem Khan, Jenny Packham
A classic by all accounts, the ball gown wedding dress looks set to regain its popularity as one of the leading silhouettes for 2016. Though sometimes associated with a ‘princessy’ look the different fabrics used in these fuller skirts can instantly create a different feel to the entire dress. Indeed a tulle or organza skirt can give that magical ethereal vibe whereas satin or silk mikado suggests a clean crisp sophisticated look.
Seen at: Marchesa, Ines Di Santo, Oscar de La Renta
Two Piece Wedding Dress
Who said wedding dresses have to be a one piece?! New York Bridal Fashion Week saw lots of two piece wedding dresses grace the catwalks. These are a welcome alternative for the fashion conscious and perhaps body confident bride, given that most of the two pieces that featured were midriff baring. The crop top, ballgown skirt combo would work particularly well for perhaps a more low-key paired back informal wedding or even a destination wedding.
Seen at: Thiea, Mira Zillwinger, Elizabeth Fillmore
What’s not to love about sheer sleeves. They’re whimsical, romantic and give some added interest to a neckline. This emerging trend will be much welcomed particularly for brides wishing to exchange their vows in church in Italy where church attendees, including brides are required to cover their shoulders. Sheer sleeves are not only beautiful but they can be a fantastic way of adding balance to a bride with perhaps narrower shoulders and wider hips.
Seen at: Osca de La Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Houghton
As with all things, trends can be followed or ignored. Deciding on what style of bride you envision yourself to be is key. Trends are there for inspiration and not necessarily to be followed by the letter. My advice, choose how you wish to look on your wedding day and allow yourself to be comfortable, to be yourself, be confident in your decisions and ultimately you will feel fantastic on your big day!