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Bridal Market Recap: Trend Report {Part II}

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 20, 2011

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Now that you’ve seen some of the best looks on the runway, here’s a look at the overall trends.  There were some obvious ones like lace and tulle dresses, and then some more subtle detailing such as Obi bows that after a few shows we started to see.  Here’s Part II of WeddingWire’s Bridal Market Trend Report:

Floral Details

About two years ago fabric flower embellishments took the bridal world by storm and this detail doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.  This season designers went big, featuring large floral designs on skirts, one-shoulder necklines and at the waist.  For brides not looking for a such big embellishment there were also a number of wedding gowns with smaller floral details as well.

FLOWERS Lazaro 3158, wedding dress events bridal market events navigation {Wedding Dress by Lazaro}

Bows

Opting for a more modern bow detail wedding designers featured Obi and origami styled bows in a range of sizes.  And as an alternative to placing these bows at the back of the waist, designers placed oversized bows on bodices and skirts too.

BOW Vera Wang Look 5, wedding dress events bridal market events navigation {Wedding Dress by Vera Wang}

Belts

Chelsea Clinton (and Vera Wang who designed her wedding dress) can be credited with the belted wedding dress detail.  Before her wedding last summer belts were a small part of the bridal accessory market, but this season almost every designer as well as accessory company were showing a variety of belt options.

BELT Ines 4, wedding dress events bridal market events navigation {Wedding Dress by Ines Di Santo}

Color

While many brides will wear a white or ivory wedding dress there are some who will opt for a wedding dress in a color.  Last month Reese Witherspoon wore a pale pink Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and brides looking to emulate the Oscar winner will have no shortage of blush or light pink colored wedding gowns to choose from.

COLOR Monique Lhuillier 2, wedding dress events bridal market events navigation {Wedding Dress by Monique Lhuillier}

Illusion Necklines

In addition to tulle as a bodice and skirt fabric, some designers featured tulle straps for the bride who doesn’t want strapless but who doesn’t mind showing some of her arms.  There were two styles of illusion necklines:  Either tulle or lace, or tulle with lace or beading detail that mimicked the gown’s other details.

ILLUSION NECKLINE AV 9152, wedding dress events bridal market events navigation {Wedding Dress by Alvina Valenta}

Remember that the wedding dresses shown at Bridal Market in April will start arriving in bridal salons in September/October, however some salons will have special trunk shows over the summer with these dresses.   To find out about trunk shows in your area visit designer and bridal salon web sites for a schedule. Or check Wedding Wire’s events page for trunk show dates and designer appearances in your area.

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Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2011 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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