This week, we got a sneak peek of the newest, hot-off-the-runway gowns at Chicago Bridal Market. Even after just one day, we spotted some trends that will be headed to a bridal salon near you very soon (apologies for the less-than-stellar photography – otherwise known as me and my iPhone and years-old camera – we’ll have professional shots shortly!).
Solid Gold Nearly every designer showed off at least one gown in a shade of gold, proving that wedding gowns don’t have to be white (or off-white, or diamond white…). Gold is such a rich, universally flattering shade, we hope to see more brides rocking this metallic hue.
Raw-Edged Skirts Chelsea Clinton’s Vera Wang wedding gown is a prime example of this technique, which gives a gown a modern, almost deconstructed feel. We love the unique draping, and a raw-edged skirt’s movement – it’s very fashion-forward and chic.
Illusion Necklines Yes, strapless is still the most popular neckline around, but we’re happy to report that illusion necklines are making a major comeback, creating a classic, feminine look on any gown. It’s amazing what a little bit of sheer fabric can do.
Beaded Cropped Jackets For a few seasons now, designers have been offering more and more coverage options for strapless wedding dresses. This season in Chicago, we saw more of these little cropped jackets (they almost look like beaded shirts) – a nice coverage options for those looking for a more modest, though no less glamorous, look.
Stay tuned: We’ll have more trends from both Chicago and New York bridal markets in the days and weeks to come.