Photos (clockwise from top left): Theia, Fancy Bridal, Jenny Packham, and Romona Keveza
Who can forget the only iconic wedding dress that wasn’t actually worn for a wedding? Audrey Hepburn’s in the 1957 movie Funny Face started the tea-length trend featuring capped sleeves, bateau neckline, and ball gown skirt. Three years earlier, Hepburn wore a wreath full of fresh roses in place of a veil or headpiece at her first marriage to Mel Ferrer. Her tea-length wedding dress designed by Pierre Balmain was almost identical to the one worn in Funny Face, but instead had wide chiffon long-sleeves. This utterly feminine style is short and sweet and shows off your ankles unlike most other traditional (long) wedding dresses. Plus, an added bonus, it’s easy to dance in! Check out our favorite look-a-likes above.
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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 peplums and modesty. Here’s Part I of WeddingWire’s Bridal Market Trend Report:
Brides looking for that walking on a cloud feeling will have no shortage of wedding dresses made partly or completely of tulle. From full ball gown skirts to pleated bodices, designers showed wedding dresses in a variety of silhouettes with this soft and delicate fabric.
Wedding Dress by Badgley Mischka
Romona Keveza showed three collections for Spring 2012, Couture Bridal, evening wear and Legends. The Legends collection which is always inspired by icons of fashion and legendary brides paid tribute to the royal weddings of 2011 — yes there are more than just one taking place this year. The gowns were formal and elegant with lots of lace and traditional veils.
The evening wear collection was one of my favorites of the season because of the rich velvet fabrics and the use of matte gold antique sequins that added a unique detail to each dress it adorned.
Here are my favorite five dresses from all three collections:
1 – This silk shantung taffeta gown has a very flattering silhouette and features lace sleeves in an off-the-shoulder neckline. The accompanying veil is trimmed with the same Point d-Esprit lace for a very classic look.