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The Ball Gown is Back

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 14, 2012

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After a few seasons of seeing sexy silhouettes on the runway, designers have brought back the classic ball gown. Every designer featured a number of show stoppers with a voluminous skirt made from layers of soft tulle or stiff taffeta, which gives a ball gown a classic dome-like shape. Bodices were embellished with embroidery, beading, crystals, or left unadorned with fabric draped and pleated in elegant ways. Strapless necklines took a backseat to asymmetrical and illusion necklines made from tulle or lace, capped and long sheer sleeves, revealing that Kate Middleton’s Sarah Burton wedding gown still inspires designers and brides. Above are three of our favorite ball gowns from the Spring 2013 Bridal Market runway shows:

Dennis Basso, available exclusively at Kleinfeld in New York, layered tissue cut organza to create a light as air gown perfect for any black-tie setting. Brides looking for something a little more avant garde should slip into Marchesa’s Femke design. The three-dimensional floral design is made from silk gazar petals draped into blooming flowers over a strapless ball gown. For a mix of both classic and modern Vera Wang embellished this ball gown’s bodice with ribbon embroidery and paired it with a silk organza flange skirt.

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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 Fall 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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Five Fabulous Looks by Vera Wang

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 20, 2011

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Explaining that her inspiration was black and nude undergarments, Vera Wang turned bridal market on its head by showing a collection of black and nude wedding gowns, which will be available in ivory too. The incredible craftsmanship speaks for itself, though brides who have trouble seeing through the “witchcraft” theme should stop by their local salon to see the ivory version before saying no way. Here are five looks we loved:

Laddering: First appearing on Vera Wang’s runway last bridal market, this nude satin-faced organza and Italian tulle ballgown features tissue organza laddering. The intricate design technique adds both dimension and texture to the gown.

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Nude Lace: While it’s sometimes hard to tell what the ivory version will look like, this nude gown isn’t as difficult to imagine in ivory. Hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliques are layered with nude organza and Italian tulle on this mermaid gown.

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Architectural Bodice: This is a two-piece mermaid gown with a trapunto-stitched architectural bodice paired with a tissue organza and tulle skirt. We just love the peel-away design. It’s so different.

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Black Lace: Similar to the nude lace design mentioned above, it’s not hard to imagine how stunning this dress will look in ivory. It’s a French tulle ballgown with black hand-pieced Chantilly lace applique and a draped veil overlay. It’s gorgeous.

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Silhouettes: These two gowns are both in a similar trumpet/mermaid style silhouette and the lines on them are really done well. The form fitting bodice and dropped waist falling near the knee then explodes into a tulle skirt, which is really incredible.

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Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

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 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Dan Lecca and cannot be used without permission**

See More Bridal Gowns in the WeddingWire Photo Gallery!

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.

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Bridal Market Recap: Vera Wang

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 15, 2011

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Ever the fashion innovator, Vera Wang’s Spring 2012 collection is one of the most fashion-forward of the season.  Her deconstructed designs mixed with romantic gowns are always popular with editors and brides.

We saw a lot of celebrity brides wearing Vera Wang wedding gowns last year — Chelsea Clinton, Alicia Keys, Hilary Duff and Lala Vasquez – to name a few.  I’m sure some of the celebs saying “I do” in 2011 will be wearing wedding gowns from this collection.

Here are some of my favorite wedding dresses from the runway:

1 – This wedding dress mixes Guipure lace with stiff horsehair.  The lace bodice has a high neck and capped sleeve while the voluminous skirt is made from swirling honey comb tulle and horsehair.

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The Essence of Style and Wedding Dresses

Posted by Jeffra on Feb 18, 2010

After playing around on NYMag.com last night I was re-looking at the beautiful dresses from the Spring 2010 Bridal Shows this past Fall. I had to share just a few from top designers because I think they are truly stunning!

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Oscar De La Renta Spring 2010

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Vera Wang Spring 2010

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Vera Wang Spring 2010

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Amsale Spring 2010

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Amsale Spring 2010 (back)

Photo Credit: NY Mag

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