Bridal designers debuted their latest couture at Bridal Fashion Week in New York. We talked with local boutique owners about which trends they think will hit the mark with St. Louis brides.
“I think the most refreshing look that came out of bridal market was the throwback look,” said Stephanie Fagyal, owner of Berrybridge Bridal Boutique. “These sleek and sophisticated gowns recall an updated Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn.”
Fagyal said tailored gowns with clean lines are the hit of recent trunk shows. “Now that elegant is an option again, brides are eating it up. They want to be stunning on their wedding day and these gowns are beautiful.”
Designers: Anne Barge, Carolina Herrera
Beading and Appliqués
Embellishments such as beading, lace, and floral appliqués were prevalent on the runway.
“Many of our designers added a little more sparkle to their gowns,” said Kristin Shelton, co-owner of Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique. “We saw some unique fabric choices and hints of metallic thread in embroidery.”
Designer Vera Wang describes her collection as “passementerie,” which is the art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings. Other designers opted for bejeweled bodices, floral overlays, or floral patterns and textures on stiffer, opaque fabrics.
Designers: Claire Pettibone, Vera Wang
Scoop and off the shoulder necklines were part of the return to romantic, elegant gowns. Fagyal recalled one particular gown that featured a full skirt and v-neck front and back that was breathtaking.
“We also saw a lot of beautiful designs with straps that allow for the deep, dramatic neckline,” added Shelton.
Designers: Anne Barge, Modern Trousseau, Rivini and Amy Kuschel
Some of the gowns featured were not only beautiful from the front, but also offered intricate detailing on the back.
“The detailing on the back gives that wow factor that your guests aren’t expecting as you walk down the aisle or as they watch the ceremony,” said Shelton.
But brides should keep in mind that a deep, dramatic back provides less structure to the gown and makes alterations more difficult. While illusion backs make for a stunning walk down the aisle, they may not work for every body type.
Designers: Claire Pettibone
Big, beautiful bows are all the rage for brides. Bows offer a fun way to add some whimsy and interest to your gown. This versatile accent can be worn on the front, back or side of the dress and comes in various fabrics so it may be a crisply tied bow or a loose, romantic bow.
“A lot of brides seem to really like this trend, especially the exaggerated bow on the back,” said Fagyal.
Designers: Anna Maier, Monique Lhuillier
Written by By Amy Zimmerman