Bridal Fashion Week has just wrapped and as usual the shows offered up no shortage of frothy, intricately-designed gowns.
But this season there were also some unexpected sartorial developments: There were thigh-high slits, crop tops, and peplums aplenty. Oh and that whole white wedding dress thing? So passe. An array of designers showed floral, red and even black gowns.
And what do all these unconventional bridal trends have in common? We can trace all of their origins back to some notable Spring 2012 trends.
Click through to see the bridal trends that were inspired by the Spring 2012 runway.
Many modern brides walk the line these days of wanting to maintain some tradition in their weddings while also highlighting their individuality. For sartorial risk takers, bridal designers have plenty of options for brides who want something besides the usual full skirted ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.)
Click through to see the most unconventional wedding gowns we’ve spied this bridal season.
Yesterday was a beautiful summery day in New York City, perfect for a wedding–and I got to attend one, courtesy of Oscar de la Renta. While we didn’t get any cake or champagne, there were plenty of sartorial confections to feast on. When looking at wedding gowns, they tend to blur together into one big Read more →
Wearing white to a wedding when you’re not that bride? It’s the cardinal wedding sin. Or it was.
Two months later the other Kate–Kate Moss, of course–also dressed her bridesmaids and flower girls (all 15 of them) in white. Guests Carine Roitfeld, Bella Freud, Naomi Campbell and Stella McCartney were also spotted wearing the shade at the wedding.
And now Kim Kardashian has jumped on the bandwagon, choosing white gowns that look remarkably like wedding dresses for her bridesmaids at recent nuptials. And while limited photos of Kim K‘s big wedding have been released, we already know that at least Lindsay Lohan wore white, and apparently the invite called for guests to wear black or white.
So what’s going on here?
While many designers have had major success with discount retailers like Target and H&M, Vera Wang might be the most multi-faceted when it comes to affordable collaborations.
Wang released a mattress collection with Serta in 2006, she sells Simply Vera, an affordable collection (which reportedly remained profitable even during the recession), at Kohl’s, and she’s about to release her first David’s Bridal collection, which includes wedding dresses under $1,500. Oh, and she designs floral arrangements for FTD. But she isn’t stopping there. After dresses and flowers and mattresses, what could be next? The future is looking sparkly.
Much has been made of Chelsea Clinton’s top-secret nuptials to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. The couple is set to wed this Saturday, reportedly in in Rhinebeck, NY.
“Part of the fascination, I think, is that Chelsea is so private–no one was this fascinated with Jenna Bush’s wedding” says Doree Shafrir, contributing editor for New York and resident Chelsea wedding expert. “We’ve also seen her go from ugly duckling to swan which is always a great narrative.”
And since we’re Fashionista, it’s that “ugly ducking to swan” narrative we’re most fascinated by. What will Bill’s daughter wear down the aisle?
Here are our top ten suggestions for Chelsea (and yes, we know the green skirted ODLR number is just wishful thinking). Who gets your vote?
Getting married is really fun!
I know it’s stressful for a lot of brides, but I’m lucky. My parents/fiance’s parents are totally hands-off when it comes to planning, and I’ve nailed down so many specifics already that as of late, my main focus has been The Dress.
I’m 99% percent sure I’m going to go custom, but I thought it would still be smart to check out J.Crew‘s new wedding boutique on Madison Ave.
I brought along my friend Ali, who is also getting married next year, and who also happens to be obsessed with J.Crew, to try on dresses as well.
I’m so glad I did–Not only did we learn a lot about this sector of the brand, but we also modeled some incredible dresses, as well as gobs of stunning accessories.
First, I was greeted by Kate M., my personal sales associate for the appointment. (She was accompanied by the lovely Candy.) These girls were amazing. They were so excited about everything, from the La Perla robes in the changing rooms to the array of sashes to the shoes. Their enthusiasm was infectious. But more on that later.
It seems like fashion has never been more obsessed with getting married. J.Crew‘s been doing bridal for years now. Anthropologie recently hopped on the bandwagon. Cynthia Rowley just announced that she’s creating a collection of bridesmaid dresses. Even Rodarte–hardly the brand you’d associate with weddings–showed several chapel-appropriate gowns for Fall 2010. In a sort of Read more →