Wedding Dress Ideas: Trends from Bridal Week

Bridal week has just ended but the trends that emerged on the runway are still creating great excitement. Several previous styles, such as floral accents and ruffles, are still going strong but new and bold fashion is taking the spotlight. These are 5 trends that we’re paying particular attention to: copy

1. Colored gowns. Perhaps the most attention grabbing gowns at Fashion Week were Vera Wang’s black wedding dresses. Opposite of the traditional white, these dresses were bold and dramatic. While the black gowns were shockers, Wang’s golden and peach colored dresses were soft and inviting. If you’re someone that is fashion forward, stun guests with a gown that’s an unconventional color. If you are more traditional, take a small risk by wearing an off-white dress. Wearing a peach color will warm up your complexion and is perfect for a spring wedding. copy copy

2. Short dresses. Spring brings warmer weather and this is reflected in the short wedding dresses displayed during fashion week. Airy and easy to move in, these dresses are a delight for outdoor weddings at the beach or park. Amsale’s dress is simple on the top half with a full skirt to balance it out. Another option, if you want a more retro feel, look for a simple dress similar to Monique Lhuillier’s which you can accessorize with elegant and elaborate jewelry. copy FW12 BRIDAL FASHION WEEK NEW YORK OCTOBER 2011

3. Contrast ties. Emphasize your best feature with a tie that contrasts with your dress. Rivini’s lavender bow with its large brooch is feminine and graceful. Wrap a band around your middle to emphasize your waist and accentuate your hourglass feature. For a more modern look, have an embellished or jeweled band to sparkle and attract attention. This is an effortless way to look stunning on your wedding day. copy copy

4. Floral accents. Atelier Aimee’s gown reflects spring’s blooming flowers with its large floral accents. The accents make a seemingly basic structure unique and the flowers’ pink color gives a slight contrast to crisp white color of the gown. Large flowers are bold whereas a smaller bunch of flowers are subtle. There’s no doubt though that floral accents are sweet and fit for the upcoming season. copy

5. Ruffles. The ruffles trend is still prevalent in many of the recent styles because of the elegant touch that it brings to wedding gowns. Elizabeth Fillmore’s dress, with its understated ruffles, is heavenly yet simple. On the other hand, the ruffles on Monique Lhuillier’s gown are matched with a lace bodice and white bow to create a magnificent display that is anything but simple. Whatever appearance you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with ruffles.

– By Lauren Ho