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We just returned from Bridal Fashion Week in New York. Overall, the collections were feminine and beautiful with soft, romantic details. The Spring 2015 collections are all about options! It is a wonderful time to be a bride! Whether your look is demure and romantic, or sophisticated and sexy, there are beautiful options for you!
Last season the illusion neckline emerged as the neckline of the season. This trend continues for Spring 2015, but in an even more dramatic way. Many designers were showing skin toned illusion with lace that visually appeared as if the lace was crawling up the neckline or down the back.
There were two extremes on the runway…either demure or sexy! High lace necks and long and ¾ length sleeves graced several runways.
It is all about “taking the plunge” for Spring 2015! Plunging front AND back necklines were shown on the runways. These silhouettes are not for everyone- especially anyone with larger than a B cup. But, they sure are pretty!
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Ivy & Aster image by Beth Chapman
Hayley Paige image by Beth Chapman
A much more universal/subtle version of this trend:
The sheer panels under the arm of this Anne Barge gown is a subtle way to interpret this very bare trend:
Anne Barge image by Beth Chapman
Convertible dresses continued for the Spring season. Brides can get two looks in one by wearing an overskirt for the ceremony and then removing it for the reception to reveal a sleek sophisticated gown or a flirty short sheath.
This tulle overskirt can be removed to reveal a lace fit to flare gown for your reception:
Hayley Paige introduced a capsule collection called ‘Love Poets Society’. This collection of 3 short dresses and 3 overskirts are all interchangeable to create different looks!
Hayley Paige image by Beth Chapman
Below is one of my favorite combinations!
Hayley Paige image by Beth Chapman
The fabric of the Spring 2015 season is tulle. It graced virtually every runway in a variety of silhouettes.
Textural lace was also present on several runways.
We are starting to see the trend move away from lace. Several designers showed completely clean, very sophisticated silhouettes.
Blush Pink continued as the color of the season. Monique Lhullier made a statement however by showing several gowns in hues of blue.
Legends by Romona Keveza image provided by WWD
The dresses below don’t fall into any one category above, except they are fabulous and unique and were standouts for the season!
The beading of this Theia gown was show- stopping. This would also be incredible with a tulle skirt over it for the ceremony!
Theia image by Beth Chapman
This angora sweater dress from Ivy & Aster stopped us in our tracks! How incredible would this gown be for a winter wedding? It was absolutely swoon-worthy!
Ivy & Aster image by Beth Chapman
I just about fell off my chair when I saw this darling lace romper from Watters. It comes in ivory or black and can be lined in different hues.
Encore by Watters image by Beth Chapman
I adored this very elegant subtly beaded gown by Anne Barge. It was classic, yet modern at the same time!
Anne Barge image by Beth Chapman
I am a sucker for a bow! This Modern Trousseau silk Mikado gown with lace bodice had a detachable train with gorgeous architectural bow.
Modern Trousseau image by Beth Chapman
Overall, I felt the fashion this year was a little lack luster. We look to the Academy Awards Red Carpet every year to inspire us, to push fashion boundaries and to inspire trends. Many of the starlets this year looked stunning, but so many of the looks were very safe. Perhaps we can blame it on the rain?
Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow where we will be posting segments from my appearance on Monday’s Academy Award edition of MassAppeal where I weigh in on red carpet trends and how they can be translated to the aisle.
Let’s cut right to the chase….my hands down favorite for best dressed is Lupita N’yongo in Prada. The color and silhouette were simply stunning on her! She has been our favorite all awards season and this red carpet did not disappoint! I am dreaming about this silhouette being interpreted into a wedding gown!
We are always looking for runway-worthy trends on the red carpet. This year, little had to be left to translation, as one of the big trends of the evening was pale hues of white and ivory as well as warm metallics. Below are my faves:
This gown is a close second for me. It is simply stunning and red carpet worthy!
I love this architectural silhouette worn by Kate Hudson. To me, this is what a Hollywood star should wear to the Oscars! I fell even more in love with it when I saw during the show that the gown had a removable cape! The gown by itself was stunning as well!
Cate Blanchette is always effortlessly stunning. This romantic gown by Armani did not disappoint. This is such a subtle and lovely way to wear a sleeve.
A little known fact about this gown was that it had buttons down the back…which of course, made me love it all the more!
This metallic architectural beauty worn by Kristen Chenoweth was the perfect gown for her stature. She looked elegant and worthy of an Oscar herself!
I did not love the top of this Oscar gown. I think it is a bit ill-fitting and a little dated, but the bottom is absolutely dreamy!
Guliana’s gown was aisle-worthy all the way. This would make a stunning wedding gown!
I always love a classic ivory dinner jacket and was enthralled with the fact that several men showed this look on last night’s red carpet. My favorite was Matthew in his ivory dinner jacket, black vest and black bow tie. So chic and handsome. I’d love to see this look find its way into more wedding parties.
The few below don’t fall into any particular category for me, except just plain beautiful!
Kerry Washington has become a style icon on the red carpet and this Oscar gown did not disappoint. And, it was designed by one of my absolute favorite designers, Jason Wu.
This Vera Wang look was youthful and a bit edgy. It was a perfect choice for Ms. Watson. She is one to continue to watch on the red carpet!
I adore the floral pattern and silhouette of this gown. It looked totally fresh amongst all of the very classic, stately gowns on the red carpet.
What were your favorite looks on this years red carpet? Stay tuned to social media next month as we will be posting directly from April Bridal Market – we’re dying to see if our favorite red carpet trends will be translated to make their way down the aisle.
It’s like Christmas in February over here! We have received a slew of new gowns from our favorite designers. Take a peek below and then ring us at 860.669.4596 to book your appointment to try these beauties on.
Here is ‘Caitlyn’ and ‘Pandora’ from Modern Trousseau! You just have to see these two in person- their pattern and texture will take your wedding ensemble to the next level.
If you love the avante garde, then London-based David Fielden is your designer! We have two new lace arrivals ‘Gwendolyn’ and ‘Rhea’ and each is pretty as a picture!
We welcome ‘Evan’ and ‘Khaleesi’ from our newest designer, Hayley Paige! Both gowns bring the drama with a full mermaid skirt and opal embellishments.
San Francisco based designer, Amy Kuschel gives us options! A lovely organza ball gown called ‘Emma’ and a fitted lace dress called ‘Georgia’
We love New York Fashion Week! Not only because we simply adore fashion on all levels, but because we can always trust the top designers to end the show with gorgeous designs that are sure to inspire upcoming bridal trends. As a whole, we felt this season lacked color, pattern and vibrancy but we have a few front runners sure to inspire the designer’s collections at New York Bridal Fashion Week this April. Below are our top picks:
Oscar de la Renta never disappoints and this stunning deep red velvet bodice compliments the ballet-pink ball skirt in a way that sets our hearts a flutter. With the blush trend reigning bigger than ever in the bridal world, we could certainly see this shade hitting the runways come April.
Polka-dots are forever a favorite with us… Oscar hits the mark again with this whimsical gown (and matching shoe…eeek)!
We saw plenty of plunging necklines like these from Diane Von Furstenburg…do you think they will translate onto the bridal runways?
Pant suits have already made their way into a few bridal designer’s collections, but with their increasing popularity at the RTW Fall 2014 shows (like this one from Douglas Hannant), we wonder if they will be even more present in April.
Zac Posen knows how to dress a woman’s body! We love this gown for it’s color, silhouette and refreshing neckline!
Naeem Khan dazzled us with this vintage-inspired luminescent gown. We love how the fitted design highlights a woman’s figure.
Talk about regal! Mr.Posen hits the mark again with this stunning soft-teal gown. We could certainly see a more understated variation of this neckline on next season’s brides. How about you?
Stay tuned for more bridal fashion when we hit NYC this April for Bridal Market!
*all images courtesy of wwd.com
With our Amsale Bridal Trunk Show rapidly approaching (November 7th-9th), we thought we would share our jovial anticipation with you by posting some of the that will be in-store this Thursday through Saturday.
We love how Amsale adapted it’s ‘forever modern’ style to suit the tastes of any bride this season- whether you would describe your style as etherial/bohemian (see Carson) to city-chic (see Houson and Jane) to classically elegant (see Cameron and Bryant), there is truly a dress for every bride in Amsale’s Fall 2014 Collection!
Ring us to book your trunk show appointment to receive 10% off the ‘forever modern’ gown that’s just for you! Purchase during the trunk show to be gifted a FREE veil in addition to your discount! 860.669.4596
Can’t get enough Amsale? While you’re at it book an appointment for next weekend’s Amsale Bridesmaid Trunk Show from November 14th-16th.
Of course many factors come into play when finding the dress of your dreams- your venue, your vision and your personal style, to name a few. But perhaps the most important factor of all is that you feel great in your gown. Your wedding dress should highlight your best assets while minimizing the areas you aren’t so fond of! The right silhouette is key so that you may feel beautiful and confident on your wedding day.
We have selected gowns from our collection that we feel best flatter each body type- take a peek and then give us a ring so that we may help you in finding the right wedding gown for your body type- 860.669.4596
If you have are less endowed, you can always add a bit of volume in your bust with rouching, a sweet heart neckline, or with a cowl cut like this gown by David Fielden. A small bust means you can get away with a sheer or very low back (no need for a proper long-line style bra). We love this gown because it is sexy, without the need for cleavage. Wish a small bust, stay away from a straight-across neckline as it can make your bust appear smaller!
If you have a full bust and your top half makes you a bit self conscious, you can show off the ‘girls’ in a more demure way with a softer neckline like that of ‘Marena’ by Modern Trousseau. The security of straps allows for a “worry-free” wedding day and the fuller skirt creates the effect of balance between the top and bottom halves of the body. Avoid gowns that are backless if you are larger than a C cup, as it is difficult to support a full cup size without a proper bra.
If you would describe yourself as a-little-less-than-curvy or ‘athletic’, then a gown like this is for you! ‘Dove’ by Modern Trousseau offers structure and creates curves in all the right places. The combination of thoughtfully placed lace, a fit to flare silhouette, and corset detailing, draw the eye down an athletic frame and pull in your waist. If this style isn’t for you, consider adding a sash to any gown- and voila, instant waistline! Stay away from dresses with a sheath-like shape or empire waist.
With a fuller hip, look for a gown that highlights your waist! A modified A-line style like Amsale’s ‘Paige’ is great for masking a larger bottom half without overwhelming the rest of your body. The gown is fitted through the waist and then delicately skims the hip- enhancing your shape without adding any extra volume as a fuller ball gown may do (which can sometimes amplify this insecurity). Steer clear of ultra-mermaid styles and large ball gowns.
If you are petite, then finding a wedding gown can be harder than it seems! Samples are made to fit a taller frame and it can be difficult to get a good idea of how they will look on you once altered. Be sure to bring heels to your appointment (even if you don’t plan on wearing them on your big day) to give yourself a better idea of how the dress will look once it is in proportion. For petite girls, as with all shapes and sizes, it is important to trust in your seamstress and your stylist. It can be difficult to envision the finished product when trying on samples, so listen to their recommendations. For a smaller frame, we will often recommend a gown like Augusta Jones’ ‘Jayma’. Its sweet heart neckline elongates your top half and the clean lines create length within the body. Avoid gowns with horizontal seams or too much ‘poof’, as they can divide and overwhelm your shape.
If your arms are your insecurity (aren’t they almost everybody’s?!) then a bolero, sleeve, or bridal cover up may be for you! If you are looking for a seamless addition to conceal your arms, we can order extra fabric from your dress designer to create a custom sleeve or strap. If that option doesn’t work for you then we have a variety of boleros and cover ups that make the perfect addition to any gown. But do be aware, sometimes when we are concerned with our less-than-perfect-arms our first tendency is to cover them up, yet that may not work for every body. In some cases, a sleeve or strap can just add attention to your least favorite part. Explore some strapless options as you may find that it looks (and feels) better than you expected. If you do opt for a sleeve, we recommend one that hits a bit lower on the arm if you are looking to draw attention away; the ‘Addison’ top from Jenny Yoo does just this! Want to see more of our favorite coverage options? Click here.
If you have broad shoulders, look for a gown that draws attention inward. This can be done using a sash with a central focus (like a brooch or feather) or with straps that bring the eye towards the center of the body. A V-neck gown such as ‘Osmonde’ from Anne Barge helps to balance a broad upper half. Steer clear of off the shoulder styles.
Our recommendations are simply a guideline as we understand that all brides are unique. It is our ultimate goal to make sure each bride feels comfortable, happy and beautiful, so be sure to book an appointment with one of our talented stylists so that they may help you feel your ultimate best on your big day. All of the gowns above are currently available to try on in the boutique, so if you are curious on how they might look on you, give us a ring at 860.669.4596!
We spent the weekend in New York City sitting through runway shows and visiting the showrooms of our designers for Fall 2014 Bridal Market. By the end of the weekend after a hectic schedule and seeing hundreds of gowns from all of our favorite designers, it began to all be a blur of white. But, there were definitely a few spectacular standout trends we couldn’t be more excited about. Below is a recap of the trends for Fall 2014 bridal market:
Blush made a debut last season as the color-du-jour in bridal, but Vera Wang brought it to another level this season, by showing her entire collection in various shades of pink!
Vera’s selected more intense hues of the color for her pieces, however, I forsee Vera’s color choices being more popular for bridesmaids rather than the bride. It cannot be denied that brides respond more openly to gowns in a subtle blush tone, like this gown from Romona Keveza Legends. Blush is a romantic color that truly flatters all skin tones and we are happy to see the trend continue in varying shades this season.
2. OFF THE SHOULDER NECKLINES
We are happy to say that the neckline of the season was ‘off the shoulder’! It graced every runway.
This neckline style is so flattering because it still shows off your decolletage, but provides a little more coverage and interest than a strapless gown. It also lends itself beautifully to a sleeve at varying lengths. Check out a few of our favorites below:
Gold was also a staple at Fall 2014 Bridal Market. Many designers incorporated gold into their collection through gold thread woven into their laces, providing a subtle hint of metallic shimmer. Accessories are also taking on a golden hue, in both gold and rose gold. This warm metallic tone was a breath of fresh air against the flurry of blush tone gowns being shown.
4. DELICATE BEADING & CAP SLEEVES
Last season was all about opulent beading coming off of the Great Gatsby movie trend. This season, the beading was much more delicate and subtle; it was shown either just on the cap sleeve of a gown or all over, like these Modern Trousseau gowns:
5. DRAMATIC BACKS
The interest on wedding gowns has shifted to the back. Every designer had at least one plunging-back design in their Fall 2014 collection. We also saw quite a few illusion backs like this one from the “forever modern”, Amsale:
6. ILLUSION NECKLINES
Another hot neckline of the season is the sheer illusion neckline. It was shown in sheer lace, organza, or even at times with delicate beading. It is a very classic and elegant silhouette that flatters nearly every figure; we were so happy to see it reemerge on the runway this season.
Designers were showing beautiful textures as an alternative to lace, which has been extremely popular over the last few seasons. Our favorite was this jacquard gown from Anne Barge. With its substantial texture, it is a stunning option for a fall or winter wedding :
8. BRIDESMAIDS IN LACE
The hot trend for bridesmaids is lace!! Lace has been so popular for brides for many season, now maids get to share in the fun! Lace was shown in both short and long silhouettes, in pastels (blush and mint), metallics and in neutrals (black, grey and champagne) and we simply cannot get enough!
Please tell us, what is your favorite trend from Bridal Market!?