Recent Press: Royal Wedding Influences

Recent Press: Royal Wedding Influences . Mobile Image

Jan 17, 2012

Store owner, Beth Chapman, recently wrote an article that appeared in the 'Brides, Weddings and Celebrations' supliment in the New Haven register and Shoreline Times. Read on to hear what she has to say about current bridal trends influenced by the recent royal nuptials.


It is hard to believe that it has almost been a year since the Royal Wedding.  As we knew it would, that glorious event evoked several strong trends in the world of bridal- the single biggest being the re-emergence of classic femininity.  Katherine Middletonâs demure elegance on her wedding day has had a ripple effect on the bridal industry.  Thanks to the unforgettable custom-designed Sarah Burton gown that she wore down the aisle of Westminster Abbey, we are now seeing more and more brides visiting our store and using words like, classic, unique and elegant when describing their desired wedding day look. The lovely duchess of Cambridge has single handedly brought the âsleeveâ back to life in the world of fashion.  Not only her wedding day silhouette, but the stunning frocks that she has been wearing to her personal appearances, have brides searching for gowns with sleeves.   The trend was also recently reinforced when Lauren Bush wore a long sleeved vintage-inspired lace gown designed by her father-in law Ralph Lauren to her November nuptials.  And of course, Twilight fans around the world gasped with delight when Bella Swan greeted her eternal love at the altar in a Carolina Herrera form fitted gown with elegant long sleeves. Some of my favorite gowns with sleeves are from designers Modern Trousseau, Amy Kuschel and Anne Barge. *Image courtsey of Amy Kuschel If a bride wants more versatility on her wedding day, we love the idea of pairing a strapless gown with a lace bolero or jacket, allowing the bride to have one look for the ceremony and another for her reception.  For those brides who donât want a full sleeve, but are still looking for a non-strapless silhouette, we have seen several beautiful options emerge.  One of the most significant neckline trends is the boat neck.  Done in either a long gown or short dress, it is a timeless silhouette that is modest, yet feminine.  Also popular is a cap sleeve lace silhouette.  I personally adore it with a back interest, like a romantic, keyhole as pictured here by Amy Kuschel. Overall, we are seeing a shift toward more formal and elegant weddings.   With budgets not what they used to be, we are finding that if money is to be spent on this special day, the bride wants her look to be timeless, classic and memorable. *image by carla ten eyck, dress by siri


 xoxo, TWD