gown, BHLDN, $1,800, at BHLDN; headpiece, Patricia
A. Grooms Original, $85, at Lois A. Wigs Boutique;
silver faux jeweled bracelet, Roman Bride, $35, at
www.romansunstone.com; navy satin flower and pearl
bouquet, To Hold & To Have Anna Coy, $400, at
Philadelphia Bridal Company
season’s nuptial fashions fall on opposite sides of
the aisle: ethereally sweet and rustic chic, or softly
structured and urbane.
despite the different silhouettes — Vera Wang boho,
for instance, is all about empire waists and slip-dress
sheaths, while a city ceremony might star a cleaner Reem
Acra frock with trumpet skirts and peplums — modern
gowns are united in the details.
pearls, and beading are hand sewn on the simplest of
gowns in dazzling geometric patterns. The sparkle,
reminiscent of late 1930s styles, joins a chic cadre of
bodices rule, yet the sweetheart neckline remains —
see the Temperley London gown that Philadelphia-bred
rapper Eve wore to her wedding this month. Turn the
bride around, and dramatic details — in Eve’s case,
an elegant peephole — make her appropriately
are seeing everything from daring, deep V’s to
elegantly covered buttons and crystals extending down
the train," said Ashley Erin Corbett, owner of the
Philadelphia Bridal Company. "Brides want their
exit to be as memorable as their entrance."
continues to captivate the betrothed. Nude hues
especially, ranging from the palest of peach to
just-a-splash-of-cafe-au-lait, are gaining popularity.
And brides’ interest in pastels will continue its slow
bloom in coming seasons with rosy blush, minty green,
and violet-y blue shades.
almost as if a bride could wear a different dress for
every part of her big day — for her morning tea, for
those family pictures, for the reception, for the moment
she grabs her groom and heads upstairs.
think bridal is so exciting now," said Carrie
Goldberg, associate fashion editor at Martha Stewart
Weddings, pointing to the sherbet-shaded gowns of Jenny
Packham and Monique Lhuillier. "And the new looks
aren’t taking brides so far away from the grain they
don’t look like brides anymore."
coverage is the buzzword for the fall 2014 and spring
2015 bridal seasons, the styles conjure different
gowns, like Kate Middleton’s Sarah Burton dress for
Alexander McQueen, are inspired by Grace Kelly’s 1956
wedding frock. But sleeves on body-skimming gowns
conjure ‘40s glamour. Add art deco-style beading with
pleats, and you’re evoking demure ’30s. And on
little white dresses, they look very 1960s mod, perfect
as second dresses for receptions or "Just
era Kim Kardashian channeled during her May wedding
ceremony with Kanye West, the fashion world approved of
its sexy but old-school vibe — long sleeves but
curve-hugging and midriff-baring.
you have a full sleeve, you need something like a
trumpet bottom or a great low back to give it a modern
silhouette," said Lori Conley, senior merchant at
Conshohocken, Pa.-based David’s Bridal. "Kim’s
dress was nice because there was a hint of skin, but for
the most part, she was covered up. It was still
reasons the Cinderella strapless is getting a run for
its money: Brides are emulating chic villainesses such
as Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent or "Once Upon a
Time’s" Evil Queen — tailored gowns fashioned
from stiffer tulle and satin that feature tailored
draping, dramatic peplums, and drop waists that flare
into floor-swishing trumpet skirts.
lot of the embellishments and the fabrications come
right from these shows," Conley said. "Brides
are getting a chance to tap into all facets of their
personalities from good girl to a little bad."
then there’s the Charles James effect. The late
designer’s signature 1940s look — a combination of
soft drapes and sharp tailoring — is now infiltrating
red carpet and bridal styles, and his work is at the
center of a Metropolitan Museum of Art fashion
exhibition. The show’s opening gala drew celebrities,
many of them dressed in Zac Posen. Posen also designs
gowns for David’s Bridal, once again proving bridal’s
new connection to all things pop culture.
so than before, bridal fashion is inspired by what’s
happening in this moment," Conley said. "This
is a new feel for the industry."