Bayside Brides, I have something a bit different for you today than my usual styled collages. This October, while the Annapolis Boat Show was in full force, it was also New York Bridal Fashion Week (also known as Bridal Market). All of your favorite wedding dress designers debuted their latest collections for the bloggers, magazine editors, and buyers who bring the dresses to you! I’ll be showing you some of my favorite looks for 2015, along with some top trends! Pull up your chair for a front-row seat at the runways. I promise you, it will be more fun that watching boats trying to navigate their dockings along Ego Alley!
The first trend I noticed was quite unexpected, even though I shouldn’t be that surprised — we’ve seen this look popping up on celebrities at red carpet events. It’s the crop top! Truly, two-piece cropped wedding dresses were everywhere! I loved this particular look below, because it gave the same effect, but with a little more modesty (What can I say? I’m a little traditional!) If you dare to have a bit of bare, then there are certainly some crop top gowns out there!
Lace and Lasercut
Lace has never left the bridalwear scene, but the style of lace being used and the innovative placement of this timeless fabric is what is interesting here. This season, there were more geometric shapes and big-open laser cut patterns, along with lace used as an overlay or to create an illusion neckline, and call attention to cut-out details around the waist.
Strapless dresses have dominated wedding-wear for so long, but sleeves have been coming back for a few seasons, and they are here again this season with some new details. This time there were new lengths; half and 3/4 length sleeves, and some really sheer-barely there sleeves. So pretty!
Colors and Rich Fabrics
The next trend has been percolating for a while — the idea of a non-white wedding dress. We’ve seen blush, vanilla, and other subtle tones in years past, as well as some bold gowns in gold, reds, and even black! This season, ice blue seemed to be the color, many in reference to a Frozen theme. What do you think? Even though the Chesapeake doesn’t freeze up, could a watery ice blue gown be the next thing for Bayside Brides?
The fluffy, full ruffled ball gown is here! If you want a dress to twirl in, this one is for you! There were ruffled, layered skirts like this in many collections. So fun to wear!
There were several goddess-inspired looks that had off-the-shoulder details with drapes, and pleats. This is such a soft, romantic look, and it provides a nice little detail to be a little different.
I saw this one starting last spring, with really low, straight down necklines, and I love how some designers refined the idea even more with these fall collections. Some of these necklines plunge to the rib cage, but somehow the illusion netting and coverage elsewhere, keeps it classic instead of risque.
The illusion back has also been a trend for a few seasons now. Now it becomes a game of how low can you go? and how sheer can you make that mesh? These backs use such a sheer fabric that the other details like buttons and lacework seem to be suspended against the skin. Amazing!
Sequins and Beading
Again, sequins and beading are nothing new in formal wear, but when you put them in a new modern silhouette, or a new pattern, it really changes things, and looks fantastic!
I’ll admit, it’s a little early to be sure this is a trend, but I did see a few striped wedding dresses, and if you’ve been reading my posts, you know how much I love stripes on everything! ( Yes, I am wearing a striped top right now.) Since stripes and nautical go hand-in-hand for me, it only makes sense that of course I’m going to show my favorite Bayside Brides some stripes!
Well on that nautical note, I think I’ve covered some of the top bridal trends that you’ll be seeing in stores soon. I didn’t get them all, but I have to give you some sort of reason to stop by and visit me on Dress for the Wedding! I’ll have more wedding dresses to show this month than there are moorings in Annapolis. (And that’s a lot!)
Until next time, Bayside Brides!
Sukey from Dress for the Wedding