The Spring air and sunshine are bright and refreshing, as are the new designs for the Spring 2015 bridal season. Bridal designers outdid themselves by incorporating unexpected mainstream trends into wearable bridal gowns. Many models strutting down the bridal runways were crowned with floral headbands and wildflower bouquets, bringing to life a picture-perfect Spring wedding many women would dream of having. Here are some of the new elements to bridal wear introduced this season.
Off Shoulder Necklines
Not only are they as flattering as the sweetheart neckline, dresses that fall off the shoulder add a demure sexiness that’s appropriate for even a conservative wedding. If you don’t want to go strapless but appreciate the flash of cleavage the look offers, this is a nice compromise. Looks from Oscar De La Renta, Anne Barge, and Victoria Kyriakides executed this design well, in bridal looks that were soft and elegant.
Lace is nothing new in bridal, as it’s one of the most coveted fabrics by women searching for their special dress. However, the new daring look of “naked” lace was all over the bridal runways. It’s found in a variety of extremes, but essentially, naked lace is constructed to make it appear as though you are not wearing anything under a sheer piece of lace fabric. Don’t be alarmed! Many of these dresses, especially with all-over naked lace, are built with a nude coloured underlay to make sure everything is covered. If you’re looking for a dress to make jaws drop at your wedding, consider trying one with this exciting type of lace, perfected by Marchesa, Reem Acra, and Carolina Herrera.
Another play with fabric that creates the look of exposed skin without actually going bare is an illusion neckline or back, usually done with a sheer mesh type of fabric. It’s a sexy yet tasteful touch to bridal wear that can also be utilized to add some type of detail, such as embroidery, that appears to be touching the skin in a unique way. Many designers incorporated this look into their designs, including Austin Scarlett, Nicole Miller, and Naeem Khan.
Fit for a princess or a celebrity that wants to shine at her wedding, lots of dresses this season featured a sparkle factor for those glitzy and glamourous brides. Designers such as Oscar De La Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Maggie Sottero used sparkles, sequins, crystals, and gems to capture the light and bring focus onto their gorgeous gowns. You’ll shine as bright as the diamond on your finger with a little bit of sparkle for your Spring wedding.
Capelets and Shrugs
Spring can have its chilly days, and bridal designers kept that in mind when adding capelets, capes, and shrugs to their wedding dresses this season. From designers such as Anne Bowen, Jenny Packham, and Randi Rahm, the headache of trying to find a bridal shrug or jacket that flows with your wedding dress is eliminated. Not only that, it plays into the cape trend that’s super high-fashion and weather considerate.
We have seen the two-piece outfit, often a crop top and a skirt, on runways and in retail stores. That major trend translates into bridal wear in such a beautiful and refreshing way, thanks to designers like Houghton and Theia. While this style may intimidate some women, it’s not difficult to execute because the piece of skin that’s exposed tends to be the smallest part of the waist, while the skirts flare out to conceal any worry areas.
When Spring comes along, we see the re-emergence of bright colours and sweet pastels throughout fashion. For the untraditional bride who wants to blend in with the flowers and nothing else, she can do so in some of the brilliant Spring bridal colours. Monique Lhuillier featured a dress in a brilliant blue, Theia designed a metallic silver number, and Sareh Nouri created a blushing purple gown. There was lots of silver on the bridal runways, along with some black and typical Spring colours as well.