Bridal Dress Trends for 2012
The newest wedding gown styles, silhouettes, and details
The Trend: Illusion Necklines
We saw lots of unique necklines this season, but “most spotted” goes to the illusion style, in which a sheer, delicate, and often embellished layer of fabric veils skin that would otherwise be exposed. (Think of illusion as “strapless, with coverage,” noting its power to transform a sassy, “look at my boobs” situation into something soft, elegant, and romantic.)
Gown by Carolina Herrera
Gown by Alfred Angelo
Illusion Necklines Gown by Monique Lhuillier
The Trend: Two-Tiered Skirts
Last season in skirts, three-dimensional florals hit critical mass. This season, designers focused on hemlines, creating skirts with two distinct tiers.
Call it an exaggerated form of the peplum detail from previous seasons, and this time, it’s superflattering—the top tier is a genius way to camouflage wider hips.
Two-Tiered Skirts by Christos
Two-Tiered Skirts by Junko Yoshioka
Two-Tiered Skirts by Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture
The Trend: Wedding Gown With Horse Hair Trim
Don’t worry, animal rights activists, horsehair does not come from our equine friends; it’s a synthetic fabric often used on the underskirts of gowns to create a cleaner shape and a crisper hemline.
Continuing with the trend of turning dresses inside-out (see last season’s corsets), designers are now exposing this underlay fabrication, either as a visible hemline treatment or a lavishly looped sash or bodice detail. It works to create incredible volume and dimension on ballgowns and also provides a unique, frothy-yet-modern textural element.
Vera Wang Wedding Gown With Horse Hair Trim
Rivini Bridal Dress With Horse Hair Trim
Douglas Hannant Wedding Gown With Horse Hair Trim
The Trend: Blush Wedding Dress
Wearing a wedding gown in a non-white or ivory hue was, until recently, considered a pretty radical move. Then, a few seasons ago, we began seeing subtle pops of color—from the faintest hint of silver or lilac to bright lettuce green—but color was still the exception rather than the rule.
This season, however, blush and pink shades appeared on dozens of runways, marking its official debut as an expected—not quirky—wedding gown hue. Perhaps this has something to do with Reese Witherspoon’s blush Monique Lhuillier wedding gown. If Reese, a paean to traditional, conservative dressing, chooses pink, it’s clearly time to give it a try.
Blush Wedding Dress by Wtoo Brides
Blush Wedding Dress by Monique Lhuillier
Blush Wedding Dress by Rivini
The Trend: Lace Sleeves Wedding Dress
Since April bridal market fell just a few weeks before the Royal Wedding, several designers were inspired by Kate Middleton and what she might wear.
For a great majority, this meant lace sleeves—a sleeker, more contemporary version of the voluminous sleeves that engulfed the young Princess Diana so many years ago.
Turns out the recently dubbed Duchess of Cambridge did end up wearing lace sleeves to her wedding, and it’s only a matter of time before this regal look catches on in a big way. We can’t wait.
Romona Keveza Lace Sleeves Wedding Dress
Lace Sleeves Wedding Dress
Wtoo Brides Lace Sleeves Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier Lace Sleeves Wedding Dress
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