Bridal Market Recap: Trend Report {Part I}

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 20, 2011

Now that you’ve seen some of the best looks on the runway, here’s a look at the overall trends.  There were some obvious ones like lace and tulle dresses, and then some more subtle detailing such as peplums and modesty.  Here’s Part I of WeddingWire’s Bridal Market Trend Report:


Brides looking for that walking on a cloud feeling will have no shortage of wedding dresses made partly or completely of tulle.  From full ball gown skirts to pleated bodices, designers showed wedding dresses in a variety of silhouettes with this soft and delicate fabric.

Wedding Dress by Badgley Mischka


A number of designers showed wedding dresses with a peplum – a ruffle that flares out from the waist.  Peplums were very popular in the 1980s in both ready-to-wear and formal wear.  There were a number of variations of a peplum including a variety of fabrics, asymmetrical designs and embellishments on them.

Wedding Dress by Amsale
{Photo Credit Dan Lecca}


The royal wedding was cited as inspiration at a number of shows and of the royal inspired gowns they showed a mix of lace, sleeves and high necks.  If you look at photos of royal brides — Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Grace Kelly — all of their gowns had long sleeves and a high neckline.  Fashion writers are assuming Kate Middleton’s wedding dress will follow the lead of previous princess brides.

Wedding Dress by Romona Keveza Legends
{Photo Credit Dan Lecca}

Tiered Skirts

Skirts are no longer straight to the hem.  Designers are adding dimension to a skirt’s silhouette whether it’s ball gown, a-line or fit to flare.  Tiered skirts can have 2, 3 or more tiers and were shown with embellishments on the hem of each skirt or with a clean front.

Wedding Dress by Sophia Tolli/Mon Cheri


Lace is probably the most classic of all wedding dress fabrics and very popular with brides looking for that Grace Kelly look — remember Ivanka Trump’s Vera Wang wedding gown?  She cited Princess Grace as inspiration for her wedding dress.  Many designers featured lace gowns or gowns with lace appliques.

Wedding Dress by St. Pucchi

Remember that the wedding dresses shown at Bridal Market in April will start arriving in bridal salons in September/October, however some salons will have special trunk shows over the summer with these dresses.   To find out about trunk shows in your area visit designer and bridal salon web sites for a schedule. Or check Wedding Wire’s events page for trunk show dates and designer appearances in your area.

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Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2011 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.