Chicago Bridal Market Favorites (Part 2)

Posted by Kim on Apr 11, 2012

Yesterday, I shared several of my favorite gowns from the recent Chicago Bridal Market. Now it’s time for Part Two!

Gown by Essense of Australia; photo by Belen Aquino

Sleeves, glorious sleeves. We’re so glad they’ve made their comeback. And this gown by Essense of Australia was one of our favorite examples from Chicago. Love the blush shade, the romantic feel, the illusion neckline – it’s just a fantastic dress. And – bonus! – the sleeves are fully removable so the dress can turn into a strapless look for the reception!

Chicago Bridal Market Favorites (Part 1)

Posted by Kim on Apr 10, 2012

Before we get into full New York Bridal Market mode (our coverage starts this weekend!), I just wanted to share a few of my favorite dresses from Chicago Bridal Market. Okay, it’s more than a few. So many that I had to break this post up into two parts. These dresses will be in stores in a few months; let us know in the comments if you fall in love with any of these!

Dress by Encore by Watters; Photo by Belen Aquino

If you’re looking for a LWD (that’s Little White Dress) for your City Hall or informal wedding, reception, or rehearsal dinner, we’re huge fans of Watters’ brand-new Encore collection. I mean, could this dress be any cuter? And, it hits so many trends – illusion neckline, sleeves, lace, etc.

Chicago Bridal Market Recap (Bridesmaid Edition)

Posted by Kim on Apr 02, 2012

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the bridesmaids! At last week’s Chicago Bridal Market, we spotted the latest bridesmaid dress trends – look out for these dress styles at a boutique near you.

Sleeves Kate Middleton’s wedding dress helped kick off the sleeve trend last season, but we had yet to see many bridesmaid styles that featured arm coverage. Happily, designers seem to be getting the hint and provided several styles with sleeves.

Dresess (from left): Bari Jay, House of Wu

Lace Lace wedding dresses have been a mainstay, well, forever. But we’re finally seeing this feminine fabrication transition over to bridesmaid dresses. Whether it’s adorning the bodice, skirt, or the whole shebang, we’re glad to see lace in this context.

Dresses (from left): Liz Fields, Watters

One-Shoulder Sheaths  Looking for a style that all of your bridesmaids can wear? Loose-fitting, one-shoulder sheath dresses were all over the runways – and they’re the rare type of dress that can work on most body types (and they look really comfortable, too!). To add a little shape, add a fun belt to cinch in the waist.

Dresses (from left): Bari Jay, Forever Yours, House of Wu

Check back tomorrow for our favorite dresses from Chicago Bridal Market!

Chicago Bridal Market Recap (Part 2)

Posted by Kim on Mar 30, 2012

Yesterday, we shared several of the top trends from Chicago Bridal Market. And today, we have a few more for your consideration. Again, many apologies for the poor photography quality – professional shots coming soon!

Showing (The Right Amount of) Leg At New York Bridal Market a few months ago, super-high slits were all the rage – think dramatic and Angelina Jolie-worthy. The designers at Chicago Market presented gam-baring looks as well, but kept things a little tamer, showing just the right amount of leg, but not too over-the-top.

Gowns (from left): Maggie Sottero, Wtoo Brides

Thinking Pink While gold was definitely the hot color of the season, we did see several pink gowns hit the runways. We’re happy to report that designers aren’t shying away from this hue, and the pinks seemed a bit more vibrant, less pale, than we’ve seen in the past. If you’re looking to stay away from the ol’ white dress, pink can be a very flattering choice on many skin tones.

Gowns (from left): Maggie Sottero, Mary's Bridal

Removable Trains The whole “two-dress-in-one” trend has been going on for a while now, but we loved seeing lots of options on the Chicago runways, including some really cool removable skirt layers and trains. It’s an easy way to switch up your look from ceremony to reception without buying a whole new dress.

Gowns (from left): Impression Bridal, Mary's Bridal, Essense of Australia

Ribbon Trim Ruffles There is no doubt, ruffles are the new pick-ups when it comes to skirt treatments. This season, we saw lots of designers trimming the tiers of ruffles with ribbon detail, which helps provide more definition and texture to the look.

Gowns (from left): Mori Lee, Impression Bridal, Maggie Sottero

Are you a fan of these trends? Let us know in the comments! And check back next week for the top trends in bridesmaid dresses – and some of our all-around favorite gowns!

Chicago Bridal Market Recap (Part 1)

Posted by Kim on Mar 29, 2012

This week, we got a sneak peek of the newest, hot-off-the-runway gowns at Chicago Bridal Market. Even after just one day, we spotted some trends that will be headed to a bridal salon near you very soon (apologies for the less-than-stellar photography – otherwise known as me and my iPhone and years-old camera – we’ll have professional shots shortly!).

Solid Gold Nearly every designer showed off at least one gown in a shade of gold, proving that wedding gowns don’t have to be white (or off-white, or diamond white…). Gold is such a rich, universally flattering shade, we hope to see more brides rocking this metallic hue.

Gowns (from left): Essense of Australia, Mori Lee, Watters

Raw-Edged Skirts Chelsea Clinton’s Vera Wang wedding gown is a prime example of this technique, which gives a gown a modern, almost deconstructed feel. We love the unique draping, and a raw-edged skirt’s movement – it’s very fashion-forward and chic.

Gowns (from left): Impression Bridal, Wtoo, Maggie Sottero

Illusion Necklines Yes, strapless is still the most popular neckline around, but we’re happy to report that illusion necklines are making a major comeback, creating a classic, feminine look on any gown. It’s amazing what a little bit of sheer fabric can do.

Gowns (from left): Maggie Sottero, Casablanca Bridal, Essense of Australia

Beaded Cropped Jackets For a few seasons now, designers have been offering more and more coverage options for strapless wedding dresses. This season in Chicago, we saw more of these little cropped jackets (they almost look like beaded shirts) – a nice coverage options for those looking for a more modest, though no less glamorous, look.

Gowns (from left): David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Mori Lee

Stay tuned: We’ll have more trends from both Chicago and New York bridal markets in the days and weeks to come.