Five Fabulous looks from Anna Maier-Ulla-Maija

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 21, 2011

Known for amazing construction, the Spring 2012 Anna Maier-Ulla-Maija collection was comprised of sheaths and ballgowns with a careful attention to detail. Inspired by “moods” the designer explained that he thought about various moods surrounding the feeling and meaning of romance when designing each of the 15 gowns in the collection. Here are five that enhanced our mood:

Bubble Hem: While the lines on the bodices are very flattering, it’s the bubble hem of the full skirts that caught our eye. A popular design element over the last few years, the bubble hem makes a skirt look fuller and is a nice alternative to the traditional straight-edged hem.

Pink Underlay: The number one alternate color to white and ivory this season was white — we’re sure we won’t be the only ones with a Pretty in Pink editorial story this season. This soft white reengineered French floral lace is over a pale pink double charmeuse fluted undergown.

Rosegold: Embellishing this tea-length ballgown is a rosegold lochrosen embroidery. A chic alternative for the bride who likes and wants pink but not an all-over pink gown.

Lace: The most traditional wedding dress fabric, these two lace gowns are light and airy while still being constructed in a way that gives structure to the dress.

Illusion Back: Show off your sexy back while still being modest with an illusion back detail. The back of this gown has Chantilly lace with a three-button closure.

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Five Fabulous Looks from Blush

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 21, 2011

Initially launched to be the go-to line for destination wedding dresses, Blush has evolved to a collection of dresses for any wedding setting. This season’s mix of light and airy fabrics — lace, organza — can easily be seen on a beach or in a ballroom. Here are five details we loved:

Metallic Sheen: Two gowns, a fit-to-flare silhouette and ball gown, both featured a sheen lace which gave both dresses a nice shine as it moved down the runway and through the lights.

LBD: Assuming this fun and flirty little black dress is for a bridesmaid, we loved the mini, flirty skirt and the pairing of it with hot pink pumps. We recommend letting your girls have some fun and showing off their own personal style on your wedding day. With your final approval of course.

Veils: The Fleur cotton lace trim on this veil matches the bodice of the dress, but that’s not why it made our hit list. We like the idea of a trim on a veil and think this over-sized pattern is different than the usual delicate trim we see on the runway. A nice option for a beach wedding.

Over-sized Lace: And speaking of lace, a definite trend of the season, the Fleur cotton lace on this fit-to-flare gown is younger and more casual than Chantilly and Alencon, and a nice alternative to a bride looking for a youthful gown but with traditional elements.

3-D Flowers: Another runway trend, this sculpted fit-to-flare gown features an asymmetrical neckline with two large floral embellishments. Another detail to note is the draping on this gown, which will flatter a bride’s curves.

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Five Fabulous Looks from Alvina Valenta

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 21, 2011

In what I think was her most stunning collection to date, designer Jessica Williams created a group of romantic and dreamy gowns for Spring 2012. Voluminous skirts, lace detailing and illusion necklines were some of the design elements she used. And in addition to wedding dresses the collection included a handful of stylish looks for bridesmaids too. Here are five looks we loved:

Dreamy Gowns: The finale dress tops our list of five favorites. This ivory, one-shoulder tulle ball gown has a Chantilly lace bodice and a tulle illusion overlay. The tiered tulle skirt is edged with horsehair, this season’s trimming must-have.

Illusion Capes: When one thinks of a cape the image of Little Red Riding Hood’s heavy outerwear comes to mind, but Williams designed the reverse. For modesty and coverage, not the elements, she showed two tulle capes, one adorned with crystals and the other with lace.

Metallic: A detail that comes and goes with each passing market season, silver and gold accents were not as popular as they were in past years, but these two gowns featuring silver jacquard on the bodice (left) and silver metallic cashmere (right) are not overdone and are both quite elegant designs for a formal or more casual affair. And while I’m assuming the short one is for a bride it works as a bridesmaid dress too.

Asymmetrical Detailing: Seen on a number of bridal gowns this season, the asymmetrical detailing on the bodice comes over a sweetheart neckline and is paired with a floor-length trumpet skirt.

Small Peplum: Last season and the one before featured a lot of gowns with large and oversized peplums. This fluted gown features a smaller one extending from the jeweled bodice. And we just love the pale candlelight color too.

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Five Fabulous Looks from Monique Lhuillier

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 20, 2011

Expected to be one of the highlights of the weekend, Monique Lhuillier didn’t disappoint with 25 stunning gowns. The designer created what she calls a ‘floral fantasy’ with a ‘featherweight quality’ to ‘dreamy and romantic’ gowns. Here are a few we’re sure you’ll love too:

The Half-Slit: Many designers showed some leg this season, and while most slits started about mid-thigh, Lhuillier kept things a little more modest with a slit that began right above the knee. And while I think the high slit looks amazing on a lot of gowns we saw some ceremony venues may not allow such a sexy, aka revealing, design.

Stamped Fabric: Can you see the rose imprint in this fabric? Not the three-dimensional rose in the hand-tufted skirt but the letterpress-like pattern? I’ve never seen that type of fabric before, and if I have it wasn’t as memorable as this design. The fabric was used in this ball gown and a modified trumpet-gown.

Draped Bodice: Wow, this dress is unbelievable, and if you want to show off your fabulous figure than this is the dress to do it in. The asymmetrical draped bodice with elongated torso has a trumpet skirt and portrait neckline.

The Kate Effect: While Kate Middleton’s wedding dress did spark a few copycat designs right after her wedding to Prince William they were not on the runway this season. The inspiration many designers found from the Duchess’ McQueen gown were arm coverage and creative ways to add coverage to a wedding dress. Some designers added a type of sleeve and others a type of cover-up. This gown features a tulle coverlet embroidered with crystals. As a coverlet I’m assuming it’s removable, but I don’t know for sure.

Lace on Horsehair: You may not know this but Monique Lhuillier came to fame years ago with her corseted gowns with a sash at the waist and this modern interpretation of her original best selling design is quite unique. Several gowns in the collection featured a horsehair sash with bow at the waist with the ends of the sash appliqued with lace. A very modern design, but yet timeless too.

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Five Fabulous Looks from Reem Acra

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 20, 2011

Declaring that laser cut gowns, hand-crafted in sheer organza tulle, are the new lace Reem Acra showed a collection of layered gowns creating an “air of lightness” as well as texture. And while ivory and white were the fabric colors of choice, the designer also used tulle embroidered with translucent paillettes and pearls creating a ‘transparent fabric.’ Take a look at some of the stunning designs by Reem Acra:

Transparency is the New White: This “Just Divine” gown is the perfect example of Acra’s transparent fabrics. Tulle “straps” on the front bodice extend over the back and to the waist and is embellished with small crystals.

3-D Flowers: One of the season’s popular design elements this fit and flare gown is adorned with three-dimensional silk organza flowers.

Patterned Embellishments: Instead of a scattered pattern for beaded embellishments Acra created a unique design on this fit and flare gown with cap sleeves and cascading ruffles.

Show Some Leg: Brides who want to show off their sexy legs should check out this translucent tulle embroidered draped gown. Remember when your feet are showing you need to accessorize your look with a killer pair of shoes.

Draping: Without beading, lace, embroidery or other embellishments Acra draped the silk satin faced chiffon fabric on this gown creating beautiful and flattering lines.

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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 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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