Fashionable Wedding Dresses
By Emily Waterfield
, last updated August 8, 2011
Every newly engaged woman’s main focus is on finding the perfect bridal gown. From early girlhood, women conjure up images of that perfect, fairytale gown that will be forever memorialized in wedding albums. But how does one choose from among so many designers and such a vast array of styles? The art to selecting a wedding dress is listening to your gut. It is not the time to experiment with a radical new style, but rather to embrace who you are and the style that has defined you.
New bridal trends that were introduced on fall runways embrace femininity and a pure romantic aesthetic. Gone are the days of traditional ball gowns and embellished satin. This season’s brides have begun to adopt gowns made in the most luxurious, ethereal fabrics, with impeccable hand-stitched tailoring, and whimsical detailing.
The first trend, brought about by Kate Middleton and the royal wedding, is long sleeved gowns. A style previously relegated to the prim and proper, sleeved dresses are now anything but. Conjuring up a mysterious aesthetic, gowns that are adorned with sleeves are sexy in the most feminine of ways. Carolina Herrera is one such designer who has whole-heartedly embraced the trend this season. Showcasing dresses with full sleeves in the most beautiful of structured silks and sheer laces, Carolina Herrera proves that refined can also be modern and chic.
The next otherworldly trend to hit fall runways is feathers. Lending a whimsical, fairytale feel to classic cut gowns, feathers are the new go-to material of the season. Giving dresses a floating quality, no other trend this season appears to be as worthy of a couture princess. Lazaro has created the most delectable of feathered gowns for fall 2011, providing brides with an excuse to indulge their childhood dreams. Light as air, while also incorporating an interesting infusion of texture, feathered dresses appear to emerge straight from fairytales.
The trumpet silhouette is another popular trend for fall among bridal designers. The ultimate in sexy, feminine shape, the fit and flare cut is for the bold bride who wants to show off her shape. The dramatic silhouette is fitted throughout the bodice, all the way to the knee, where it flares out to create an hourglass figure.
Florals are another way to incorporate 2011 runway trends into a bridal look. Designers loved adorning fitted dresses with blooming appliqués this season, creating lovely works of art that were as flirty as they were beautiful. From intricate hand beading on fitted trumpet styles to petals that protruded from ball gown skirts, floral detailing added an easy, elegant flare to the most popular gown styles.
Embellishment was also a detail that was not amiss on bridal runways. Everything from jewels to appliqués were seen encrusting bodices on every style of gown. An infusion of sparkle and shine that brides have always been drawn to, designers kept the detailing to bodices only. Natural waistlines and plain skirts were kicked up a notch with exquisite embellishment, such as pearls, crystals, and beaded creations.