You may not know a peplum from a pepperoni, but as a New Yorker, you want your wedding dress to reflect your home’s savvy style. Yet, in a city that never sleeps, fashion is constantly evolving. So what trends will fashion-forward, Big-Apple brides boast in 2014? We consulted the experts:
Styles and silhouettes
Up-to-date wives-to-be prefer a look that is less traditional and more glamorous.
“Brides are starting to steer away from the classic big ballroom gown with lots of ruching,” says Mona Sharaf, a New York-based personal shopper and image consultant.
“They want form-fitting evening gowns with a lot less embellishment.”
Art Deco-style dresses that reflect the 1920s and ’30s embody this trend with their geometric beading and seaming, slim and fluid silhouettes, and low-cut backs with a dash of Great-Gatsby glamour.
“Modern brides like a bit of bling and sparkle that’s done in an Old Hollywood rather than a ‘princess-y’ way,” explains designer Rebecca Schoneveld who opened the Brooklyn-based Rebecca Schoneveld Design Studio in 2013.
Clingy, bias-cut silks and satins often play a major role in trendy gowns. Yet, sporting the slinky material requires a certain amount of confidence.
“Bias-cut satin is not for the faint of heart or someone who doesn’t love the body she has,” warns Schoneveld.
Beaded lace, however, is more forgiving while offering the same Jean-Harlow allure.
“The lace tends to camouflage and the seaming is really flattering on all sorts of body shapes,” says Schoneveld.
Sleeves and necklines
Strapless gowns have long been — and still are — a bridal-boutique staple, but sleeved styles are currently undergoing a Renaissance. Flowing bell sleeves are beginning to burgeon, as are cap sleeves, which literally “cap” the shoulder with their width that is wider than a strap but narrower than a short sleeve. And thanks to Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress, long and lace sleeves are very fashionable.
“I love the trend of longer lace sleeves,” says Schoneveld. “Especially for fall and winter weddings.”
Schoneveld has also noticed that necklines are rising. In fact, many of her clients want a sheer lace top, which gives a dress an illusion v- or bateau- (boat) neckline.
“You still get the flattering fit of a strapless bustier with the illusion neckline,” says Schoneveld. “But with the comfort and design detail of a higher neckline.”
Wedding dresses used to come in just two shades: white and ivory. But today, colors like blush, very light blue, yellow, and champagne are also marching down the aisle.
“Many times brides are surprised how much they like these colors once they put them on,” says. Schoneveld.
So don’t dismiss that pale pink dress without trying it on first.
Marrying timelessness with trends
Perhaps you like some of the latest trends, but not all of them appeal to you. If this is the case, be a true New Yorker by allowing fashion to inspire rather than dictate your personal style, such as embracing an A-line cut dress with a bateau neckline.
And keep in mind that a classic bridal look is always a win.
“I believe a bride should look like a bride,” says Sharaf. “Whether it’s a big ballroom gown, a long train, a lace veil, or simply a tiara, the bride should stand out from the crowd.”
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