Trends From NYC Bridal Market 2012

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So my little chickadees. For the past few days, NYC has been abuzz with the bridal collections shown for 2013 at Bridal Market 2012.

And the nice thing about seeing all those collections over the course of three days is that trends get easy to spot. Here are a few that are making the news in bridal this week.

Statement Headpieces. The bridal runways had lots of drama up top with headpieces like this one from Reem Acra featuring bandeaux, or large fascinators. If you love a great headpiece, this is going to be the season for you.

Illusions. While there’s still plenty of strapless being shown, more and more gowns are featuring straps, sleeves, and illusion overlays, like this gorgeous gown from Lazaro. Whether decorated in lace, jewels, sequins, or left plain, illusion is a big story right now in bridal.

Soft/subtle color. After a couple seasons where designers vied for stronger and stronger colors, this soft moss green gown by Claire Pettibone was one of the strongest colored on the runways. Even Vera Wang showed all white this time. But fear not, colorful gals! For those who like a dash of color, it’s still to be found in more subtle hues and smaller dashes. Most of the color was in the pastel range and limited to either a bit of embroidery, a belt or sash. All the same, color is not going away anytime soon.

Lace Overlays. As illustrated by this gown from Alfred Angelo’s new Disney collection, lace is on top as bridal gown decoration.

The great thing, though, is that there is plenty of variety being shown. Long and short, mermaid and ballgown, strapless to long sleeves, ruffled or sleek, even prints! If you’ve been dreaming of it in a wedding gown, chances are somebody showed it.

And as I like to say, trends aren’t orders. If you don’t love what’s in the salons, seek alternatives. Find the gown of your dreams and wear it with joy.

That’s how to be a beautiful bride.

One Response to “Trends From NYC Bridal Market 2012”

  1. Anna says:

    I love pastels this season. While the neon trend was super fun and a great way to achieve an attention-getting and over-the-top look, pastels and softer hues resurfacing reminds me of the old, classic wedding pictures I have in frames all around my house. Beautiful.