My thoughts and prayers go out to the town of Newtown, Ct and the all of the families who lost a loved one on December 14, 2012. Your pure selflessness, innocence and heroism will forever be in my mind and heart.
I always find myself making predictions for the New Year and enjoying the outcomes later on. With Chicago’s Wedding Season starting in March/April, I thought predicting for Spring/Summer 2013 would be fun. I started at Amsale.com. My favorite bridal gown designer. Her collections are so simplistic but have hints of elegance and sophistication. These are the dress styles I am absolutely sure you will see in one way or another Spring/Summer 2013
Lace is always a favorite of mine. While it is not flattering on me or match my design taste, when someone who can rock lace wears it- it is beyond stunning. Lace has always played a part in Wedding gowns but most recently been seen in higher profile weddings (The Royal Wedding) My favorite was Nicole Richie’s Wedding Dress! Marchesa, inspired by the one and only Grace Kelly and a Ball Gown Skirt draped over and over in Tulle . When I think of Lace Wedding Gowns, I think of Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama.
Asymmetrical/One Shoulder gowns are extremely trendy and create a very soft but seductive neck-line. I really like this silk Amsale gown because of the slightly fitted bodice, flaring skirt and subtle trail. The intricate back detail is the cherry on top for this dress. I also love it without the shoulder too. I think we are going to see a lot of variations of this style with alternating skirt and bodice selections.
Peplum Inspired gowns are going to be seen most likely in a celebrity wedding or in a movie. This cut exudes elegance and demands the room it is worn in. I think we can look forward to seeing this dress with alternating neckline options as well as draping at the bottom. So many things you can do with this design and I am excited it has been incorporated into bridal fashion! Look for wedding gowns with any Peplum details (front, back , side or all around). I really love the silhouette of this dress!
Traditional Ball gowns infused with the modern and trendy asymmetrical/ one shoulder neckline. I think this style will be seen (as mentioned) above in several different ways but this one I think will be the most popular. It is an extremely feminine but still romantic and womanly gown. A bride would be able to choose from several different makeup and hair looks with this kind of dress. I think a dress like this is very complimentary to most frames and has a sense of innocence.
Romantic and Lush Skirts have always been paired with the “Princess” stereotype and I think its gotten a bad wrap. Over the past few years several designers have toned down on the “pouf” and focused more on the details. I love the dress above for the flirty and slightly poufy skirt. I think we will see a lot of dresses with simple bodices, little beadwork and a lot of detail and fabric in the skirts. I love the simplicity of this gown and how a how a few jeweled details really make the difference. My personal favorite is the Vera Wang Gown Kate Hudson wore in Bride Wars.
Intricate trails and exaggerated back details will be something that is hard to notice in 2013. A lot of gowns are going to very simple and let the back be the statement. Dresses like this one, featured in Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part One, have a very minimalistic design in front and a deep plunging design partnered with lace. A lot of Bride’s forget that the back of their dress is just as important or maybe more than the front of their gown. A majority of the wedding guests are looking at your side or back. Give them something to look at!
The Dress after the Dress is becoming more common and for good reason! It’s your day, so why not have two dresses? Exactly. The dress after the dress gives the bride a chance to show off two sides of her style, while being comfortable but still bridal. Everyone has already seen you in your Wedding Gown, so surprise everyone with a new outfit for your entrance to the reception and first dance. I am a fan of the Amsale White Ultra Mini. This dress still demands the room but in a fun & classy way. I love the bow in the front, which is new for me, because bows are NOT my thing. If there is a time and place for bows, I guess it could be your wedding day. I had to show more of my favorites of these below.
Whatever Wedding Gown you decide will look magical on you because you searched and searched and searched. Most say that their dream wedding dress was not their dream wedding dress. That they just knew when they put it on. My best advice would be to get out of your comfort zone. If you do not like the princessy styles…try a ball gown on! If you are an eclectic, bohemian type- slip on a Peplum detailed gown. Make sure you try everything and then try it again and again. Knowing what you don’t like is easy to find and more helpful than you think.
Happy Hunting and Holidays!