Not your momma’s wedding gown, or is it?

Hello my spring chickens,

Many of you know I work for the most amazing bridal and special occasion shop on earth, Bella Sera Bridal & Lorraine Roy in Danvers, MA. Because of this, it is my nature to love all things bridal fashion, and today I’d like to dedicate this blog to what is “new” in the wedding-fashion-world. Now, of course we know that design elements in fashion are rarely “new.” Every bit of fashion comes in and out over the years again and again, and the same is true for bridal fashion.

LACE: what’s old is new again. While lace isn’t technically “new,” it has been THE fabric that most brides are looking for lately. From soft Chantilly lace to Alencon lace, this fabric is EVERYWHERE, and in every designer’s collection for 2013! Here are some of my favorite gorgeous gowns from Bella Sera Bridal:

Martina Liana, 423, wedding gown, Parisian lace, swarovski crystals,

Martina Liana 423. Soft sweetheart column gown with vintage Parisian lace fine detail. Lightly beaded with clear Swarovski crystals and finished with sweep train.

Venice lace, Allure C226, raised neckline wedding gown, dramatic v back, chapel train,

Allure Couture C226 – This fitted slim gown in all-over Venice lace features a beautiful raised neckline with a dramatic v-shaped back. A chapel length train and covered buttons complete this elegant style.

SLEEVES & BATEAU NECKLINES: simple, sexy and elegant. It is almost impossible for me to talk about lace without mentioning cap sleeves and bateau front necklines. When I first came onto the bridal scene in 2010 EVERYTHING was strapless, and today this just isn’t the case – thank you Princess Kate. Small capsleeves covering just a bit of the shoulder, illusion 3/4 sleeves or a full covereage boat-neck front with a plunging v-back, you will no longer be tired of seeing “everyone in strapless!” The designers that Bella Sera Bridal carries are not immune to this design phenomenon – we are getting more and more of these gowns in each season:

cap sleeve, sheer coverage, low v back

Casablanca Bridal 2110. Beaded lace appliqués sewn on tulle over Silky Satin. The bateau front neckline is built up with cap sleeves for sheer coverage. The sheer beaded lace continues to a low “V” tank back.

Paloma Blanca 4354. Silk Dupioni gown with lace cap sleeves and key-hole back.

Paloma Blanca 4354. Silk Dupioni gown with lace cap sleeves and key-hole back.

Justin Alexander 8630. Sabrina sleeveless alencon lace neckline, lace drop waist, circular cut tulle with floating appliques, v back neckline, with buttons over back zipper, chapel length train.

Justin Alexander 8630. Sabrina sleeveless alencon lace neckline, lace drop waist, circular cut tulle with floating appliques, v back neckline, with buttons over back zipper, chapel length train.

I found this gorgeous picture of a 1950’s bride – notice any similarities?

1950's lace, cap-sleeve, full-skirt wedding gown

1950’s lace, cap-sleeve, full-skirt wedding gown

PEPLUM: a favorite design element of mine. Peplum’s are so old they are new again, and you bet I’m thrilled. I’ve been talking and talking about peplums in my blogs for a while, and nothing made me happier when the first peplum wedding gown showed up at Bella Sera Bridal. While I don’t think peplums are as popular as lace or sleeves in wedding gowns, I believe this is just a YET. They are so flattering it is no wonder why this 1960’s look is back 53 years later:

Essense of Australia D1440. This lovely fit and flare silhouette of Luxe Taffeta features ruching at the bust and ruffles of taffeta on the skirt and chapel train, and detachable peplum.

Essense of Australia D1440. This lovely fit and flare silhouette of Luxe Taffeta features ruching at the bust and ruffles of taffeta on the skirt and chapel train, and detachable peplum.

This is the 1960’s version. A little different than today’s updated, more sleek look, but the peplum detail was there!

1960's peplum gown with Chantilly lace bodice features a scalloped neckline with aurora borealis sequins over a sweetheart neckline.

1960’s peplum gown with Chantilly lace bodice features a scalloped neckline with aurora borealis sequins over a sweetheart neckline.

There are so many amazing things I could discuss about wedding gowns; each gown truly has something special about it. Bridal styles come and go, and we never know what or who will influence the next trend!

For all my eternal brides out there (like me), remember to flatter yourself today!

Xoxo,
Tara

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