Wedding Dress Trends for Next Season

Written by    Last updated: May 26, 2012

What’s new in the world of wedding dresses? Wedding fashion guru Carol Richardson visited the White Gallery for Confetti this week – a beautiful show full of the best of bridal fashion. Wowed by all the new styles in a series of sleek fashion catwalks and presentations, we can reveal what the most modern brides will be wearing in 2013…

It’s a time of pure glamour, taking inspiration from the red carpet, re-working classic trends with modern fabrics and styling. Beauty heroines from Grace Kelly and Jackie O to Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor become a touchpoint for many of the designers, showcasing looks from bygone eras and taking influence from around the world.

Lace is everywhere still, used as an overlay or on a beaded bodice or sleeve. Its versatility means it can be demure and ladylike, or sexy and sheer, and it appears on dresses, accessories and the latest must-have for the season: a lacy, embellished shrug, cape or dreamy cover-up.

Stephanie Allin Bridal Gowns 2013

All gowns by Stephanie Allin

From seventies-style knife pleats in crisp silk or soft chiffon, to fifties style knee length swing skirts, there is a feminine and romantic spirit to 2013. Sheer, long sleeves make a comeback, and vintage details from Peter Pan collars to light-as-air trains that add volume to a slim column gown abound.

Stephanie Allin Bridal Gowns 2013

All gowns by Stephanie Allin

The focus is on the female shape, with waistlines highlighted by sashes, flat bows and sculpted designs, following the contours of the body and creating a flattering look with subtle corsetry and clever cuts. Debutante styles were glimpsed, with ladylike sixties style shifts, prom-styles with masses of tulle underskirts, and matching accessories.

Stephanie Allin Bridal Gowns 2013

All gowns by Stephanie Allin

Artistry abounds, with sumptuous detailing from intricate beadwork to sweet covered buttons, most often cascading down the back to add interest, delicate sparkle, and feathered edges. The recently ubiquitous strapless gown is not so prominent, in preference for detail at the décolletage, from illusion necklines in lace or tulle, to cowls and oversized collars.

Colours are soft and pastel hued, with oyster pink appearing as a detail, whether in a sash, bow or floral corsage, or as a simple slip beneath an intricate lace design. Now is the time to celebrate your femininity, to accentuate your womanly curves, while exploring the spirit of the past in the most modern creations of today.

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