We are nearing a new year, and a new season of bridal gowns! It’s time to share some of the 2016 wedding fashion trends that we spotted this fall at NY Bridal Fashion week and that we expect to make their way to the bridal boutiques of NC!
SB&G has adopted an annual pilgrimage to the city for bridal market (always a quick whirlwind trip in the middle of production season). From big trade show events, to private appointments, to runway presentations, this is where all of the upcoming season’s looks are revealed, so it’s the best event of the year to see what’s still hot, what’s new, and what’s out in wedding fashion.
For the second year in a row, Riley of Riley MacLean Photography joined me to capture images of our favorite looks. Our mission was to visit some of our SB&G Preferred Bridal Salons‘ top designers, so we could share some of the styles that will soon be making their way to NC.
Today, we are showing some of the trends we noticed. We hope you’ll see some looks that catch your eye for your own walk down the aisle. Noted below each photo is the NC bridal boutique where you can find the designer. NY International Bridal Week is a huge trade show production where hundreds of bridal gown designers set up displays and showcase their new fashions for retailers. We spent a bit of time there on our quick trip to NY and found Maggie and Kirsten from Coastal Knot Bridal (located in Wilmington and Shallotte, NC) at the Amsale Nouvelle booth!
SEPARATES & CONVERTIBLE DRESSES
This year, designers are pushing the limits with dresses that serves as two-in-one. So, if you don’t feel like you can be defined by one straightforward bridal style, no problem!
We predict that Martina’s separates will be a huge hit for NC fashionistas. Mix n’ match bodices with the skirt that perfectly becomes you! Martina Liana (above) is carried by Lana Addison Bridal in Cary, and Coastal Knot in Wilmington, NC.
A detachable train is an easy way to change your look from soft at your ceremony to ravishing at your reception! Blue Willow by Anne Barge (above) is carried by Tre Bella Bridal in Durham.
We absolutely adore the look of a sheer overskirt beneath a sheath gown. This look can achieve edge or ultimate romance.
This runway shot allows you to get an idea of how this gorgeous gown flows – a fitted silhouette is accented by a delicate, flowing lace. Anna Maier is a couture collection that is carried in NC by Nitsa’s Apparel – located in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, NC.
This overskirt can be embraced all night or shed for the dance party! Blue Willow is carried by Tre Bella Bridal in Durham.
This stunner from Amsale features a full skirt in sheer lace. Find Amsale at Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem or Charlotte.
RENAISSANCE OF ROMANCE
Once again this year, we are seeing designers inspired by the fashions of yesteryear, especially the glamorous eras of the 20s and 30s. And why not take the best elements from each decade and bring them back? Some looks are simply timeless.Adrianna Papell is a very popular line and their Gatsby-era inspired gowns such as the ones above are perfect for bridesmaids. Letting your gals choose the style they like best is a great way to go, and the dresses will surely be used again at a cocktail affair! Find this collection at Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh.
Amy Kuschel‘s newest collection pays homage to the past. The dresses above are throwbacks to the 20s era, and the collection takes a journey through each decade through to the 1970s. Of course, the gowns still have a modern flair and flattering fits. Discover Amy Kuschel in NC at Lana Addison Bridal.
Lace is no longer reserved for the traditional bride. Today, wedding dress design houses bring us a wide array of lace patterns from delicate to daring.
This eclectic lace pattern makes this strapless Martina Liana gown less “old school” and a little more rock star! Find gowns by Martina Liana in NC at Lana Addison and Coastal Knot.Modern Trousseau‘s new collection features loads of lace in varying styles. One of the most appealing things about this designer is that they are quite flexible in allowing brides to mix styles, such as their favorite lace pattern. Find Modern Trousseau at Tre Bella Bridal.
Amy Kuschel is a great example of a designer who believes there is a lace for every bride. She uses patterns that range from whimsical to elegant to preppy. Find Amy Kuschel at Lana Addison Bridal in Cary, NC.
FROM FRONT TO BACK
The best part about today’s wedding fashion is that every inch of the bride is considered. Gone are the days of being stuck with only strapless gown options (although they are still a-plenty if that’s the shape that fits you best). Designs no longer stops at the bustline – the details reserved for the décolletage, sleeves, and most importantly, the backs, have become the pinnacle of wedding gown design.
The three Anna Maier gowns above showcase the high fashion look for today’s weddings – lots of lace, sensual netting, and eye-catching back design. Anna Maier is carried by Nitsa’s Apparel.
This gown has a little bit of everything romantic – a full skirt, sheer back with buttons, and lace from top to bottom! Blue Willow is available at Tre Bella Bridal.
Amsale is always the perfect demonstration of timeless elegance, even as her designs are always contemporary. Find Amsale at Nitsa’s Apparel.
And yet another completely different way to wear lace! These bell sleeves and sweet lace pattern are perfect for a boho bride. Eugenia Couture is carried by Tre Bella Bridal.An open back is very chic in current fashion, and a touch of bling takes it to the next level! Martina Liana is carried by Coastal Knot and Lana Addison Bridal.
All Photographs by Riley MacLean Photography