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Bridal Market 2015

That’s a Wrap…Bridal Market 2015

 

This season’s bridal market closed on a sad note, with the passing of legendary designer and runway staple, Oscar de la Renta just a few weeks after the last wedding dress made its runway debut. Mr. De la Renta’s trademark and perhaps most memorable work is that which accentuated the female figure. Known as a designer who creates with the woman in mind, his overall aesthetic of glamour, femininity, and classic beauty is one that will live on for years and in the highly coveted pieces he made for first ladies and red carpet starlets, alike. No stranger to the bridal market, he created some of the most photographed and memorable gowns for Vogue editors, Hillary Clinton’s mother-of-the bride dress, and our recently featured celeb video featuring Kate Bosworth and her dream date with the designer, creating her stunning wedding gown. The list goes on and on, and while we look forward at this season’s most enviable looks, we pay homage to one of the ultimate giants of the industry.
This Bridal Market was all about dream-like creations from the ethereal to the modern- princess. Light, wispy fabric with texture and movement, intricate laser cut details, and light yet still ornate beading that can only be done by hand. Some of these gowns are so special, we think an entire wedding could be planned around them. Here are a look at a few of our favorites.

Marchesa: Showing all of us that indeed, the long sleeve trend is no longer just that. The new intricate lace details and silhouette lace neckline add even more allure to the once traditional look. The delicate tulle skirt makes this look the new tradition for the modern fashion bride.

 

Badgley Mischka: Opulent, ornate detailing and surprise cutouts like the back of this dress ruled the runway. The pops of gold jeweling brought in a new, richer hue for the season ahead, somewhat mimicing the trend of opulent, regal that was worn by Jessica Simpson at her wedding when she wore custom Carolina Herrera. The look is perfect for Fall and Winter brides looking to channel a warmer, and certainly Royal Wedding look.

Reem Acra: With the delicate bodices made of the finest, thinnest materials, Reem Acra had sweet and natural elements on her mind when designing this collection. That’s why it should come as no surprise that she showed floral head pieces and darling crowns of foliage casting a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” vibe on the whole show. We look forward to seeing plenty of Spring brides incorporating florals into their hair looks as well.

Another stunning showing of the finest bridal wear on Earth. We can’t wait to see how so man of these looks are interpreted for real life Brides on their biggest day. For now, we love the new trends and can’t wait for even more. As always, stay glued to the blog for the best of the rest…

The Recycled Bride

Have you ever thought of selling your wedding dress? For some, the mere thought actually gives them heart palpitations, but for others, the day is done and the attachment is gone: why not make some money by selling the gown? Currently, there are a few sites that specialize in selling your dress for you and for many brides at up to 70% of what you paid!

Typically, according to Preownedweddingdresses.com, most gowns will resell for at least half of the original price of the gown.  Depending on condition and ability to alter or change to perfectly fit the new owner, these gowns are a great way to make some money after your big day and also a way for new brides to have a dress that may have previously been out of their price range when it was brand new. For eco- friendly brides, there is also a large recycling sentiment to buying a used dress.  Some even consider it their something new and something old.

Junko Yoshioka Estee

We have read all over some of the things modern brides are doing when they sell their gowns.  For some, it comes down to recouping some of the expense of their dream wedding, while for others, it is a way to clean house and treat themselves to something new they can actually wear again.  One bride we spoke to decided to sell her Vera Wang gown and buy a gorgeous piece of jewelry to commemorate the day.  Every time she wears it (everyday!) she thinks of all the wonderful memories her marriage has brought to her life. The trend continues with brides gifting their grooms with luxe watches with beautiful inscriptions and in other ways like treating yourself to a surprise anniversary trip to mark a year of marriage.

Vera Wang Eliza

Many brides are still unsettled about whether they could actually part with their gown. We are totally on the fence! On one hand,  there is nothing more romantic and traditional than saving your dress for your daughter’s wedding or being able to hang it beautifully in your closet to see amongst your other clothes as a reminder of your personal style and the most fabulous dress you might own. To the contrary, we kind of love the modern idea of using the dress as a catalyst for something new in your married life. Either way, the dress will always live on forever in your wedding photographs and can we seen at anytime just by glancing through your albums.