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Bridal gowns bloom with embellished skirts and unusual colors
By Heather Warlick
| Published: June 11, 2012
Love is in the air.
It's June, and wedding season is going strong. This year's most popular gowns are in full bloom as beautiful elaborate skirts emerge as one of the strongest new trends in bridal designs.
The skirts are embellished with beading, crystals, rosettes, laser-cut organza, layers of lace and voluminous tulle.
“This year, it's all about texture,” said Rhonda Davis, owner of Moliere Bridal, 800 NW 50. “Big fluffy textured skirts, floral, beading, anything to emphasize the bottom of the dress.”
While Oklahoma brides tend to be more conservative and traditional in their choices of bridal attire, Oklahoma City wedding gown designer Meg Guess said local brides still find ways to personalize their gowns. Guess' gowns are available at Meg Guess Couture Bridal Shop, 1227 N Walker.
“We see brides choosing either a traditional silhouette with a touch of modern details or a modern, sleek shape with traditional lace or silk fabrics,” Guess said. “I enjoy pairing fabrics together that are not typical in bridal while creating a classic silhouette.”
Her new line of gowns is called Harper Henry and is a new take on romance featuring a collection of couture bridal gowns, Guess said.
“It strikes the delicate balance between chic, fashion-forward pieces and timeless elegance.”
The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton had a modest impact on the style choices of Oklahoma brides, Davis said. Inspired by Kate's spectacular gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, some Oklahoma brides are opting for wedding gowns with sleeves — either long or cap. Some gowns accommodate this trend by incorporating a little jacket with the dress that can easily be removed to change the look, Davis said.
“The designers knew that the royal wedding was going to influence brides to want sleeves,” she said.
Another strong trend this season is colors in bridal gowns — not pinks or purples, mind you, but shades of Champagne, blush, cafe, ivory, oyster and pearl. Davis said she's even ordered a black gown for a bride.
“No more do you see brides in just a white dress,” Davis said. Diamond white is a perfect alternative to stark white because it adds a little sheen.
Brides today are stepping away from fitted and mermaid style dresses and returning to traditional, timeless ballgown and princess styles, often modified by a drop waist and a closer fit at the hip, like Kate's Chantilly lace gown. Lace is a classic fabric that brides still love, Guess said, and she loves to combine special materials and fun accents such as Swarovski crystals, pure silk fabrics, French lace and Italian silk tulle.