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THAT dress (or should I say THOSE dresses)

Kate Middleton may well have changed wind patterns at the collective universal sigh of satisfaction at the sight of her wedding dress  – it was everything it should have been and then some.  Exquisite, simple, clean lines in only the way seriously wonderful designers seem to achieve; beautiful lace, and modest yet sexy.  Very fine indeed.  And her evening dress was just as beautiful in a similar way, minus the lace.  Well done, Princess William of Wales (and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen).

(Sorry, I don’t know who the original credit for these pictures go to – let me know if you know…)

Designer Spotlight: Ian Stuart

It suddenly struck me that I’ve never done a blog post about Ian Stuart – a stunningly good designer, he has a scary number of designer awards strewn in his wake, and his newest collection is up to his usual very excellent standard.  View the latest collection on his website » (under Revolution Rocks).   Here’s a few of my favourites (I am exceedingly fond of the lace oriental style gown):

Top 10 Wedding Dress Trends for 2011

It’s THAT time of year again – the time for donning my fashion forecasting hat (and what a dashing hat it is) to predict what the top ten trends are for the coming year in the bridal fashion world.

Here, in no particular order, are the top ten wedding dress trends for brides-to-be in 2011.

1.  Ruffles

Ruffles are something brides tend to love or hate – they’re slightly over-the-top, definitely unminimilistic and tend to swing between either being a hot trend or likened to a toilet-roll doll (remember those?).  There are some stunning ruffled gowns out there, and for the bride who wants to create impact, ruffles may be well worth a look.

From left to right:
Sarah Houston, Lucca Bride, Mia Mia Bridal

Pepe Botella, Maggie Sottero, Two by Rosa Clara

2. 1950s Style

Yep, the 1950s style influences are still in vogue – hour-glass brides all together now –  “Hooray!” 1950s chic is appearing in many designers’ collections, so hour-glass girls are spoilt for choice.  And that makes me happy.

From left to right:
Ian Stuart, Alan Hannah, Justin Alexander

Charlotte Balbier, Stephanie Allin, Paloma Blanca

3. Asymmetrical Seams

Asymmetrical seams have been around and hugely popular for a couple of years, and there’s still plenty more of that style to come – mostly because it’s highly flattering to many brides.

From left to right:
Ronald Joyce, Mark Lesley, Benjamin Roberts

Blue by Enzoani, Cymbeline, Eternity Bride

4. Flower Power

Flower detailing is everywhere at the moment, and there really is nothing more pretty or more feminine, whether you go for a skirt smothered in foliage, or just for some small detailing.

From left to right:

Pronovias, Ritva Westenius, Suzanne Ermann

Lyn Ashworth, Amanda Wyatt, Augusta Jones

5. Bows to wow

Back in the late 80’s (as a teenager), my fantasy wedding dress featured a large bow just above my butt (amongst other things I hastily add), and there are many bow adorned dresses around to satisfy my teenage desires (though actually not so much on one’s rear…).  Definitely stylish, definitely adds wow factor.

From left to right:

Jesus Peiro, Vera Wang, Alberta Ferretti

Sassi Holford, Stewart Parvin, Sharon Bowen

6. Beading Highlights

Eye-catching sparkly beading on strategic areas of your wedding gown adds je ne sais quoi to what otherwise might be a fairly plain gown, and it’s very popular right now with designers.

From left to right:

Carolina Herrera, Olivia Couture, Claire Pettibone

Kate Sherford, Sincerity Bridal, Veromia

7. Sleeves & Straps

Non-sleeveless gowns are currently having their moment in the sun – around ten years ago, any non-sleeveless designs looked distinctly lonely amongst the plethora of sleeveless wedding gowns, and any bride with untoned arms had to suck it up.  But sleeves and straps are back with a vengence, so if you want the variety that different styles of sleeves & straps provide, or don’t want the pain of endless push-ups, rejoice!

From left to right:

Domo Adami, Lee-Ann Belter, Suzanne Neville

Johanna Hehir, Amanda Wakeley, Nicole Spose

8. Flowing Greek Goddess Gowns

If you’re blessed with a fast metabolism or the determination and will to spend hours in the gym, these gowns will probably look amazing on you – made from soft, slinky, flowing fabrics, they are super-sexy.  Meanwhile, I would probably most  resemble a giant lump.

From left to right:

Ella Bridals, Elizabeth Fillmore, Marchesa

Wendy Makin, Marylise, Nicola Anne

9. Ballgowns

Super fashionable for the last couple of years, ballgowns are still hot stuff, and if you always fantasised about being a Disney princess style bride as a little girl, you can safely do so without being accused of not being up to date.

From left to right:

Madeline Isaac James, Hollywood Dreams, David Fielden

Paloma Blanca, Sophia Tolli, White Rose Bridal

10. Lace

Whether you go for lace inserts or a complete covering in lace, lace embellished wedding dresses are hot right now.  This is a favourite look of mine for sentimental reasons – both my mother and my sister got married in wedding dresses with a lace overlay and long lace sleeves.

From left to right:

San Patrick, Essense of Australia, Martiana Liana

Tara Keely, Monique Lhuillier, Melissa Sweet

Designer Spotlight: Sarah Houston

Sarah Houston is an über talented Canadian wedding dress designer.   Her gowns are modern but with a vintage vibe, and every time I look through her collections, I find myself sighing over how pretty her designs are.  Here you go, join in – check out her website ».   I’m hoping we can all get to know her a little better in the very near future.   That was supposed to sound mysterious, rather than stalkerish.    Basically, check back here at WGT, and you should have that opportunity!  Her blog is here », you can see her Facebook page here », and if you want to check out some of her gowns on YouTube, go here ».

Wedding Dress Trend | Black Accents

I’ve recently seen the Justin Alexander black bridal jacket (see below) on a catwalk, and it was seriously stunning – it billowed behind the model as she strutted her stuff and had strong Victorian heroine romantic overtones. There’s something about the contrast between black and white that is seriously dramatic. Since seeing that jacket, I’ve noticed that black accents seem to be popping up all over the place in bridal fashion, and features heavily in Queen of Couture Vera Wang’s latest collections. I was originally a little ambivalent about it, but actually, I’ve been won over. Black accents officially rock!

From left to right:

Vera Wang, Madeline Isaac James, Art Couture Bridal

Enzoani, Justin Alexander, Amanda Wakeley

Designer Spotlight: Olivia Couture

I’ve just been for my usual October jaunt to Harrogate to a bridal trade show called BBEH.  It’s actually a lot of fun – I get to drool over lots of gowns and go to a few fashion shows.  Whilst strolling through the Designer Room, Olivia Couture caught my eye, and specifically the dress in the picture below on the left.   So funky, and really quite unusual – it has buttons in two layers on the neckline, which act as a really lovely detail, but also undo, so if you want your dress to be a little more racy for the evening, you just get unbuttoning.  The designer is based in Singapore, and her stuff really is seriously gorgeous.  See a taster below, and check out her website here – Oliva Couture »

Tuesday Wedding Dress Head to Head

I thought it might be fun to see what you lot think of various dresses, and so have put together a dress versus dress poll for some opinions.  I’ve picked out similar silhouettes but different textures to get a feel for what you like. SO.  Today, we have Justin Alexander versus Maggie Sottero – what do you think?

Emma Victoria Payne Bridalwear

I got an email from Emma Payne about her new bridalwear boutique – in her own words…

“We have just opened a luxury bridal boutique on Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge providing a bespoke made to measure service. We showcase three bridal collections: Ana Cristache, La Sposa (part of Pronovias) and our own signature luxury collection as well as a wonderful range of bridal accessories.

We offer a very personal service so each design within the collection is very adaptable – the bride can have the silk of her choice and apply changes to the design.”

I get lots of boutiques wanting me to blog about them, but what’s got me intrigued with this one is the gorgeous photo of their own embroidered organza full length coat (see left) which is extraordinarily pretty. Emma’s collection is currently in production so no photos yet, but if the coat is anything to go by, I’m excited! She’s going to send me some pictures when it’s done, so I’ll keep you lot posted.

Check out her website here: Emma Victoria Payne

Two by Rosa Clara

I’ve commented previously about Spanish designers – there are a plethora of formidably good fashionistas from Spain who I am quite sure flourish from consistently good weather, amazing scenery and a diet of extremely yummy food.  Yes, Spain is on my list of favourite holiday destinations!

Anyway, that is completely beside the point.  I’ve just stumbled across some extremely lovely wedding dresses that are targeted at a slightly lower budget (around £1,000) from Two by Rosa Clara.  Now what’s got me really excited is that the same fashion house also does tops to go over your gown to give it a completely different look, so you can switch it up during the big day and really confuse your guests.  I actually prefer the look of the gowns with the tops on, but anyway, here’s a taster.  Make sure you take a proper look through their website – I can’t really do it all justice on here.