There seem to be themes for this fall's bridal gowns.
The trends, according to industry experts, are wedding dresses that are beaded with Gatsby-like glam or styled with an Old Hollywood flare. A luxe satin slip gown, beautiful and sleekly minimalist, has a cowl back that cascades low to the bride's waist framing her back with sequin embellished lace. A Hollywood style gown might have that satin gathered at the waist with a jeweled applique before it drapes into a long, flowing train. One wonders whether tiaras might return to favor as an accessory.
Girls who want their glitter will find it in sparkling tulle skirts or metallic lace at the bodice and waist. Pearls and crystals and sequins are used to edge dramatic borders or create vine-like details on the smooth luxe of soft satin. Strapless designs often give way to more off-the-shoulder styles during this season when lace coverlets may put a demure spin on the sexy gowns underneath.
However, trends can be fickle and often take a while to trickle down to this market, says Leslie Stringari Ferrari, manager of Rienzi Bridal. She mentions a Morilee dress, style 1958, with a lovely beaded, fitted bodice that flows into a gathered skirt and train. "It's a look that's been seen but I'm selling a lot of," she says. "It's not like the newest thing here that no one's seen yet but still I'm checking out so many bridal gowns that look like this and selling, like today."