NEW YORK — How many ways can a white dress be made?
According to the latest round of bridal shows here, quite a few.
Key details during bridal market last week ranged from softly draped chiffon and tulle skirts in tea lengths to ruffle trims and plenty of nonwhite color.
“It seemed like each designer was on top of his or her game and we saw a lot of trends come out of it,” said Millie Martini Bratten, editor in chief of Bride’s magazine and editorial director of the Condé Nast Bridal Group. “Brides today are more interested in fashion and trends, and people are marrying in such different locations now, ranging from a country club to a castle or a beach, and the designers are designing something for every bride no matter where they’re marrying or what they’re spending.”
One thing the shows had in common was a soft and romantic air, Bratten added. This was evident at Oscar de la Renta’s show, where several dresses stood out. Other details she mentioned included tuxedo corsets at Amsale and tuxedo looks at Richard Tyler, two-piece dresses from Michelle Roth and the ivory and taupe shades at Monique Lhuillier.
For Mark Ingram, who owns the Bridal Atelier in Manhattan, opulence and grandness came by way of the back of the gowns.
“Grand usually implies big, full skirts, but the grandness came from a narrow hip, small waist and real opulent back,” said Ingram, who carries brands including Monique Lhuillier, Sully Bonnelly, Peter Langner and Angel Sanchez. “There wasn’t much with sleeves because it’s the spring market, but there were some beautiful alternatives to strapless.”
Designer Anne Barge staged her first runway show and featured a series of silk mikado dresses in colors that included pale yellow, mint, blue and light pink. Reem Acra also jumped on the color trend in a collection inspired by the 1950s, complete with tea-length gowns and cashmere cardigans thrown casually over the shoulder.
“The stores loved the color,” Acra said. “The real Fifties looks were more directional, but each store bought the colors the way I designed them. This was the easiest collection to sell. Usually, buyers go home and think about what they’ll order. Not only did they leave orders this time, they left more than I expected.”
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