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Run for the Rosettes


Gown by Claire Pettibone


Spring is finally here and soon gardens everywhere will be filled with colorful blooms.  But, you don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy the beauty of spring flowers.  For their Spring 2011 collections, bridal designers have embraced the season’s natural glory and created a number of stunning styles embellished with floral elements.

If you love the feeling of spring’s natural beauty, a dress infused with flower power could be the right one for you.  From fun rosettes to elegant floral appliqués, this season’s gowns fit every wedding style.  Whether you’re having a casual outdoor garden ceremony or a more formal affair, there is a look that will suit your desires.

If your bridal style is contemporary and minimalist, take inspiration from Casablanca Bridal Couture’s sleek-chic strapless gown that incorporates figure-flattering ruching with a cluster of fabric rosettes at the hip.  For an ethereal bohemian feel, Claire Pettibone’s floaty empire waist confection features three-dimensional blooms that climb up the gown on elegant vines.

Fun floral styles aren’t just for brides.  There are a number of looks out there for bridesmaids as well.  To subtly complement a blooming bridal gown, one shouldered bridesmaid dresses with rosette details on the strap fit the bill.  Designer Bari Jay offers such a look in a menagerie of delightful spring colors.

To see the gowns mentioned above or have a glance at some other great flowery options, check out the slideshow below.  Designers shown include Jim Hjelm, Kenneth Pool, Casablanca Bridal Couture, Claire Pettibone, Mori Lee, Amsale, Kittychen Couture, Paloma Blanca, Tara Keely, and a bridesmaid look by Bari Jay.

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Shopbop: For the Bride Who Breaks the Mold


A selection of Shopbop's wedding dresses -- imgs courtesy of shopbop.com

Not every bride wants to look like a princess on her wedding day.  In fact, many lovely ladies consider themselves to be “unconventional brides” and hope to set themselves apart from the rest.  For these newlyweds-to-be, Shopbop has just launched their wedding boutique.

Shopbop offers plenty of fashion forward options for the non-traditional bride ensuring that there is something for everyone.  The website also features accessories, bridesmaids gowns, honeymoon looks, and bridal lingerie, making it a one-stop shop for their customer.  They even offer up the expertise of “wedding specialists” who vow to “assist with every fashion-related aspect of your wedding experience.”

The list of wedding dress designers whose wares are sold on Shopbop is quite lengthy.  From Rachel Pally to Temperley London, from Jenni Kayne to Max Azria, there are so many options to choose from.  Interesting looks include an utterly minimalist v-neck gown from Halston Heritage, a collared halter gown from 3.1 Phillip Lim, and a clingy round neck dress from Herve Leger.

Accessories include jewelry from designers such as Dannijo and Rachel Leigh, headbands and hairclips from Ban.Do, Deepa Gurnani, and more, and tights from Falke.  Gifts offered include jewelry, watches, charms, and adorable “survival kits” for bridesmaids, mothers-in-law, and the bride herself.  The wide range of price points ensures that there’s something for everyone.

If you’re thinking of going the less traditional route or just need a good idea for a bridesmaid gift, Shopbop’s new wedding boutique is worth a look!


Thakoon adds a touch of draped Grecian flair to a strapless gown -- img courtesy of shopbop.com

Also available in white, Rachel Pally's off-the-shoulder "Midsummer Dress" offers comfort and laidback style -- img courtesy of shopbop.com

This maxi dress by Shoshanna would be perfect for a beach or destination wedding -- img courtesy of shopbop.com.


Sheerly Stunning

Sometimes the best fashion statements are the ones that we borrow from the past.  The currently trendy illusion neckline is a look that was popular in the 1950’s and now seems to be sticking.  Created using a sheer fabric, often organza or tulle, the illusion neckline shows skin without being overtly and brings to mind a classic, antique feel.

This vintage style has been updated by bridal designers to fit the needs of the modern brides while still maintaining the elegance of its original incarnations.  The look has been adapted to suit a number of gown silhouettes including v-necks, one-shouldered looks, or even three-quarter sleeved gowns.  Some more provocative gowns even include sheer backs, carrying over the illusion style.

While many brides opt for the traditional unadorned illusion neckline, there are also plenty of options for those with a more contemporary aesthetic.  For a touch of whimsy, the Christos collection offers a v-neck style with polka dots coating the sheer straps.  On the sexier side, Monique Lhuillier created a figure-hugging off-the-shoulder gown with sheer, ruched three-quarter length sleeves.

So whether you’re interested into paying homage to antiquity or adding a fresh twist of modernity, take a look at the options that are out there and see if an illusion neckline could be the perfect detail for you.

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