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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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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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