Wedding Dresses & Style

Monte’s Bridal Market Report

posted: 05/01/13
by: TLC
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Lori and Monte at Judd Waddell.
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After taking in the dresses at Bridal Market and making selections for Bridals by Lori, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta star Monte Durham reported back about the latest wedding fashion trends.

The collections (see pictures here) included lots of lace, flavors of old grandeur, and a less-is-more, island-easy style.

"It was a return to the true bridal gown," Monte said. "Less couture. Less red carpet. Less sexy. The collections were about romance, elegance and being a bride."

Read his report of the trends before you choose your wedding gown!

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A soft, organic vibe at Hayley Paige.
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"It seemed like designers were inspired by the islands," Monte remarked. "There was a kind of carefree effortlessness to the dresses. These are unfussy dresses for non-princess brides who might be getting married in a gazebo, barn or rustic chapel."

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A natural waist at Judd Waddell.
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Monte had anticipated a wave of Art Deco at Bridal Market with Great Gatsby hitting theaters and shaping evening fashion, but he didn't see many nods to the '20s. Instead, what he found were gowns taking cues from the '50s. Natural waists, full skirts and a modicum of modesty reigned in these collections.

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A romantic veil at Hayley Paige.
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With the return to true bridal came the return of the long veil. Monte saw plenty of chapel- and cathedral-length veils, and he even spotted a Juliet cap at Lazaro! Maria Elena's collection of headpieces had some '20s vintage accents. The variety suggested that bare-headed brides belong in the pages of a magazine, and real brides will have options from simple to sumptuous for their wedding ensemble.

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Rivini shows a fluid ball gown.
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While the ball gowns suggested old grandeur in their shape and embellishment, the skirts were fluid, Monte said. "There weren't many petticoats in the structure," he explained, which created an effect that was "soft and ethereal." He added, "Everything swayed and moved." Fabrics such as satin, organza and silk crepe made this movement possible.

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A modest neckline at Amsale.
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Necklines in a word? "Coverage, coverage, coverage!" Monte exclaimed. The sexy sweetheart neckline was scarce at Bridal Market, and what he observed were scoop necks, V-necks and tanks. Some lower-cut necklines were overlaid with sheer coverage -- organza, French tulle, lace -- across the decollete. Monte was also pleased to report that he saw a bateau (boat) neck or two, which was a favorite of style icon Jackie Kennedy.

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A low back at Amsale.
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"Being on-trend with a low back," Monte hinted, "will require some real undergarment sorcery." Backs were sheer and low, and brides will need support -- especially in these soft, unstructured fabrics. Monte reminded us that not every gown is for every bride, and those with larger busts will want to sidestep dramatically low-backed gowns.

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Long lace sleeves at Judd Waddell.
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The collections at Bridal Market were answering the call of every bride who's yearned for something with straps or sleeves. The shift from strapless came in many forms: little cap sleeves that just covered the shoulder, long laces sleeves, thin straps and even halters.

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White and ivory gowns at Judd Waddell.
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The pinks, blues and strong metallic accents that have punctuated past collections were gone this year at Bridal Market. Gowns were offered primarily in white and ivory. Splashes of color for the statement-making bride were found in accessories.

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Beadwork at Hayley Paige.
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Beadwork in bridal isn't what it used to be! Designers were applying beads and other embellishment more artfully and sparingly. Embellishment was subtle, and most of it was done with cutwork, like lace and fabric. The texture added the interest. Monte pointed out that beaded belts have been replaced by appliques at the waist or sashes.

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