Day two of Spring Bridal market in New York has just come to an end, and though I am so tired I can barely walk straight, I am so excited to share with Twin Cities brides to be and Aisle File readers some of the goodies I've seen so far.
I am not even halfway through the shows but a few overriding trends are already starting to emerge. Designers definitely had spring on the mind while they were designing. Appliqués—ranging from oversized handmade tulle roses and a twig-like cross hatch to butterflies and delicate flowers—decorate the gowns of almost every bridal atelier. In keeping with Spring's lighter attitude, a bunch of designers, including Monique Lhuillier, Angel Sanchez, and Douglas Hannant, are bringing back illusion necklines, which are a really lovely way to still have the aesthetic of a strapless gown but with a bit more coverage and support. Additionally, I am excited to see the embrace of bling and sparkle again, but only in a really soft and delicate way. All over beading and heavy shine are a thing of the past, but woven metallic threading and hints of crystal really help give some dimension and sparkle to the gowns. Beyond that, a few of the bigger ideas to come out of last fall's shows, including the trumpet skirt, are still important.
I've taken nearly 300 pictures, and I don't want to overwhelm you (or me, for that matter), so over the next few posts I'll highlight a few of my favorite looks. And if you are a bride to be, be sure to follow me on Twitter.