Eclectic, But Universally Elegant
The news from bridal central is eclectic but universally elegant. Ballgowns are back but definitely different from their stiff satin ancestors. Today’s Cinderella wears feathered or ruffled lace and fluid tulle often embellished with dimensional floral appliques, ribbons and even POCKETS! Imagine having kleenex and lipstick at your fingertips for the evening. Pick-ups have evolved into more gentle and asymmetrical drapes. Rouching continues to dominate bridal silhouettes because it flatters the midsection, but smooth bodices often accomplish the same body wizardry with aggressive boning and princess seaming. Look for more attention to the natural waistline this year as well as fit-to-flare gowns which hug the curves. Gowns are arriving with slightly elevated natural waists which suggest but do not quite fulfill the empire look.