Trendspotting | Say Yes to the Dress!

Thanks to the New York Bridal Fashion Week held in mid-October, brides-to-be are immersed in fresh wedding gown ideas. Cropped tops, Hippie style and two-piece gowns are just some of the latest ideas from designer brands. Here are a few examples from my favorite designer brands’ Spring/ Summer 2015 collections:

(Images: Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Alfred Angelo, Claire Pettibone, Lusan Mandongus, Theia, Ivy & Aster, Vivienne Westwood)

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1. Oscar de la Renta
The late American designer specialized in eveningwear with regal, voluminous trains that make heads turn on red carpets.

2. Vera Wang
No one doubts Vera Wang’s magical powers. Her dreamy, three-dimensional gowns with iconic fluffy skirts look good on almost every figure and continue to be a benchmark for wedding attire.

3. Carolina Herrera
The American designer offers a wide range of versatile silhouettes from season to season. Her designs are modern-looking and often come with an element of surprise.

4. Bliss by Monique Lhuillier
More often than not, Monique Lhuillier’s wedding gowns are sweet and romantic, flattering brides in terms of style and silhouette. Ivory and soft pinks are often featured in the designer’s creations.

5. Alfred Angelo
Every little girl has a Disney princess fantasy. At the New York Bridal Show, Alfred Angelo debuted the latest addition to his Disney Fairy Tale Bridal Collection: a glittering gown inspired by Elsa from Frozen.

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6. Claire Pettibone
Pettibone’s designs are not for everyone. They feature vintage laces, figure-hugging fabrics and an empire waistline – I personally doubt if I could pull off her designs! However if you’re dreaming of a Gatsby-inspired wedding, Claire Pettibone is the designer of choice.

7. Lusan Mandongus
The Hong Kong-based Lusan Mandongus is a union of designers offering retro-inspired wedding dresses. Expect trumpet skirts, Chantilly lace and sleeved designs.

8. Theia
Theia is spearheaded by an Irish designer. Its designs are beautiful but non-edgy, suiting the needs of most brides.

9. Ivy & Aster
Ivy & Aster boasts a sweet and youthful style. I particularly love its short dresses.

10. Vivienne Westwood
Westwood’s seemingly messed-up drapes and chic style is what edgy brides crave.

2014’s Celeb Brides:

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1. Amal Alamuddin (left) was married to George Clooney in an off-shoulder gown by the late Oscar de la Renta (right). (Image: E online)

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2, 3. Ashley Tisdale wore a sheath dress and later a cap-sleeve A-line gown by Monique Lhuillier on her big day. (Images: Instagram)
4, 5. Poppy Delevingne wore a capped Chanel gown at her London wedding and a boho Pucci gown at her Morocco wedding party. (Images: E online/ Instagram)
6. Angelina Jolie in a stunning Versace gown featuring doodles by her six children. (Image: Houston Family Magazine)

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7. Kim Kardashian in a vintage Givenchy Haute Couture mermaid gown. (Image: Instagram)
8. Olivia Palermo wore a Carolina Herrera ensemble comprising a cashmere top and a slit skirt. (Image: Glamour)

Photogenic as these gowns may seem, there are also many other factors to consider apart from your style preference. Budget, season, location, wedding format, body shape – all these will affect your final choice. To help you get the most suitable gown at YesStyle, here are my suggestions according to different body shapes:

1. Petite
Opt for sheath or trumpet dresses instead of frothy ball gowns to avoid being overwhelmed by volume. An empire waistline elongates your body, making it a good choice too. Choose light beading and tulle over dramatic drapery.

2. Plus-Size
Try to cover your arms with fluted sleeves, full-length lace sleeves or off-shoulder designs, which happen to be on trend now. A basque waistline or a black waist sash can slim the waist.

3. Busty
If you wish to downplay your bust, an illusion neckline, halter neckline or mandarin collar will be helpful. Try to balance your busty frame with a peplum waistline, a long train or a bow at the back.

4. Tall and Lean
How I envy you! You can pull off most demanding dresses including mermaids, sheaths and high-lows. Opt for half-mermaids featuring a dropped waist and a long train if you wish to look grand.

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