We’re back from the 2013 New York Bridal Market to reveal all the latest wedding dress trends for 2013 brides-to-be.
Our favourite designers were wowing the crowds with their elegant collections – flowers were big news, as were luxurious layers and dresses fit for a (Disney) princess…
Launched initially at the White Gallery in London, Ian Stuart’s latest collection Supernova is also making waves across the pond. US buyers loved the award-winning designer’s quintessentially British gowns with layers of lace, grand silhouettes and pretty pastel colours.
Elegant and affordable, Watters wooed the crowds with their vast range of styles for every type of bride. Our favourite gown was a simple, straight-across strapless design with subtle folds on the bodice and a gentle A-line skirt. It reminded us of the dress that Grace Kelly wore in To Catch a Thief, only this one was more bridal with the addition of a sparkly, waist-cinching belt.
It was all about fabulous florals and luxurious layers at Alfred Angelo. Full organza skirts were complemented with chic floral details - the ultimate princess look. And talking of princesses, to celebrate the release of the Cinderella Diamond Edition on Disney Blu-ray, Alfred Angelo have also teamed up with Disney to create five limited edition gowns inspired by the iconic princess. As well as the traditional, white and ivory the gowns are available in a brand new colour – Glass Slipper – a dreamy light blue hue that would be absolutely perfect for winter brides.
Known for their unrivalled fit, Maggie Sottero dresses were impressing the buyers once again this autumn. There were silhouettes to flatter every figure, from grand fairytale skirts to slim-fitting red-carpet fishtails and price points to suit all budgets. Our favourites were the spaghetti strapped fairytale, A-line gowns and the lace-covered dresses with fishtail skirts that falls from the knee.
The Vera Wang collection was, of course, one of the most hotly anticipated collections at the market, and the top bridal designer didn’t disappoint. Leaving behind the bold colours of last year, the 2013 collection saw a return of classic bridal ivory and full-on fairytale silhouettes. Skirts were fabulous and full with romantic pleating and hand-draped tulle. Bodices were more lingerie-like with defined cups and boning, creating the illusion of a tiny waist.
If you want to sparkle in 2013, Jenny Packham should be your first port of call. Inspired by vintage glamour, her slinky, 20s-styled dresses lit up the catwalk, encrusted with crystal and beaded embellishments. If you’re planning a Downton Abbey themed wedding for 2013/2014, you’ll find your perfect wedding dress here.
Claire Pettibone took her cue from nature with flowers dominating her catwalk show. The runway overflowed with petals; the dresses themselves boasted floral embellishments, sashes and corsages; and headdresses were whimsical and woodland-like – think Florence and the Machine! She also set a new train trend in motion with attachments on the hip and long cowl backs.