Three-dimensional floral details originally debuted a few seasons ago. They started small—a few petals here, an organza flower there—but my, how they've grown! This season, enormous flowers sprouted from skirts on backgrounds of organza, or literally became the skirts. Lush, plush, and so very, very romantic.
Since they create a flattering, cinched-in hourglass silhouette, built-in corsets are a mainstay of many a wedding gown style. This season, some designers used the boning or sturdy seaming that help corsets do their thing as a prominent, visible design element. The result is a lingerie-inspired, undeniably sexy option for brides who want to revel in their feminity, and show off their curves.
Several designers piled on the appliqués, lace, beading, 3-D flowers and embroidery (sometimes all at the same time) for brides who are not looking for "something simple" thank you very much. When a gown with just a dash of sparkle or embellishment just isn't "special" enough, these lavishly decorated, tactile creations may be the answer.
A strand of pearls is a classic bridal accessory, and this season, the soft, luminous gems made several appearances: we spotted them on a micro minidress, an ethereal, Grecian-inspired gown's sash, and heaped on the bodice of a glamorous, red-carpet wedding gown.
You might think that sequins are reserved for over-the-top prom and pageant gowns. We thought that, too. But by using ivory or pastel-colored sequins, bridal designers were able to make wedding gowns glisten in a subdued way, which marked a major departure from the heavy crystal beading we've seen in the past.
If you like a shimmery, richly detailed look, but think chunky, silvery crystal beading is too much (or downright gaudy), a few designers presented the perfect solution: wedding gowns embellished with ivory, white, or opalescent beading that blends in with the color of the wedding gown.