New or modified silhouettes, fabrics that flow or skim the body, a subtle shade or a switch to a fabulous favorite color, adds a dash of drama or just plain fun to the wedding day. States Cate Malone, owner of the Little White Dress Bridal Shop, “The creativity of today's wedding gown designers continues to ensure that the days of all wedding gowns looking the same are long gone. Silk crepe is being used by more designers because it is classic and more structured, therefore more flattering than using silk charmeuse alone.”
Malone continues, “Colorado brides may not be ready to embrace some of the outrageously unique wedding dresses that are super trendy on the runways, but they are most certainly ready for their one and only unique wedding gown, that remains meaningful and timeless at the same time. There are many absolutely beautiful options for them, thank goodness! 2013 features lower softer peplum skirts, low elaborate backs, high slits in the front skirt, covered necklines, straps or sleeves of all lengths, corset style bodices and tones of gold and pink.” An interesting functional twist says Malone, “Sheer overlays such as a sheer tulle over skirt worn around the waist for the wedding ceremony and removed for the reception.”
Brooks, who designs for the more mature bride and mothers of the wedding at her LoDo atelier, Brooks Ltd., stitches unique elements into her sophisticated designs. She offers a spectrum of bold or soft shades and trades boring beige for rich linen-like hues.
A simple sheath and matching jacket in a creative color combination with embellishment or detailing at the décolleté or waist can be contemporary and classic at the same time. “Black and white is still trending over the market. I have chosen black and white with a touch of slate, perfect for the silver-haired woman,” Brooks notes.
“Whatever dress makes a bride feel all lit up and most beautiful, then that is the right dress for her,” says Malone. Designs by the likes of Claire Pettibone, Justin Alexander and Badgley Mischka offer an opportunity to explore exquisite possibilities. “The feel of the 2013 collections is feminine and romantic with beautiful movement and unique sexy or modern features, such as beaded cap sleeves, plunging backs and a high slit in the front skirt.”
Last year, Priscilla Chan purchased the Claire Pettibone “Sky Between the Branches” gown for her wedding to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. (The design was exclusive to Little White Dress.) “We will continue providing a wonderful experience for every single bride selecting the most special dress of her life,” Malone emphasizes.
Felicé Bridal, on Steele Street in Denver, brings designs from Anna Campbell, Amsale and Romona Keveza and more to Rocky Mountain brides. The designs trend toward simple, soft styling, according to Robin Woronoff, who owns Felicé with her mother, Karen. “Ballgowns are starting to make a comeback,” she says, just as three-quarter and long sleeves are making their way from the runway to the wedding. “A bride needs to be true to her own style. Other opinions are wonderful, but the bride’s opinion is the one that really counts.”
Marge D. Hansen is a Broomfield, Colorado-based freelance writer/editor and a regular contributor to New West publications. Her articles appear in a variety of lifestyle magazines and websites.
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