Innovative Fabrics that make you Feel like Dancing
Brides who are planning fall or winter weddings are in for so much variety and beauty this season! From innovative fabrics that nod to bygone eras, to mixing and matching laces, to sleeves of every length, this season has dresses that dip toes in both casual and formal looks.
For backyard or micro weddings, these gowns will carry you through your day with even more beauty and style than you imagined. Many of our gowns are low maintenance and allow for easy travel without compromising on style.
Wedding dress sleeves are more than just arm coverings this season. They are showing up in every style imaginable. Embellished, ultra sleek, all the laces – looking at you plumetis! – long, cap, flutter, georgette, and detachable!
AUDREY: RESURRECTING THE EDWARDIAN
When the belle of the ball walks in and detaches her sleeves for the dance floor you know the party is starting! Detachable sleeves are fun for obvious reasons and great for the bride who wants two looks without two dresses. One of the several striking characteristics of the Audrey dress from Karen Willis Holmes’ Bespoke Collection (Pop-Up Trunk Show Coming Sept 19 – 20 at The CoLab) are the Edwardian detachable sleeves. We’ll come back to those beauties, first, let’s talk about the dress fabric: spotted tulle.
Tulle is an airy, super light fabric that traces its streetwear origins back to a ballerina seen wearing it walking through the streets of Tulle, France in the 1700s. This ballerina set off a trend that continues to this day. Tulle caught on and designers had a new material to inspire their fashions.
Audrey is made of spotted tulle, the same delicate netting with “spots”. Spots being higher concentrations of thread to create pin dots. It’s hard to imagine another fabric that would make quite the visual impact as the pin dot tulle. It allows for so much dimension in the skirt and texture throughout.
The Edwardian sleeves created for Audrey bring a sense of fun and adventure to the dress. If you love flowing, graceful lines, motifs reminiscent of secret gardens and vines you probably love the opulence and luxury of the Edwardian era (named after Britan’s King Edward VII).
The Edwardian look was soft, bold, fun with interesting lines that reshaped the body. While men’s jackets were being tailored to a pitch fit, gowns were becoming fuller with lighter fabrics. And the sleeves! Lavish and hard to pin down, they expanded like spring buds adding shapely feminine lines to the silhouette.
Designer Karen Willis Holmes suggests several ways to style the Audrey dress, including adding sweetness with a large bow. “Try finishing Audrey with our matching hair bow, off the shoulder sleeves (pictured above), and full circle skirt lining.” The near-weightless gown is beautiful, airy, and flowing. It creates dynamic movement and becomes a spellbinding work of art whenever anyone steps into it.
IN LOVE WITH CAP SLEEVES
In Love from Rembo Styling
Cap sleeves are a sleeve genre all their own. We love the flirty flutter sleeves with an extra loose layer of sheer tulle on In Love by Rembo Styling. The strong diagonal lines of the dress back contrast with the flowing, boho vibe of the gown for a super sweet and relaxed look.
Valeria from Karen Willis Holmes
Valeria from Karen Willis Holmes features patterned beadwork dense on the shoulders and slowly disperses into a soft tulle skirt with a natural waist marked by a beaded belt. The juxtaposition of the feather beading with the airy tulle creates a gorgeous confluence.
Valeria is available from our Ready to Wear collection in size 10.
A LITTLE OF THIS & THAT
Straight Forward from Marylise
What about off the shoulder? Taking a more boho turn, Straight Forward from Belgium based designer, Marylise, is a stunning and powerfully feminine dress. Features a low off the shoulder top with a single long panel of intricately patterned lace that creates a striking diagonal line from the brides’ arm to center of her back.
This leads the eye to a line of fabric covered buttons down her back then the eye picks up the soft crepe which narrows to the floor. The fitted crepe trumpets out into a short but sweet train. The front of the gown mirrors the back but where the back is loose, the corset type top is transformed with a dramatic v and a single piece of lace not repeated in the gown.
The lace is playful, modern, and fun – a contrast to the more feminine lace that wraps the arms. A seam divides the natural waist and we can’t decide if that makes it more or less formal. It keeps us wondering about the bride wearing the gown.
Straight Forward is available from our Ready to Wear Collection in size 10.
Leyla from Edith Élan
Every dress from Chicago based designer Edith Élan has a vintage vibe with contemporary brides in mind. The Leyla gown is made of flowing crepe with lace detailing. From Edith Élan: “From the front, Leyla looks like a modest crepe wedding gown with her high neck and ¾ length sleeves. But from the back, she shows that she’s more than that. This illusion back wedding dress features a keyhole back framed with a beaded lace trim. Her pearl buttons look as though they are magically floating on your skin.”
To try on any of our wedding dresses schedule an in home styling styling session or make an appointment at one of our pop-ups!