wedding invitationImagine the soft strains of Lohengrin’s Wedding March flowing through the air this traditional late-spring and summer bridal season as Z’Scoop examines this year’s directional trends certain to be wafting down the aisles.

From demure modern elegance, to drop-dead Red Carpet sexiness, brides are as beautiful as ever this season and weddings should truly be unforgettable this year.

bride with veilKey trends are global in nature, with some of the more extravagant looks reserved for international clients. Here, we review some of the outstanding trends and details:

Thoroughly Modern
Exuding pure elegance, subtle silk and lace sheaths in slender, body hugging shapes. Shoulders are either bare or discreetly covered in sheer lace.

hererra dressRomance Dream
Ball gowns in soft silk satins, trimmed with shimmering sequins and Lurex, contrasts between sheer and opaque. Silhouettes display dramatic necklines cut daringly to the waist, plunging down the back or slit up the front. Off-the-shoulder short cocktail lengths are also stylish.

Pure Glamour
Clinging on top and flaring below, mermaid and fishtail are body-enhancing and sexy. Lots of embroidery, beading and floral lace appliqués create racy 3-D illusion necklines and bodice effects, worthy of the Red Carpet.

McQueen wedding dressEdwardian Chic
Empire waistlines, slimming longline dresses with trains, high necklines, and bell sleeves make a new statement this year.

Elie Saab, J. Mendel, Hayley Paige, Christos Costarellos all feature sexy, illusion bodices, covering just enough, and baring a lot. Sheer embroidered silk covers arms and bodices, creating the illusion of fluttering florals.

MoniqueL'Huillier+veilSexy sheer slits, illusion skirts, revealing panels flaunted beautiful legs and glamazon high heels at Vera Wang, Inbal Dror, Christos Costarellos and Reem Acra.

Extravagant details accentuate glamour even with classic silhouettes. Carolina Herrera, Kelly Faetanini, Lela Rose and Isabelle Armstrong featured feathered skirts, Jenny Packham embellished the waistline with feathers.

Other distinguishing details include wave-like swirling effects, and silhouettes that create extra movement like sheer or over-skirts. Flowing tiered skirts are also popular, with layers of organza, tulle and silk.

To veil or not to veil? Veils frequently make dramatic appearances in the bridal finales of major designers’ fashion shows. In reality, nearly half or 43% of modern brides are selecting alternatives.

SaintLaurentTiara2The remaining 57% of brides have plenty of options. Elbow or cathedral length, lacy mantillas, tulle creations, vintage 50s birdcages, or short veils, provide a modern range of elegant looks to complement most dresses.

Ines Di Santo, Claire Pettibone and Badgley Mischka used what some called “body” veils across the back or behind, like a small cape. Chanel featured a full length sheer cape.

ChanelSheer CapeTiaras from gilded to crystal, are a popular stylish option to veils and are featured at Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana and Saint Laurent.

OscarAnd for simplicity, fresh flowers, bow clips like those seen at Oscar de la Renta or even butterfly hair clips as featured at Ines Di Santo are beautiful and also accommodate veils.

For wedding beauty we like Marchesa’s John Singer Sargent-inspired blushing cheeks and low chignons. Bobbi Brown’s retouching powders in rose completes the soft look.

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To view a tempting taste of bridal elegance, visit http://www.carolinaherrera.com



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