Heather Levine: The top 10 trends are those details we’ve thought over and over again on the bridal fashion runway. Want to be all craft for your wedding? Check out some of these stunners.
Michael Shettel: I approached the collection this season with trend over tradition. It’s not back to basic.
Male: I have always felt that sensual was the best way to go.
Monique Lhuillier: What I did this season was I made sure I'm looking felt very light and airy.
Heather Levine: Whether it was part of a lace or placed directly on the fabric, polka dots were popping up on wedding gown, making it our number 10 trend of the season.
Anne Barge: The polka dot, I just love. I’ve got this Italian silk, organza and I just thought it was fresh and fun, and still a very polka dot, how classic can you be, you know that it’s definitely a vintage polka dot.
Mara Urshel: Henry is in polka dots. It’s the beautiful dress for garden parties I mean it’s full, it looks great, it’s a ballerina like. And so, that’s a whole 50s thing, and it looks great.
Heather Levine: Number nine on our list of top trends this season is the peplum. That’s the short skirt that jets out with a more form fitting skirt underneath.
Mark Ingram: Peplums were all over the runway as well. A peplum is sort like a bustle but it’s all around the dress. It’s in front to the back. It’s like a bubble in some ways. It just creates another layer, usually vents followed underneath of which would be a narrow skirt.
Rita Vinieris: We’ve introduced peplums this season in our bridal gowns and what we’ve done is we played on texture with peplum. We’ve thought one great dress is made of organza and it’s got trumpet skirt with a peplum on top of the trumpet skirt. We’ve edge the bottoms of the hemlines with no hair just to accentuate the peplum and then the bodice has lovely delicate draped and rushing.
Heather Levine: Maybe it’s because gowns were lighter this season, or maybe it’s because designers couldn’t make up their minds about fabric. No matter the reason, the layers we saw were the number eight trend, and they were beautiful.
Mark Ingram: Vera Wang especially did like hand painted layers. They were over layered within tulle and then sheer organza. They used layering to diffuse color. Vera Wang use layering to sort of stuff with a dark charcoal then layered up to lilac and into pinks. So it’s a way of creating color, we created depth in dresses.
Mara Urshel: Lots of layers with mixing a fabric, you know of the tulle with organza. Monique has some laces that were beautifully done, that were different laces mix together and there was one dress that was like geometric kind of a dress almost. It looks really, really beautiful.
Heather Levine: Last season, bling with everywhere and this season as gowns got lighter sew the ornamentation. Coming in at number seven in our Top Ten Trends is sparkle, the subtle bling that touch many gowns.
Mark Ingram: Every dress had beading inside individually on the gown as we put, it was scattered this crystal, like a snow shower or star shower. The gorgeous midnight blue dress at Oscar de la Renta had a scattering of sort of star shower on it, very twinkled.
Lela Rose: This collection, I feel like we added a little bit more sparkle and shine but in a very Lela Rose way but it’s very subtle like one of the fabrics we designed just kind of web, netting that has this clear sequins that once we layered up with several different fabrics, you would see a little bit more sparkle and shine.
Lazaro Perez: A lot of beautiful buckles with a lot of jewels and also, I went back and did a couple of very strong silhouettes as the sheath and those are all intricately beaded.
Heather Levine: Our number six trend of the season is what we’re calling origami detail. From oblivious to dramatic fold, this detail was seen on a variety of the bridal runways.
Mark Ingram: This is architectural Asian inspired folds using and seeing it on the skirt and dresses from Angel Sanchez who actually is an architecture, its inspiration is sort of natural for him. And Lela Rose is a beautiful technique of the architectural fold as a peplum on the skirt. She also use beautiful fold and the necklines get a fun capture effect as well.
Lela Rose: The folding and wrapping, it’s something we’ve always work in.
Mark Ingram: Definite origami details at Ulla Maija who was the master of using draping. His draping was more angular this time as opposed to swag like. They were more like envelop like, origami like, the paper work.
Heather Levine: Coming in at number five, it’s 30s inspiration. Vintage glamour hits the bridal runways with this sexy slinky style.
Mark Ingram: There was so many 1930s inspired dresses on runway in this collection. It evokes sort of Hollywood glamour from 30s like stars like Jean Harlow and Joan Crawford. It evokes sort of summer lawn and garden parties with big floppy hats and ruffled bottoms. So it was a very languid look, a sort of flat-chested long waistline, more emphasis on the hemline of the skirt, first to the neckline of the dress.
Heather Levine: Some touches on trends to all out head to toe cues. Our number four trend of the season is color.
Mark Ingram: Not one color predominated at market as an accent, but everybody incorporated a color and use it in some way to make the dress as really outstanding.
Ines Di Santo: I like colors being Italian, we like colors. We love colors.
Mark Ingram: I call it face paint or face powder colors. It was the palest of shade you might use on your skin like a pale eyeshadow or pale blush or pale lip color. There was the icy blues and grays at Angel Sanchez. There was more some beautiful lilac at Vera Wang. There was the sunny pale yellow at Ginkgo use in yoga. There was the use of pink at Carolina Herrera. It’s definitely not always about an all- white or all ivory dress. I think the newness about using color just to give it a little touch of something and make it very special.
Heather Levine: Roses are the number three trend on our list. We’ve thought this detail last season. But since then, it is pick up steam big time. Now nearly every designer is creating gowns with big full blooms as embellishment.
Mara Urshel: Flowers are in every collection almost land in every dress. Flowers on skirts, flowers on waist, flowers on bodices, one shoulder is going around with flowers.
Mark Ingram: Everybody use a flower motif with some sort, whether it was a hand roll rose, I mean Monique literally use roses in many of her gowns.
Monique Lhuillier: Flowers are just like a pretty element, always that so pretty for your wedding.
Mara Urshel: Even Monique lace was the most floral lace that I’ve ever seen. This gallop was so big. It was like a full rose, it sort of like a bloom. It was beautiful. There are roses at Oscar de la Renta, there are roses at Carolina Herrera, there are roses at Angel Sanchez, these roses are beautifully in more distress way on his dresses, or as a suggestion of a rose by using a rose petal.
Romona Keveza: It was inspired by the blossom of a garden and a blossoming of flowers in a garden whether it be the opening of a two that you’re seeing bodice of a gown, or look at the – it looks like tiny little crystals which is sort of almost like the crystal dew in the morning of the garden you see on the bells.
Heather Levine: There are always short bridal gown. But this season, the hems crop up shorter than ever before. The mini is here and while the dresses are short, they are nothing short on style.
Monique Lhuillier: I decided to show a short look this time around. It’s because girls have great legs and they want to dance and have a good time. For the receptions, I think the mini was a right thing to do this season.
Charles Bunstine II: I have always liked short. When you look at every venues now, there was always this image of like getaway weddings where people were flowage upon, you can do more than that. So we expanded it out. We have things that are inspired by a deco photograph from the 30s or something like that or something that ends up feeling light and happy and moody. That attitude is important and I think it’s really important for every woman.
Mara Urshel: It’s more affordable because it’s short. So after buying your excessive long gown, you need to buy a short dress.
Heather Levine: And our number one trend of the season, it’s the one shoulder gown. Brides are more fashion forward than ever, so bridal designers are taking cues from the ready to wear runways and are creating one shoulder look in every way possible.
Mark Ingram: One shoulder it became feeling mainstream this collection just go around. Every designer offered one shoulder in one way or another.
Douglas Hannant: Years ago, it was hard to sell a one shoulder gown but nowadays, women are – I'm finding such a strong response to one shoulder. Everyone is asking for it. They’re buying it from me, they love it.
Female: I’d love the one shoulder neckline was what I call a very critical world ruffled flower. If you look at the shoulder, it actually ends up turning into a rose and it is very new for 2011 and I think for the next decade.
Mara Urshel: I think the important thing about one shoulder is that it can be transformed to a strapless and it’s a dress structured well enough to be strapless, and then the one shoulder added. It gives that to diversity if a girl can change her mind.
Heather Levine: For more gorgeous gowns straight from the runway, go to the the Knot.com/fashion.