This month, NYC is buzzing with bridal bliss as the city hosts New York International Bridal Week and Couture – THE biggest buying hotspots, where retailers and designers come together to celebrate and reflect on the successes of previous years, while building anxious anticipation for the must-have wedding trends-to-come in 2012! There are runway shows and intimate cocktail parties with strolling models overflowing with champagne and the ever-present “oohs” and “ahhs” that accompany a typical fashion-fueled event in NYC.
So, as we prepare to ourselves for the loads of eye candy we’re already guaranteed to be sweet on – layers of lace, tousles of tulle, aisles of organza, seas of satin and so much more – we fondly reflect on some impressionable trends of the past century…
Bridal in the 1940's
1940′s: A common trend of this decade was the sheath dress, thinner waists and cap sleeves.
Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, kick-starting new Bridal Trends in the 1950's
1950′s: The emergence of ballgown-esque dresses with shorter hemlines, quite similar to the poodle skirts that were popular for everyday wear, along with defined necklines, cap sleeves, very intentional sharp angle cuts in the fabric, and a smaller waistline.
Carolina Herrera's 1968 Bride Style
1960′s: Enter the revived empire wedding dress, a high-waisted dress, gathered near or just under the bust with a long, loose skirt, which skims the body – especially flattering to pear-shaped women.
Bridal in the 1970's
Margaux Hemingway's 1975 Wedding
1970′s: Two major trends marked this decade: an off-the-shoulder shawl or high neckline (as pictured above, many times used to make spaghetti-strapped dresses more modest) or Grecian-inspired gowns.
Donna Karan herself captures Bridal Style of 1980's
1980′s: Three words: Big Hair, Big Shoulders, Big Day. :)
Carolyn Bessette's Bride Style in the 1990's
1990′s: Big and bold are two words that come to mind. Elements of the late 80′s – noteably big shoulders, puffy sleeves and bows – stayed for a few years, embellished with excessive embroidery and beading, before brides started asking for more free-flowing, fluid materials, sexier and streamlined looks, plunging V-necks, strapless necklines and sleeveless gowns that showcased bare arms.
Color is IN in the 2000's
Portia de Rossi stunned the guests in a pink blush ballgown during her vows to Ellen DeGeneres
Gwen Stefani WOWed in a pink, hand-dyed gown
2000′s: Color! In many ways, adding color is reflective of the new millennium trend toward individuality. Also, silhouette becomes a focal point with the introduction of the ‘Fit & Flare’ gown.
2010 is a Bridal Style Decade Remix!
2010 Bridal Style - Destination Diva
2010′s:Don’t call it a comeback! This is when we see past styles from every decade emerge with sexier, slinkier silhouettes, belted waistlines, tea-length and asymmetrical necklines and waistlines.
A trend we are loving right now? Badgley Mischka bridal sashes!
Why? 1) They’re exclusively available in Colorado at Little White Dress Bridal Shop…2) Because no matter the style of your gown – neckline, silhouette or waistline – there’s a sash option that has YOUR perfect bridal style written all over it…3) Sashes enhance the silhouette of any gown – flattering any shape…4) They amp up a gown from ceremony-to-reception in a demure but fashion-forward, always picture-perfect way…and 5) Sashes are a meaningful piece to wear on your wedding day, on each anniversary or to pass down through the family.
And – whether you’re all about emanating Old Hollywood glam, vintage chic or modern madame - then a Badgley Mischka belt is for YOU. Packed with sparkles, beads, pearls and more, sashes are the perfect way to help create the aisle-ready bridal look you’ve always dreamed of.
Here are a few examples to help you pick YOUR dream day look from Little White Dress!
Badgley Mischka, featured in Inside Weddings Magazine, Fall 2011
Badgley Mischka's "Fifi" gown and "Laura" sash
The "Laura" belt close up - this one is a MUST SEE in person! After the big day, you can even pair it with a simple day dress to sass up your street style!
Badgley Mischka's "Keeneland" gown and "Rebecca" belt
The "Rebecca" belt close up - it's so full of teeny, sparkly beads and adds the perfect amount of shine!
Badgley Mischka's "Castellano" gown and "Castellano" sash
The Castellano belt close up - tiny floral, rhinestone, lace and beaded details make us swoon over this sash!
Make your appointment today to come see the entire Badgley Mischka collection of gowns and sashes in person – ONLY at Little White Dress in Denver! 303814.8972
As seen in Martha Stewart Weddings, our Justin Alexander (style 9665) radiates pure bow beauty with a crystal embellished bust-line bow. This looks fantastic on smaller busts to provide balance and subtle bling.
Our Justin Alexander 9665, as seen on page 120 in the current Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine
In store, we have SO MANY options for adding bows and accessorizing with bows to perfectly AMP up your special occasion outfit and wedding day look! See the below options, then make your appointment to bow-tique yourself!
Maria Elena Bracelet - Style 4057 with Satin Bow
Sondra Roberts Clutch - Style R47809B Satin Bow Purse
You're invited to our William & Kate Wedding Date Party!
This party is early, yes, but it’s going to be FAB!
When: April 29, 2011
Where: Little White Dress Bridal Shop, 3420 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Beginning at 6:30am, we’ll be watching live coverage of the Royal Wedding and warmly invite all of our brides, friends, family and industry peers to join us for the fabulous celebration!
Channel 2/Fox 31 and Channel 9 will be here filming LIVE broadcasts at 6:15am, 6:45am, 7:15am, 7:45am, 8:15am and 8:45am. This is an event NOT to be missed!
We’ll be serving assorted breakfast pastries and quiches, scones & jam, tea sandwiches, crumpets & English tea…AND to top it off, everyone who comes will be crowned with a bejeweled TIARA – it’s mandatory to watch the wedding in style!
Call us at 303.814.8972 to let us know you’re coming – we KNOW it’s early, but we’re going to have FUN and look forward to seeing you!
With all this talk about Royal weddings, we thought it would be fun to fancy a few Royal wedding facts…and our favorite was all about the color white!
Did you know that Queen Victoria popularized the use of white lace in bridal gowns at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840? Instead of wearing traditional brocade, which was popular at the time (in any color!), she said her vows in a white satin gown and veil made from handmade Honiton lace. The only spot of color was a sapphire brooch that the Prince had given her as a wedding present. After that, even common women – those other than Royalty – chose a royalty-inspired white gown instead of the simple Sunday-Best dress that used to be good enough.
Today, white lace takes on an entirely new view – be it amped up and sexy on the runway, or toned down into a casual cotton eyelet for the perfect summer sundress – in every way it’s overtly feminine and the drama is in the details. Why? Texture on timeless white is one of those luxurious elements that adds the kind of intimate, curious dimension that makes you want to reach out and touch it!
So how do you wear white lace without looking like Grandma’s coffee table doily? Sexy or sweet, follow these helpful tips:
Try lace with clean accessories! Adding a veil or headpiece with too much ruffly or beaded frou-frou may overpower the beauty of the gown, so be mindful!
Control your urge for over-the-top accessories! Baubles should be simple and delicate, and handbags should have a bit of structure and discreet hardwear. Remember, anything else on you body could snag the lace if you’re not careful about your selections!
The perfect shoe? Typically light neutral colors work best to not overpower the lace, plus they’ll match the airiness of the lace. Don’t be afraid to show a little toe!
Below are a few of our favorite lace details right now!
A Moyna bag, available at Little White Dress.
Claire Pettibone's Orange Blossom, at Little White Dress.
Veil Trends Chapel Length Alencon Lace Mantilla
Siri Supper Club Dress with lace-like texture. Siri is available at LWD!
What a treat to have Claire Pettibone in store this weekend for her Trunk Show at Little White Dress! She’s such a delight, we wish we could have her ALL the time! And the gowns…where do we begin…
The LWD team with Claire!
With a collection of 40 gowns and about 10 veils, brides will literally be in a luminescent heaven of romance – with loads of dazzling beading, vintage lace, glittering sequins, elaborate flower appliques, fairy-like boleros, and so much more! We’re booked throught the weekend with only a few appointments left on Sunday, but make sure to come in – this is an event, and a designer, not to be missed! Enjoy champagne refershments and mini glam cupcakes while meeting the designer and finding your dream dress…
We look forward to seeing you! Here, a few shots of Claire Pettibone’s gowns, modeled by none-other-than the LWD girls!
Emma in Dragonfly.
Emma in Flora (front).
Emma in Flora (back).
Julie in Dew Drop.
Julie in Dew Drop (with bolero).
Julie in Misti with Claire.
We love Claire!
And a BIG thank you to the people who helped make this event fabulous!
Thank you, PlumSage, Teacup Bakery, Happy Cakes, Mondo Vino and Statice Floral!
This weekend is our Claire Pettibone Trunk Show! From her romantic and vintage floral lace, to her rustic appeal, Claire Pettibone’s ethereal style is a match made in heaven for the shabby chic bride. Whether you’re mountain-bound or headed to a beach destination, this is an event not to be missed!