We are back with more bridal market goodness from Jessica.  As promised, here are Jessica‘s wedding dress trends direct from the runway…

You’ve seen the Bridal Market trend coverage on Martha, Brides, Aisle Dash, The Knot, and about a million other magazine sites, not to mention blogs.  But United With Love’s is special, with a real bride spin!

For All Sizes

For Spring 2011 Bridal Market, my absolute favorite trend was a general sense that real girls could wear the bejeezus out of a lot of these gowns. As a curvy girl myself, it’s always disappointing when a designer seems to only be able to create with one shape in mind. As incredible as some gowns that make their way onto editorial pages are, they are not always wearable, and it was nice to see more that were a hybrid of editorial-ready and able to suit a variety of shapes rocking down the runway.

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Clockwise from upper left: Vera Wang, Romona Keveza, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Romona Keveza

A Bit of Sparkle

Sparkle gets such a bad rap.  It’s like lace that way.   Many women eschew it, since it brings some sort of over the top bridal baggage with it.  But, girls, it was all over – in almost every collection, and I say hurray!  It might seem wrong standing in your gown during your fitting, the smell of the Metro still in your hair, but on your wedding day, a subtle glimmering sparkle lends a little champagne spirit that is so, so right.

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Clockwise from upper left: Junko Yoshioka, Reem Acra, Ines Di Santo, Ines Di Santo, Elizabeth Fillmore, Jenny Packham

Lovely in Layers

Almost anything layered (phyllo, cake, dip) is delectable, and on the runway it’s no different.  Different fabrics and details, arranged one on top of the other or in the form of textured textiles, add incredible richness and depth.  More than once, I had to sit on my hands to keep from reaching out and touching gowns.

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Clockwise from upper left:  Amsale, Elizabeth Fillmore, Ines Di Santo, Christos, Vera Wang, Monique Lhullier

Color Flash

I know, I know…when hasn’t color been a trend to some degree?  This season, though, there were lots of gowns that had color all over – in sweet blushes, peaches, silvers, and blues.  Some I didn’t even realize had a watercolor wash, and I was left trying to figure out what I liked so much about a particular ivory.  Later, I’d discover that those gowns had color casting a soft glow from beneath layers of whites and ivories.

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Clockwise from upper left: Angel Sanchez, Ines Di Santo, David Felden, Jenny Lee, Junko Yoshioka

Straps!

Straps.  Need I say more?  Three cheers for neckline diversity!

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Clockwise from upper left:  Romona Keveza, Lela Rose, Monique Lhullier, Angel Sanchez, Sassi Holford, Sassi Holford

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Phew!!  Now that was some bridal fashion loveliness!  Thank you so much, Jessica, for the insider knowledge on this year’s bridal market in New York City.

If you are on the hunt for a wedding dress, check out the bridal shops listed in our vendor guide, or look for a trunk show in the area to try on one of these beautiful dresses.

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