What are brides wearing in 2012?

posted on 26 January 2012 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Dresses, Wedding Tips & Advice


If late last year’s emergence on the cat walk of black Vera Wang wedding gowns is anything to go by, 2012 is set to be a particularly non-conformist year. For those who take these things seriously, black at a wedding is supposed to denote the wearer’s opposition to the union.

Obviously when the fashion queen of bridal gowns defies tradition, it is only time before others follow suite. Vera Wang has only wedding dressed some of the world’s most well-known public figures, including Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Uma Thurman, Holly Hunter and Kim Kardashian.

And her bridal collection showed a series of black wedding gowns at New York’s bridal fashion week. There wasn’t one ivory number amongst the gorgeous gothic collection. But incredibly beautiful they most definitely were. And, more importantly, they featured an array of organza, tulle, lace and chiffon.

The other doyenne of fashion, Vivienne Westwood also produced an unusual wedding gown in scarlet lace, adding further fuel to fire.

Styles will not only push the bridal envelope but they will be a plethora of ultra-romantic, chic and dramatic designs compared with the last few years of wedding fashion. Expect to see real drama emerge in weddings. Included are:

  • Decorative backs with more than a suggestion of lace
  • Vintage inspiration
  • The combination of high and low hemlines in what’s known as the ‘high-low’ or the two-tiered skirt
  • Unique necklines, particularly the use of lace and fabric veils to cover skin that would usually be revealed (strapless with cover, so to speak)
  • Colour – but mostly soft colours, from a hint of silver through green to strikingly bold, but particularly pink (think soft, salmon pink not electrifying)
  • Embroidered florals, feathers, leg-flaunting, thigh-high slits, and lace sleeves textured material – tulle, ruffles etc.

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