Wedding Trends 2012 – Dress the Part posted in: Fashion, Weddings

The spring  2012 wedding gowns offer plenty of new collections, new directions and fresh new points of view. Designers reinvented the classic notions of romance, infusing it with modernism in dynamic silhouettes and luscious fabrics. Many gowns this season are quite simply –  wearable works of art.

Trends: Spring 2012 Bridal Collections

Here are the top 12 trends we spied in the 2012 Spring Bridal Collections:

  1. 1. Illusion Necklines
    There are many unique necklines this season, but “most spotted” is the illusion style.  This look is soft, elegant, and romantic , featuring a sheer, delicate, and often embellished layer of fabric veiling skin that would otherwise be exposed.
  2. 2. All Tiered Up
    Although tiered gowns graced the spring 2011 bridal runways, this uber-fun trend is now popping up everywhere! From cascading layers of tulle ruffles, and crinkled chiffon to the more dramatic distinct silk two-tier skirt. Designers focused on tiered hemlines in their spring collections.
  3. 3. Horsehair Trim
    Not to worry animals lovers, horsehair does not come from our equine friends. It’s a synthetic fabric often used on the underskirts of gowns. However, designers are now exposing this underlay fabrication, either as a visible hemline treatment or a lavishly looped sash or bodice detail that creates an ethereal textural element with incredible volume and dimension.
  4. 4. We’re Blushing
    Though wearing bridal whites will always be in fashion. A few seasons ago, we began seeing subtle pops of color in bridal attire with the use of colorful sashes and shoes to most recently the introduction of full-on bold show-stopping hued gowns of crimson and cobalt. However, this season is all about making a subtle statement. Dresses in soft, muted tones rocked the runway. Blush by far is the color au courrant, but soft pinks, celadon and even shades of ciel (if you were wondering what to choose as your something blue) are also popular choices.
  5. 5. Lovely Lace
    The trend is making a powerful comeback. The spring 2012 bridal gown collections feature lace galore! This delicate and ever-elegant fabric can be found used as appliqués on gowns, in the finer details of the bodice or skirt, or as an overlay on the entire gown. Among the most popular laces are Schiffli, Chantilly, and Alencon.
  6. 6. Sleeves
    Based on recent runway shows (and of course no doubt a result of the style worn by Princess Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge), from cap to full-length, sleeves are back.  This season’s collection showcased a number of beautiful sleeved deigns, and it’s only a matter of time before this regal look takes 2012 brides by storm.
  7. 7. Ravishing Ruffles!
    Yes, ruffled wedding gowns are still huge for 2012. Horizontal, vertical and even torn-looking folds were cascading down the skirt of many gowns.
  8. 8. Flower Power
    This season’s collection was in full bloom. Blossoms and buds popped up as embroidered accents on gowns to full three-dimensional blooms. The florals are not for the faint of heart. Some of these courageous-size blossoms engulfed some skirts (see the Lazaro stunner), while other styles featured delicate silk petals that bloom up and down entire length of gowns, We love it!

    Lazaro Floral Trumpet Gown

  9. 9. Beaded belts.
    Brides have been wearing colorful sashes and belts with their dress for years, but they have gotten more elaborate. The 2012 Spring collection features gowns with gorgeous optional belts adorned with pearls, Swarovski crystals and flower petals. You can wear your dress with or without a belt for 2 different looks. Perhaps without for a traditional ceremony, and with to add a little glam-up your gown for the reception.
  10. 10. Lingerie –Inspired Bustiers
    The style of lingerie-inspired bustiers is a continuing trend, as we are still seeing a lot of corset style gowns. Among the most memorable has to be designer Monique Lhuillier collection.
  11. 11. Boleros
    Do you love the 2011-2012 sleeves trend but have always envisioned yourself  in a strapless gown for your big day?  Well, you can get the lovely sleeve look without the full commitment to it for the entire day. Bridal designers are crafting boleros that are high on style, texture and embellishments, these babies are true statement accessories! If this trend tickles your fancy, check out the latest collections by Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta and E
  12. 12. Ball Gowns
    For the first time in many seasons, we witnessed a return to big ball gowns. The news is that they are light and airy and crafted from sheer, delicate fabrics like tulle, organza and crinkle chiffon. The big skirts are balanced with tiny, form-fitting bodices that highlight the shoulders, bust and a defined waist. There is an abundance of tulle, chiffon, organza, super-light taffeta and lace. Many dresses are mere layers upon layers of featherweight fabrics that will make you feel as though you are floating down the aisle.

Society, show us your aisle style! Send us wedding pics or styles of gowns that you like. If you in the dress selection process and are torn between a few stlyes, send us pics and we’ll ask our friends to weigh in on the look they like best for you.


Lazaro Gowns: Robert Mitra
Vera Wang Gowns: Kevin Sturman
Monique Lhullier Gowns: Photo: Steve Eichner
Oscar de la Renta Gowns: George Chinsee
Alvina Valenta: Robert Mitra

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