Thursday, April 4, 2013

Track the Trends: see what's hot for wedding dresses

(as seen in QB Autumn 2013)

We've rounded up our pick of the trends from the Queensland Brides Design Awards, with various entries echoing exciting styles from the international fashion runways.

Eye-catching Waists
Waist details were a common sighting, belts as well as vintage-inspired brooches and bows utilised to add a clear waistline or as a pretty embellishment. 
Ann McMillan Bridal
Check out Monique Lhuillier's Spring 2013 bridal collection to see waist details used to striking, feminine perfection, or take a look at how our local designers tapped into the trend; Ann Wilson Couture for Strictly Bridal, Kim Marcel Art of Couture, Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashions, and Helena Couture Designs were just a few of the entrants who incorporated waist detailing into their gowns.

Colour & Florals
Colourful and floral fabrics were big this year, the People's Choice award going to an elegant yet daring floral extravaganza by Wendy Makin Couture. Subtle overlays of colour were also seen throughout, as well as striking black, which was used head to toe by Rebecca Cobbing Couture and 
Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashions for maximum impact. 
Wendy Makin Couture
Stars including Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway donned coloured gowns on their big days, a trend which is still standing strong in the fashion stakes.Take a look at Vivienne Westwood,Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2013 collections for more bridal colour inspiration.

Peplums added striking silhouettes to the competition's mix, echoing the nipped-in waists of the 50s. Leonard Derecourt, Bertossi Brides, and Ja Delle Designs each customised their gowns with glamorous peplums. 
Leonard Derecourt Designer
Peplums are also big news in the fashion world — take inspiration from Calvin Klein’s Spring 2013 Collection.

Convertible gowns were also a favourite at the awards, the Supreme Award going to Wendy Makin's version of this functional frock.
Wendy Makin Couture
Removable skirts, lace overlays and convertible sashes mean a full-skirted gown can easily be transformed into a subtler evening dress, ideal for dancing and mingling with guests. 

QB x
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