Springâ€™s hottest bridal gowns.
I always thought that Iâ€™d be a no-maintenance bride, content to wear a dress in an approximate ivory palette, with a sprig of something fresh behind the ear. (Any wedding-related daydreaming usually centered around the cake.) Then I spent the afternoon at White Toronto, the cityâ€™s chicest bridal shop, talking bridal gown trends with owner Andrea Anastasiou.
With its shelves of sparkle and rows of dresses that look like the loveliest, most delicate confectionsâ€”layers of lace, artfully draped tulleâ€”White is as pretty as a champagne bubble, and just as intoxicating. I walked in a fiancĂ©e, and walked out a bride, with visions of raw-edged chiffon roses dancing in my head. I also got the scoop from Anastasiou on the major spring wedding dresses available and the top new names in bridal design.
Whether youâ€™re shopping for your own dress, or youâ€™ve caught a serious case of Royal Wedding fever, check out ELLEâ€™s hot list for how to be Spring 2011â€™s most stylish bride.
5 TOP TRENDS: WEDDING DRESSES
1. Volume, with a twist.
Spring dresses are voluminous, but incredibly light, thanks to layers of organza and tulle. â€śWomen want the feeling of something dreamy, but they want to be able to move freely too,â€ť explains Anastasiou, swirling an organza creation by Monique Lhuillier.
2. Lace, with a twist.
â€śDesigners have modernized lace,â€ť says Antastasiou, pointing to a dress by Rivini, which features four different patterns of French lace. â€śItâ€™s not about Victorian conservatism anymore.â€ť A sleek Monique Lhuillier lace dress with a plunging neckline embodies the sexy possibilities of the classic fabric.
3. Short hemlines.
Perfect for what Anastasiou calls â€śurban weddingsâ€ťâ€”held at an art gallery or downtown restaurantâ€”short dresses are less formal, more affordable, and, with new offerings from lines like Ivy & Aster, ultra chic too.