TCap it Off: These tiny cap sleeves are inspired by the glamorous gowns worn by Hollywood celebrities. You do need great arms to carry this off though! If your arms are less than perfectly toned, you’re better off showing some shoulder. You could also opt for a full-length sleeve in iconic Grace Kelly fashion. The trend for full sleeves is lacey.
Slit Decision: Nothing is sexier than a split skirt worn with high heels. Remember that this is a wedding, though, so don’t make that slit too high unless you have legs like Cameron Diaz.
Colour Waves: The most heart-throbbing colour, red is about passion and drama. If you’re not brave enough to wear a coloured gown, perhaps incorporate it in a sash or your shoes. Otherwise, consider a blush shade like peach or soft pink. This classic combination of black and white is always chic and timeless. Bridal runways are predicted to show tons of colour, but whether brides carry that through to their big day remains to be seen. Many fabrics are showing a hint of platinum metallic thread running through, as gold lace is coming back strongly.
Lady in Lace: Oh-so feminine and very bridal, lacey fabric looks very modern on sheer sleeves and waistbands. Get your Downton Abbey look by adding lace to your gown.
All Frilled Up: Waves of ruffled fabric on skirts shakes things up. The Victorian look is also big … go backless on the dress, but cover up with a high-necked lace bodice and perhaps long lacey sleeves.
At odds with lengths? Long, flowing chiffon gowns with jaw-dropping details that revival the glam seen on the red-carpet are in demand. High-low hemline dresses are perfect if you simply can’t decide – and show of those shoes perfectly.
Peplum Power: This girly flared ruffle at the waist shows off great curves and can take attention away from a bottom you’re not that proud of.
Many of you are looking ahead to 2014 for your big day so it pays to know what’s coming through to New Zealand via Europe and the USA.
hanks to movies such as James Bond, The Great Gatsby and the ever popular Downton Abbey television series, Vintage styling remains popular. A wave of Gatsby flapper chic will wash over us all towards the end of this year, likely staying well into 2014. Traditionally styled and classic silhouette gowns will be lavishly embellished. Decadent cuts will marry with tons of embellishments, exquisitely textured fabrics and laces and additional accessories. Floral fabric will be very on-trend – think lace and silk flowers, floral applique and trains of floral cascades. Even the men will be more formally attired as we head into the new year, with the traditional black tie look playing a starring role.
Flower Power: No, we’re not talking floral fabric – the trend is for textured fabric flowers, whether they’re in the same tone as your dress or contrasting. Floral lace is huge!
Old Hollywood: Add plenty of beaded detailing for a touch of high drama. If your dress is sleek without much detailing, add a bejewelled and beaded cape or bolero for a winter wedding.
Shimmer & Shine: Metallics will filter through, particularly shot through textured lace and draped over dreamlike fabric. Look out for gold making a comeback in sequins, flecks, borders and embroidery.
Finishing Touches: Accessories are likely to include brooches, bejewelled belts, gloves and sashes, as well as boleros and capes. Headpieces and hair combs, and even tiaras, will be huge … a la Gatsby theme. Pearls have always been a bridal favourite, but they’ll be massive in 2014, as will rhinestones. Whatever dress you opt for, earrings play a key role – make sure they suit the style you’ve gone for. Don’t do everything listed above – do earrings and one other, but do it well – don’t look like a Christmas tree!
So, when planning ahead, think Art Deco, Vintage and Hollywood glamour and you can’t go wrong! Especially if you carry the fashion theme through to the rest of your day – cocktails, a jazz ensemble or classy lounge-type crooner, chandeliers, glamorous glassware and dinnerware, luxurious linens, heavy card stock for your menu in a beautiful calligraphy font.
Anita Turner-Williams is the owner and head designer at Vinka Design. Anita took over the reigns from her mother Vinka Lucas and continues a tradition of excellence, personalised and professional service, and handmade gowns that has endured for over 50 years. www.vinkadesign.co.nz