bri­dal trends

My Wedding - - BRIDAL TRENDS - By Anita Turner-Wil­liams

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.vinkade­

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