TREND RE­PORT

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL BRI­DAL SHOWS AND CAT­WALKS ARE RE­FLECT­ING FASH­ION’S OB­SES­SION WITH LAY­ER­ING, LACE AND EX­QUIS­ITE DE­TAIL­ING

New Zealand Weddings - - CONTENTS -

Take your cue from the in­ter­na­tional cat­walks for the ul­ti­mate in high- end aisle style

As one of the most im­por­tant pieces of at­tire you’ll ever wear, your wed­ding dress is one fash­ion pur­chase you want to get right. Whether it’s a sump­tu­ous struc­ture with a plung­ing back and heav­ily lay­ered skirt, or a sen­ti­men­tal nod to vin­tage ro­mance with gen­er­ous lay­ers of lace, de­sign­ers have lav­ish gowns to suit ev­ery bride this sea­son. While on the hunt for the dress of your dreams, be sure to re­main open-minded to dif­fer­ent styles. Skirts, neck­lines and fab­rics you might have orig­i­nally skipped past in mag­a­zines could be the de­signs that hug your fig­ure per­fectly, suit your skin tone glow­ingly and cul­mi­nate to form the dress you have al­ways dreamed of. Be sure to take into con­sid­er­a­tion your venue – a skirt elab­o­rately de­tailed with feath­ers won’t hold up well on the black sands of Raglan – and tie in your dress with the over­all look, feel and theme of your day. As bride, you will be the fo­cal point. Make sure you shine in a gown that’s a wor­thy trib­ute to life­long love.

A-line styles fea­ture a struc­tured bodice with the skirt flar­ing from the waist in an ‘A’ shape. Skim­ming curves, it’s a sil­hou­ette that’s uni­ver­sally flat­ter­ing.

Dropped-waist gowns fea­ture skirts which fall from the hips rather than the waist. Pair­ing a dropped-waist style with a fit­ted bodice cre­ates curves on a tall, slen­der bride, but is best avoided if you’re pe­tite.

God­dess dresses fea­ture floaty, ethe­real lay­ers and can work to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of height. Of­ten they have a short bodice and a high waist, which has a slim­ming ef­fect – per­fect for plus-size brides. Mer­maid or trum­pet skirts have a form-fit­ting shape and flare out at the thigh, knee or calf. High­light­ing curves, this style is per­fect for an hour­glass fig­ure.

Asym­met­ri­cal skirts have an un­even edge or are cut on an an­gle. They al­low you to show a hint of leg with­out re­veal­ing them com­pletely.

Sheath gowns skim the body from head to toe and fea­ture a nar­row skirt – a pop­u­lar choice for ath­letic types.

Short skirts are a fun, fresh al­ter­na­tive to full-length gowns for cock­tail-style re­cep­tions. They also pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case a pair of stand­out heels.

FULL-BOD­IED FUN LUX­U­RI­ATE IN THE FOR­MAL­ITY OF THE OC­CA­SION WITH DETAILLADEN SKIRTS – THINK PRETTY PLEATS, FEATH­ERED FRI­VOL­ITY AND LASH­INGS OF LACE.

SHEER BEAUTY A RE­FRESH­ING AL­TER­NA­TIVE TO THE STRAP­LESS GOWN, IL­LU­SION NECK­LINES WHIS­PER DE­MURE IN­TRIGUE. SHORT AND SWEET SHOW OFF A KILLER PAIR OF PINS WITH A KNEE-KISS­ING SKIRT THAT’S STEEPED IN STYLE. ONE-SHOUL­DER WON­DERS IF THIS SEA­SON HAS SHOWN US ANY­THING, IT’S THAT ONE SLEEVE IS JUST AS GOOD AS TWO. GO ASSYMETRICAL FOR A BRI­DAL LOOK THAT’S HIGH ON FASH­ION’S HIT LIST.

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