It all starts with the shoulder design on a wedding gown. It grabs the spotlight.
Right now, shoulder flair is a top trend, and lace is a big reason why all eyes are on shoulder design right now. Several major designers have given interviews saying how much they love sleeves right now – long, short and three-quarter length – and that strapless dresses may very well be bumped from brides’ dream dress wishlists since the array of shoulder accenting adds so much sensuality and refinement to a wedding gown. ‘Sophisticated coverage’ is the buzzword phrase for sleeves in wedding gown trends for 2013 and 2014, and sleeves start at a pretty shoulder.
Here are some of the leading trends in wedding gown shoulder accenting and design:
• Lace flutter sleeves
• Illusion netting-based shoulder fabric, embellished with a wide array of different lace effects, from traditional Alencon-type laces to more artistic, couture laces in larger patterns, with a satin trim at the hem. Claire Pettibone does this look to perfection, with sheer fabrics accented with unique and artistic lace embellishments. Her lace is so pretty, it’s often showcased without the illusion layer, a splay of eye-catching shape and intricacy against the bride’s skin.
• Off the shoulder pleated fabric lace extension.
• Fluttery gossamer fabric in layers at the shoulder, as seen at Karen Willis and other bridal fashion designers, for wispy, ethereal movement as the bride walks; with or without a jeweled top-of-shoulder accent
• A perfectly-placed simple seam at the start of a long, fabric sleeve (like the Bella Swan wedding dress in Twilight, named to several ‘best movie wedding dress’ lists.) The simple elegance of no embellishments, just the length of the arm being balletic and sophisticated, is a standout trend that again lets the bride’s face and hair capture the spotlight.
Finally, we have the jacket worn over the dress, with long or short sleeves, most often in lace. At Justin Alexander, a Queen Anne cap sleeve tulle and lace jacket captures great attention right now for the bride who wishes to cover up her shoulders for her house of worship’s rules, but then wants to remove the jacket to reveal bare arms, shoulders, a plunging back, perhaps a daring front V, or other styles the house of worship does not favor. A jacket adds a second shoulder look to the bride’s ensemble, perhaps giving her the opportunity for a more voluminous shoulder cap, plus a lay-flat, sparkling, jeweled shoulder accent underneath.