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JAN-FEB 2016

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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25 while guests at your wedding will certainly remember that you were beautiful, they may well forget what your bridal gown looked life—but you won't! it is a picture that will be carried in your mind and heart for the rest of your life, so this dress must be memorable. For centuries, women have pursued that perfect gown. Photos of Queen Victoria show she started it all in a grand way with her white dress. Wedding gowns have seen much transformation since she married her beloved Prince Albert. There were the saucy sleek dresses in the 1920s flapper era and the austere business suits worn by those 1940s brides of World War II. There may have been a touch of lace at the throat or a scant ruffle on it, but it could in no way be construed as anything but what we consider a business suit, a style that reflects the sentiment of that dark time, in part due to the difficulty of securing formal clothing and the scarcity of material. The bride was more concerned that her soldier groom only had a short pass home before shipping off. Now, here come the 2016 brides! According to several Baton Rouge bridal boutiques, the New Year will see several new trends (or old ones that have become new again). "One of the companies we feature is going way back— back to the flower generation of gauzy tiered skirts, layers and layers of lace and embroidery. With petals woven in the hair; it's back to nature," said Helen Dunham, owner of Gabrielle's Bridals. "Fabrics of organdy and chiffon, very light and ethereal, with off-the-shoulder bodices are trending now. Of all of our vendors, probably 50% of their dresses are not strapless." Helen prognosticates that skin-tight stretch tulle, both white and skin toned, will form the back of many gowns in 2016. With buttons down the back, they are very striking. She continued, "We see the ball gown (with pockets) as well as the mermaid style very much requested. Fabrics are ranging from silk to all- out beading of crystals and rhinestones. What has gone from the scene are the once popular pick-up skirts." "Detached skirts are going to be on the rise," revealed Ramsey Sims of I Do Bridal Couture. "I have just returned from market, where designers presented the long detachable skirt over a fitted gown creating a very dramatic look," she said. Ramsey also sees the ball gowns that were popular in the mid- twentieth century making a comeback. "The exquisite silk faille and silk sheaths are traditional fabrics that endure for bridal gowns," Ramsey said. "V-neck bodices are showing in unique laces often featuring sleeves and straps." Mix and max separates are on the horizon as noted by Jenifer Galster of Bustle Bridals. "For instance, a bride could choose one top with a different skirt as showcased by the designer Martina Liana. How clever and the effect is seamless," she said. "Also, we see sheer sleeves for next year and sheer lace. A simple, clean look is always popular. Although the strapless will not go away, I think brides will come in wanting a higher neckline more than before. Ivory is the color for brides for its richness in silk organza, silk, flowing fabrics, some tulle but not much. A really lovely feature this year will be the Juliet veil, more fitted to the head and soft ribbon headbands that tie and drapes on the head, very feminine and demure." "Basically what's trending in the bridal world is that brides are more open to subtle colors such as champagne or café latte as the underlay instead of the typical white or ivory," said Nikki Vu of Blush Bridal. "Lace is a classic style, and with one of these shades under the lace, the look is more defining, and the intricacy of the lace is enhanced." Nikki, like Jennifer, said backs and necklines will be a big deal in 2016. "Today, many brides are foregoing the bare look to a more romantic neckline and illusion backs with beading," Nikki said. "Waistline accessories will continue into 2016. The jewel-encrusted sash around a somewhat simple sheath is dazzling. Trains are here to stay [and range] from short to cathedral." Natasha Miller of Natasha Marie Bridal said lace is still ahead for the coming year. Preferred necklines are boat neck, off-the shoulder with sleeves. "I have also noticed that if it is not lace, the brides are moving back to what I think of as classic fabrics, even silk satins," Natasha said. With her specialty of re-designing heirloom gowns that belonged to the bride's mother or grandmother, Natasha incorporates today's trends with the timeless lines of the treasured dresses. Whether her choice for that special day gown is breathtakingly simple, ultra-glamorous or old-fashioned lace, the bride's glow of sheer happiness and radiance will prevail as she walks in beauty down the aisle.

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