straps please!

Look #1: Clean and classic, knotted sweetheart bust on the Monique Lhuillier "Evangeline"


Look #2: Beaded halter with jeweled brooch detail from Augusta Jones for a touch of elegance and Old Hollywood Glam!


Look 3: assymetrical grossgrain strap and a Sara Gabriel hairpiece for a funky play on tradition


Augusta Jones - Lia


It all comes in cycles. Five years ago I swore I would NEVER wear fitted jeans, and I'd rather die then be caught wearing anything but a dress shirt to work...well let the man sitting here in skinny jeans and a v-neck tshirt tell you... things change. As new looks come out this week in New York, it made me think of bridal trends. Obviously most girls are not rockin' the full length sleeves a la 1981, but we're seeing more interest in something a little different than the strapless gown.
I've seen a lot of interest in both halters and asymetrical straps. As strapless gowns can leave a large swath of skin bare, sometimes just breaking it up with a band can really shift the balance of the dress and frame a girl's face. And that can be done with your seamstress. I love taking a length of grossgrain ribbon and building a strap... and it can be detachable. Strapless and clean for the ceremony, then something a little different for the reception... two looks, one dress!
The assymetrical strap is also really big. I absolutely fell in love with the "Lia", a new design from Augusta Jones (we got a sneak peak before it shows on the runway at Bridal Market this October). It has a single strap embellished with flowers that come over the shoulder, drip down the back, and work into the back of the dress along the zipper. It's young and fresh and absolutely stunning! Sometimes I'll replicate the look with a floral sash we have here in the store from Vera Wang (oh, Vera!) to punch up the volume on a classic, understated gown.

There are so many amazing options for brides, and I love being able to show them such a variety of looks and styles. From custom designing them cap sleeves, to using a small veil on the neckline of a gown (soooo fun!) it's amazing what you can do to really make a dress your own.