As most of us predicted, Kate Middleton’s traditional (and stunning) Sarah Burton
for Alexander McQueen wedding gown has ignited a series of trends for the upcoming
year in bridal fashion. Designers are forsaking strapless gowns in favor of sleeves—long,
short, and cap—and straps. Lace is back, as are layers of fabric and a healthy dose
of pomp and circumstance.
However, adding extra coverage doesn’t have to mean sacrificing sex appeal. What some
of these gowns conceal cleavage-wise, they more than make up for with plunging backs
swathed in sheer tulle. Whether cut-out, beaded, or scalloped, fall 2013 is “bringing
sexy back,” so to speak.
In fact, many gowns this season have more to say going than coming. Dramatic trains
on frocks of any silhouette are another nod to royal wedding fashion. Though not quite
Princess Diana style, detachable, full, long trains are popular with brides who want
to add a little oomph to their walk down the aisle. Here’s a sampling of the hot trends
we spotted at last week’s bridal market fashion shows.