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.