As I type this, I’m realizing that Christmas is one week away and 2016 is only TWO WEEKS AWAY!!! Where did 2015 go?! Seriously… can time slow down a skosh?
For us, 2015 has been an adventure for sure: setting up our website, two collections in the books, trips to Chicago and NYC bridal markets, photo shoots and trunk shows, a Kickstarter campaign, and a giant learning curve as we grow Edith Élan! For as glamorous as we would like to think owning and running our own fashion design company should be, it’s not. In fact, it’s cliché. It’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs. Stress over this. Celebrate that. Plan this. Worry about that. Design this. Forget that. Sew this. Unstitch that, and so on. Luckily, we can rely on each other and our fabulous support system of friends and family to keep us sane and motivated.
So, to all of you wonderful people: THANK YOU!!! (a million times over)
To G: Thanks partner! I wouldn’t have chosen anybody else to make this dream come true with me. We love and fight like sisters, but that’s what makes us awesome. #loveyou #donteverchange #phraseswritteninhighschoolyearbooks #butimeanit #yesididjusthashtaginablog #itsmyblogdealwithit
2016 will be a year of learning for us as well, and a year of growth. And while we don’t know exactly what it will hold, there are a few things we do know: our favorite and not-so-favorite bridal trends for 2016. So without further ado, here they are:
Top 4 Favorites (in no particular order):
1. The Bateau Neckline
It’s a classic neckline that has made it’s way back from the brink of extinction! Move over strapless dresses, the bateau is just as stunning and sexy. I know, I know...you’re thinking, “How can a high neck be ‘sexy’?” Look at Tamarisk (from our Spring/Summer collection). She has a fitted silhouette and low back with just enough sparkle.
2. The 3D Effect
Three-dimensional floral appliques are all the rage! And, we love them. Designers have been choosing the 3D details in large or small scales. For our Fall/Winter collection, we chose small effects that, when combined with Swarovski elements, became a big detail on the dresses.
The sister to the LBD, the Little White Dress is the choice for brides to slip into for some late-night dancing or the courthouse wedding or the rehearsal dinner. Sophia Vergara was on-trend as she wore not one, but TWO LWDs the weekend of her wedding!
4. Built-in Bling
Dramatic sparkle on a dress? Yes please! Some designers choose to do an all-over take on this one. For 2016, we’ve chosen to do variations on concentrated bling: sparkling petals in Spring/Summer or scattered bling amongst lace and 3D florals in Fall/Winter.
Top 3 "Not-So-Favorites” (in order from least to most offensive):
Yes, ostrich feathers are fun and flirty and they are beautiful when you twirl, but they are the glitter of the bridal-embellishment world. Unless you plan on being a statue the wedding, you are going to be moving; and unless you have a dress to change into for the reception, you are going to be dancing in your feather-adorned dress. And all of this movement will slowly start to loosen the feathers, which will end up everywhere! Fred Astaire even detested them. So much so, that he parodied the song Cheek to Cheek after he finished filming the famous dance scene with Ginger Rogers for Top Hat (1935):
Feathers, I hate feathers
And I hate them so that I can hardly speak
And I never find the happiness I seek
With those chicken feathers dancing cheek to cheek
2. Hoop Skirts
If you want added fullness to your ball-gown, choose a petticoat or a crinoline and NOT a hoop skirt. When you move you want your skirt to be soft and you want your dress to glide - not swing side to side like a bell. Ding dong! Don’t know what I mean? Think Belle from the ballroom scene in Beauty and the Beast. You want your dress to move like this:
3. Underwear Bridalwear
This trend makes us both so… sad, mad, confused… all of the above!? As Carolina Herrera was quoted saying in a NY Times article from October of this year:
"All the brides, they come to us and say, ‘I want a sexy dress,’ ” ... To which [Mrs. Herrera] ever so gently suggests, “Why don’t you do a seductive dress?”... After all, she hastened to point out, “You have to leave a little something for the imagination.”
What is she referring to? Call us old-fashioned, but I don’t want to see your who-hah on your wedding day! You can still feel sexy without putting it all out there for your guests to see. If you really want that “naked” look opt for a nude-colored lining instead of just your skin. This faux-pas for us also applies to seeing the bra cups through your top! I mean, you might as well not even have them there if you're going for that level of sheer.
There you have it! We hope you've been enlightened; and, if you were considering any trend on the "not-so-favorites" list, perhaps you'll reconsider your approach on it.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY 2016!!!