This is a post written by Lourdes.
As I type this, I’m realizing that Christmas is one week away and the new year is only TWO WEEKS AWAY!!! Where did the year go?! Can time slow down a bit?
Reflecting on the Year Past
This has been an adventure 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 count on 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
This coming year will be a year of learning for us as well. And another year of growth. While we don’t know exactly what it will hold, there are a few things we do know. We know we already have our favorite and not-so-favorite bridal trends. So without further ado, here they are.
1. Favorite Bridal Trend: 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’?” For starters, a high neckline can be sheer. Like the sheer lace on the Oscar de la Renta dress. Plus, when it comes to bateau necklines, they usually exist to balance out a low back. Look at Tamarisk from our "The Classics" as an example.
2. Favorite Bridal Trend: The 3D Effect
Three-dimensional floral appliques are the hot ticket! And, we're not the only ones that love them. Designers across the board have been choosing the 3D details on large and small scales. Plus, the 3D trims can be placed on just about any fabric. Our Hudson dress has the small floral appliques on lace. Our Aurora dress has the same trim on tulle net with Swarovski crystals intermixed. Our Penelope and Pia dresses have larger 3D elements, but not as large as the flowers on the Monique Lhuillier confection.
3. Favorite Bridal Trend: Built-in Bling
Dramatic sparkle on a wedding dress? Yes please! Our designs vary in bling level. But, no matter the level, they always bring the drama. For maximum bling: our Faven mermaid gown with all over sparkle from a sequin lining. For a medium level of sparkle: think scattered crystals like on our Karli halter gown. And for a small amount of bling: think crystal trims like those on Tamarisk or Iset.
Now that we've gone over the favorite bridal trends for the new year, here are the least favorite trends. We've listed them in ascending order from least to most offensive (in our opinion).
1. Least Favorite Bridal Trend: Feathers
Yes, ostrich feathers are a fun and flirty detail, 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 all this movement will start to loosen the feathers, which will end up everywhere! Just like glitter. Three years down the line, and two houses later, you're still going to find feathers. And you'll be wondering how they got there. lol
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. Least Favorite Bridal Trend: 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. Least Favorite Bridal Trend: Underwear as Bridalwear
This makes us both so… sad, mad, confused… all the above!? The lingerie look for your wedding dress not what we picture when we think "sexy wedding dress." Call us old-fashioned, but we don’t want to see your underwear on your wedding day! Much less your who-hah. You can still feel sexy without putting it all out there for your guests to see. If you dying to have that “naked” look opt for a nude lining. As Carolina Herrera said 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.”
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. If you were considering any trend on the "not-so-favorites" list, perhaps reconsider your approach on it.
Let us know in the comments if there's a trend that you think we missed out on. Good or bad.
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