Fall 2011 Bridal: The Long and Short of It
Following the in-your-face hustle and bustle of Fashion Week, Bridal Week’s quiet demeanor sometimes gets lost in the fashion folds. Not this year. Fall 2011 packed a few stylishly tiny surprises, which garnered much-deserved attention from editors and consumers alike. There was still plenty of frothy layers, lacy frills, and floor-length organza to go around but in the mix of traditional silhouettes, short head-turners stole the show. We’re not talking about sexpot body-con dresses slit up to there. Just think what your future Mother-In-Law would say. Instead, expertly constructed tea time appropriate confections waltzed down the runway. Oscar de la Renta’s flirtatious frocks were just right for the romantic girlie-girl while Nicole Miller’s paired-down modernity spoke to urban brides everywhere.
Cropped wedding dresses have been in and out of fashion since the 1920′s but what’s most interesting about this Fall 2011 trend is the timing. Generally, the hiked-up hemline is reserved for destination weddings or beach brides marrying in the spring or summer. Rarely have we seen the proverbial party-length dress, often dubbed as the supporting role, headline the show in autumn. It’s a refreshing change to be sure.
Other noteworthy bridal trends for fall include: gowns saturated in color from petal pink to noir, oddball headpieces, and wedding day jackets for her.