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Enjoy a sampling of your Mori Lee and Mori Lee Blu wedding gowns shown here. Our showroom includes many more. Mori Lee is designed by Madeline Gardner, an internationally recognized bridal designer from New York City. She specializes in traditional style and impeccable gown construction. You will enjoy the substantial detailing and delicate tailored patterns which provide timeless, elegant looks. Email or call for your appointment today 919.783.8911.
Wedding Gown Trends for 2013
Curious about what’s in store for 2013? Here’s a look at five of the hottest trends for the new year.
Color is solidly claiming its place in the world of wedding gowns. In addition to the bold shades that made a splash in the 2012 collections, a veritable rainbow of color is making its debut. Blush, a creamy soft shade of pink, is quickly becoming a favorite among wedding dress designers. It’s flattering to every skin tone and adds an extra romantic feel to any dress. Also making a solid show is gold; designers have included shades ranging from soft golden hues to shiny metallic embroidery. For the modern bride, there are also several dresses that incorporate prints and patterns. From subtle pastel prints that evoke a watercolor painting to bold prints filled with warm tropical hues, you can find the perfect combination that expresses your personality and spirit. Many gowns we carry can be ordered in champagne, blush, or light gold in addition to the standard white or ivory.
Many brides search for not one but two perfect dresses for their wedding day: one for the ceremony and one for the reception. In response, designers have been adding more and more convertible dresses to their collections for 2013. For the price of one dress, you get two looks. Sometimes it’s as simple as the option of detachable sleeves; you would be surprisedhow an addition or removal of cap sleeves can affect the silhouette of a dress! There are also several styles that feature removable skirts, transitioning a long, romantic dress into a fun cocktail-length dress made for dancing. One example from the Mori Lee Voyage collection, style number 6738 features a strapless lace dress with a romantic soft tulle skirt which can be easily removed for the reception. Several designers also go the extra step and create a dramatic transformation with completely removable lace overlays. When the top layer is shed, a completely different gown emerges. A beautiful example of this trend is Casablanca style number 2119. With both layers worn, the gown is a timeless and romantic lace dress; the lace layer has beautiful sleeves, a flattering bateau neckline, an illusion lace effect, and a lovely keyhole back. When the lace is removed, the dress reveals an elegant satin A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline and built-in waist-defining sash. Both dresses are beautiful and flattering but, most importantly, they are completely different looks!
Sleeves and Straps
From shoulder straps to small cap sleeves to elegant long sleeves, a growing trend in wedding gowns is the inclusion of a sleeve or strap. Many brides have grown weary of seeing the same strapless options over and over again, and most designers are responding by providing an increasing number of dresses feature some type of arm coverage. Several designs have removable sleeves, but there are also a growing number of styles that incorporate attached sleeves. This is a way to not only help a bride feel more comfortable in her dream dress but also to allow a dress to create a silhouette that’s unachievable by a strapless gown such as a deep V-neck or a timeless keyhole back.
Continuing a trend from 2012, textured gowns are a bold way to incorporate a modern look into your wedding day. As with all trends, there is wide spectrum of textures from which you can choose. Sometimes it’s as simple as small floral shapes made of ribbon that lend a 3D effect to the bodice of a gown. Or perhaps there are two layers of tulle on a skirt, both featuring lace appliques, which create a subtle textured moment for the gown. This season, several gowns have ornately ruffled skirts that add a touch of fun and whimsy. If it fits your personality, there is no easier way to have a dramatic, jaw-dropping entrance than coming down the aisle in a ruffled gown.
Perhaps the most surprising trend for 2013 is the reemergence of the bridal cape. It is a callback to the vintage bridal elegance of the 1930s and 1940s. The cape has been reimagined as a soft, sheer covering that lends a vintage feel to the gown. Often embellished with rhinestones, embroidery, or lace trim, capes can emphasize the girly glamour of the bride while creating a modern illusion effect with the gown. Capes are especially appropriate for early spring weddings; the pairing of the sweet, romantic cape and the freshness of a spring garden is a winning combination.
As with any trend, you can pick and choose what to incorporate in your wedding to make it feel like an expression of yourself. With some forethought and planning, you can achieve a beautiful look that shows off your personality.