Trends: Dress the Part

Feel gorgeously grown-up in an updated take on ladylike looks inspired by the spring 2014 bridal collections



The sartorial solution for chic winter weddings? A statement cloak ensemble à la Theia’s bateau-neck sheath and cropped cape in silk fil coupé jacquard (clockwise from top), Angel Sanchez’s sleek gown with beaded embroidery bodice and attached crepe cape, and Monique Lhuillier’s ethereal silk crepe seamed dress and subtly sleeved cape. Find Lhuillier’s latest looks (which also include mink boleros, lace shawls, and tulle coats) at Divine Designs Bridal Boutique.


1213-trends-tea-lengthOn the Rise Midcentury calf-skimming dresses are making a cosmopolitan comeback. Show a little leg in Marchesa’s ruched floral texture gown (from left), Ivy & Aster’s fitted Battenburg lace frock, or Heidi Elnora’s silk taffeta high-low number. The English Dept features Ivy & Aster and shop founder Elizabeth Dye’s own short-but-sweet creations.


1213-trends-tiersFlounce Back Full, layered skirts aren’t just for Southern belles and ’80s prom queens. New tiered styles are elegant and origami-like: e.g., Marchesa’s ruched tulle ball gown (from left), Rivini’s sheer lace sheath with faille overskirt, and Yumi Katsura’s silk satin organza ball gown. Locals Holly Stalder and Sophie Chang offer more fresh tiers.


1213-trends-glovesHigh Fives Take a cue from Marilyn Monroe or Karl Lagerfeld and don a pair of dramatic gloves. Leather, lace, sheer, and fingerless designs walked at Vera Wang (from left), Elizabeth Fillmore, and Oscar de la Renta. Xtabay’s Elizabeth Gross loves classic long, white gloves, while PDX designer Claire La Faye styles short, modern versions.

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