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New York Bridal Week- Fall 2017 Trends

Twice a year, a magical thing happens… New York Bridal Week. 

::sigh::  Let me tell you, it truly is filled with gorgeous mouth dropping dresses that will make you wish you could have numerous weddings with unlimited budgets (well that’s how it is for me at least).

This past season, designers were debuting their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. These beautiful lines were full of wonderful trends (some cross covered from last season) and unique details. Here are the top 6 trends that I noticed the most:
1. Sleeves. Everywhere you look, gorgeous sleeves. Sure there was a fair share of strapless gowns but I have never seen a season with so many different sleeve styles. There were numerous gowns with full-length sleeves:
new york bridal week- long sleeves
FROM THE LEFT:  Watters , Mark Zunino, Maggie Sottero, Rivini
Some designers used bell sleeves, which shows some influence from the ready-to-wear market:
new york bridal week- bell sleeves
FROM THE LEFT:   Rivini, Costarellos, Galia Lahav, Odylyne The Ceremony
The bishop sleeve was also very popular:
FROM THE LEFT:  Rivini, Isabelle Armstrong, Theia, Claire Pettibone
Designers added a little whimsicle touch to gowns by using flutter sleeves:
FROM THE LEFT:   Sachin & Babi, Rivini, Inbal Dror, Theia
All different lengths of “short” sleeves were used, here are just a few examples:
new york bridal week- short sleeves
FROM THE LEFT:   Marchesa, Rime Arodaky, Reem Acra, Rivini
But most of all, off-the-shoulder sleeves were EVERYWHERE and in every style.
new york bridal week- off the shoulders

FROM THE LEFT:   Alon Livne White, Lela Rose, Vera Wang, Rivini

2. Cascading ruffles were another huge trend this season. Now I’m not talking about just the skirt having this detail (as per usual), I’m talking all over and with different materials such as fringe, tulle, lace, and even feathers.

new york bridal week- cascading ruffles
FROM THE LEFT:   Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier, Persy, Odylyne The Ceremony, Yolan Cris
3. Colour was another big trend that was full of blush and blue hues along with deep rich golds. Some designers went all out- head to toe.
new york bridal week- FULL COLOUR
FROM THE LEFT:   Rivini, Monique Lhuillier, Ines Di Santo, Haley Paige
While some used colour as details, either subtle or bold:
new york bridal week- COLOURED DETAILS
FROM THE LEFT:   Yolan Cris, Carol Hannah, Morilee By Madeline Gardner, Ines Di Santo
Then there were a few that introduced colour with beautiful prints.
new york bridal week- COLOURED PRINTS
FROM THE LEFT:   Galia Lahav, Yolan Kris, Malan Brenton
4. One of the more provocative trends was the boudoir inspired theme that popped up in quite a few collections. A few designers kept these dresses somewhat modest, where others went all out with super sheer fabrics and wispy lingerie-like details.
new york bridal week- boudoir
FROM THE LEFT:  Sanchin & Babi, Berta, Naeem Khan, Inbal Dror, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang
5. Pant and jumpsuits are continuing to pick up speed among the bridal world. (To be honest, I love it!) Designers showcased a variety of different options which proved a bride in pants is beautifully chic.
new york bridal week- PANTS
FROM THE LEFT:   Mark Zunino, Galia Lahav, Lela Rose, Rime Arodaky, Randi Rahm
6. Last but not least are those beautiful embellishments that we all love. The most prominent across the board was floral and foliage inspired designs that were seen as 3D appliqués, rich embroidery, and beaded patterns… just to name a few:
new york bridal week- FLORALS & FOLIAGE

FROM THE LEFT:   Inbal Dror,Naeem Khahn, Claire Pettibone, Ines Di Santo, Oscar de la Renta

Photo credits: The Knot & WGSN

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1 Dress 5 Ways

Wedding season is here and it’s a great time especially when you’re a guest for multiple weddings. The celebration is joyful, the food is delicious, the dancing is non-stop fun, and the memories you help create will start the newly weds lives off right.

The only downfall can be the attire, especially if you’re on a budget. As we ladies know, dresses can add up, rather quickly might I add, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Instead of buying multiple dresses, use one dress and style it with different accessories to transform your look for each wedding to come. I promise you, it’s that easy and I’ll show you how.

I asked my dear friend Cat to help me out with this project. She sent me multiple pictures of dresses she already had in her closet. From those, I chose only one and asked her to model this dress while I styled her five different ways.

Plain Dress

Pulling separates from her closet and mine, styling with some of my handmade accessories we were able to take this one dress and create five different outfits.


Look #1 – Casual

This look is GREAT for a casual wedding. The dress is styled with a blue jean jacket, a pearl y-drop necklace, pearl drop earrings, a blue & white pearl rhinestone headband, and the Cherish clutch in silver.

Look1-Casual


Look #2 – Hamptons chic

A nice preppy look for a beach front wedding. I added a white button up shirt from my closet and tied it in front to add a trendy detail. The outfit is also styled with  the pearl choker necklace with matching bracelet, the beaded pearl headband, and the Lace but Not Least clutch.

Look2-Prep


Look #3 – Glam

If you don’t have the money to spend on a gown, use signature pieces from your closet to glam up your dress. For an example, I adding a black skirt overtop and it already makes this outfit more glamorous! Styled with the crystal chain drop earrings, a hand beaded sash, the Cherish Clutch in black metallic, and the Chloe headband as a beautiful bling necklace!

Look3-glam


Look #4 – Boho Chic

The Boho trend is in more than ever recently!  To get this look pair your dress with something with fringe or macrame. Luckily Cat owned this crochet fringe vest which worked perfectly with this look. I also styled this dress with the crystal quartz pendant, gold chain fringe earrings, the boho chic satin flower wire crown, & a lace belt.

Look4-boho


Look #5 – Art Deco

Ever since the Great Gatsby came to the big screen, people have been obsessed with the fashion. To achieve this style I paired this dress with the hand beaded Aubrey Tiara, the pearl reverse necklace, the pearl & rhinestone bracelet and matching earrings, the Forever & Always clutch, and belted it with a hand beaded crystal belt!

Look5-ArtDeco


 As you can see ladies, don’t stress out about wedding season. Take a good hard look in your closet for key pieces to style with some brand new accessories! Preferably from Alyson Nicole 😉

If you are interested in anything you see here thats not available online yet OR you want to make your own custom accessories, email designs@alysonnicole.com.

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