Let’s talk about the dress. It’s the piece of clothing that will arguably hold the most significance in your wardrobe, not only because of the abundance of photos you will have in it, but more importantly because of the memories and values that it will represent. From the moment a bride becomes engaged, to the moment she walks down the aisle, others will incessantly ask the question that everyone is dying to know the answer to: What does the dress look like? The enormity of this decision puts a lot of pressure on the bride to choose between a traditional wedding dress that will never go out of style, or to make the bold decision to surprise her guests with a fashion-forward dress straight off the runway. (Or perhaps something in between the two.)
Bridal couture recently introduced a daring new style that emboldened the catwalks of many Spring 2015 collections: the two-piece wedding dress. Incredible designers including Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and Elizabeth Stuart defied the rules of bridal couture by altering the preexisting notion that bridal gowns be just that: gowns. Instead, layers of taffeta, tulle, and a myriad of other fabrics are being cut to show just a bit (or in some cases a lot, we’re looking at you Oscar) more skin.
While Vera Wang’s design may have you thinking, “No way!” or, like me, “Maybe after I work on my six pack,” the Elizabeth Stuart and Houghton gowns are appealing options if you are looking for a fresh twist on a classic A-line dress. It’s well known that brides tend to customize their wedding gown by adding a belt or extra lace and beading. They will also almost always have at least one alteration made to match the size and fit of the dress closely to the shape of their own body. In the case of the two-piece wedding dress, slight tailoring may minimize, or even eliminate entirely, exposure of the mid-section while still revealing its modern structure. Keep in mind though, that perfect accessories are another option if you are looking to add just a touch of tradition to an edgy look. Many of the models styled in two-piece wedding gowns adorn a flower crown that softens the look by evoking the innocence of a child. In lieu of this more bohemian look, a floor-length veil will often balance out the contemporary aspects of a gown.
We recently had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Lauren and Donald at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Unknowingly, Lauren embraced today’s two-piece trend by wearing a wedding dress that had a separate top and bottom. While Lauren didn’t reveal her midriff, she effortlessly combined a contemporary corset with a classic A-line skirt that sits at the waist to create an original look that will certainly be remembered. Don’t let de la Renta’s minimal use of fabric scare you away from exploring new trends and making them your own. We love your style, Lauren!
Left: Elizabeth Stuart, Center: Houghton, Right: Oscar de la Renta
Left: Mira Zwillinger, Center: Vera Wang, Right: Theia
Lauren’s take on the two-piece gown: