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Gown Trends 2015


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As a bride walks down the aisle in her gown, the goal is to make her feel exceptional. From the luxurious fabrics and unique designs, a woman in the gown of her dreams feels beautiful and spectacular.


This season, color is not just for the bridesmaids. There are lots of color options from peach to rose that are showcased on the designer runways.


“For Spring 2015, I saw a continuation of the use of subtle color like blush along with the mixing of fabrics, including detachable options like tulle trains or overskirts,” said MaryIsabel Rooney, owner of Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection in Tampa.


“Compared to the last few seasons, the Spring 2015 collections feel softer and more romantic than ever before.” Ombre wedding dresses are also strutting the catwalk and are a daring way to break the rules and stand out on your special day. Many brides are choosing to take the plunge and have open, draped back detail on the gown — it is both classy and sexy with details of lace and beading.


“This bridal season it is all about the low backs,” said Megan Bubalo, owner of Malindy Elene, located in Tampa.


“Whether it’s lace appliqués on a sheer illusion, or just plunging down as far as the gown will go, every single girl wants to add a little sass to her wedding day look.” In order to lower the back and not compromise structure, designers are moving away from the strapless and adding straps. “This look is so stunning and such a surprise to guests, as a bride walks down the aisle,” Bubalo said. The team at The White Magnolia Bridal Collection located in Old Hyde Park Village agrees.


“Our expert team of buyers at The White Magnolia are definitely seeing a comeback with straps and sleeves,” said Kerrie Hileman, owner.


“Brides are looking for a little more modesty and support, so they can feel comfortable throughout the night. We are also seeing a lot of designers combining classic elements with modern twists into their new designs. We’re talking lace, tulle, and classic shapes combined with slits, sparkly boleros, and even studs for the bride searching for an edgier look,” Hileman said. “Also, staying tried and true with the past couple seasons is the romantic theme,” agrees Bubalo. “Lace, soft embroidery, soft fabrics like tulle or organza, and soft colors like champagne or blush, are being done by every single designer. We love that brides are choosing unique, soft, glamorous gowns for their wedding day!”


—Ronda M. Parag


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