The first official day of summer may still be more than six weeks away, but the forward-thinking ladies at Something Blue already have fall and winter bridal styles on their fashion radar. Boutique owner Sandie Walther and fashion director Rebekah Krsak hit the Atlanta bridal market in early April to preview the top designers’ fall offerings and order the perfect dresses to carry in the store.
Krsak said she was pleased to see most designers striking a balance between classic and eye-catching.
“The dresses for this fall and winter will be great for church weddings and have that very classic look, with lots of high necks, but also some deep, plunging backs. There’s a really good balance that allows brides to be really sexy but modest at the same time.
“My favorite dress we saw was Cordelia from Maggie Sottero…it’s a three-quarter length sleeve with a big, square open back. Sleeves will definitely be in this season. Another new thing that Maggie Sottero is doing is offering some dresses with amazing shapewear in the dress, so it’s basically like wearing a wedding dress with Spanx built right in.”
In addition, Something Blue will be carrying a new line this fall, Enchanting by Mon Cheri (the design house that also makes Sophia Tolli). Most dresses will run around $1,300 or less and feature excellent quality without the high price tag. The line also features customizable pieces such as overskirts, jackets and belts.
“Enchanting has some really pretty, quality dresses for great prices,” Krsak said. “They have a few simple styles but several have a lot of lace and are still inexpensive. Honestly I don’t even know how they do it! There’s a really pretty style, 217125, that has a straight skirt but comes with a detachable, lace A-line overskirt, which we really liked.”
Krsak said designers were showing multiple styles with varied extra touches such as layering (overskirts or jackets), sheer panels or cutouts, plunging necklines, illusion backs and off-the-shoulder styles.
“We’re seeing fewer mermaid styles and more romantic, A-line ball gowns,” she said. “Designers are leaning more toward really romantic and soft styles or those that are see-through, plunging and sexy. We’re also seeing more crepe and still lots of color…several designers aren’t even offering white anymore. And of course, lace is still a huge deal.
“We purchased dresses from Maggie Sottero, all three Allure lines (Allure, Couture and Romance), Rebecca Ingram and Enchanting. It’s great to have a wide variety of styles, designers and prices to offer our brides.”
If you’re planning a fall or winter wedding, make an appointment to check out the latest styles at Something Blue by callingor texting 979-308-1044.