Wedding Trends

One of our favorite weeks of the year is here! Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City and we’re like kids in a candy store, so excited about all the newest gowns from our favorite designers. During this week, we attend runway shows and meet with designers to pick the wedding dresses we’ll carry in the Wedding Suite for the next season.

While we could talk for days about all the details, we also know a picture is worth a thousand words—so follow our fashion week journey through the photos below (with more to come this week!). You can also follow the action on Twitter @NordstromWed where our bridal director, Andrea Wasserman, is live tweeting throughout each day!

Mt. Rainier greets us along the way to the airport in Seattle.

At the hotel, laying out the week’s shoes. The flats will come in handy!

Central Park view from our hotel. We could get used to this!

First meeting with the lovely Kelly Faetanini, with a gorgeous lace back dress.

Next to the runway at Vera Wang. Seeing lots of black and white!

Buyer Sharon examines the Vera Wang gowns up close.

At Nicole Miller, checking out a favorite gown, now in lace!

Sharon and Lisa looking through options. Decisions, decisions!

Andrea and designer Heidi Elnora ending the night at dinner–in matching jean jackets.

Check back this week for more coverage of Bridal Fashion Week including our favorite new trends!

{ 0 comments }

Flowing fabrics, watery colors and pearly shine make up a trend we’re calling Seascape—and we’re getting swept away! Seascape is all about bringing the beauty of water into wedding attire and décor, on land or sea! This trend is fresh, sweet and easy to incorporate, for the beach wedding and beyond.

In Seascape, we’re seeing colors like mint and gray being updated to seaglass, aqua and pale blue. These colors work especially well for bridesmaid dresses, in short or long chiffon and organza fabrics. For gowns, we love the mermaid silhouette, which is flattering on many different body types! We are also seeing gowns encrusted with just a bit of jeweled texture, like the top of the ‘Zinnia’ gown from Roses by Reem Acra.

For accessories, look for pearls in jewelry, hair pieces or embellishment on wedding dresses (like Olia Zavozina loves to do!). Iridescent jewelry, such as bracelets or earrings by Alexis Bittar, complement pearls AND work on their own. Light-colored metallics, especially in wedding shoes, can add some extra punch to the softness.

Giuseppe Zanotti Peep Toe Pump | Jenny Yoo ‘Vivienne’ Gown available at in-store Wedding Suites | Matthew Christopher ‘Moet’ Gown | Lela Rose ‘The Farm’ Gown | Alexis Bittar ‘Dust’ Bracelet | Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham’ Earrings | Donna Morgan ‘Morgan’ Dress | Charles David ‘Icon’ Sandal | Cara Faux Pearl Sash

Are you inspired by the Seascape trend? How would you use it for your wedding?

All beach scene and décor photos taken by SnapKnot photographers: Josh Fisher Photography, Leah Valentine Photography, Vanessa Joy Photography

{ 1 comment }

Are you a REVELer? Our Weddings Team just can’t stop raving about REVEL—it’s so much more than a blog, with uniquely curated, of-the-moment wedding styles. Not to mention, totally shop-able. Bonus!

We couldn’t resist asking the editors of REVEL to handpick some of their favorite pieces from our Wedding Suite to style a dream wedding, by occasion: Classic Affair & Fashionable Fête.

As usual, their selections are a wedding-day bull’s-eye. If you’re a bride-to-be (or lover of all things weddings, like us), REVEL is a must—from its super-sleek look to the smart navigation (you can now browse by color or item type).

Some of the most fashion-forward ladies turn into unabashed classicists when it comes to their big day. And others switch things up by throwing their own trendsetting party of a lifetime. Have a look at REVEL’s latest post, and tell us which type you are when it comes to your wedding: Are you a trendsetter all the way, or “fashionable by day, classic by wedding?”

{ 0 comments }

Andrea Wasserman, our National Bridal Director, shares her favorite trends (and behind-the-scenes snaps of buying appointments) coming this fall for bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses.

Tulle. We noted a trend of featherweight skirts during our October trip to market and were thrilled to see it persist in a bigger way over this trip weekend. We saw tulle on bodices, skirts, exaggerated veils and often layered with lace or sequins. Heidi Elnora’s use of English netting as a tulle alternative was incredible for its airy nature, and Vera Wang’s use of layers and layers of draped tulle wowed us in shades of red. [Pictured: Vera Wang, at select Wedding Suites now]

Lace. From alençon to Chantilly and full to borders to appliqué, lace was the #1 trend in gowns, veils, jackets and reception dresses. Lace was an important part of every designer’s assortment, and we loved what Reem Acra and Amsale did with it. [Pictured: Theia, coming this fall]

Bows. We saw a feminine bow detail trending upward and will look for more of it next season. We’ve always loved the way Amsale adds excitement to the back of her gowns in this way and also took note of some sweet tiny bows at Reem Acra and Rosa Clara. [Pictured: NOUVELLE Amsale sketch, coming to all Wedding Suites in September]

Illusion. More than ever before, we noticed sheer necklines, sleeves and low cut backs that featured lace or appliqué. Lela Rose added to the drama with her exquisite hand beading in organic shapes that were inspired by the landscape of NYC parks. [Pictured: Sue Wong Illusion Bodice Lace Sheath Dress, available online this fall]

Peplum. We know this isn’t for every bride, but in a nod to the couture and ready-to-wear shapes of the season, we saw designers interpreting peplum in ways that were wearable and timeless. Length, shape, structure and fabrication varied, but everyone registered the importance of this ladylike look. [Pictured: Jill Stuart bridesmaid dress, coming this fall]

{ 0 comments }

Floral prints and flower-inspired accents are showing up everywhere this season—and our Weddings Team is finding spring blooms especially sweet on bridal shoes and bridal jewelry.

For more inspiration, stop into one of our Wedding Suite locations or check out our Pinterest boards curated by our Weddings Team: Ethereal Dreamscape, Pastels, Brights, Architectural L’amour and Royal Wedding.

We know you’re out there with your own Pinterest wedding boards and dog-eared magazines—what wedding trends and ideas are you loving, sharing and finding inspirational right now?

Pictured:
BP. Platinum ‘Medina’ Sandal
Nina ‘Neva’ Pump
Vera Wang Lavender ‘Savy’ Sandal
Vince Camuto ‘Lively’ Sandal
Nadri Crystal Flower Drop Earrings
Nadri ‘Eden’ Floral Collar Necklace (Nordstrom Exclusive)

{ 0 comments }