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Dare To Go Bare in Toronto

I love fashion. I’ve always loved fashion. I watch red carpets like others watch baseball (Go Jays!). Earlier this year during the 2015 Met Gala I predicted the latest bridal trend – the naked gown, sheer dress, veiled couture – whatever you want to call the trend, it’s design is clearly all about showcasing the body in sheer, barely there, see-through gowns.

Let’s review who wore it well at the 2015 Met Gala and I think we can all agree, Beyonce, as always, embodied the trend in a sheer bejeweled in all the right places couture gown.

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Along with Beyonce, JLo and Kim Kardashian also got in on the action with the very own take on the trend including high cutouts, beading and strategic fabric placements.

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If you’ve got a body like Beyonce or JLo this is surely the trend to showcase your better assets if you know what I mean!

Joan Smalls took a slightly more subtle approach to the trend in a strategically sheer violet gown.

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And, finally, Caroline Trentini showed some art deco flare with a fitted black sheer gown we couldn’t stop staring at.New York Bridal Week 2015, Bridal Market, Eveneing Wear, Valencienne Bridal, Couture

 

Flash forward to this past weeks, New York Bridal Week, and you’ll easily see these trend-setting Met Gala gowns influence on current trends. The body is haute couture and it seems like everyone is putting this barely there designs on brides. Near naked, Nipple-exposing lace, plunging necklines and daring thigh-high splits are just a few words to describe the latest bridal trends for 2016.

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Inbal Dror ran wild with the trend including micro minis, sheer cut outs, tulle, lace and embroidery. It was a vision for the senses and in my opinion, perhaps a bit over the top for most brides BUT that’s true couture.New York Bridal Market, Wedding Dresses, Bridal, Inbal Dror, Bridal, Couture, Toronto, Valencienne BridalNew York Bridal Market, Wedding Dresses, Bridal, Inbal Dror, Sheer Bridal Gown, Valencienne Bridal, Toronto

Naeem Khan included another trend in bridal fashion – floral accents mixed with the sheer silhouette for a very fitted sculpted garden look for brides.

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And finally, Hayley Paige jeweled and gemmed gowns fit for a modern day princess with sheer tops harkening the honeymoon.

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I think we can all clearly see, I predicted it right – sheer gowns are going to very much be “a thing” for 2016. As a matter of fact, Valencienne has already custom designed and created five “naked dresses” for our bold Toronto brides.

Here are other trends I’m seeing for 2016: Illusion Backs, Off The Shoulder Gowns, Oversized Bows (I am THE bow master of Toronto), Pearls ARE Back in Force, Colours (Ice Blue, Pink, Mint, Cafe oh Lait, Platinum), Sleeves (mostly lace sleeves), NAKED dresses.

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Listen, it’s effortless to look elegant and showstopping when you have a $30,000 dress budget and can afford for a Designer to custom cut and strategically position every piece of fabric, lace, jewel or accent. Mass-produced gowns just cannot be a tailored to your individual body! It’s just NOT possible. If you are looking for this type of wedding gown, you MUST go to a couture bridal gown designer who will custom create your gown from scratch, based on your body, building a pattern just for you.

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The Valencienne Experience is all about knowing our brides. It’s knowing how fabric moves, what styles suit what body types, how to manipulate and create a gown that’s flattering to your body yet still very much in fashion. You simply cannot get that experience from a gown purchased off the rack from a salon instead of purchasing custom from a designer.

Ladies, if I can caution you about this trend it would be this – hire a Designer if you want it done right. You will thank me when your images are timeless and elegant without harsh fabric lines, strategically placed lace in the wrong place, and guests left feeling like they’ve witnessed your wedding night instead of your wedding day.

Timeless and elegant is ALWAYS the way to own and embody any trend.