Fall 2010 Bridal Report: Color, Floral Appliques and… Black?

New York City has been bustling with women walking down aisles in the newest bridal couture but and its not because of those catchy Match.com commercials or spring fevers.  The biggest names in Bridal fashions have debuted their new Fall 2010 collections showing lots of flowers that add oomph, crazy accessories and lots of colors, including black. Yup, black.

These gowns from Vera Wang are so modern and young.  Love the chunky necklaces; its a nice take on simply splashing on diamonds.




Known for high glamour and red carpet moments galore, Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2010 bridal collection was true to his aesthetic.  Steeped in tradition, this current line is fit for royalty.

 Although a slim cut gown, the spectacular lace gives this dress the illusion of volume and drama without being over the top.

 That headpiece is not playing around.

 The swiss dot pattern is so demure and sweet, but with the glitter added to the gown, it becomes perfect for a black tie affair.

 Again, we see peach coming up, which is the perfect hue if you want to add some color without straying too far away from looking like a bride.

 And the bride wore black.  There is nothing subtle about this gown.  Would you walk down the aisle in black? This much black? Its a beautiful dress and a statement for certain.

 This short and sweet number is perfect for a town hall wedding or to slip on as the party gets going.

 Black is back again in this Carolina Herrera number, but still is predominately white, making it easier to pull off down the aisle.

 Love the drop-waist shape to this gown and the layers on the bottom.  Very chic.

 Venezuelan born Herrera undeniably took from her culture to deliver this  beautiful line, full of twists.

Contemporary designer Nicole Miller put out a small nine piece collection of simple, subtle and comparatively more affordable bridal gowns.

The legendary design team Badgley Mischka reinforced their rock star bridal atelier status with this collection full of revamped silhouettes with some modern appointments.  The one shoulder look was huge on ready-to-wear runways this past season but with the chiffon floral puff its is undeniably bridal.  

Their take on the black trend is subtle but still full of drama with the wide band of lace and bow tie back.

This organza on the gown up top is a great addition to add volume without making you look wider on the bottom.  It is light and airy and even just standing there, there looks like movement.  Below is a fab dress if you need to cover your shoulders, but don’t want to come up short on style.


Reem Acra gets in on the peach movement with this draped gown.  The structure on top is a nice contrast the more flowy, goddess like bottom.

The floral applique on top is something we saw a lot of on the bottom of gowns.  Acra’s departure is refreshing and still pretty.

Monique Lhuillier has dressed most celebrities for at least one of their weddings. Not only is she a favorite among the hollywood set, she has earned her spot among the likes of Herrera and de la Renta.

Both of these dresses are standouts in shape and texture.  It definitely takes the floral trend to a whole other level.

This column shape is so sexy and adds to the sparkle… it’s perfect for a metropolitan setting.

Love the ric-rack print throughout the sheer.  It looks like something you would see in someone’s home not the runway or the wedding aisle, but it works.

Jenny Packman was made famous when Elizabeth Hurley wore one of her creations on her special day.  Since then she has become an integral part of the bridal community.

This sparkly number is a show stopper, ideal for the bride who likes to make a splash.  All eyes will be on her and none of them will find her over the top.

The bottom of this dress…. no words.  Well the whole dress is actually amazing, it is boudoir bridal couture.

Designer Elizabeth Fillmore had quite the showing of modern, romantic gowns drenched in lace with spots of color for excitement.

The ombre, dip-dye effect was a new one, that really only Fillmore played with.
This blue sash is a great take on the “something new” wedding requirement. 


Temperley London debuted their bridal collection in time for Spring 2010, so needless to say this new line was much anticipated.  Full of romantic charm and feminine touches it wouldn’t be too far off to say Termperley Bridal is here to stay.



Lela Rose gained notoriety when she designed First Daughter Jenna Bush’s bridesmaids dresses.  Well, I don’t know if I could let such a talented designer set my bridesmaids up to look so fantastic, without some insurance, which is just what her bridal line is.  Insurance that’s good as your girls will look, you’ll look ten times better.

These Amsale gowns are perfect finale gowns for this article.  Elegant and tasteful with contemporary finishes, these two play with the trends and make them their own.

Fall 2010 is all about the drama and little specialized elements throughout.  Should you want to stick to a simpler cut or shape dress but still want to get in on the trends by adding some of your own flair you might consider an ornate headband or clip to add a little fun to your overall look.  The brand ban.do makes incredible couture headbands for the day to day but also offers a beautiful section just for the bride.
No. 115 would look great with your new Jenny Packman creation.
No. 112 was made to go along with one of the gowns from Carolina Herrera’s collection, while No.11 (below) might go well with one from Oscar de la Renta.
There is a headband for every type of bride from boho to preppy, so check it out.  For a limited time there is a sale on all flower headbands (April showers bring May flowers!)  If you want to add color to your look without disrupting the white on your dress pull a Vera and add some fun jewelry that will send heads turning.  KEP Designs is known for their bridal baubles and this preppy outpost has new designs that will have you covered regardless of whether you wed in the dune of Nantucket or under the lights in Paris. 
This Peruvian opal snake clasp necklace takes the breath away, not to mention it serves as your something blue.  If you go with the trends and turn that something blue into something black you can stay within the bridal look by adding a black necklace like this black onyx and freshwater pearl necklace.

We hope you’ve seen how interpreting the trends into something that works for you and won’t produce cringe worthy photos in the years to come is easy and fun.  As it is the wedding season we will continue to post on new and newsworthy wedding topics, however there are somethings that always apply. To read about our ultimate Well Appointed House wedding registry guide, click here.  On our new and improved site you are able to send the link to your wishlist to all your gifts to ensure every bride gets exactly what they need (and want) to start their new married lives!  Don’t forget to follow The Well Appointed House blog to stay in the loop.

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