New York bridal week makes us weak at the knees; it's like Christmas come early for the Brides Team.
Any bride-to-be is certain to love the offerings of the shows as well as the designers unveil their new collections, setting the trends for the season to come and giving us new dresses to dream about.
The top trends from the autumn/winter 2012 collections we've fallen in love with while at the Big Apple include black gowns, modern florals and a dash of racey-lacey.
Tulle skirts remain a firm favourite in the bridal world; Carolina Hererra, Theia and Amsale showed their frothy ballgowns with lightweight layers of tulle and tight satin bodices.
For those who want a definite shock factor, Vera Wang takes us back to black with her totally atypical and mesmerising black gowns. Her collection was white-free, with dresses in blush, nude, ivory and the much-spoken about black.
Mermaid tails with form-fitting bodices also featured quite heavily in Wang's latest collection and are certain to captivate the imaginations of many brides-to-be.
We loved the use of 3D floral appliqués to create modern floral gowns like those seen at Monique Lhuillier and Reem Acra. The floral details add a certain playfulness to otherwise serious gowns while maintaining the distinctively bridal-looks.
Sexy brides will be glad to know that there are bridal-appropriate options in store for them too. Transparent details, exposed backs covered in demure lace and long slits featured in Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra and Monique Lhuillier's catwalk.
For those who would prefer a more regal look will also find that Kate-mania has reached the very echelons of the bridal-fashion world through lace sleeves and Alexander McQueen-inspiration.
Commenting on the trends, Britain's most sought-after wedding planner, Sarah Haywood noted the subversion of tradition especially in Vera Wang's collection: "when Vera Wang states brides can do something different, they will. So we are back to black for the first time since in two centuries when Queen Victoria began the trend for white. For the modern UK bride, 60% of whom get married in secular venues and third of whom are marrying for the second time around, this is welcome news. But be aware that the beautiful black evening gown is a popular choice now for guests, so ensure you do not blend and still choose something spectacular to highlight you are indeed the bride!"
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