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This Great Gatsby-esque design, “Gemma” by Brooklyn’s Rebecca Schoneveld, utilizes cross-beading and lace to create a flawless form-fitting look with a little bit of bling (www.rebeccaschoneveld.com).
A plunging back and a slinky, form-fitting dress can even make a mustached bride look absolutely sexy (www.stonefoxbride.com).
Schoneveld‘s “Samantha” dress embodies the plunging back-line trend with lovely lace detailing (www.rebeccaschoneveld.com).
Histoire Flowing dress in lace and spotted tulle with deep V-shaped neckline and flounced skirt with a plunging neckline at the back. The dress is embroidered and encrusted with Calais lace appliqués and has a soft stain belt which fastens with a pearl button.
A woman who loves her body will enjoy showing it off in bias-cut satin, which is featured in this “Maya-Ingrid” Art Deco-style dress by Rebecca Schoneveld (www.rebeccaschoneveld.com).
Bell sleeves are currently having a Renaissance (www.stonefoxbride.com).
Rebecca Schoneveld’s strapless, curve-hugging “Everly” dress eloquently features a chic, bateau illusion neckline (www.rebeccaschoneveld.com).
This dress, “Hobbie” by Cymbeline Paris, demonstrates the cool elegance of a high illusion neckline and capped sleeves (cymbeline.com/en_US).
The mermaid-cut “Hobbie” dress also features a low-cut back so gorgeous we had to feature it (cymbeline.com/en_US).
Rebecca Schoneveld’s champagne-tinted gown, “Blakely,” combines an illusion neckline and capped sleeves with a sweetheart top to create a modern look that still feels classic (www.rebeccaschoneveld.com).
Rebecca Schoneveld’s “Mia-Caroline” dress is a classic cut ball gown in a contemporary baby-blue hue (www.rebeccaschoneveld.com).
This neo-romantic “Haora” gown by Cymbeline Paris combines a traditionally elaborate tulle skirt with a modern boat-shaped neckline. The skirt is made with a removable underskirt, so a bride can wear it long for the ceremony and short at the reception (cymbeline.com/en_US).
Hindi Hosta fluid sheath dress, strapless in Calais lace, slight flared skirt “mermaid” shape, réincrusté neckline fastening with small covered buttons. Wear it with a superb tulle overskirt for a romantic and spectacular look and then later remove the overskirt for a more glamorous look.open at the front the tulle skirt is made in cascading and fastens with a belt.

You may not know a peplum from a pepperoni, but as a New Yorker, you want your wedding dress to reflect your home’s savvy style. Yet, in a city that never sleeps, fashion is constantly evolving. So what trends will fashion-forward, Big-Apple brides boast in 2014? We consulted the experts:

Styles and silhouettes

Up-to-date wives-to-be prefer a look that is less traditional and more glamorous.

“Brides are starting to steer away from the classic big ballroom gown with lots of ruching,” says New York-based personal shopper and image consultant, Mona Sharaf.

“They want form-fitting evening gowns with a lot less embellishm­ent.”

Art Deco-style dresses that reflect the 1920s and ’30s embody this trend with their geometric beading and seaming, slim and fluid silhouettes, and low-cut backs with a dash of “Great Gatsby” glamour.

“Modern brides like a bit of bling and sparkle that’s done in an Old Hollywood rather than a ‘princess-y’ way,” explains designer Rebecca Schoneveld who opened the Brooklyn-based Rebecca Schoneveld Design Studio in 2013.


Clingy, bias-cut silks and satins often play a major role in trendy gowns. Yet, sporting the slinky material requires a certain amount of confidence.

“Bias-cut satin is not for the faint of heart or someone who doesn’t love the body she has,” warns Schoneveld.

Beaded lace, however, is more forgiving while offering the same Jean-Harlow allure.

“The lace tends to camouflage and the seaming is really flattering on all sorts of body shapes,” says Schoneveld.

Sleeves and necklines

Strapless gowns have long been — and still are — a bridal-boutique staple, but sleeved styles are currently undergoing a renaissance. Flowing bell sleeves are beginning to burgeon, as are cap sleeves, which literally “cap” the shoulder with their width that is wider than a strap but narrower than a short sleeve. And thanks to Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress, long and lace sleeves are very fashionable.

“I love the trend of longer lace sleeves,” says Schoneveld. “Especially for fall and winter weddings.”

Schoneveld has also noticed that necklines are rising. In fact, many of her clients want a sheer lace top, which gives a dress an illusion V- or bateau- (boat) neckline.

“You still get the flattering fit of a strapless bustier with the illusion neckline,” says Schoneveld. “But with the comfort and design detail of a higher neckline.”


Wedding dresses used to come in just two shades: white and ivory. But today, colors including blush, very light blue, yellow, and champagne are also marching down the aisle.

“Many times brides are surprised how much they like these colors once they put them on,” says Schoneveld.

So don’t dismiss that pale pink dress without trying it on first.

Marrying timelessness with trends

Perhaps you like some of the latest trends, but not all of them appeal to you. If this is the case, be a true New Yorker by allowing fashion to inspire rather than dictate your personal style, such as embracing an A-line cut dress with a bateau neckline.

And keep in mind that a classic bridal look is always a win.

“I believe a bride should look like a bride,” says Sharaf. “Whether it’s a big ballroom gown, a long train, a lace veil, or simply a tiara, the bride should stand out from the crowd.” n

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