Bridal Market: St. Patrick 2013 Couture Bridal Collection

The emphasis is on classic design, inspired by regal luxury and the romanticism of traditional European folktales. St. Patrick has combined these magical ingredients to create a fresh yet glamorous range of bridal gowns.

The 2013 collection features highly structured lines, close-fitting waistlines and very wide skirts, with curved lines and fine fabrics such as satin, taffeta, organza and Mikado silk adding a touch of style. Skirts flow out from the waist or volume is achieved through original draping, frills and cascades of gathers.

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The sweetheart neckline is a favourite choice in this collection, although there are endless options including strapless gowns, round necklines with little sleeves, “V” necklines with straps and bateau necks. Sheer, embroidered tulle skims over the décolletage like an elegant, original second skin.

Other popular trends this season are hand embroidery and sumptuous appliqué. Gemstone embroidery, Guipur and Chantilly lace, rebrodé lace and chiffon flowers beautifully embellish these gowns.

The most traditional elements of bridal attire, the train and veil, are very strong this season. Magnificent chapel, royal, cathedral and sweeping trains are back to grace the nuptial proceedings. A generous veil is one of the bride’s most imposing accessories this year. In fact a lot of care and attention is given to the bride’s back. Stunning low-cut and lace-up backs, delicate buttoning and details such as bows make the bride a wonder to see from behind.

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