Your guide to wedding fashion and beauty for 2017.
Fashion for Brides
The look: Winnie Couture
From the designer: Capes are a beautiful and modern piece to pair with your bridal
gown to add dimension and versatility. Brides have the ability to create two looks with one gown.
Trends: Off-the-shoulder and long sleeves
The look: Alon Livne
From the designer: I love the subtle sexiness of this dress. The exposed neck and shoulders combined with the full, pleated sleeves is something I had not yet seen and am really pleased with. It is the perfect dress for the fashion-forward bride.
Trends: 3D florals and plunging necklines
The look: Idan Cohen
From the designer: Get ready to see the return of romantic 3D floral appliques from last season’s bridal collections and a revival of plunging necklines and bare décolletage. The theme behind this season will be “elegantly seductive” quintessential for contemporary brides looking to make their bridal fantasies come to life.
Amanda Wolf Mabry is a professionally trained makeup artist with over nine years of experience. She is a Disney-approved bridal vendor with an adventurous spirit and a traditional style that creates a classic yet modern approach to makeup. Here, she shares some of the year’s beauty trends for brides, mothers of the bride and groom, and bridesmaids.
What are some wedding makeup trends for 2017?
“The makeup trend I am seeing the most on brides is a deeper matte lip color with a more neutral eye. For mothers of the bride and groom, I am seeing them become more and more adventurous, using false lashes and airbrush makeup. I will always love the classic, clean, soft-and-natural bride with soft pinks and subtle browns on the eyes. I always hope they will look back at their photos years from now and still love their makeup.”
What are some wedding hair trends for 2017?
“The hair trend I have seen the most for brides is a half up, half down style with loose curls. Many mothers of the bride and groom are opting for an up-do style to keep their hair in place all day. I am also seeing a lot of braids and messy low buns for bridesmaids. I think it’s great when the bride really allows the bridesmaids to choose their own style hair. It helps them feel more confident in the overall look.”
Are there any 2016 wedding beauty trends that you don’t see returning this year?
“The trend that I was seeing a lot of in 2016 was overly done Instagram/YouTube style makeup – overdrawn eyebrows and highlighting/contouring. I believe that trend is now done. Clients are getting a better understanding of their own natural beauty and not altering what their fiancé is expecting to walk down the aisle.”
Kimberly McDonald is a New York-based designer who specializes in fine jewelry made with natural and organic materials.
Trend: Rose gold
Kimberly McDonald: “While I personally love rose gold and use it frequently in my work, I would advise a client to think carefully before deciding on a rose gold wedding or engagement ring. First of all, rose gold is soft and porous. This is a ring you’re going to wear every day hopefully for the rest of your life. I generally suggest platinum.”
Trend: Engagement rings with colored stones
Kimberly McDonald: “I absolutely love it when I get a request for a colored stone as an engagement ring. As much as I love diamonds, they are not necessarily the most distinctive and unique stones out there. I think the biggest trend right now in engagement rings is how empowered people feel to create a ring that is truly unique to them, something that speaks to their lifestyle and personality.”
Trend: Matched vs. unmatched wedding ring sets
Kimberly McDonald: “While I am personally not a fan of matching, I do think it’s a good idea for people who feel less creative about their jewelry wardrobe. I think there’s something comforting about pieces that just go together. I also think there’s something very cool about expressing your style with the way you mix your band and your engagement ring. The beautiful thing that’s going on right now in jewelry as well as all of fashion is that people are empowered to choose what they love and what works for them.”