Passion for Pearls: Emerging Bridal Trends

As wedding season looms and every bride-to-be is dreaming, planning and seeking inspiration, Assael has noticed one common theme from our extended tour of New York Bridal Fashion Week. The biggest trend traipsing down the runway at many of the major shows was an unmistakable passion for pearls and pearl jewelry.  Radiant luminous pearls in contemporary styles provide a magnificent glow for the big event.

Bridal trends for spring and fall feature blush and sheer fabrics, fringe and feathers, capes/capelets/bolero jackets and lots embellishments – beading, flowers, crystal or pearl studded veils.  Each ultra-mod style nods gently to the past with a delightful respect for tradition while adding striking new flair and exceptional innovation.

SHEER BLUSH

“Blush is the new white,” according to the New York Times as the color of the traditional wedding gown is now getting a makeover. Also in vogue is the fascination with skin as sheer and lacey fabrics continue to dominate. These pale pink hues and playful see-through gowns are perfectly accessorized with the delicate rosy tones of Japanese Akoya pearls. Beyond Rare Angel Skin Coral also adorns the blush gowns beautifully.

Beyond Rare Angel Skin coral ring and earrings from Assael set with 18K white gold and diamonds, top right: Marchesa Bridal, bottom right: Naeem Khan Bridal
Beyond Rare Angel Skin coral ring and earrings from Assael set with 18K white gold and diamonds, top right: Marchesa Bridal, bottom right: Naeem Khan Bridal

EMBELLISHMENTS

Wedding gowns, capelets, veils – everything bridal these days seems to be adorned with embellishments. Romance is vibrant and enduring with embroidered flowers on the veil or crystal studded designs in the bodice. The solid sheen and feminine hue of pearls offsets these intricate looks with elegance and grace.  For the more heavily embellished gowns, baroque pearls offer an organic complement while bold cuff bracelets anchor the patterns in the lush embroidered fabrics.

Captions: Left - Naeem Khan Bridal, Right - Kenra Professional for Lela Rose Bridal, Assael gem South Sea baroque pearl and diamond earrings, Assael Akoya pearl and diamond cuff bracelet set in 18K yellow gold.
Naeem Khan Bridal, Right – Kenra Professional for Lela Rose Bridal, Assael gem South Sea baroque pearl and diamond earrings, Assael Akoya pearl and diamond cuff bracelet set in 18K yellow gold.

FRINGE & FEATHERS

This year brides will be creating a stunning sensation as they walk down the aisle, more so than ever before as their gowns are bedecked with fringe or feathers that gently sway with the bride’s every move. The whimsical fairytale texture of feathers needs the solidity and smoothness of pearls for adornment, as the light and the heavy work together to pull off a dreamy, romantic look. Fringed wedding gowns are fun and flirty, reminiscent of the Art Deco flapper.  Complement the movement of the fringe with multi-strand pearl necklaces or swaying pearl drop earrings.

Reem Acra Bridal, Assael Three Drop Akoya Pearl Earrings with diamonds in 18K yellow gold, Assael Sunrise 7 Row Akoya Pearl necklace.
Reem Acra Bridal, Assael Three Drop Akoya Pearl Earrings with diamonds in 18K yellow gold, Assael Sunrise 7 Row Akoya Pearl necklace.

CAPES/CAPELETS/BOLEROS

Spring 2018 will be the season of the capelet!  Featured in various bridal fashion runway shows, the cape, capelet or bolero jacket is a modest adornment for the ceremony which can be easily removed for the reception. Many of these pieces are heavily adorned with intricate pearls, crystals, beading, etc. Simple white pearls are best for accessories. Akoya strands or baroque drops earrings work well.

Assael Essentials Akoya Pearl Strand and Cascade cluser Earrings, center - Justin Alexander Bridal, top right - Kenra Professional for Lela Rose Bridal,  bottom right - Alon Livné White Bridal
Assael Essentials Akoya Pearl Strand and Cascade cluser Earrings, center – Justin Alexander Bridal, top right – Kenra Professional for Lela Rose Bridal,  bottom right – Alon Livné White Bridal

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