Bridal fashion 2018? All signs point to individuality

Individuality is in when it comes to bridal fashion and accessories. “Brides today want to look and feel like themselves — their most beautiful selves,” says Amy Conway, editor in chief of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Bridal fashion 2018? All signs point to individuality

‘Brides today want to look and feel like themselves ‘ their most beautiful selves,’ says Amy Conway, editor in chief of Martha Stewart Weddings. ‘That means bringing their own style into their look. They’re customizing with color or pattern, dramatic jewelry, bold shoes or other accessories with personality.’

‘This year, embroidered details are a ‘must-have’ style,’ says Dayna Isom Johnson, a trends expert at She says the site has seen a 40 percent increase in searches for embroidered bridal wear this year.

Floral and celestial motifs are most popular, Johnson says, with hand-stitching giving a folksy-meets-formal feminine flair.

Adds Conway: ‘The boho-chic look is going strong. High collars, long sleeves, lace and flowy skirts all add up to a cool, California-girl vibe.’

And speaking of sleeves, Conway has noticed the statement sleeve: long bell sleeves or voluminous puff sleeves. Some are even detachable.

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Georgina Chapman Plots a Post-Harvey Comeback for Marchesa: “We All Support Her”

On March 15, after six months in hiding, Georgina Chapman emerged from her West Village brownstone in New York. The 41-year-old British fashion designer — who had in 2007 hitched herself and her brand, Marchesa, to Hollywood's biggest indie producer, Harvey Weinstein — returned to work for the first time since the Oct. 5 New York Times exposé about her husband's alleged sexual abuses broke. She also summoned the courage to attend a fashion function, a board meeting of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Clad in tight leather pants, a black tailored jacket and kitten heels, she walked into a gathering of her peers, including fellow Project Runway judge Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg, unsure of what to expect. The room broke out in applause.

"We were all happy to see her," says von Furstenberg. "Georgina is a great designer, engaged board member, devoted mother and good friend. We all support her." But as soon as she left the building, Chapman was mobbed by paparazzi. "She was so upset — she doesn't know who tipped them off,'' says a close friend. "She feels she can't go anywhere without being descended upon, and she is very worried about the safety of her children."

The Times revelations that kicked off a tsunami of harassment claims in Hollywood and beyond also left Chapman shell-shocked, with the future of Marchesa, her eveningwear and bridal line, in question. But with powerful fashion figures like von Furstenberg now coming to her defense, retail sales holding steady and signs of a return of the brand to the red carpet, the future may be looking up.

In the first few days after the news broke, there were so many incendiary messages about Weinstein and Chapman on the Marchesa Instagram feed, some accusing her of complicity, that the comments section was turned off. Within a week, Chapman announced she was leaving the disgraced mogul, but the damage was done. On Oct. 11, Kansas City-based Helzberg Diamonds canceled a licensed jewelry collaboration, and Craig was sent on the road solo to represent the brand at a Neiman Marcus trunk show in Chicago on Oct. 25.

Chapman canceled her Christmas ski vacation to Gstaad, Switzerland, where for the past 10 years she had taken a suite for herself, Harvey, their two kids and nannies at the Palace hotel. The fee this year totaled more than $50,000. It used to be that "you could always see Harvey wheeling and dealing on his phone in the lobby, or hanging out with Quentin Tarantino or Roman Polanski," says society publicist R. Couri Hay, who also makes an annual pilgrimage to the Swiss retreat. "She loved going there but realized because Madonna and Valentino also go to Gstaad holiday time, there was no way she could avoid the public glare." In the end, Chapman went to England to be with her family.

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