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Bridal Style Watch 2014 – Bateau Couture

When it comes to bridal fashion, the sweetheart neckline is the darling of many a designer.Strapless, dressed up with cap or lace sleeves, on a sleek column or voluminous ballgown, it’s a versatile classic. One of the fabulous things about a new bridal season is seeing talented designers put a new spin on an old favorite and this year saw a gorgeous crop of bateau necklines walk down the runway – as a sheer compliment to a sweetheart neckline, a glittering addition to a gown, and in some fabulous cases, an extravagant jeweled bolero combining dress and statement necklace in one!

I’ve rounded up some a breadth of gorgeous gowns with bateau – or boatneck – necklines that walked down the runways at Bridal Fashion Week. With such a wealth of designers to choose from, they range from delicate, lacy necklines that evoke a sweet preppy style, like Anne Barge, Ramona Keveza, and Kelly Faetanini, a gorgeous laser cut example by Siri that brings a modern edge, and luxuriously textured couture by Rivini and Temperley! My personal favorite: the slinky, beaded sheath by Dennis Basso that balances a high neckline with sleek lines and a high slit.

If bold is more your style, many designers ran with a lace-inspired jeweled neckline that bridal markets have been clamoring for in the wake of BHLDN’s Harlow gown. Marchesa came out with a stunning version in delicately pleated silk chiffon that will be sure to have many a high fashion bride eagerly Pinning. Nicole Miller, Reem Acra, and Cristiano Lucci all put their own spin on the design with a higher emphasis on sparkle, but I think the latter may be my favorite for the elaborately beaded neckline and cap sleeves. Still not enough sparkle for you? Some designers chose a more free-form approach to the high neck with strung crystals to imitate the lines while leaving plenty of skin bare. Prime examples include Sottero & Midgley, Hayley Paige, and particularly daring designs by Johanna Johnson!

Ramona Kezeva Fall 2014

Ramona Kezeva Fall 2014

What do you think of this stunning trend for 2014? Would you opt for a sweetly modest neckline or something that just gives the illusion? Speaking of – don’t miss tomorrow’s feature for more Bridal Market trends!

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