By Andrea Bosco Stehle, Rachel Jones, Maggie McCauley, + Liz Petoniak
As bridal gowns are becoming more versatile, we’re seeing everything from sleeves and separates to completely customized looks in the wedding world! Fall in love with an ensemble that’s truly yours and take the look from the runway to the aisle today.
Always on the lookout for unique bridal lines, Glitter & Grit owner Erin Szymanski is excited to announce a new addition to her chic boutique: Unbridaled by Dan Jones. “This Australian designer focuses on sleek, sophisticated design, fusing luxurious fabrics, shape-defining silhouettes, and exquisite craftsmanship to create modern bridal gowns with a unique twist,” she says. We’re swooning over his designs, as well as all the pretty dresses Szymanski has lined up for this fall’s trunk shows. Mark your calendars — these are not to be missed! All trunk shows are by appointment only. Schedule online at glitterandgritpgh.com. Glitter & Grit, 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.781.2375. glitterandgritpgh.com.
Call it the Kate Middleton effect — sleeves are still more popular than ever in the bridal realm! “Even though I don’t see strapless gowns going away, seeing all of the beautiful sleeved styles, whether they’re lace, sheer, beaded, or embroidered, is so refreshing to me,” says Greg Cherico, owner of Anne Gregory for The Bride. The bridal salon has just received tons of new styles from Spanish line Rosa Clará and Italian-made Eddy K (which makes its debut at the salon this fall!) featuring stunning sleeves that range from sophisticated and subdued, to sleek and sexy, and everything in between. And, for brides who seek more versatility in their gown, Anne Gregory offers plenty of customized options to create a beautiful, yet functional look for the big day. Says Cherico, “We recently did a custom lace ball gown for a client. It was strapless but we made a beautiful, long sleeve lace shrug for her to wear at the ceremony, and added beaded straps for the reception.” Talk about having it all! Anne Gregory for The Bride, 2975 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.531.3160. annegregorybrides.com.
With each wedding season comes fresh dress collections for brides and bridesmaids. Lucky for all, there is an endless array of options for women and weddings of all styles. Expert on all things current and bridal is Bridget Pope, owner of Bella Bridesmaids Pittsburgh, who recently added Theia Couture, a part of Monique Lhuillier, to her offerings. “The collection is definitely capturing both the ethereal look with several romantic tulle styles, but also tackling sequin,” she says. Sequin is still having a moment and many designers are bringing on the bling. “Amsale’s matte sequin styles are true chameleons as they can be worn with black-tie, but we’ve also mixed them in with a neutral palette of chiffon and romantic prints,” she says. Soft neutrals, like blush, are here to stay as the color can be styled so many ways, both casual and formal. She’s seeing others, like champagne, ivory, fawn, latte, gray, and sage, join the rosy hue. “The look is still romantic, but it’s nice to see the trend move away from pink,” she says. One designer in particular continues to raise the bar, redefining today’s bridesmaids. “Jenny Yoo is well known for her soft, romantic hues and her new prints are a lovely complement to that,” says Pope of Yoo’s Fall 2016 Collection. “Jenny Yoo’s line is geared toward mixing and matching, whether it be color or style, or both! The collection features a variety of flattering dresses and separates in complementary colors, so it is easy to achieve that perfect but unique bridal party look. Dresses, skirts, camisoles, and even sweaters — you name it, they have it. And, best of all, they can be worn again (You should see my closet of Jenny Yoo at home…).” Bella Bridesmaids Pittsburgh, 1752 N. Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.854.4422. bellabridesmaids.com/locations/pittsburgh.