Monthly Archive for October, 2011

paris wedding trend 2012: vintage antique lace

I stopped by the Salon du Mariage at the Carrousel du Louvre over the week-end to find out what’s on the radar for French wedding fashion trends for 2012.  First, I have to say that this year’s salon did seem a bit more, well… meager than in years’ past.  I expected to see some of the classic vendors that had been staples of the Salon - designers like Ana Quasoar and Cherry Chau, or fabulous florals by Varda.  While some of the bigger key players were still on hand-  Pronovias and Rosa Clara, for example, I actually didn’t see any florists at all!  Jean-Luc Blaise created his customary over-the-top, blinged out opening tablescape- but even it seemed a bit rehashed. In fact, this year’s tablescape looked suspiciously like 2009’s tablescape- just with an overlay change, non?

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Top: Salon du Mariage, Carrousel du Louvre 2009 by Jean-Luc Blais,

Bottom: Salon de Mariage, Carrousel du Louvre, 2011 by Jean-Luc Blais

The theme of this years Salon was “Noces de Dentelle” - Lace Wedding, and it was reflected throughout the exhibit space and  runway shows. The runway show itself was a bit, um… eclectic. It opened with a gospel sing-a-long (note to gospel groups: the French don’t really seem to go for sing-a-longs…) and above all else, seemed to illustrate the fact that one can go high or low with a lace wedding dress.

Inspired by the theme as well as the current trend, there was a much heavier emphasis on vintage and antique-inspired gowns this year. Some of the finest lace in the world comes from France, and this salon was the perfect vehicle for French lace-makers to strut their stuff.  Their work was absolutely beautiful, and at times the Salon felt more like a museum exhibition than a wedding fair-  so many of the dresses were near works of art. Having a chance to see this level of handiwork up close was such  a rare opportunity, but I think I was happiest to have been able to discover some Parisian wedding dress designers that may have been over-shadowed in the past by their more high-profile colleagues.

I think the take-away from the 2012 Salon du Mariage at the Carrousel du Louvre was that Paris still reigns supreme as far as wedding gown craftsmanship and artistry is concerned- but I think I may be preaching to the choir on that one, n’est-ce pas?

gray-lace-gown

Palest gray lace dress and veil, by Fabienne Alagama

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Embroidered lace capped sleeve and tulle, by Nuit Blanche

french-lace-wedding-jacketAntique-inspired French lace jacket with high collar, by Nathalie Durieux

detail-french-lace-jacketDetail, French lace jacket by Nathalie Durieux

vintage-lace-wedding-dresses-parisVintage inspired looks by Leutellier Tesson Couture

lace-bodiceBodice detail, by Atelier Manon Pascual

And for a peek at the finale of the runway show, click here!