Runway Report: Seasonal Standouts



Spring/Summer 2012


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LAYER ON: The timeless silhouette gets a modern upgrade with Alvina Valenta’s “9208” dress. The light-as-air, cascading silk organza skirt adds movement, but it’s the pleated bodice, jeweled floral detailing, and sheer capelet that give the dress enduring beauty. $3,738, Mon Amie Bridal Salon in Costa Mesa.

LOVELY IN LACE: The organza ribbon lace of Elizabeth Fillmore’s Elena, with a strapless sweetheart neckline and trumpet skirt, telegraphs romance, while the underlayer of blush duchesse satin lends a touch of modernity. Add an ethereal lace caplet (not shown) for a perfect two-in-one number. Capelet, $1,980, and dress, $8,470, Saks Beverly Hills and Erin Cole Couture Bridal in Costa Mesa.

DETAILS THAT POP: Enzoani’s Gali dress features a
dropped waist with crinkled chiffon, pleated bodice and mermaid tulle
skirt, and is available in a classic ivory and a daringly
fashion-forward black. $2,085, Wilshire Bridal & Tuxedo in Los

ENCHANTING EMBELLISHMENTS: This sleek fit-to-flare Gianna dress by
Hayley Paige is a bold look. A dreamy fluttered organza skirt is paired
with a fitted organza bodice and the eye-catching crystalline detail at
the waist makes an elegant transition to a sheer corset back. $4,389,
Haute Bride in San Francisco and Blush in Tustin.

IN THE MIX:This Rococo-inspired, Alençon lace-covered Lazaro “3200” dress mingles a strapless sweetheart neckline and a classic chapel train skirt with fashion-forward flourishes such as a corseted bodice, silver moiré jeweled ribbon belt and pleated net godets. $7,920, Panache in Beverly Hills.

CLASSICALLY CHIC: This dress from the Tara Keely Collection evokes the
femininity of a full, A-line skirt with gorgeous details: a satin floral
ribbon at the natural waist, a layered and gathered mikado organza
skirt with chapel train and a lace keyhole bolero. $2,420, Janene’s
Bridal Boutique in Alameda and Trudys Brides in Campbell.