What Are the Latest Bridal Trends for 2016?

2016 Bridal Trends

From lace to pale pinks to bridal separates, the 2016 spring runways were full of trendy details that many modern brides will love. And Nitsa’s was recently featured in Southern What are the latest bridal trends for 2016?Bride and Groom magazine in a spread on some of these new styles. Here is what’s new this season in wedding gowns.

Luxurious Lace, Front to Back

Lace is no longer reserved for the traditional bride. Today, bridal design houses are offering a wide array of lace patterns from delicate to daring. But the best part is that the lace no longer stops at the bustline—the details reserved for the décolletage, sleeves, and most importantly, the backs have become the pinnacle of the design. You can find these new lace creations from designers such as Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, and Anna Maier—all available at Nitsa’s

Convertible Dresses and Overskirts

One of the hottest trends right now is a bridal dress that serves as two-in-one. A ceremony train gives the illusion of a ballgown but can be removed to reveal a modern fitted reception dress! Romance meets allure with chic and sheer overskirts this season from designers Amsale and Anna Maier.

Bridal Separates

Mix and match bodice and skirt to create a bridal look that fits your style with new bridal separates. Crop tops paired with long skirts were all the rage on the bridal runway for spring—these combinations let the bride show off just a sliver of skin on her wedding day for a look that’s modern and comfortable. Another trend in separates is the two-piece bridal suit; it pairs trousers and jackets for a more casual wedding look. 

A Bateau Neckline

A bateau neckline can be a flattering fit on many body types and is a classic, sophisticated style. Dresses with bateau necklines can balance out the body and create an hourglass shape for a sexy, beautiful fit. 

The Dipped V-Neckline

Not quite as risqué as a plunging neckline but not as innocent as a sweetheart neckline, the dipped V-neckline adds just the right touch of drama to a dress.

Blush-Colored Dresses

A barely-there touch of color in shades of pale pink and rose are a pretty alternative to classic white. Also popular this spring are subtle tones of taupe, nude, and silver.

See all of the newest designs, and find your perfect wedding dress at Nitsa’s!

February and March Trunk Shows at Nitsa’s

Nitsa’s Charlotte and Winston-Salem locations will be holding several bridal trunk shows over the next month.

Victor Harper Collection

On February 6 and 7 at Nitsa’s Charlotte store, the bridal designs of Victor Harper will be featured. Inspired by the musings of feminine sophistication, elegance, and sensuality, the Victor Harper Collection weaves together glamour, refinement, and drama in perfect silhouettes to mold and flatter the body. The collection offers bridal gowns in an assortment of exclusive fabrics that include silk, satin, Mikado, and organza. Each style is embellished with beading and embroidery patterns that are hand-drawn by the designer and crafted in an array of Austrian crystals, pearls, and trims unique to the Victor Harper Collection.

Marisa Baratelli

Designer Marisa Baratelli’s spring mother-of-the-bride designs will be featured in a trunk show on Feb. 12-16 at Nitsa’s Winston-Salem location and also on Feb. 18-21 at their Charlotte store. For a quarter of a century, Marisa Baratelli has paid tribute to the ancient artisanal craft of silk weaving by maintaining the purity of traditional village methods in the design of timeless women’s fashion. Her custom-made Thai silk mother-of-the-bride gowns are one-of-a-kind.

Romona Keveza

Then on March 6 and 7, Nitsa’s Charlotte store will hold a trunk show featuring designer Romona Keveza. Founded in 1999, Romona Keveza’s signature bridal collection showcases the ultimate in couture workmanship with unparalleled fit. In 2006, Keveza launched LEGENDS Romona Keveza, a diffusion bridal line, which highlights lace and reflects the spirit of icons Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy.

For appointments, call 336-725-1999 in Winston-Salem or 704-940-1999 in Charlotte.

Designer Spotlight: Amsale

Ethiopian-born American designer, Amsale Aberra was born in 1954 and is known for her couture wedding gowns. Her entre into bridal fashion began in 1985 with her own wedding: when she couldn’t find a simple, yet refined gown to wear herself. So the FIT graduate began making custom bridal gowns in her NYC loft. According to her website, the gowns “fused pure, archetypal silhouettes with couture craftsmanship and sumptuous textiles.”

Today Amsale is one of the most recognizable names in the bridal business, and her gowns are still crafted and displayed in New York City. While you can purchase her gowns at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and other fine bridal boutiques across the nation, the Amsale flagship store makes its home on Madison Avenue. Her style, easily recognized, is marked by both “exquisite simplicity and luxurious restraint.”

Beyond her namesake brand, Amsale founded the Amsale Group with Neil Brown. The group is comprised of three distinct, yet complementary luxury bridal collections: Amsale, Christos, and Kenneth Pool. The group also includes the Amsale Bridesmaid Collection. Each of these impeccable collections can be found at the flagship store on Madison Avenue and other fine boutique retailers—including Nitsa’s Bridal—across this country and over 20 other countries.

Amsale gowns have been worn by numerous celebrities, including Halle Berry, Selma Hayak, and Julie Roberts, just to name a few. Celebrities that married in Amsale include Sara Rue, Lisa Loeb, and Bethany Frankel, among others. In 2011, WE TV did a reality series called “Amsale Girls” offering a behind-the-scenes peek at the Amsale boutique. The Amsale mission: “I want a bride to be thrilled with her wedding-day look for years to come because her dress has a timeless beauty that reflects her true essence,” Amsale says.

Photo Source: marthastewartweddings.com

Designer Spotlight: Romona Keveza

Luxury designer Romona Keveza is perhaps best known for her collection of ultra-luxe bridal gowns. However it wouldn’t be a stretch for you to think you saw some of her designs on the likes of Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, Julia Stiles, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Glee’s Lea Michele, as well. Almost overnight, the designer has gone from bridal salons to red carpet—however, it was really the other way around.

The designer of Lithuanian and Canadian descent opened her first store, La Maison, in 1986

Photo Credit: Michael Nagle for The New York Times

with $15,000 of her own money. Three years later, she began focusing more on her own designs when her clients became worried about showing up to galas in the same dress. She wasn’t even thinking about moving into the bridal market, but then came the recession and when a client offered to pay $10,000 for a custom wedding gown, the designer just couldn’t say no. These days, she’s a mainstay in the world of bridal couture.

Hallmarks of a Romona Keveza gown is use of color—she doesn’t shy away from subtle hues in her gown designs—and sleek, structured bodices paired with full skirts that are ruffled, pleated, or bunched. Her signature Romona Keveza Collection is priced as high as $35,000 for a silk organza gown with hand appliqués, while her Legends Collection features an array of bridal options that are moderately priced at $3000 to $5000. Her gowns are stocked not only at bridal salons across the country, including ours, but also in major retailers like Sak’s Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. All her designs are inspired by a timelessness found in eras gone by—think classic Hollywood, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren—dresses that, like those famous Old Hollywood sirens, will still be just as fashionable in 20 years as they are today.


Best Dressed: Elopements

What are the best wedding gowns for eloping?

The best thing about dressing for an elopement: The rules run away with the bride. While

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anything goes, some styles are better than others depending on your ceremony location and post-nuptial plans. A few of our favorites to get runaway brides-to-be started?

Short and Sweet

Short gowns are synonymous with elopements: They’re more casual than a long gown, yet with appropriated lace or beading, can still be special enough for your Big Day dress. When we picture an eloping bride, we see her hand in hand with her lover, navigating her day easily and confidently in a tea-length or knee-grazing gown. Whether you’re getting married at city hall or on a rooftop with a city skyline behind, or in a field of May flowers, a short and sweet dress is suitable for any sort of elopement.

Long and Flowing

Longer gowns can be trickier when it comes to a free and easy wedding day. If you go the longer route, you’ll likely want something that stays by your side, just like your man. A long dress that you pick up easily and take with you no matter the terrain makes for an easier getaway gown than something that doesn’t go with the flow: think fabrics like lighter silk or chiffon vs. bulkier tulle or organza, and A-line silhouettes vs. mermaid.

Day to Night

Even more than when you choose a gown for a traditional wedding day, an eloping bride should think about her ensemble and how it will fit in to her post-nuptial plans. Your dress should easily take you from ceremony to celebration. For example, if you’re eloping in a mountain field in early spring, a bohemian-style gown may be appropriate for the ceremony, but not for the evening’s dinner at a fine dining establishment. If purchasing two dresses is not an option, we would suggest brides look at the big picture—what is the overall tone of the day—and then to try to find a dress that looks fabulous throughout. It is your wedding day, after all, and who doesn’t want to wear her dress as long as possible?



Designer Spotlight: Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier up close!

Monique Lhuillier’s passion is fashion. Her early experiences were admiring her mother whose personal sense of style was a huge influence on the designer growing up in the Philippines. To pursue her interest more seriously, she moved to Los Angeles to attend the

image via www.chicandglamorous.com

Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing (FIDM).

Today her brand is recognized as one of America’s premier couture bridal and ready-to-wear brands. The Monique Lhuillier brand was established in 1996 after the designer herself came up empty handed on a search for her own wedding dress. Dismayed by the lack of fashionable bridal options available at the time, she set to work and debuted her first bridal collection to acclaim from editors and retailers. The next year, her husband Tom joined the company as CEO, and the couture design house now known as Monique Lhuillier was born.

In 2003, Monique was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She’s dressed celebrities and political figures alike, from Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon to Drew Barrymore and Michelle Obama, but perhaps most notably, her brand has become a symbol of grace and luxury for brides-to-be everywhere.

Monique Lhuillier gowns are characterized by femininity and glamour. Her refined design and immaculate construction offer silhouettes imbued with effortlessness and sophistication. Her gowns have the power to make you feel like you’re both sexy and bride-like all at once.

At Nitsa’s, we carry Monique Lhuillier in both our Charlotte and Winston-Salem stores. The line’s sense of elegance and luxury are just what our brides are looking for. To try on a Monique Lhuillier gown at either of our locations, make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable bridal consultants. The stores and their respective contact information are listed below.

Winston-Salem Store at Stratford Village

Charlotte Store at Phillips Place


Fall For These Wedding Dress Fabrics

Before you head out to find “the one,” let us help you narrow down some great fabrics for your fall wedding gown.

Light and airy fabrics like tulle and organza are perfect for fall weddings. Their airy weight and translucency allow for many layers, which keep you warm without becoming too heavy. Layering also creates a wispy, romantic look. As you walk down the aisle, the light layers will lift with the breeze creating a flowing, ethereal appearance. These fabrics are most commonly found in full dresses like ball gowns or A-line styles. A current trend is to have the layers end at varying levels of the skirt to create a tiered effect, which adds texture and allows for the fabric to dance and lift as you move.

Allude to old elegance with silk and lace. Easily malleable, silk is a popular wedding fabric for designers as it can be shaped into a variety of dress styles. Silk has a beautiful luster and rich sheen that will make your wedding dress feel and look luxurious. Pair a silk sheath gown with a headdress to mirror a vintage 30s bride.  Lace is often overlaid onto other fabric to create texture and design. Romantic and old-fashioned, lace is an extremely popular fabric, especially for fall and winter weddings. Add a fur muff to either of these styles to get the Old Hollywood look.

Raw silk is an option for the more rustic bride. A bit stiffer with a slightly dull luster, raw silk is not quite as glamorous as her extra-shiny sister. This fabric is great for fall as it will mimic the subdued autumn environment, while still exuding beauty and romance. When thickly draped, raw silk is extremely elegant, yet not overpowering. It is a perfect fit for any environment, but would be stunning outdoors or in candlelight.

Fall and winter are about the only times you can get away with wearing velvet, and done well, it can be exquisite. Velvet is not a chart-topper when it comes to popular bride fabrics, but it holds it own. Best for the outgoing and original bride, velvet will definitely make a statement at your wedding. Its iridescent sheen and soft texture will have you feeling lavish, while its thickness will keep you warm. Velvet would work best in a sleeveless fitted or A-line dress style, and would be most appropriate for nighttime weddings.


Trunk Show: Amsale

“Every designer has their signature—a style that’s distinctly and recognizably their own. Mine is ‘understated, confident elegance.’ What does that mean? I think it’s hitting the perfect balance of exquisite simplicity and luxurious restraint.” – Amsale Aberra

Come see the elegant designs of NYC wedding dress designer Amsale (pronounced Ahm-sah’-leh), at our Winston-Salem location, 107 South Stratford Rd., Friday, July 5th through Saturday, July 13. Amsale designs are known for their luxurious fabrics, impeccable craftsmanship, and understated elegance. The designer purposely creates
designs that highlight the bride, not hide her under an overpowering dress. Clean lines and stunning silhouettes let the woman inside the dress shine through.

Amsale Aberra has been designing wedding dresses for over 25 years. She is co-founder of the Amsale Group, which is made up of three distinct, luxury bridal collections: Amsale, Christos, and Kenneth Pool. Her designs are found in superior bridal boutiques around the world and have been worn by stars including Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, and Salma Hayek.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Amsale’s 2014 Collection. Appointments are strongly recommended, so call today!

Stratford Village
107 South Stratford Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Mon – Fri: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sat: 9:30am – 5:00pm


Amsale Trunk Show in Charlotte

We’re having an extra-long Amsale trunk show this week in our Charlotte store! The trunk started last Friday and goes thru Thursday, April 11th.

Amsale was established in 1985 by Amsale Aberra who originally made all her gowns byAmsale trunk show at Nitsa's in Charlottehand and emphasized the importance of fitting brides properly so that they felt comfortable and special.  As the Amsale website states, “the name has become synonymous with exquisite simplicity and luxurious restraint.”

Brides love the classic silhouettes and details of these gowns. We understand how special this time is for a bride, so schedule your appointment today to find “the” dress this week.

Phillips Place
6700 Fairview Road
Suite 113 • Phillips Place
Charlotte, NC 28210
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm