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Amsale

The Queen of Clean delivered some of the most modern, sharp wedding dresses to date. In her Spring 2012 collection, Amsale gave her neat minimal dresses strong bodices with asymmetric folds, bows and straps that redefined her chic, understated look from wearable to wow.

Silk Mikado, silk faille and royal duchess satin were molded into mermaids, crisp bell-shaped ball gowns and easy trumpets that skimmed defined waists and hips. I loved her Renee gown; a one-shoulder fit-and-flare with a sparkly rhinestoned floral corsage that sits atop the shoulder and back. But Amsale didn't just stick with the strict; she gave into her soft side, too.

 

She played with light and airy fabrics, punctuated skirts with yards of handmade organza beaded flowers and created new textures with swirly layers of pleated organza ruffles that make a coy appearance on the bodice but dominate the back and train or make up a pretty, flirty peplum.

 

Season after season, Amsale's bridesmaid dresses define what modern girls want to wear. Lilac, coral and deep, dark midnight blue added wonderful contrast to the minimal white and ivory wedding gowns in the show. There were plenty of easy, cool shapes with the figure-friendly empire waist and the newer natural waist dominating. Halter and one-shoulder necklines were in abundance with crinkled silk chiffons and slinky, stretchy jerseys as the most covetable and comfortable of fabrics. A longer length made the big, now statement.

Amsale, Spring 2012