Modern bridesmaids want chic, contemporary and stylish dresses, at affordable prices, that they can wear again after the wedding day. They like to be consulted about the choice of dress as they want a look that flatters their figure and best expresses their personality. Madame Bridal introduces the Bill Levkoff collection of bridesmaid dresses, knowing this reputed designer and manufacturer is totally in tune with the needs of modern women. Their line of dresses is designed to suit the desires of both the bride and her special ladies. The wide array of full-length and cocktail-length styles they offer has something for every taste, ranging from the traditional to the most up to the minute in fashion.
Levkoff is a family run business that has been dressing bridesmaids for over sixty years and is committed to retaining the highest of standards. It offers affordable, high quality fashions in the finest fabrics. Brides love to have a line up of bridesmaids dressed in Levkoff style as they exude understated elegance, adding a timelessly classic charm to the special day. They will find a dress that perfectly complements the look and feel of their wedding amid this collection, while satisfying the bridesmaids’ preference to choose a dress that will look stunning at other formal events.
The prevailing theme of the collection is one of slim A-line silhouettes, though fit and flare, trumpet and fitted dresses, also make an appearance. The gowns tend towards the discreet, unencumbered by fussy embellishments, making them such a wonderful choice for other occasions and ensuring your bridesmaids can justify the expense as it will be spread over other days. The dresses are also a perfect choice for brides that are happy to accommodate the personal tastes of their ladies as there are many similar gowns with different styles of neckline that can be mixed and matched in a cohesive fashion for the wedding day. Brides will often find their chosen bridesmaids come in completely different shapes and sizes and Levkoff caters to this diversity of body types by offering each dress in a full range of sizes from 0-28.
The brand is one with instant recognition as it is often featured in pages of the top bridal magazines, including Bridal Guide, Brides, For the Bride and Modern Bride. The company has a well established reputation for excellence and quality that has been well earned by always adhering to fine attention to detail. The bridesmaid line is complemented by a junior range that dresses the younger members of the bridal party in equally beautiful style. Designers are influenced by the bridal runways and the latest trends in bridal fashions. The designs themselves are so timeless that a bride may make her selection from one of Levkoff’s earlier collections or opt for the very latest.
The dresses are styled in a wide range of feel good fabrics, sometimes combining two fabrics for a stand out look. A strapless, sequin net bodice can add shimmer above a softly flowing chiffon skirt, while corded lace may be used to adorn a bodice and create an illusion neckline atop a crinkle chiffon dress. Sequin, Antique and Paisley lace are also used in the collection, alongside charmeuse, English net, European satin and matte sequin. The fabrics are designed to flow with effortless ease or are strikingly draped to make a statement. Examples of chic drapery include asymmetrically draped dresses leading from asymmetrical necklines or skirts that feature an elegant side gather.
Crisp clean lines draw attention with straight strapless necklines, crossover halters and Grecian influenced one-shoulder gowns. There are softly gathered blouson bodices and lightly ruched bodices framed with sheer cap sleeves. Off-the-shoulder gowns project a high class image and plunging V-necklines are enticing and sensual. The collection includes sweetheart bodices, bateau and jewel necklines, while illusion necklines are fashioned in sheer fabrics and lace. Other popular features that stand out are draped asymmetrical overlays on skirts, asymmetrical pleating on surplice bodices, keyhole backs, subtle flounces and delicately ruffled spaghetti straps.
It is rare for beading to make an appearance, primarily limited to a beaded waistband. Waistlines are accentuated with self tying sashes and empire waistlines elongate the flow of the dress with their raised lines. A provocative edge is offered in full-length skirts with a sensual slit. The cocktail-length dresses in the collection mirror the style of the full-length gowns and bridesmaids can look cohesive by choosing the same dress in different lengths.
Levkoff focuses on two-tone and mono-chrome dresses, with a select few dresses styled in sequin patterned net. The color palette on offer will satisfy any wedding color theme and fit in with any season. Black has become a popular color for bridesmaid dresses and is included in the range. Other pleasing dark colors that offer a certain chic look are chocolate, claret and wine, horizon, navy, marine and regency. If a soft romantic look is preferred there are many pastels to appeal, including ivory, mint, cashmere and champagne, shell pink, petal pink and heather. If the bride wants a color to pop and stand out she can opt for the bright hues of amethyst and watermelon, cherry, oasis, persimmon and coral. Light colors are most often chosen for spring weddings with the darker hues chosen for fall and winter ceremonies. Bright colors are wonderful for summer weddings and for ceremonies celebrated in hot destinations.
Many of the dresses in the collection are ideal for wearing to increasingly popular destination weddings. Light chiffon is suited to hot destinations as the fabric is breathable and packs well. The designs are perfect for wearing on vacation days that follow the wedding. Other less formal weddings the dresses are suited to include outdoor weddings. The cocktail-length dresses are perfect for both informal weddings and city occasions. If the image of the day is one of romance there are long lace dresses that combine romance with elegance. If the wedding is traditional and formal there are many gowns that fit the bill with their chic elegance and quiet sophistication. The satin dresses in the collection are both sublime and sophisticated, suiting them to formal weddings and formal evening events.
The excellent cut of the dresses really highlights the best attributes of a woman’s figure. There are cinched waistlines below asymmetrical necklines that really accentuate the beauty of an hourglass figure, and strappy and strapless dresses that draw attention to the shoulders and the neck. Short and slit skirts showcase a well toned pair of legs, with sweetheart necklines drawing attention to the cleavage. If there are bodily features the bridesmaid wishes to conceal or detract attention from this can be done with the right choice of dress. An asymmetrical neckline can draw attention away from a heavy bust and an empire waistline or an inverted waistline is excellent in concealing the stomach and preventing the bridesmaid from feeling self conscious.
It can be hard for a bride to select one style of dress that all her bridesmaids agree on, but Levkoff simplifies the task by creating so many stylish dresses with such appeal. Once a single style or a mix and match selection are settled on the bride can be assured that her ladies will be graceful and beautiful as they lead her up the aisle and take their places beside her in the wedding photographs. One of the most popular features of the collection is the way in which bridesmaids actually love the dresses. When they are happy with their dresses their pleasure will be self evident and will be reflected in their smiling faces.
Many modern bridesmaids prefer the simple yet sophisticated style so typified by Bill Levkoff. They will be delighted to stand by the bride in such contemporary dresses, knowing the style will transition so well to the next event on their social calendar. It is an added bonus when they can look forward to wearing the gorgeous dress again.