THE blushing bride will be wearing . . . colour.
The traditional white gown is being given a run for its money, said Irish bridal designer Kathy de Stafford as she unveiled her 2013 collection.
This year de Stafford is also introducing mixing fabrics like lace with satin – and she forecasts a warm response to the blush tones.
"It's like ivory with a hint of pink, the colour you see when you look inside a shell," said de Stafford, whose dresses are handmade in Dublin with fabrics sourced from France and Italy.
And all the action isn't confined to the front of the dress, as cut-outs and sheer backs are in vogue.
The gowns cost, on average, €3,500. The Siren dress, pictured left on model Sinead Noonan, features warm ivory silk satin, a peplum made from chantilly lace with a dramatic row of covered buttons down a sheer back.
The official launch of the collection takes place today at 6pm at De Stafford Bridal, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.