Stye File: The top five trends from Bridal Fashion Week…
With so many gorgeous wedding dresses on display at one of the world’s leading events for designers, it’s almost impossible to choose our favourites from all the developing trends. Bridal Fashion Week is simply breath-taking and a feast for the eyes. Craftsmanship, flowers, a delicate palette of colour, feminine touches and a tiny bit of sexiness were the major themes on the latest event’s catwalks.
Floral-3D and Bold: This eye-catching trend hasn’t waned after also being popular last year. All types of florals decorated the catwalk. Angel Sanchez used embroidered overlays to gorgeous effect. Soft tendrils beautified the skirt of one dress and delicate daisies sat on the bodice of another. Bold blooms popped out of otherwise plain dresses to add drama and movement. Two different flowers in the same dress was a popular look. Marchesa’s dress with rose tulle embroidered overlay on the body and 3D silk flowers on the skirt was particularly striking.
Showing a little skin: Show a little skin! It’s not a traditional attitude to dressing for your wedding but why shouldn’t a bride feel sexy on her wedding day? Bridal Fashion Week showcased many beautiful wedding dresses with plunging necklines, strapless bodices and artfully placed cut-outs. Marchese led the way with the neckline trend while Sachin and Babi concentrated on the shoulders. The key is not to embrace all the trends at once. Then Grandma really will disapprove. If you are confident and have enough fashion tape to keep you secure, then go bold with a deep V-neck or cut-outs at your waist. Or use open work lace, organza or sheer tulle as illusion fabric to sweeten up the spicier parts of the dress.
Pale colours: A splash or hint of colour has long been a wonderful way to add a unique twist to your dress. Some brides use the hue of their dress as the inspiration for the colour theme of the entire wedding. The colours used on the designer dresses at Fashion Week were muted and delicate. Pale, rose petal pink and gentle dove grey wedding dresses floated down the catwalk during a number of collections including Naeem Khan and Hayley Paige.
Bows: Bows are clearly enjoying a fashion moment, appearing in myriad collections. They were everywhere. Big and small, bold and delicate, bustle like on the back of dresses or perched on shoulder straps. Carolina Herrera in particular used oversized bows in beautiful ways. Bows are a truly feminine adornment and have been used as a fashion accessories for centuries. Adding this particularly girly trim to a wedding dress will soften any other more edgy elements to it.
Toppers: For a winter wedding, they are a no-brainer but toppers were also popular when paired with lighter summer dresses at Fashion Week. They appeared on the catwalks in all different forms. Capelets, boleros, shawls and shrugs were displayed. Even elegant bomber jackets had their moment. Oscar de la Renta, who has an unrivalled reputation for creating elegant designer dresses chose to embellish his take on toppers with beautiful detailing on his fur jackets.