Editorial feature published in Modern Wedding Magazine Volume 72
Fresh from catwalks worldwide, these looks blend high fashion #sohotrightnow styles with transcendent tradition to take bridal style to a whole new level. From sheer to separates, beading to bold sleeves, MW has got your bridal back covered with a plethora of prettiness. Consider this your wedding dress wish list: full of gowns sure to make your heart pound!
The long bridal cape is imbued with a sense of majesty and is fit for the bride with an air of a queen. A perfect alternative to a veil – a beautiful trailing cape will add arresting drama to your all-important walk down the aisle and a leave a bold impression on awe-inspired guests as you pass.
Bridal designers have perfected the art of the illusion and are now creating the most mystifying designs for their brides. Lace and beading details are added to sheer or nude netting fabric that gives the effect of arrangements floating on the skin with no visible joints. Whether it’s a bit of magical design with perfectly placed lace on a bare back, or risqué head-to-toe fabric magic, these gowns are made to bewilder.
For winter wedding brides or those in search of a slightly more modest alternative, sleeves this season are bold and big. Balloon and bell shaped sleeves are the go for fashionista brides and can be seen on an array of gowns from boho to ultra-glam.
MIX AND MATCH
A peek of midriff was the choice of skin to bare for daring brides last season. This paved the way for one of the more practical bridal trends – the mix and match wedding dress. More designers have released their very own separates collections giving brides masses of options for creating a custom look with separates as an alternative to a couture gown. This season has seen a rise in luxurious bridal bodysuits that accentuate the figure as well as array of stunning skirts to mix and match. #win
The new boho bride draws inspiration from the free-spirited folk era of the 1970s. Gowns are crafted of exquisite lace or crochet inspired fabric and feature embellishments such as tiered layering or fringing.
Choose a gown with striking high-neck detail to amp up the style stakes of your bridal look. Theatrical frills, beads and folds around the neck are the perfect way for modest brides to add a wow-factor to modest gowns and also allow brides to tastefully show off more skin elsewhere with a low back or illusion netting.
The latest trend in ballgown wedding dresses is soft, billowing and utterly romantic ballerina skirts. An airy-tulle skirt will create the heavenly illusion of an effortlessly graceful bride and will add a sense of enchantment to any wedding day look.
Blue is the bridal hue of the season. Whether it’s a glimpse under numerous layers or the fabric is tinted throughout, blue is the new favourite colour for a stylish I-do. Brides devoted to a white dress can indulge their colour lust with a dazzling pair of ‘something blue’ shoes.
Deluxe bridal beading takes a sleek turn this season as inspired by art-deco design. Gowns exude an Old Hollywood sensibility with subtle sparkle and clean lines that allow the bride to shimmer in the chicest of ways.
A face-cloaking veil harks back to one of the more romantic wedding traditions and has returned as a trend that emanates style. Veils are either floaty and sheer, or are a striking additional layer with lace trim to match the gown. We adore the sense of intrigue of a bride under a veil and the elated look of a groom when he finally sees her. #swoon
Collarbones and bare shoulders are still on show this season with numerous off-the-shoulder offerings on the table. Off-the-shoulder styles were once strictly in the realm of the boho bride, but more luxurious adaptations are now making this utterly romantic trend available in more designs. Expect bare shoulders paired with exquisite beading, figure hugging silhouettes and deluxe fabrics.