You want to get married in something a little less formal. You’re looking for a city hall outfit. You’re after something strongly fifties in flavour. Short wedding dresses are a great option in any of those circumstances. And the design house Alan Hannah decided to answer that need with their new label, Rita Mae. The dresses speak for themselves – beautifully designed in Marguerite Hannah’s inimitable style. And making the gowns available in short, tea-length or long creates extra flexibility for any bride.
On my first visit to Paris, I found the women fascinating. Cliche? Probably. But it’s true – French women generally have an understated, effortless style about them that is just so right. And trying to emulate it is difficult, so I instead embraced the tourist look; walking shoes, sun hat and camera slung about my neck. Classy, me.
The same cool, clean elegance in a French woman’s every day wardrobe can be found in their top wedding dress designers. Often boho, always modern, usually understated. Structure seems to be thrown out of the window, leaving me wondering if their dresses would look any good on anybody larger than slim. After all, that’s what structure and corsets are for – pulling all your bits and pieces into the right places. I’ve been sifting through French designers and picking out my top 10 favourites. So in no particular order, here they are:
1. Delphine Manivet
Delphine Manivet encapsulates everything about great French wedding gown designers. Endlessly tasteful, beautifully made, with an element of rock chick that screams coolness (in a good way).
…you seem to have forgotten your petticoat. Er, and pants, for that matter.
Catwalks worldwide have had their annual explosion of laces, tulles, sparkles and silks. If you’re in the League of Brides to Be Who Enjoy Fashion (otherwise snappily known as the LBBWEF), you’re probably wondering what trends there are to bear in mind when you step on into your local bridal gown supplier. And I’ve put together this little guide to help you on your way. If you find the trends confusingly poles apart, well, that’s because they are. 😀
So here, in no particular order, are my top ten picks for wedding dress trends in 2015.
1. Covering up
It’s official – modesty is currently fashionable. Brides who were always going to go for a modest gown can feel downright smug, because you’ll be spoilt for choice. High necks, long sleeves, and lashings of material are where it’s at right now. Be warned though, if you’ve been blessed in the breast department, high necked gowns will make you look melon-esque.
Eye wateringly glorious 30s style wedding gown – Deco from Suzanne Neville.
Halfpenny London blipped onto my radar recently (I’ve been living under a rock), and I instantly fell a little bit in love. Combine beautifully fashion forward gowns with vintage and you have a smashing formula for success. Kate Halfpenny is going to go far. Beautiful laces, a slight boho feel, but with all of the latest trends putting in an appearance. Delicious.
I’ve had a slight bee in my bonnet in the past few years over wedding dress designers photographing their gowns with accessories that (in my humble opinion) make the dresses even more delicious than they might be otherwise, but not actually selling the aforementioned accessories. So that frothy lacy affair the model had draped around her shoulders? Nope. Sorry, that doesn’t come with this dress. But… that’s the REASON I loved that dress SO MUCH. Wah!
Also, I’ve always fancied the idea of buying a fairly plain (cheap) wedding gown and zuzhing it up with bits and bobs, thus transforming it into giddy couture-esque heights whilst back-patting myself on my thrifty creativity.
SO. I was beyond delighted to discover that Charlie Brear from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company has (cleverly) released a series of accessories that will add sizzle to any wedding dress, and allow a bride to change up her look without having to splurge on a second wedding dress.
Here are some dazzling beauties – see the VWDC website for more »
I know this is a wedding fashion blog and all that, but the beauty and simplicity of a couple getting married in casual clothing and celebrating their commitment through a bunch of fun, straightforward, joy-filled things brings tears to my eyes. Beautiful.
Whilst the front of this wedding gown is extremely lovely, the back is even more so. Something about the wispy chiffon crossover combined with the jewelled straps is just so very right. See the original gown here »