If you have a keen eye for fashion and are of the ‘freshly proposed to’ variety, I have no doubt that the burning question of The Dress is weighing on your mind. Although if you’re anything like me, proposing wasn’t even on the cards when I was putting serious thought into The Dress. *Ahem*. Let’s just agree that The Dress is verrry important.
So, that fact established, you’ll no doubt be wondering what wedding dress trends you need to keep in mind. Because being accused of being ‘so yesterday’ on your wedding day would be no fun at all. Although if you have friends like that, dear reader, please don’t invite them.
I valiantly shoulder the task of eyeballing wedding dresses on a regular basis (see, those years of research are unwasted. I’m not a frivolous time waster after all). So here’s my take on the top 10 wedding dress trends for 2018 from the latest bridal gown collections to hit the catwalks.
1. The Sheer Look
The sheer wedding dress look is officially on trend. Yep, you read that right – sheer, as in see-through.
Now depending on how brave you are, you can go for actual nipple exposure, or just pretend nipple exposure with a nude coloured material underneath. It’s like a really great joke on your grandma to give her a slight heart attack until she manages a closer look. Unless of course you go for full nipple exposure. In which case I hope your grandma is made of stern stuff.
Clockwise from top left: Vera Wang, Rime Arodaky, Cortana, Rosa Clara
Moody. That sums up the photos of the wedding gowns from Claudia Llagostera. And the gowns themselves are wonderful – modern, deliciously unstructured mash-ups of vintage styles, lace and knitwear. If you’re looking for thoroughly up-to-date gowns but still want to feel like a bride, Claudia Llagostera certainly fits the bill.
This is an updated version of my blog post from two and half years ago. I’ve revisited each designer, mulled over new ones, and edited out and added in, as well as updating the images to the designers’ latest collections.
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 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.
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.
From top left: MiaMia Bridal, Jesus Peiro, Rosa Clara, Elizabeth Stuart, Pronovias, Temperley London (photo by Thomas Iannaccone).
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 »
…don’t you think?
Left to right: Alan Hannah Accessories / Image from Style me Pretty / Alan Hannah Gown (yum).
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 »
Mia Mia have released their 2012 wedding gown collection, and (this is a first for me – no, really) never have I before felt compelled to slather a collection of photos all over my body :D. They are deliciously rich and creamy, like an expensive moisturiser or an exceptionally good slice of cake. And testimony to the fact that investing in beautiful photos makes your product just that much more desirable. Drooling over photography aside, the dresses are equally delicious. Mia Mia never fail to deliver beautifully fashionable gowns that are downright pretty, yet not meringue-esque. Check out more on the Mia Mia website »
I’ve just discovered Kisui. There is one word that nicely sums up their gowns, and that is ‘wow’. Simple, clean lines, beautifully put together in the latest fashions to create deliciously beautiful wedding gowns.
They’re based in Germany so I’m not sure about the stockist status for elsewhere, but I’ll get in touch with them to see. Meanwhile, have a look at these beauties: