Last month I was invited to attend The Wedding Fair at London ExCel. Surrounded by various wedding vendors, and front row tickets to the fashion show, to say I had a blast would be an understatement. Designers such as Ruth Milliam, A.I Boutique, and Allure Bridal showcased their spectral designs on the catwalk. Here’s the inside scoop on the latest bridal trends for 2017.
In the ever-changing world of fashion, 2017 Bridal couture has redefined the runway with some outstanding designs that are guaranteed to bring out your inner bridal fashionista.
We have scouted the catwalks, and researched through bridal magazines to find that designers have added a modern twist on the traditional wedding accoutrements (i.e. long trains, sleeves, and veils etc.)
One of the hottest bridal accessories for 2017, which is also a substitute to the traditional veil. Shoulder length or full bridal capes add dimension to your gown, while still maintaining a modern look.
We love how this trend can create two completely different bridal looks from one accoutrement. Wear your cape during the ceremony, and then slide it off for your reception, now that’s one way to wow your guests (Image 1: A.I Boutique Image 2: Oriental Pearl).
Breaking the norm with colour, Pink claims this seasons reign for the non-traditional bridal gown, all shades of pink as a matter of fact, from the lightest to the barely blush (Clockwise from left: David’s Bridal, David’s Bridal, Oriental Pearl).
Introducing warmer tones to Champagne/Ivory gowns, this season also produced some gorgeous warm gold tones (Image 1: David’s Bridal, Image 2: Allure Bridal, Image 3: Ruth Milliam).
4. Optical Illusion?
Dare to be bare? Leaving much to imagination designers have created some magnificent optical illusions with sheer elements, ranging from lace, to floral patterns, and crystal embellishments.
Brides have the option to go for a full on sheer gown, or partly sheer with elegant embroidery (Images 1&2: Ruth Milliam, Images 3&4: David’s Bridal, Images 5&6: Allure Bridal).
5. High Collar
Show off your curves, and sculpt your body with a high collar bridal gown. You are spoilt for choice with a wide variety of lace, sheer, or sleek satin materials. With high necklines we advise all our brides to skip the necklace, replacing it with statement earring, and a classic updo to complement this trend (Image 1: Ruth Milliam, Image 2: Allure Bridal, Image 3: So Sassi).
This season, designers have created a collection of boudoir-inspired gowns that are bridal worthy. Using corsets to accentuate a bustier top half, filled with lace, and embroidery bringing sexy back to bridal (Clockwise from top left: Allure Bridal, David’s Bridal, Allure Bridal, Ruth Milliam).
Step aside 21st century because the 80’s are back, and taking over the catwalk with oversized bows. There are so many ways you can rock a bow on your bridal gown to your advantage, either a sash to accentuate your waistline, or simply add a bow to the train of your dress for a dramatic exit (Image 1: A.I Boutique, Image 2: David’s Bridal).
8. Off the Shoulder
Say goodbye to sweetheart and strapless gowns, this season we welcome off the shoulder. Designers have created many different looks from one concept, whether you’re after lace, or sheer tulle these gowns will take your breath away (Images 1,2,3: Allure Bridal, Image 4: David’s Bridal, Image 5: A.I Boutique).
9. Crop Tops
The rise of the crop tops, yes! They are back with a bridal bang, creating stylish two-piece bridal gowns for the ultimate fashonista bride (Image: David’s Bridal).