Bridal Buyer’s Editor at Large, Susi Rogol, reveals the top trends on this season’s catwalks
This time of the year the really big bridal shows are in full swing and boutique owners are choosing what they think you will love. The recent London Bridal Show produced some real treats.
If you think finding your dream dress is a challenge, think about the buyers who might see hundreds of collections in order to pull together a selection that they feel will have the greatest appeal. Some ranges have 200 dresses for retailers to sift through, and on top of that, offer a choice of fabrics, finishes and colours. By the time you get to your first appointment, so much work has gone on behind the scenes, often over many months. What the trade shows do is introduce the incoming trends – the newest shapes, the latest embellishments, the must-have details – as well as the accessories that complete a look, and the inspirational thinking from the top designers.
So what ticked all the boxes at the London Bridal Show in Olympia? Here’s my pick:
Dresses that are a sliver of fabric that clings to the body, with plunging necklines and wide-open backs. I loved Eddy K’s v-neck dress covered with silver and white beading.
Barely there, and often under a layer of lace or tulle. The newest trend is the palest shades of sand, a favourite at Tanya Grig.
This shows no signs of losing ground, but is instead taking new twists and turns with added intricate detail.
Yes, that’s right, trainers! A brand new company called Florence has produced an ivory leather trainer, covered in tiny laser-cut leather flowers. This has to be the season’s essential fashion piece. Other shoes in their collection were great, too, but the trainers did it for me.
Okay, this could be a serious trend. Imagine, a halterneck dress. Add a little stand up collar that frames the face. Very stylish, very chic. Tres Chic has some great options on fit and flare gowns, so does Ladybird.
A real fashion statement, with beautiful lace motifs on sheer tulle that give the impression of intricate ‘tattoos’ on the skin, especially on the back, but also on sleeves. Mark Lesley has some wonderful examples, as does Mori Lee.
A flurry of them. Trimming hems, edging light-as-air shawls. At the Textile Forum fabric show, everyone was showing their version of fully feathered chiffons, so you just know that one of the next big things. See Ruth Milliam for great feather-filled designs.
Another new label, Grace Philips, is one to watch. They reckon that plain is the place to be and the look to have, so there’s not a bead in sight. It is all down to cut and curve with them, fabulous shapes, gorgeous detailing like huge bows. Nothing frilly, nothing fancy, and the finished look is seriously cool.
A bit of boho
Soft fabrics, often fluted, always layered, ribbons, and soft floaty straps with wing-like sleeves. Add lace edgings and a bit of pastel colour and you’ve got the perfect picture. This is a look that works brilliantly with a halo of flowers in the hair. Lilly is a company to consider if this is your style.
Still news, but taking on a whole new meaning. Lillian West did it asymmetrically, with ruffles and borders, in fact, layers of every description. So flatter, adding flounce and volume but in a slim way.