Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Classic and quirky, covering all tastes, came together at the UK’s most important Bridal Show where trends are set and committed for the year ahead.
This year there was more to choose from than ever before - and more colour, too, with a new generation of blush tones and muted latte notes, alongside flower-sprigged prints (first highlighted at White Gallery in May when the top designers presented us with a bouquet of country-garden delights)
Embroidered its flowers with cascades of petals spilling over the soft folds of a tulle skirt; layered gossamer-fine chiffon over its floral print,and exotic plant prints.
Asymmetric lines were something of a talking point giving a whole new look to big-skirted ball gowns, with handkerchief layers, each banded at the bottom to add definition, seeming to float with movement.
Sleeves - yes, plenty. Long and slender in nude tulle, embellished with flowers, leaves and random motifs for the tattoo look that shows no sign of losing its pole position in the popularity stakes. And of course, with them came the keyhole backs and illusion panelling, but for 2017 they are ever-more daring - deeper, wider and sexier. Little cap sleeves have added personality with links of sparkling beadwork strung from side to side. And there were more detachable straps than ever, creating a two-style option for a simple gown.
There is a new wave of separates, including tops with laser-cut flowers - deliciously 60s - and plain, beautifully sculpted skirts. This allows brides to personalise their look. Body-hugging all-in-ones to match up to a skirt.
This time round, the plains stood out, with Mikado a favourite for many big-name houses. Some added back detail, and plenty of it, while others contended with a beautifully beaded belt or soft sash.
In accessories, colour, shape and statement were the story. High high heels, glittery straps or metallic mesh featured throughout every collection - and there were lots at show with my favourite Rainbow Club.
And menswear? Think tweed, think Liberty-style floral prints (70s-influenced) for ties and - and double-breasted waistcoats without the classic lapels. The world of groomswear returns to the traditional, but with cuts and silhouettes that re-invent every line. There are some truly great looks here and a strong colour range of blues, silvers and, of black.
Floral & Frills, blush pink, rose gold, soft and floaty.
Love these, lots of ideas and lots of detail.