With short dresses, mix and match trends and statement shoes on the horizon, 2016 is set to bring innovation and creativity to bridalwear. Last week we visited White Gallery and London’s hottest new trade show, London Bridal Fashion Week, to get a sneak peak at the trends for 2016. We met with Augusta Jones, Blue Bridalwear, Freya Rose and Mark Lesley to discuss the latest trends in more detail.
Mix and match:
We caught up with Blue Bridalwear at White Gallery, who specialise in a variety of short length wedding dresses. Their dresses are stunning and use sewn in petticoats to create great movement. Blue Bridalwear revealed the growing popularity of the mix and match silk wedding dress trend; using lace vests and embellished belts, brides can mix up their wedding day look, without changing their dress. It also gives the bride the opportunity to create a unique look.
We then spoke to Augusta Jones about the bespoke mix and match trend. Augusta Jones showcased some stunning gowns; we particularly loved the mix and match idea – one with a simple crystal belt and the other with a layered skirt and blush bow. One dress, two great looks.
It’s all about the back:
We were impressed with the number of backless gowns on the catwalk at London Bridal Fashion Week. With backless gowns already popular for 2015, this trend is continuing to grow. With various options available, choose between simple low back designs or embellished cut outs.
We caught up with Freya Rose to discuss footwear for 2016. With the forecasted trend of shorter dresses, Freya emphasised the importance of stunning shoes. Lace shoes are a popular option, or for some simple bling, add a statement clip to some plain shoes. Designer shoes can come at a price, with Freya Rose’s most expensive shoe costing £1295.
Chatting to Mark Lesley at London Bridal fashion Week, he revealed how brides are becoming more focused on their bridesmaids. Brides now want their bridesmaids to look as stylish as themselves. His multi functional bridesmaid dress range offers high fashion dresses. The dresses can be altered in length to suit your requirements and can be reused for occasions such prom, cruises and beach weddings. His most popular look is the lace mix or chiffon style dress, alongside a new focus on the illusion back design. Dark blue was traditionally most popular for bridesmaid dresses, but now dark colours such as, silver, mocha and terracotta are increasing in popularity.
Halo & Co provide stunning bridal headwear; with Victorian styling popular for 2016, simple bands, tiaras used as brow bands rather than top of head and alice bands are all rising in fashion. Halo & Co also showcased lots of gold in their collection, ready to match festival and vintage looks. Classic lace and dainty flowers are always popular choices for brides looking for something feminine and stylish.