London Bridal Weeks is almost here which means the very latest in bridal fashion is about to hit the catwalks. Not only are we very excited to see what’s coming up, this will shape our fashion editorial throughout the year.
The bridal ‘super show’ is the first in the first major event on the international calendar. With designers set to descend on London from around the world, this is the best show for anyone in the wedding industry.
This year London Bridal Show is being co-located with White Gallery – a luxury designer-led buying event showcasing some of the world’s finest bridal wear collections. We have been lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the fabrics, silhouettes and styles from the show that are set to be big for 2018 and 2019 brides.
Gill Harvey – designer of Eliza Jane Howell explains how they will be embracing the latest trends in their timeless collection:
“For trends, it is always difficult as Eliza Jane Howell takes inspiration from old Hollywood glamour and vintage fashion. It is our unique blend of ancient techniques and new ideas which make the perfect Eliza Jane Howell gown. We are known for our hand beaded tassels and for 2019 there will be even more tassels and they will be even more sparkly! We also love an overskirt when worn with our beaded dresses and for 2019 these will have much more sparkle and shine. These over skirts can also be worn as a cape. And for the first time, we will be showing some off the shoulder dresses which will exude romance with hand-beaded embellishments.”
Bohemian Wedding Dress Style
Bohemian wedding dress style has had a modern makeover with light, airy fabrics and ethereal styles taking centre stage. Many collections are taking inspiration from Australian designers such as Karen Willis Holmes – whose 2018 Wild Hearts collection is just filled with pretty lace detailing and flowing designs.
Summer brides can beautifully team their relaxed and laid back gowns with flowing lace like the Savannah gown from Charlotte Balbier or off the shoulder detail like Kelsey Rose’s boho lace gown. While winter brides can toughen up the look with an uber-cool leather jacket or add a touch of luxe with some faux fur.
Hollywood Glam Wedding Dresses
2018 is set to be a big year for Royal weddings and Meghan Markle is sure to add a touch of Hollywood glam to one of the biggest weddings of the year. Think silky yet sophisticated silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and stylish sleeve detail and your Hollywood wedding style will start to emerge.
The Valencia gown from Karen Willis Holmes offers style and sophistication with a crossover v-neckline and delicate sleeves, all cinched in with a simple belt. For brides who want to forgo the sleeves and opt for a slinkier style, the Verity gown from Rosa Couture offers a satin off-the-shoulder silhouette that is so glam and perfectly finished with a glittering belt. Or go for all-out sparkle with the Warwick dress from Nicola Anne with its glittering bodice.
Who even says a wedding dress needs to be a dress? Brides are shunning tradition and turning to tailoring with white wedding suits, jumpsuits and chic trousers. Theia Bridal explain how their 2018 wedding collection is reflecting the modern bride ‘Looking into 2018, the key trends include pants and jumpsuits with minimalist styling and sensuous looks’. If you are getting married in 2018 and adore the idea for a bridal gown alternative then their satin jumpsuit needs some serious consideration. If added glitter is more your style then the Reno jumpsuit from Eliza Jane Howell offers a glamorous option for stylish brides.
Break the Rules
Rules were made to be broken, right? 2018 sees brides rebel against traditional style and re-write the bridal rulebook by adding a pop of colour, a high hemline or some bold embroidery.
Rita Mae offers a selection of bold, rule-breaking designs for 2018. Including shorter styles, bold blue tones and vibrant red polka dots, all perfect for the rebellious bride. If you want to break the rules but still feel suitably bridal then the Candice dress from Veritas offers a traditional silhouette with bold floral detailing.
Whether it’s a sheer cape worn down the aisle in place of a traditional veil or a permanent part of the gown, wedding dresses with capes make a serious style statement and will be a key trend in 2018 weddings. London-based designer Rasha shows exactly how a cape should be worn on your wedding day with – as a simple style statement that truly enhances your bridal gown.
Sheer Wedding Dresses
2018’s sheer wedding dress trend isn’t as scary as it sounds! Sheer trumpet skirts and sheer overlays add a pretty and whimsical style to a traditional wedding dress and can transform the look and feel of a dress. Dutch bridal designer Modeca showcase the most beautiful bridal gowns with sheer skirt detail as part of their Papillon 2019 preview. For a more subtle sheer layer, Aubrey from the latest Karen Willis Holmes collection is simply stunning or go for all-out glam with KJL International’s bold sheer bridal gown.
Wedding Dresses with Sleeves
Whether it’s delicate cap sleeves or bold bell sleeves, wedding dresses with sleeves are proving to be a huge hit with 2018 brides. The MiaMia 2018 Love Letters collection shows perfectly how statement sleeves are making their mark. Or for a delicate elegant sleeve, the Nikki dress from Karen Willis Holmes is perfect.
True Bride designer Lydia Sayles explains how she’s loving the 2018 sleeve trend “Sleeves, sleeves, sleeves! From traditional cap sleeve to classic long sleeve, to trendy off-the-shoulder sleeve, they are set to take the shows by storm! We’re loving the boho floaty cold shoulder look and cape-like sleeves which create an ethereal feel and float beautifully down the aisle. We’ve worked this look into our bridal and bridesmaid collections and adorned gowns with sparkly embellishments for a heavy dose of glam.”
London Bridal Week and White Gallery will be taking place March 25th-27th and is open to trade and media only. For further information, visit londonbridalweek.com