The Gown Guide
There’ll always be a special place for traditional, classic gowns in the world of bridal fashion, but new silhouettes, colours and details make it far more exciting. From superhero capes and capelets to fluttery bows and ruffles, Tijan Biner brings you the latest bridal trends & wedding gowns that are gracing runways across the globe.
Bridal designers shake things up every season; sometimes they’ll take cues from the ready-to-wear runways, and others will create unique, high-fashion moments. To help you on your search for the perfect wedding gown, Melbourne Wedding & Bride has compiled this season’s trends that every fashion-minded bride-to-be should take down the aisle.
Three-dimensional details have the power to transform a wedding gown into a truly unique work of art. Subtle hints of beading, appliques, feathers or floral lace add a beautiful, feminine touch to an already simple, classic silhouette.
Although the delicate style that’s typically associated with floral fabric is still very much present in bridal wear, the motif is being dialled up to a new level. This year, designers are choosing to go bolder and create more striking designs, which are perfect for the feminine bride who’s still looking to make an impact. Elie Saab and Marchesa are at the forefront of this trend; large, floral embellishments and delicate, Chantilly lace are wonderfully dreamy additions to its gowns.
The Modern Bride
Bridal two pieces are making a strong comeback in 2018; cool, alternative separates are the modern bride’s go-to look. With the freedom to mix and match tops, bottoms and layers to create an unbelievably chic ensemble, this trend extends far beyond just a skirt and top. Rime Arodaky showcased a sassy bodysuit tucked into a figure-hugging maxi skirt at New York Bridal Fashion Week, while Monique Lhuillier’s dress set and Sachin & Babi’s sequined crop top and tulle ball gown skirt turned heads for all the right reason.
Jumpsuits are also ideal if you’re after a gorgeous, feminine look. The pant-suit options are endless; flared leg, halter-neck, strapless, cropped and tailored are all chic looks for the modern bride.
Ruffles, Ribbons and Bows
The traditionally girlish adornment has been dialled up to a dramatic, grown-up level this season. From Naeem Khan’s idealistic pink shoulder streamers, to Viktor & Rolph’s series of signature bows on a sculptural ball gown, large ribbons or bows will bring elegance and drama to your look.
Similarly, 80s-inspired details on the shoulders, cascades of tulle on a full ball gown skirt and fluttery 70s-reminiscent waves are all making a comeback. Whether you’re sashaying down the aisle or gliding across the dance floor, ruffle detailing on a wedding dress creates exceptional movement.
Take the Plunge
Deep necklines were certainly the biggest (and sexiest) trend to emerge this season. V-neck gowns are strikingly dramatic and have the ability to bring glamour and sexiness to a bride’s look.
Plunging necklines lend themselves best to certain wedding locations such as the beach or a garden, and it’s the ideal trend for the bride who’s looking for an effortlessly stylish and sexy gown. However, make sure you try on styles before committing, as ladies with a bust larger than a C-cup may show too much cleavage for an elegant look.
Layers and Layers
From exquisite ruffles that sit intricately on top of one another, to full, scalloped skirts, this trend is truly making waves. Gowns in this style will give the body length and shape through the use of a longer, asymmetrical bodice, which will lengthen the torso and create height. Thin fabrics such as tulle, organza, chiffon or sheer lace are best for this style of gown as they will create volume and density.
There’s been an influx of brides wanting to recreate this trend purely because of its romantic and feminine style. However, if the idea of an extravagant, multi-layered gown is daunting, concentrate on just the skirt while keeping the bodice fairly simple, which will create exceptional balance.
Capes and Cover Ups
For the more audacious bride, capes or capelets can top off any bridal look. It was evident at New York Bridal Fashion Week that major designers have jumped on the bandwagon with funky, cropped capelets and full-length capes; Vera Wang, Elie Saab and Monique Lhuillier all showcased gorgeous cover ups. If you’re not a fan of the veil, take inspiration from Tommy Hilfiger’s gorgeous floor-length cape, or simply just dip a toe in the trend pool with a cute number that covers only the shoulders.
An ideal accompaniment to a 1920s-style gown, most capes are detachable and create a dramatic effect without having to add sleeves. When paired with a simple gown, these dreamy and delicate pieces will come together to create a truly unique combination.
Reaching New Heights
Perfect for the bride who’s after a timeless, classic look, gowns with high necklines are ultra-elegant. Although high-neck gowns are known for looking exquisite on taller women, they’re also extremely flattering for all body shapes. A high neckline will create a soft finish to any style of gown, while still providing coverage over the bust.
A satin high-neck gown is incredibly modern, while scalloped lace will create a regal look. To ensure some skin is still shown, it’s also quite common to see low backs on gowns with high necklines. Paired with statement earrings and a relaxed, windswept up-do, it’s an ideal trend for a classic bridal look.
Many brides will admit they’ve experienced a number of emotions throughout the dress-hunting process, from excitement to stress. However, whether you follow current trends or create your own design, it’s a piece that’s made for one of life’s biggest sartorial moments, and it should be everything you’ve ever imagined!