Bohemian wedding dresses have dethroned the traditional ball gown! Intricate, re-embroidered laces subtly adorned with gleaming embellishments or bedecked with hand-sewn floral appliques and sprinkled with feathers and pearls can look just as glamorous and they pair so well with the oh-so-stylish unstructured, colourful bridal bouquets. Relaxed silhouettes are easy-to-wear and perfect for dancing, while the palette of colours has been expanded to include sultry champagne, dusty pink, mint green or icy blue tones, touches of silver and gold and even colourful embroideries.
The silhouettes are ranging from sexy sheath dresses with off-the-shoulder necklines to seventies-inspired fit-and-flare styles, kaftan-like dresses and luxury beachwear. There is a bohemian wedding gown for every type of event, be it a church wedding, a relaxed vineyard affair or a seaside soiree! It can be a formal, semi-formal or completely casual outfit if you are heading off to a destination wedding. Or, it can be a two-in-one look with a removable overskirt, detachable sleeves or a cape which you can wear to the ceremony and then toss before the reception.
Bohemian elements that will be very popular in 2018 include bold embroideries, flirty tassels, 1970s inspired billowy sleeves, long and short capes which can be either translucent or opaque as well as feathers in all shapes, colours and sizes featured on skirts, bodices, hemlines and all types of bridal accessories. Pearls are used in abundance too! While it is a common type of embellishment used to make fine filigree beadwork on classic gowns, bohemian-style adornments are much more flamboyant. Perhaps the most striking combination of laces and pearls we have seen is a series of wedding gowns from Naeem Khan’s Spring 2018 collection as he incorporated various elements to create breathtaking modern gowns that are the purest definition of bohemian luxe.
On the other hand, luxe lace dresses by Carolina Herrera, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Romona Keveza, Marchesa, Claire Pettibone, Temperley London and Oscar de la Renta exude classical elegance while introducing this new bohemian element to the design while Vera Wang’s loosely-fitted and embellishment-free creations stand on the opposite side of the scale, catering for brides who want something utterly modern and a little bit extravagant, almost anti-bridal. Australian bridal fashion labels that embraced the trend include Grace Loves Lace, Anna Campbell, Karen Willis Holmes, Bo & Luca, One Day Bridal and Pallas Couture.