The traditional ball gown gets a total makeover as puffy tulle skirts are being replaced with light, fluttery overlays which are much more convenient for the summer months. Instead of wearing big, heavy dresses which are so hard to move around in, modern brides are often choosing A-line and column silhouettes enhanced with a thin layer of tulle or lace. This trend was spotted in many collections showcased at Bridal Fashion Week in New York including Naeem Khan, Mira Zwillinger, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier and Carolina Herrera.
Ostrich feathers look very glamorous and decadent which is why they make a fabulous detail on a wedding dress. While Jenny Packham combined them with Swarovski crystals to adorn the bodice of a romantic A-line gown, Marchesa and Lela Rose used them to embellish skirts and Vera Wang created a dramatic black feathered skirt paired with a cropped top in the same colour. This is definitely a trend to embrace if you want to wear something a little different on your big day, and you can choose from a range of styles from bohemian chic to vintage glamour.
A simple two-piece wedding dress can be a great option for a destination wedding, especially if you planning to tie the knot on a remote beach with only a handful of your closest family and friends. A new tendency to consider for spring and summer 2016 is the crop top, which is paired with a long skirt. From Elizabeth Fillmore’s simple, streamlined look and Reem Acra’s sexy creation in lace to Theia’s elaborate two-piece gowns, designers were very inspired with this trend and you can find styles to complement different types of weddings.
Plunging necklines from the spring/summer 2016 collections are more dramatic than ever, but still very elegant and tasteful. From innocent princess-style Marchesa gowns to Vera Wang’s avant-garde underwear-like dresses, the V-necks which reveal a lot of skin, can be appropriate for relaxed beach weddings when you don’t need too much clothing, or you can also work with layers to adapt this trend for more formal occasions.
If you are a fan of flamboyant wedding dresses with voluminous skirts, you might like the new tiered skirt trend spotted on catwalks. Oscar de la Renta showcased a beautiful white strapless dress that looks like a big wedding cake with two silver bows on the draped bodice and a tiered tulle skirt, while Monique Lhuillier created a sparkly blush pink gown with illusion neckline, satin sash and a dramatic cascading skirt. We also loved the Marchesa embroidered strapless gown with asymmetric skirt and Reem Acra’s corset-topped layered dress.
Colourful spring-inspired floral prints flooded the catwalks and we love this fresh new bridal trend, which is simply perfect for rustic-style weddings. It influenced even Carolina Herrera who accentuated a simple sleeveless A-line gown with a watercolour-like floral print, while delightful pastel-coloured blooms appeared in collections of Theia, Elizabeth Filmore and Romona Keveza.
Finally, for brides who want to ditch the concept of a wedding dress altogether and get married in a manly outfit, designers suggest a white tuxedo or a jumpsuit as an alternative. This trend was seen at many shows including Carolina Herrera, Pamella Roland, Theia and Houghton. Our favourite look was Naeem Khan’s brocade bridal suit accessorised with a bow tie and a tulle veil.
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