Bride magazine editor, Amanda Griffiths, takes an insider’s look into the upcoming trends in bridal fashion
Illusion bodices, plunging necklines and glamorous embellishments - from beading to feathers - set the catwalks alight at White Gallery London last week.
The show, held in Battersea Park, is where top designers, bridal boutiques and the bridal press all come together and is often where the trends for the coming year are set.
Designers Alan Hannah, Sassi Holford and Savin London all held their own individual catwalk shows. The British Talents catwalk showcased Ivory & Co Bridal, Eliza Jane Howell, Katya Katya Shehurina, Dando London, Raishma, Cherry Williams London and Charlotte Balbier, while international designers were well represented on the catwalk in the International Preview by Brian Chen, Anny Lin, Claire Pettingbone, Sylwia Kopczynska, Rembro Styling, Anna Georgina and Randy Fenoli.
By the end of the first day's catwalk shows, I could see a number of trends emerging.
We’ve seen the bridal colour palette increase from white and ivory to golds, champagnes and pinks over the last few seasons but for the 2018 collections, blue was definitely coming out on top. There was everything from delicate undertones shown in gowns by Katya Katya Shehurina to brighter, still delicate shades by designers, Eliza Jane Powell and Randy Fenoli. Alan Hannah showcased blue flowers on one gown perfect for the bride who wants something different and a majestic royal blue gown by Savin was definitely an eye-catcher. Pretty pinks were still represented as were golds and champagnes… brides certainly don’t have to wear white any more…
British Talent Catwalk
Trouser suits (Alan Hannah and Sassi Holford) and two-piece combinations, including shorts with detachable trains (Sylwia Kopczynska) to trouser two-pieces (Rembro Styling) and the skirt and top combinations we’ve seen a rise in popularity in over the last year, were also evident.
International Preview Catwalk
The high streets are full of cold-shoulder fashion with girls exposing their shoulders and this is set to transfer into bridal fashion with off-the-shoulder styles showcased by a number of designers, including Alan Hannah, Brian Chen and Claire Pettingbone.
Lace is still evident, but designers are moving away to luxurious satins for smoother silhouettes as well as using plenty of tulle and textured fabrics from polka-dots to flowers. There’s also a glamorous element with lots of embellishments from beading that sashays as you walk, to feathers on gowns and accessories, perfect for the bride who wants all eyes on her.
British Talent Catwalk
For me, the most noticeable trend is the rise of the illusion bodice. We’ve seen plenty of illusion backs over the last few years, now it seems designers are encouraging brides to become even more daring. Charlotte Balbier’s long-sleeve gown was just beautiful, with a bride's modesty protected by the lace pattern detail, others were more daring, including plunging necklines….
From delicately pretty gowns to statement pieces, designers certainly had it covered on the catwalks this year. I can’t wait to see what next year’s bride will choose from these outstanding collections.
Take a look in the gallery above for highlights from this year's White Gallery London.