Movement & Lace: Amazing Wedding Dress Trends for 2016 Revealed
21 May 2015
There was a buzz of excitement as The White Gallery London opened its doors as buyers and press eagerly awaited the new collections from some of the world’s best bridal designers
The White Gallery London, the UK’s only designer bridal show, took place at Battersea Evolution where British designers and their international counterparts showcased the best of bridal style for 2016 and beyond. Bride magazine editor Amanda Griffiths reports
Photography by Christopher Dadey
British designers including Sassi Holdord, Stephanie Allin, Alan Hannah, Ian Stuart, Caroline Castigliano and Amanda Wakeley mingled amongst international talents including Claire Pettibone, Jack Sullivan Bridal and Martina Liana.
The 2016 wedding dress trends
While there’s still a lot of lace around, from full gowns to those that use it as detail on the bodice, straps or skirt, designers this year were showcasing other alternatives including delicate sequins, exquisite beading and simple, smooth satins and silks. Cowl necklines are popular as well as off-the shoulder V-necks where shoulder straps part to form a low (but not too low) V. The look overall was softer, more fluid with an emphasis on movement and sensuality.
Anna Romysh Haute Couture
The catwalk shows
The highlight of the show is undoubtedly the catwalk shows – where the dresses are brought to life for the first time, drawing admiration from the crowds. The International Preview kicked of Sunday’s programme with Anna Romysh Haute Couture opening the presentation followed by Simone Carvalli, Jack Sullivan Bridal, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Anna Kara, Yumi Katsura, Claire Pettibone, Victor Harper, Martina Liana, Sharon Elle Design before Augusta Jones brought the show to a close.
Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan
- Ian Stuart presented his Runway Rebel collection – described as an ode to life and the freedom to be expressive, creative and rebellious in it. Read our report on the Ian Stuart Runway Rebel collection.
- Alan Hannah’s Watercolours collection used silk chiffon and soft satins to emulate water and its movement, with an introduction to more colour and beading all in addition to the structure and form we have come to expect from designer Marguerite Hannah. Click here to see more from the Alan Hannah Watercolour collection show.
- The final show of the day was the British Talents where our home-grown designers showed edited highlights of their collections. Emma Hunt opened the show followed by designs by Katya Katya Shehurina, Ivory & Co Bridal, Eliza Jane Howell, Naomi Neoh, Zaeem Hamal, Savin London with Charlotte Balbier’s newest collection closing the show - we take a look at the best of the day here.