This is a guest post authored by Sophia Smith
Although the bridal fashion usually does not change very drastically from season to season, for Spring 2016 the designers broke free from all constraints and brought us an array of new styles. At a first glance, some of these styles may look ultra-modern and far from conventional, but the beauty is that they are all really wearable. Every bride-to-be will find her favorite dress of the season, we are sure.
This is our top selection of the hottest trends.
In terms of colors, the designers had much fun this year, which gives the brides a free hand to pick their signature shade. Barely there shades of blush pink and mint are still having their moment, as seen at Jenny Packham, J. Mendel, Romona Keveza and Pamella Roland. Anne Barge offered a tulle ball gown with a nude underlay, while Naeem Khan chose to present us a strapless gown with cool silver tone that looked almost bluish.
However, from the looks of it, 2016 will be a year of darker colors. Romona Keveza had a line of deep reds, and Inbal Dror and Vera Wang settled for black and a modern gothic look. Besides your wedding dress, the trend also allows you to choose colourful bridesmaid dresses.
The 3-D Effect
Many designers also focused on creating layers. Some decided to experiment with three-dimensional floral appliqués. Whether it is an oversized lace flower or a tiny beaded bloom, this all-time bridal details bring a gown to life.
We love Rita Vinieris’s and Mira Zwillinger’s hand-embroidered gowns, while Angel Sanchez’s long sleeve off-white lace sheath with flower appliqués throughout the bodice was a showstopper. Overskirts, too, were used to create an illusion of layers. From the simplest A-line tulle skirt to tiered organza, no two overskirts are the same, yet they all add a ton of texture to your silhouette.
Many of the dresses we saw on the runways had wave details in the form of diagonally pleated skirts that gave them an art deco feel.
Sexy is the word of the season with sheer dresses having a major moment, but let us not forget the jaw-dropping plunging necklines, thigh-high slits, and keyhole details at the bust.
Illusion necklines and backs are not an innovation in the bridal realm, but this year designers from Hayley Paige and Christos Costarellos to Tara Keely and Victoria Kyriakides are extending the limits with full-on illusion bodices. These ultra-sexy sheer tops cover up just the right places with lace appliqués, which makes them both romantic and intriguing.
Soft feathers add whimsicality and fluidity to any look. We have seen these unique details in all combinations, from fully covered traditional ball-gown skirts, like Kelly Faetanini’s strapless sheath gown, to accented waistlines at Jenny Packham, and as hem embellishments, as seen at Carolina Herrera.
Vera Wang again opted for black and dramatic, while Amsale went for a soft, fluttery and delicate look. Either way, we find the feathers stunning.
One of the most dominant trends we have noticed is actually not a dress, but a bridal suit.
If you are one of those cooler, more laidback brides, you will love this trend. From tailored tuxedos (Naeem Khan) to bow-tied sheer silk long-sleeve tops (Houghton) and shirt dress over embroidered bra (Theia). Bridal suits can be seen in a boho style, tailored ankle-length pair (Carolina Herrera) and strapless off-white lace jumpsuit (Angel Sanchez), but in any case they are romantic, sexy and extravagant.
Which of these styles do you like the most?
Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She could be described as fashion addict and life lover. She writes mostly in fashion and beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life.