I can hardly believe a month has already passed since my inaugural post for Love My Dress. In recent weeks the couture shows have drawn to a close and the fashion set have clocked up their air miles travelling to New York, London, Milan and Paris for the ready-to-wear shows.
These shows are the heartbeat of the industry; a showcase of what’s great about fashion, from the tongue-in-cheek creations of young independents in London to the avant-garde shows of Paris and the super-luxe gloss of Milan and New York. As always, fashion professionals and enthusiasts alike await the shows with a baited breath, in search of the next big thing.
The wedding industry is no different – not only have we received an valuable update on fabrics and silhouettes for this year and next but also the crucial colour trends that might just bring your bridal party or reception venue to life.
The 1930’s has long been a reference point for bridal designers. This season, we saw the look updated with devoré texture at John Galliano (this rich fabric choice would be perfect for an unfussy winter wedding) or in lighter fabrics such as silk satin and chiffon, which glistened down the runway at Jenny Packham and Lanvin. A carefully placed art deco or nouveau brooch at the waist or shoulder can complete the look.
Dresses with ultra-feminine camisole tops were a huge trend on the catwalk this season. Our favourites include the relaxed bohemian styles at Emporio Armani and Jenny Packham and with traditional bustier structure at Ermanno Scervino and Ralph Lauren.
Large Drop Earrings
Make a statement at 2014 or 2015 weddings with glamorous drop earrings. The look will suit most themes from vintage through to contemporary and glam. Popular styles include oversized and jewel encrusted, as seen at Marchesa and Carolina Herrera, or simple and delicate as seen at Ralph Lauren.
For winter weddings, a chic fur wrap will provide the perfect accompaniment for getting to the church or venue and keeping warm for outdoor photos. We loved the forties style wrap at Lanvin and the smaller styles at Roberto Cavalli and Sophie Theallet, seen nonchalantly slung around shoulders.
Whilst fashion weeks show some fabulous indications for dress shapes, confirmation of the hottest updates often comes in the details. Gowns with chic sheer panelled tops were seen from city to city, often combined with bandeau tops, (with beautiful embroidery overlaid at Oscar de la Renta) or seen as a delicate layer, spotted at Jenny Packham.
International colour authority Pantone may have named teal 2013’s colour of the year, but 2014 sees the opulent hue move in to occasion wear. A little sheen was a crucial accompaniment, with satin at Emilio de la Morena and Blumarine taking centre stage.
Tones of purple are most certainly key this year and lilac is the front runner for 2014. The beautifully feminine hue is perfect for all styles of wedding. Our favourite lilac looks were knee-length with full yet fine skirts at Ralph Lauren and Rodarte.
Citrus is key for spring/summer 2014 but for autumn/winter, tones turn slightly darker. These spicy hues work best on silk, satin and lace with our front runners for inspiration being Marchesa and Emilia Wickstead. We also spotted neckline embellishments making a comeback – golds and coppers complement perfectly for autumn.
Mother of the Bride
The asymmetric top has long been a super-sophisticated eveningwear option. On the Mother of the Bride, teamed with a tailored skirt or even sharply cut trouser, refined glamour becomes effortless. We loved the soft drapery seen at Ralph Lauren and in contrast the subtle structure of Marchesa.
Short, fitted jackets are making a comeback this season; slim dress jackets can form part of a suit or could be worn over dresses. We loved the curved wrap over jackets seen at Giorgio Armani and the soft peplum cut seen at Badgley Mischka, mirroring our earlier couture trends.
As well as being our new regular fashion contributor, Sarah-Leigh Bunting is the International Contributing Editor for Olivia Palermo. She also co-runs events and communication agency What Peggy Did Next and is the lady behind Bridal Boot Sales. You can enjoy Sarah-Leigh’s own wedding here.
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