Spring/Summer 2016 Bridal Fashion Trend Predictions

Hello lovely readers, Sarah-Leigh here! After another fabulous ‘fashion month’ we’ve summarised the key trends set to inspire bridal style for spring/summer 2016. From New York to London, Milan and Paris, the catwalks were awash with a few crucial themes to take note of next season.

Prairie

From broderie anglaise to delicate lace panels and softly transparent inlaid stripes, life on the prairie is big news next summer and a picture-perfect look for brides and bridesmaids alike.

Prairie bridal fashion predictions for 2016

Erdem + Burberry

While shapes take inspiration from the 1800s, with voluminous sleeves, subtle flaring at hems, high neck-lines and bib-fronts, the theme is relaxed yet fashion-forward.

Prairie bridal fashion predictions for 2016

From top left clockwise, Mother of Pearl,
Simone Rocha, Sophia Kokosalaki, Simone Rocha

Take inspiration from Burberry and Alberta Ferretti with their ultra-pretty, panelled gowns, while bridal favourite Sophia Kokosalaki shows how the look can be adapted with chic separates.

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Alberta Ferretti (top left) & Burberry (top right)
Erdem (bottom)

Frills

Romantic, sometimes dramatic and always overtly feminine, frills in all shapes and sizes are making a comeback. Frills are perfect for adding interest to simple dress silhouettes, whilst can add shape and form to boyish or athletic body types.

Frills - bridal fashion predictions for 2016

Roberto Cavalli

We loved the soft fluid layers seen at Antonio Berardi and Roberto Cavalli, while Balenciaga and McQueen showed beautiful gowns with waves of frills following natural feminine curves.

Frills - bridal fashion predictions for 2016

Alexander McQueen

Cavalli and Marques Almeida also provide alternative inspiration with asymmetric cuts and nonchalant off-the-shoulder styling.

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Top – Balenciaga & Balmain
Middle – Sophia Kokosalaki, Antonio Berardi, Marchesa
Bottom – Marques Almeida & Rodarte

Waist-cinching bows

Bows are often a bride go-to but for s/s 16 they become a focal point, used to cinch waists and enhance ensembles in oversized options or contrasting colour-ways.

Waist cinching bows - bridal fashion predictions for 2016

Amanda Wakeley, Proenza Schouler (left)
Vivienne Westwood (right)

Amanda Wakely shows a structured variation, matching dresses and adding decorative detail to a simple bandeau dress, while Givenchy’s voluminous bows have a vintage feel.

Waist cinching bows - bridal fashion predictions for 2016

Givenchy

Lingerie inspired

If super-sleek, strappy camisoles and lashings of lace panelling is your thing then you’ll love this underwear as outwear trend.

Lingerie inspired gowns - bridal fashion predictions for 2016

Balenciaga (top) & Calvin Klein

Sophisticated yet sensual, top designers from Balenciaga and Calvin Klein to Alexander Wang showcased a stunning array of intricately constructed gowns.

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Celine (top) & Erdem

Exposed seams are led by the female body – bralet detailing reoccurring too – creating a structured yet beautifully bridal-ready aesthetic.

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Top – Sophia Kokosalaki & Dior
Middle – Alexander Wang & Givenchy
Bottom – Reem Acra

Halter-neck

Cross-shaped halter-necks were the ‘detail du jour’ at most fashion weeks, typically seen accompanying form-fitting dresses.

While sleeveless styles like those at Ralph Lauren will be perfect for high-summer months or destination weddings in sunnier climes, gowns that incorporate dropped sleeves with bare shoulders were also abundant.

Halterneck bridal gowns - bridal fashion predictions for 2016

Givenchy & Derek Lam

This effortless, bohemian look is just perfect for relaxed nuptials.

Halterneck bridal gowns - bridal fashion predictions for 2016

Adeam (left) & Proenza SchoulerRalph Lauren (right)

Enjoy your weekend everyone,

Love Sarah-Leigh x

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As well as being our regular fashion contributor, Sarah-Leigh Wade 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 see Sarah-Leigh’s own wedding here.

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Our resident fashion expert, Sarah is a seasoned editor, stylist and creative director. Sarah cut her teeth in the fashion industry, working with the likes of style icon Olivia Palermo, and now with some of the biggest retail brands across Europe. Sarah is also co-founder of events and communications agency What Peggy Did Next, who specialise in creating unique weddings and experiences.

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