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Trend spotting

Caroline Weisters from Bridal Fabrics highlights some key trends that are set to charm UK brides for the year ahead

Tracking the trends in bridal fashion can be a full-time preoccupation. Here at Bridal Fabrics it's our passion, so here are some observations from the 2019 collections…

Trend spotting: Image 1 LET’S GO DISCO!
We’re big fans of sensational sequins, so there’s one wonderful trend for 2019 that’s really caught our eye here at Bridal Fabrics and it’s the Disco Diva look. When you combine some serious sequin sparkle with en-mode bridal jumpsuits, metallic fabrics and a serious shake of glitz and glam, you’ve got a fabulous and unparalleled party guise. The Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2019 collection and Naeem Khan Bridal Spring 2019 collection showcase what this trend is all about. Make sure the sequins are paired with sexy, plunging necklines and sharp contours. Be it a second bridal ensemble for the evening celebrations, or for the most daring bride divas out there, Disco is a fabulous theme to rock the wedding party.

What screams fun, frivolity and a bit of irtation more than feathers? For those vibrant and con dent brides who want to make a statement on their special day, feathers are a fabulous choice. A top trend for 2019, plush plumage has hit the wedding scene in a bold way. From textured feathered accents, to fully feathered gowns, we have seen it all. It looks like this stunning feathered trend is going to continue for now, and we are absolutely loving it. Feathers add a bold, modern twist to even the most classic of styles. Oscar de la Renta and Elie Saab lead the charge and where they go others follow.

Demure yet regal, covered yet cool, the hot trend for 2019 has to be a Victorian-inspired bride with an edgy, cool vibe. Key ingredients include a high neck and long sleeves – puffy, lacy or both. The skirt can be a tulle overload or ruf e celebration. Add a few ruffles or layers on sleeves and/or neck and you’ve hit the spot. Sandra Mansour’s high- neck beaded bodice gown created a stir and would be right for any period drama. The edgy take on the look belongs to Valentino Haute Couture – we doth our period caps to this ‘on the money’ ruffled piece of gorgeousness.

We’re talking bows here! We saw them make a statement comeback in 2018 but that has nothing on the hot big bow trend of 2019. These are super structural and feature on the shoulders and back, and dominate the silhouette of the gown or jumpsuit. Let’s take the Balmain Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 pink bow as an example. That’s the size standard here, so whack the dimensions up and super- size these cute design accents to secure an edgy, en-vogue bridal vibe.

It’s part of the Victoriana vibe but ruffled and layered tulle – particularly coloured – is a having its own renaissance in the bridal world. Balmain’s green tulle dress from Haute Couture Spring 2019 featured over 20 layers. We love Viktor and Rolfe’s diminishing coloured tulle dress too. Tulle’s not new to the bridal scene and it’s a rm favourite for Vera Wang, but the 2019 look goes bolder and brighter.

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