Attire Bridal - Apr/Mar 2020 (Issue 76)

FABRICS 71 PUNK Stop right there: abandon the idea of Sid Vicious and Vivienne Westwood circa 1980 strutting down the aisle in dog collars, leather jackets and tartan – by this I mean a modern bride who’s all about edginess and attitude. Maybe not 100% punk, but a rock chick, edgy vibe heading down the bespoke bridal runways. Brides are bringing their own uniqueness and often feistiness to ‘their’ wedding, combining elements of tradition with aspects of attitude. Leading the runway swell is Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 and Alexander McQueen, with E&W Couture nailing it on the couture circuit. Need more convincing? Check out #alternativebride on Instagram and you’ll see how many women are looking for something that reflects their individuality. The look can be a fusion: a floaty lace dress teamed with heavy black lace-up boots; black lace layered to give a laissez faire vibe; confident corsetry that represents romance and rebellion; or even a puffy silk sensation teamed with fishnet tights. Whatever the choices, the revolution is here! COLOUR It’s not just one colour – it’s a macaron palette of colour, from pistachio green and dusty blue to pastel peach, pink, yellow and grey. During the haute couture collections in January, these colours were all over the runway, especially for Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier. There was one particular colour from the palette dominating slightly: green! That’s right – forget the Pantone colour of the year, as greens are wading into the water for 2020. Search up Water Green, Sea Spray and even apple tones in floaty chiffon. Check out Valentino Spring 2020 for some tonal inspiration. However, there’s one exception to this soft palette – and that’s black. Incorporate it as a waist trim or even an all-out black lace gown. Whatever the aspect, this is one contagious. LACE Lace is still the go-to luxury fabric for bridal, and with so many offerings how are designers making lace modern and new? We can’t reinvent the wheel, but there is a tangible shift towards geometric lace patterns. Though floral designs are still very much all-encompassing in bridal, geometric lace adds a modern ‘edge’. We especially like the Guipure options and fabric laser cut designs, that can deliver either a boho vibe or a crisp, modern look. PLUMES Yet again feathers are strutting their stuff on the catwalk but there’s no shying away from plumage this time. The flocked creations are bigger and bolder than ever, with full coverage and large ostrich-sized plumes securing ‘the bigger the better’ psyche. Oh-so-glamorous, the creations for 2020 have flair in abundance. We love Vivienne Westwood’s Princess offering (styled with edgy white leather boots), while Pamella Roland sent a pink feathery dream down the runway. Gorgeous! VOLUME Light and frothy, these tulle-tastic creations make me think of whisking meringue. Colossal volume is key to keep on trend – and so is the fabric. This isn’t a satin look (we’re not coming back to the Eighties and the Emmanuel creations) as it’s a tad too heavy for the light and frothy form. Lovely light fabrics such as tulle are being crimped and layered and tiered and puffed and pleated and ruffled left, right and centre. Monique Lhuillier Bridal 2020 and Oscar de la Renta Bridal Fall 2020 both provide stunning romantic voluminous displays. Organza is also being used to create some truly wonderful voluminous statement sleeves. The handle of this fabric allows for some sensational bountiful creations, and the more fabric the better, literally dripping over the bride and onto the floor. Galia Lahav Bridal Fall 2020 features a decadent organza coat creation that’s just sublime, and we love the Brock Collection Spring 2020 dress that’s clearly taking its inspiration from both Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie. MINIMALIST The simple and sophisticated look carved out by Meghan Markle is still in full flow, with clean lines and sleek shapes. With not a diamante and pearl in sight, the fabric is often a matt crepe, silk or Mikado and requires impeccable tailoring. However, this minimalist manifestation has taken on a new dimension: skin! The sleek, matt fabric look has been slashed, literally to the thigh, with a serious amount of legs on show. Check out Vera Wang Bride Fall 2020 for inspo. The alternative to the matt Mikado or crepe finish is a super-silky satin number that exudes 1920s glamour. Cut on the bias, these simple slip dresses are sultry and sexy. With arms, décolletage and backs on show, those pins aren’t the only flesh to be exposed with simple backless gowns. It’s an iconic Hollywood look. Also espousing the minimalist mantra is the statement bridal suit. Sharp and tailored, this bridal trend is oh-so-cool. Wide legged trousers with a blazer looked amazing for Roland Mouret Bridal Spring 2020, but there are slimmed down options and of course, the bridal shorts! All of course need to be worn by a confident, self- assured bride. SPRING IS IN THE AIR With her finger firmly on the pulse of top bridal trends, Caroline Weisters, sales and marketing manager of Bridal Fabrics, talks us though the 2020 spring trends BRIDAL FABRICS T: +44 (0)1254 700 117 W: bridalfabrics bridalfabrics E&W Couture There’s a huge demand for individuality when it comes to bridal gowns