This season has not disappointed trend-wise with an abundance of fresh takes on tradition spotted across The Harrogate Bridal Show.
- Many designers have moved away from lace for this season, however, still eager to provide something different many have played with textures. Across labels including MiaMia and Donna Salado we’ve seen brocades, broderie Anglais, devore and jacquard. These materials work particularly well on clean cut, pared down dresses.
Ball gowns - The ball gown is back and better than ever before. The fear of looking like someone from ‘Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ is now fading as girls attempt to find their dream princess dress. Box pleats, structured horse hair fabrics and layers of delicate tulle create utterly striking silhouettes that will take your breath away as seen here with Rosa Clara.
Sparkle - From layers of secret sparkle and glittering embellishments to full-on sequinned gowns, there have been many dresses twinkling across the aisles of the show. Necklines, straps and bustlines have been dusted with glittering beads to provide a hint of glitz. Accessories have also taken this trend and ensured the extras also stand out for example with Elizabeth Dickens’ glittering lace-trimmed veils.
Colour As brides become more adventurous, retailers become braver with their buying, and many brands have reported strong sales of dresses in alternative colours. Soft blush, light gold, oyster, muscado and powder blue have all proved popular.
Pearls - Alongside the copious amounts of glittering beading there has also been an influx of pearl embellishments. Maggie Sottero has used gleaming pearl beads to highlight its laces, while Essense has updated its boho-esque pieces with vintage-inspired pearls.
Exaggerated trains - Fit and flairs and fishtails remain a fixture of many a collection, however designers have gone big on the trains with exaggerated sweeping trains creating dramatic looks.