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The Harrogate Bridal Show: 18 Trends  

With Harrogate around the corner, we’ve been busy trend spotting. Here are 18 of the biggest trends you can expect to see this year

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Trend predictions for The Harrogate Bridal Show 2018
Trend predictions for The Harrogate Bridal Show 2018

Sultry sleeves

Equally as glorious looking from the front or rear, draped sleeves are back in a big way. It’s a pretty look that’s also got sex appeal – an ultra-feminine style when matched with a long flowing skirt. If you love sultry sleeves, check out Ivory & Co on stand M36 at Harrogate.

See Ivory & Co.’s Limelight collection here.

That textured look

This season, gowns are featuring more texture and movement than ever before. Feathers, layers and even fringing are popular additions to give gowns added interest – perfect for sashaying down the aisle.

If you’re looking to fill your boutique with that textured look, make sure you stop by Lillian West by Justin Alexander, stand Q1. Click here for more information on Lillian West.

Cap sleeves

We’ve seen this detail a great deal over the past few seasons. This twist on the trend incorporates a splash of sparkle over the sleeves, giving this minimalist gown a glorious detail. Paloma Blanca, on stand Q28, is the place to be if you’re after cap sleeves. Check out our interview with the Canadian brand here.

Cut outs

Slim styles with small cut out panels to the side and rear, offering a glimpse of skin, are perfect for contemporary brides who want something fashion forward. Willowby, stand Q31

For more information on Willowby, click here.

Princess style

Meghan Markle has proved herself to be a modern-day fashion icon, so it’s no surprise that we are seeing a variety of gowns that give a nod to her demure wedding dress, such as this sophisticated style that’s both chic and elegant.

Fashion house Modeca will showcase their incredible Meghan Markle lookalike dress on stand KS10 at Harrogate. Check out the stunning Modeca gown here.

Dramatic backs

Showing off the back is still big news, and this season we are seeing daring deep styles plunging right to the nape, matched with slim straps for a sexy look.

For dramatic backs head to Catherine Parry on stand Q38, or contact the brand here.

Halter necks

This style is ideal for summer brides or those wanting a destination weddings. This neck style looks best in lighter-than air fabrics with delicate details in soft blush tones. Eternity, stand C25/39.

Floating feathers

Fine plumes add a soft but stunning detail. This season we are seeing feathers add texture and ‘wow’ factor to capes and jackets, as well as skirts on gowns – the movement this detail offers is outstanding.

For feathers on feathers on feathers, Eliza Jane Howell is your woman. Check out our exclusive interview with the designer here and stop by this brand on stand B38 at the show.

Bow details

Matched with a pretty overlay of confetti lace, this style is both quirky and elegant. The tie-bow neckline gives a wonderful focal point that can be tied at the front for impact or to the rear for a paired back look. For bows, see Lilly on stand B18/23 or contact the brand here.

Dream pink

More and more brides are choosing to shun classic white and ivory – pink has become the colour of choice, especially for princess brides. This ball gown style with embroidered flowers and sequins is the epitome of pretty. See Nicola Anne’s stunning pink gown on stand Q15 or for more information on the brand, click here.

Sheer Style

Brides that want to turn heads will love the sheer details this season. Illusion fabrics in nude with pretty floral appliqué give interest and intrigue. Perfect with figure hugging silhouettes and fishtail styles. Find Nicole Milano on stand B13/27 or contact the brand here.

Floral Bouquet

3D florals are a gorgeous element that continues to be popular. This season we are seeing a range of different florals that give a totally modern look – think daisies and circular styles that are more structured than flowing. Find Vagabond’s floral dresses on stand Q26.

Soft boho

For brides that want something relaxed, but also want to look glamorous, this modern silhouette in soft satin matched with sheer balloon sleeves and ribbon details is perfect.

Rania Hatoum will be hitting the UK market for the first time at Harrogate. Check out our interview with the designer here, or see her soft boho collection on stand KS9 at the show.

Touch of blush

Blush gowns in soft shades of pink, gold and silver are not going anywhere. These glorious tones are ultra-flattering, and suit a magnitude of styles, but look their very best with long, flowing styles. Eternity, stand C25/39.

Get preppy

Shirt-style tops might not be the obvious choice when it comes to bridal, but this elegant look works in a wonderful way. The figure hugging style features a lace skirt to balance the look to perfection.

If you love that preppy style, check out Justin Alexander’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection ahead of Harrogate, and find the full collection on stand (Q1) at the show.

Modern sparkle

Long, sheer overlay skirts are giving this season’s dresses real impact, not to mention an ultra-modern finish. The prettiest styles have a dusting of sparkle adding an almost celestial look. For all the sparkles and more, see Anny Lin’s twinkling pieces on stand A3.

Ruched fabric

Using ruched fabric, especially around the hips and waist is always going to be popular. Loved by brides as it’s figure flattering, modern styles are balanced by elegant details elsewhere – think pretty floral embellishments or a dusting of diamante.

See Ladybird’s elegant rushed fabric dresses on stand M22/23, or contact the brand here.

Key hole

The key-hole back detail is something that’s been around for a long time, but it gives such a pretty effect that it’s something that brides continue to demand. Matched with illusion fabric, lace and applique, this is a classic look. For classic key hole styles see Kenneth Winston on stand B21.

Although The Harrogate Bridal Show is a great place to keep on top of bridal trends, it’s also a fantastic networking opportunity. Make sure you head to the Bridal Buyer Awards for a fun filled night with plentiful opportunities to connect with new people in the industry.


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