Wedding dress fashion weeks have been held in all the fashion capitals to reveal designers’ 2015 spring bridal gown collections. Graceful and elegant is in this year, for an effortless style.
Highlights have been the layering of translucent fabrics, detachable skirts and off-the-shoulder necklines all gracing the catwalks. Here’s a summary of the top five trends in 2015.
1. Off-the-shoulder dresses are back.
Off-the-shoulder necklines and draped shoulders are in. Previously one-shoulder and cap sleeves took the limelight. But the romantic, flattering look of off-shoulder is ideal for those who want to retain a sleeve but not be too covered up, as well as drawing in to a small waistline.
Designers have made this look a wedding classic, but smaller, slimmer sleeves enhance the sloping shoulders to give it a truly modern twist.
Meanwhile another shoulder revealing style coming through is the Grecian goddess, which makes for the perfect beach wedding look, and ideal for summer sun.
2. White Wedding Dresses? Not necessarily.
This season there’s been a definite shift from pale pinks which have been massively popular, especially in sleek fitting gowns, to a rainbow of different colors on the catwalks. Frosted tones have appeared, especially as more brides are looking for something different, and not so traditional. Colours coming through include blues, greys, and even pale greens – quite a move away from the usual off-white, ivory, and white choices.
3. One, two, three changes…
Separates and changes during your wedding day are the way things are moving.
Convertible skirts, in various fabrics of layered netting called tulle dotted the runways. Think Carry Bradshaw engulfed in layers of tulle in the final episode of ‘Sex and the City’.
Almost ‘other-worldly,’ the skirts have created a new vision for the bride with dancing, playful and quirky designs floating by. Almost like optical illusions, nettings in skin coloured tones and overlays are creating sophisticated and sensual gowns.
Tulle is giving the full ball gowns a softer style, and is more relaxed than previous more rigid fabrics.
In addition, because they are convertible there’s a practicality for the bride looking to change her look after the ceremony or into the evening, with a choice of options to replace the bottom skirt.
4. Caped crusader?
Capes featured heavily across all designers. It doesn’t have to be a heavy winter-wear cape, many designers have created sheer patterned versions, short and long-lengths. A cape gives you a cover for the ceremony that can afterwards be removed.
Vintage and boho, capes and capelets are almost reminiscent of 70s chic. It’s really an accessory that you can use to your advantage especially if you’re opting for a church wedding or a winter wedding. It means you can still wear the dress you want but have the cape to wrap around your shoulders when you need it.
5. Look to your neckline.
Smocked dresses with straight necklines have transferred from regular fashion across to wedding gowns. Flowers and tousled hair gives a retro finish.
If you’re opting for a high-up neckline collars featured prominently bringing a bit of drama and uniqueness, especially across lace tops, and giving you almost a majestic look.
There’s no doubt that Kate Middleton started the trend for long-sleeves and covered up neck lines for her marriage to Prince William in spring 2011. New versions have retained the covered shoulders and arms, but brought through a lower neckline so that it’s not so formal.
2015 is going to be a great year!
2015 and even 2016 will be a great year for wedding gowns as these new designs and trends transcend into wedding day styles. Keep an eye out for the jet-set and celebrity crowd as they take the plunge into married life – their style is sure to inspire even more new looks and trends! Now that you’re armed with intel on the latest looks, you’re ready to go shopping for your wedding gown.
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