“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady”, Edith Head once said. There is much truth in her words, as Edith subtly defines a woman’s style and class. This undoubtedly apply to wedding dresses, even though fashion went through a lot of changes and innovation in this area.
When it comes to the actual wedding day, the spotlight is directed at the bride and everyone’s eyes will be on her, and of course her wedding dress. Choosing the right bridal gown is no easy feat and is quite a challenge, but bridal designers put their creative minds to work every season, offering a wide range of options for the modern, romantic and classic brides alike.
There’re so much more to wedding dresses than the traditional white long gown. For years now, designers have introduced inventive colours, from pastel blue or pink to more extravagant red or even black wedding dresses. More recently, short dresses also made their appearance on the fashion runway, specially designed for the modern bride looking to have fun and move freely on their big day.
Come 2016 however, bridal designers have outdone themselves. It’s going to be a season of contrast and endless possibilities. In next year’s trend, potential brides will be spoilt for choice with bridal attires that will come in all shapes, colours and fabrics. Ranging from deep plunging necklines to pantsuits and overskirts, they all revolve around one keyword: Sensuality.
This will definitely be among the biggest trends for the next season, targeting the confident, sensual woman. However, this style is quite versatile, making it easier for designers to adapt it to the bride’s preferences and personality.
For example, if this type of cut suits your body shape best, but you want to keep it classic, opt for a deep plunging neckline, but keep the rest of the dress simple. For the introverted bride, if low v-cuts are discomforting for you, try adding a sheer lace layer for a sexy yet subtle and romantic look.
This trend reminds us of those fabulous and grandiose ‘Great Gatsby’ themed parties of the early 1920s, and is definitely bound to make a fashion statement come next year. Designers have different approaches when it comes to including feathers in their creations: some chose to fully cover the classic bridal gown in feathers, adding dimension and personality to the traditional dress, while others had a more reserved perspective, adding only a few feathers at the waistline for a more subtle impression.
Of all the designs, the feather bridal outfits that definitely had the biggest impression on us were from Lela Rose’s 2016 collection and Vera Wang’s breath-taking black swan bridal dress. Consisting of a black bandeau crop top and a long, voluminous all-feathers skirt, this one will definitely raise more than just eyebrows.
3D Floral Embellishments
For 2016, bridal fashion designers took one of the most classic and traditional wedding dress staples and reinvented it, adapting it to the modern day. This is how floral appliques turned into 3D embellishments, creating the perfect wedding dress for both hopelessly romantic and modern brides.
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The pantsuit made a major statement on the runway this year, most bridal designers included this trend in their spring/summer 2016 collections. The bridal suit, included in next season’s trends by designers like Naeem Khan, Carolina Herrera or Theia is the perfect choice for a cool, casual wedding look. From cigarette trousers to wide-leg pants, paired with pumps or high heel sandals, these make for quite an interesting approach to bridal outfits.
With pantsuits on the list, it’s almost no surprise that the wedding gown got shorter too, so short dresses, which have been increasing in popularity in the past few years, will be among next season’s hits.
Playful and definitely more comfortable, the LWDs (Little White Dress) are an option for the wedding reception, but some brides chose to wear them throughout the entire celebration. Next season’s LWD come in many shapes and cuts, from A-line dresses to curve-hugging designs, strapless or long-sleeved; there’s a LWD for every style.
Long gone are the days when the only acceptable wedding dress colour was immaculate White. Depending on the wedding décor or the bride’s style, personality or favourite colours, the wedding dress could be red or black, ivory or in blue or pink pastel shades.
While Vera Wang’s 2016 collection combines soft ivory shades with black accents and even adds an all-black wedding collection, other bridal designers such as J. Mendel, Jenny Packham or Romona Keveza prefer blush tones and go for shades of pink and rose. Whereas Naeem Khan and Anne Barge added subtle tones of silver, nude and taupe to next season’s colour spectrum.
It looks like the movie ‘Frozen’ not only enthralled little girls all over the planet, but brides too. In her latest collection, famed bridal fashion designer Monique Lhuillier also added some of the most feminine and delicate light blue shades to her spring/summer 2016 designs.
So to all you brides-to-be, check out these wedding dress trends for 2016 because it is definitely going to be an excitingly voguish year to look stunningly chic at your wedding!