Spring is the most exciting time of the year in the bridal industry as this is when the designers reveal their latest collections of wedding dresses and wedding dress trends 2016 and 2017 are set. White Gallery is by far the most influential show in the UK where the biggest international couture designers showcase their collections. The show takes place in May of each year and is a widely anticipated event in the bridal calendar across the world.
London Bridal Show 2016 is the first event in bridal calendar where 2017 collections of wedding dresses are showcased in a three day spectacular. This event is a perfect reflection of the wedding dress styles that are popular with brides and sell really well across the country. The byers are unlikely to see statement dresses that are great for the glossy magazine covers or brave brides who are ready to make a statement. Instead they are treated to a nice selection of wedding dresses that brides are sure to desire, some of which are unsurprisingly inspired by the big couture names from across the world.
We were delighted to visit London Bridal Show 2016 at London Olympia in March and meet some new designer labels as well as watch the fabulous catwalk show.
Without further a due here are the latest wedding dress trends 2016 and 2017 from London Bridal Show 2016 London Olympia
Ladybird is a bridal brand that aims to grow in the UK and they have made a considerable investment in advertising campaigns.You can see their beautiful wedding dresses in most bridal magazines and they are sure to peak an interest from brides and attract more shopper to the boutiques. And when the brand invests in advertising, the buyers are sure to invest in the brand. So you can expect to see these gorgeous wedding dresses in many bridal shops across the country.
The bridal gowns are classic, elegant and sure to appeal to many brides looking for a more traditional, yet beautiful wedding dress. Classic A-Line and fishtail shapes with great use of lace fabrics is a clear theme throughout this bridal collection; and some of the design inspiration can be linked back to the iconic British design house Alan Hannah
Diane Harbridge is a British bridal designer and her ethos is about remaining true to that British tradition when it comes to wedding dresses. So it is not surprising that the collection features high necklines, classic shapes and some beautiful lace detail loved by so many brides in the UK. It is nice to see that whilst maintaining traditional and classic feel, the collection does cater for brides with various tastes. We can see light and floaty gowns for a more relaxed bride; clean lines and structure for a bride who prefers a couture look; lacy gowns for a romantic bride; as well a full skirt wedding dresses for a bride who wants to feel like a princess on her big day. This wedding dress collection is traditional, yet versatile so a very safe choice.
When Lillian West wedding dresses came on the catwalk they really got my attention. The first dress was a short little number, but the fabric was really unusual and unlike anything else I had seen before. Then came the gorgeous fishtail with a stunning back design which is so in vogue. The next dress looked very fab with its multiple layers perfect for a fun loving BoHo bride. Then bridal separates which are totally on trend and reminded me of the signature designs by Charlie Brear. Then couple of stunning wedding dresses that had a fabulous couture feel and oozed Ian Stuart. The final piece was very Claire La Faye (a fabulous American designer who we met in New York) and totally romantic. The conclusion- a fabulous mixture of styles for a bride who is not afraid to be different and is looking for something truly fashionable and on trend.
Victoria Kay much like Lillian West has introduce a dress with the statement Ian Stuart look, clearly popular with brides. We can also see some lovely golden tones, beautiful 3D lace, gorgeous embroidery and statement backs. Personally, I am not a fan of white tulle and much prefer to see nude tulle on the back, which gives wedding dresses much more of a wow factor and couture look. Having said that, the design works and looks beautiful. I do love Victoria's use of appliqué lace and this use of fabric is set to be BIG in 2017. As much as collection is traditional in many ways, the use of lace does give it that edge.
I have to say that at this point in the show I was getting rather fatigued and all the dresses started to look the same. But then... Casablanca wedding dresses came out and once again I got really excited. I visited their stand before the catwalk show and the first impression was- professional. Casablanca is an American brand and it was their first time exhibiting in the UK. The stand looked fabulous; their sales director really knew what she was talking about; their dresses looked beautiful; and most importantly, the wedding dresses are really nicely made. These wedding dresses are not available in the UK yet and you will see this brand advertised in the bridal press ready for the collections to arrive in shops in few months time. The dresses speak for themselves in terms of their look and it is a big YES from MODE Bridal to Casablanca.
We have some more fabulous 2017 collections to reveal straight from the London Bridal Show 2016 including designers Essense, Alexia Designs, Lilly, Tres Chic, Tanya Grig and Veromia. All to be revealed soon, but for now I hope you enjoyed our blog! :)