Styles, Fabrics and Colours
Whether your style is a full dramatic dress with a very corseted bodice and full fluffy skirt, or a soft and floaty relaxed style; you will need to think about your venue and season. It doesn't have to dictate any decision, but can point you in the right direction in terms of style, fabric and colour options. There is no point going for a princess cut with an enormous train if the aisle at your venue is short and narrow.
I love the return of separates like a lace bolero, as they allow alot of individuality for the bride to create her own extra special look.
I like it that brides are considering all necklines and sleeve options these days rather than just strapless dresses.
I love the elegance of vintage silhouettes and bias-cut styles which are very popular at the moment.
Lace, plain or embellished is still very big, lace has such a romantic timeless quality. The quality, design and overall look of french lace does not fall short of astonishing. It can be used as an accent or the main event, one layer of the delicate fabric fitted to the body is all it takes to evoke a feeling of timelessness.
Low and feature backs are currently a huge trend, a pretty lace illusion back creates a stunning statement especially when you have walked down the aisle and everyone is looking at your back.
I use only 100% pure silk fabrics and the best laces. Even my linings are silk so they feel very special against your skin. You really can't beat the drape of silk, so I use a variety of weights and fabrics.
Chiffon is light and sheer
Taffeta is papery and lightweight
Crepe, satin or matt drapes wonderfully creating a lovely flattering and feminine look
Duchess Satin is a heavy rich luxury silk that holds its shape
Zibeline is a thick lustrous fabric with a subtle shine
Brocade is heavy with a raised pattern
Tulle has made a comeback and used with applique lace creates beautiful lace illusion necklines and backs
Lace, a fine delicate chantilly lace or a heavy corded lace
There are three main bridal colours that are popular at the moment.
light ivory, a subtle off-white
cream, which has a lovely vintage feel
blush, a pretty nude pink
The current trend for colour in bridal has blush pink as the favourite closely followed by sea pearl and a hint of peach. Brides who choose colour still look very bridal but in a non-traditional way. Pink is still really big and I think will continue to be.