The wedding season is upon us! As we practice our Pachelbel’s Canon and dig out our summer finery, the dress designers are already looking ahead to 2017 and filling our browsers and imaginations with next year’s perfect gowns.

So far, the trends for 2017 are fulfilling every girl’s dream. The colour pink has come into play for those who don’t wish to wear white on their big day, and spectacular trains are bringing the fairytale princess into the future. Plunging lace necklines and sheer fabrics all work together to bring us the more sensual bridal gowns, and the unconventional can feel at home with a range of beautiful, un-wedding dresses.

The Laid-Back Bride

There is evidence of a slightly more boho bride coming to the fore in Spring 2017, with laid back lace and soft silhouettes.

 

Laid Back Look - Willowby Brides

“Willowby Brides”

Laid Back Look - Watters Brides

“Watters Brides”

Laid Back Look - Pallas Couture

“Pallas Couture”

Laid Back Look - Marchesa

“Marchesa”

Laid Back Look - Jenny Packham

“Jenny Packham”

 

Think Pink

Although blues and lilacs can also be spotted peeping through the shrouds of ivory, pink is the colour that reigns supreme for the non-white bridal gown. From the lightest blushes to the punchiest hues you can picture, here are some of our favourites.

 

Pink - Romona Keveza

“Romona Keveza”

Pink - Ines di Santo

“Ines di Santo”

Pink - Christian Siriano

“Christian Siriano”

Pink - Sabrina Dahan

“Sabrina Dahan”

 

Take the Cape to Town

Why should only superheroes get to have all the fun when it comes to capes? Far from being bright red and made of lycra, these beautiful creations can add a fantastic quality to any gown.

 

Cape - Marchesa

“Marchesa”

Cape - Mira Zwillinger

“Mira Zwillinger”

Cape - Elizabeth Fillmore

“Elizabeth Fillmore”

Cape - Lela Rose

“Lela Rose”

Cape - Romona Keveza

“Romona Keveza”

 

Sheer Beauty

Soft and almost sultry, sheer fabrics can be a bride’s best friend. They can take the traditional and discreet and subtly turn it on its head by providing tantalising hints of elegant limbs and peachy skin.

 

Sheer - Angel Sanchez

“Angela Sanchez”

Sheer - Marchesa

“Marchesa”

Sheer - Francesca Miranda

“Francesca Miranda”

Sheer - Oscar de la Renta

“Oscar de la Renta”

 

Taking the Plunge

You don’t have to limit the plunging neckline to your favourite party dress. Some designers have found the perfect balance between modest beauty and a hint of raciness. (Just don’t forget your Hollywood tape!)

 

Plunge Neckline - Naeem Khan

“Neckline – Naeem Khan”

Plunge Neckline - J. Mendel

“J. Mendel”

Plunge Neckline - Ines di Santo

“Ines di Santo”

Plunge Neckline - Anne Barge

“Anne Barge”

Plunge Neckline - Reem Acra

“Reem Acra”

 

Train of Thought

If the spring collections of 2017 have taught us anything, it’s that veils and trains are far from being things of the past!

 

Veils and Trains - Temperley London

“Temperley London”

Veils and Trains - Romona Keveza

“Romona Keveza”

Veils and Trains - Oscar de la Renta

“Oscar de la Renta”

Veils and Trains - Atelier Pronovias

“Atelier Pronovias”

Veils and Trains - Angel Sanchez

“Angel Sanchez”

 

Shoulders Bared

From the traditional open neckline, to cut-outs, to Isabelle Armstrong’s straps-slipping-off-on-the-wedding-night interpretation… it appears that bare shoulders is the way to go.

 

Off Shoulder - Mira Zwillinger

“Mira Zwillinger”

Off Shoulder - Austin Scarlett

“Austin Scarlett”

Off Shoulder - Isabelle Armstrong

“Isabelle Armstrong”

 

Detachable Delights          

Do you want a statement dress but still to be able to bust some impressive moves on the dancefloor come the evening? These designers have worked at making gowns with spectacular features that will take people’s breath away as you proceed down the aisle, but that can be altered and deconstructed to simpler designs for the all-important party.

 

Detachable Elements - Romona Keveza with a Detachable Train

“Romona Keveza with a Detachable Train”

Detachable Elements - Reem Acra with a Detachable Overskirt

“Reem Acra with a Detachable”

Detachable Elements - Marchesa with Detachable Ruffles

“Marchesa with Detachable Ruffles”

Detachable Elements - Sachin & Babi Noir with Detachable Bows

“Sachin & Babi Noir with Detachable Bows”

 

Underwear as Outerwear

Last but not least, who can resist a little bit of naughty temptation before the wedding night? The trend for underwear as outerwear seems never to die as we enter another year with lace, corset bodices and exposed thighs toying with the traditional modesty of the wedding gown.

 

Underwear as Outerwear - Kelly Faetanini

“Kelly Faetanini”

Underwear as Outerwear - Carolina Herrera

“Carolina Herrera”

Underwear as Outerwear - Delphine Manivet

“Delphine Manivet.”

Underwear as Outerwear - Pallas Couture

“Pallas Couture”

 

With love from Corinthia London,
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