Launching another season of bridal collections as the world of weddings starts to return to normality, designers catered for everything from the demure to the dramatic. Uncover the chicest looks runway for autumn/ winter 2022.
Voluminous, tulle, cascading…. Ruffles are the statement to make in 2022.
Who should wear it: Adding romance and drama to any dress, dreamy ruffles are the quintessential addition for brides who are happy to be centre stage in their bridal role.
How to wear it: Tulle adds body to the gown and creates a dramatic skirt so more discreetor minimal jewellery is called for to allow the dress to shine.
Collections where it featured: Odylyne the Ceremony, Anne Barge, Vera Wang Bride , Amsale, Kaviar Gauche, Marchesa, Peter Langner, Ines di Santo, Odylyne the Ceremony.
2/ Garden Party
Inspired by the flora and fauna, designers mimicked nature with appliqués in the form of leaves, flowers, butterflies and birds for some playful designs.
Who should wear it: These designs are quite romantic and fun, showcase a little of your personality with these delicate motifs.
How to wear it: For heavily embellished dresses or those with detailed designs, opt for a lighter veil or even a headpiece to avoid covering the level of detail.
Collections where it featured: Peter Langner, Reem Acra, Amsale, Sarah Nouri, Marchesa, Rivini, Gala by Galia Lahav, Temperley, Viktor & Rolf, Theia.
Hit Netflix show Bridgerton seemed to heavily influence designs for 2022 with corsetry thriving for the coming season.
Who should wear it: A staple for Vivienne Westwood each season, corsets give structure and streamline the silhouette.
How to wear it: Designers incorporated details such as exposed boning in corsets this year. No matter what style of corset, they will all help you look more elegant and feminine.
Collections where it featured: Nadia Manjarrez Studio Bridal, Ines by Ines Di Santo, Kosibah, Houghton, Lazaro, Kim Kassas Couture, Lihi Hod, Prabal Gurung, Galia Lahav, Heidi Elnora.
4/ Bridal Suits & Separates
2020 saw a total shake-up of the customary big white dress with bridal separates and suits offering an exciting alternative for 2022 brides.
Who should wear it: The non-traditional bride or those looking to get repeated wear from their bridal attire.
How to wear it: The beauty of separates is that they are so versatile, you can mix and match everything from embellished tops to structured skirts or tailored pants – there’s something for every style!
Collections where it featured: Houghton by Katharine Polk, Rivini by Rita Vinieris, Kaviar Gauche, Theia, Nadia Manjarraz.
5/ Statement Sleeves
Detachable, bell, puff….Designers didn’t hold back when it came to statement sleeves this year!
Who should wear it: This trend is so versatile, it is really open to interpretation. Detachable sleeves offer a new take on your bridal attire, puff sleeves are a nod to the Regency era and Bridgerton once again, while bell sleeves are more medieval/ a throwback to the 70’s. Find which style suits you best.
How to wear it: The clue is in the name - statement sleeves. Allow the sleeves to be the focal point of your outfit and allow this to dictate your accessories.
Collections where it featured: Elie Saab, Dany Tabet, Viktor & Rolf, Halfpenny London, Nadia Manjarrez, Rosa Clara, Peter Langner, Rosa Clara, Reem Acra, Verdin, Galia Lahav Couture, Dana Harel, Pronovias Privée, YolanCris, Viktor & Rolf, Legends by Romona Keveza, Sassi Holford, Nadia Manjarrez.
Cascading tiers were the real show stoppers for 2022 with full skirts and lots of drama.
Who should wear it: Brides who want to take a “go big or go home” approach and aren’t afraid to make a big impact.
How to wear it: The real fun starts once you hit the dance floor, stick on your dancing shoes and twirl to your hearts content for added drama!
Collections where it featured: Viktor & Rolf, Amsale, Prabal Gurung, Watters, Andrew Kwon, Heidi Elnora.
A staple in bridal attire, florals reign supreme.
Who should wear it: Bringing happiness and a youthful touch to your look, flowers are inherently feminine and fun.
How to wear it: Avoid overkill and pare back on accessories to allow the floral appliqués to take centre stage.
Collections where it featured: Kaviar Gauche, Amsale, Nadia Manjarrez, Vera Wang Bride, Francesca Miranda, Houghton, Marchesa Notte, Sebastian Luke, Viktor & Rolf, Gala by Galia Lahav, Ines Di Santo.
8/ Colourful Hues
Break tradition with a colourful gown with lots of stunning options on offer next year.
Who should wear it: Those who love colour and tend to incorporate it into their everyday wardrobe should embrace their individuality
How to wear it: Depending on whether it is a solid hue or a colourful pattern, accessorise your look accordingly. For busier patterns and more vibrant hues, opt for more demure heels and jewellery to allow your dress remain centre stage.
Collections where it featured: Blush by Francesca Avila, Andrew Kwon, Willowby By Watters, Halfpenny London, Sheila Frank, Kaviar Gauche, Romona Keveza, Vera Wang Bride, Peter Langner, Marchesa, Temperley, Inbal Dror.
Designers urged brides to dare to bare with seductive flashes of flesh from bold back detailing to midriff-baring designs.
Who should wear it: This is an exciting option for the fashion forward bride who’s not afraid to step out of their comfort zone and choose something a little more modern.
How to wear it: Flashing some flesh doesn’t automatically translate to sexy or risqué, there are elegant options which allow you to remain regal and refined in your role of bride.
Collections where it featured: Lihi Hod, PatBo, Scorcesa, Katherine Tash, Nadia Manjarrez,Theia.
10/ Square Neckline
A popular neckline in mainstream fashion the past two years, as also seen in Netflix hit Bridgerton, square necklines were a hit on autumn/ winter 2022 runways this season.
Who should wear it: Feminine and flattering, the good news is a square neckline suits almost everyone!
How to wear it: Opt for pieces with a round curve whether that’s a choker necklace or choose a pendant to emphasize the angular shape of the neckline.
Collections where it featured: Dana Harel, Halfpenny London, Theia, Kaviar Gauche, Anne Barge, Sareh Nouri.