Bringing you the best from the spring/ summer collections for 2019, SOCIAL & PERSONAL WEDDINGS edits the chicest looks from the catwalks of New York, London, Barcelona and Paris.
The Meghan Effect
While designers put together their collections for 2019 it was obvious that the nuptials of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry played heavily on their mind with several designers creating regal, elegant gowns fit for a princess.
Who should wear it: These gowns are best suited to the more traditional bride, think long sleeves, conservative necklines and full skirts.
How to wear it: Elegance is paramount for a princess bride so think simple, sophisticated updo’s complemented by dazzling jewellery.
Collections where it featured: Reem Acra, Marchesa, Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Pronovias, Monique Lhuillier, Anne Barge.
Having a different look for your ceremony and reception has been a common trend for some years so designers have created dresses with removable trains or detachable sleeves which allow for two separate looks without the cost or hassle of changing.
Who should wear it: This look is suited to everyone, the dresses come in a variety of different styles so pick the one which suits you best.
How to wear it: The beauty of this trend is that it offers two completely different looks so it can be something as simple as removing the train or skirt for a shorter dress. It’s up to you whether you choose to mix up your accessories for your second look.
Collections where it featured: Galia Lahav, Carolina Herrera, Vivienne Westwood, Lela Rose, Marchesa.
The pantsuit has been edging into bridalwear in recent years but 2019 sees the introduction of the jumpsuit. From intricate lace creations to sleek, minimalist one-pieces, these fashion-forward ensembles are set to make their mark.
Who should wear it: The chic, modern lady.
How to wear it: Jumpsuits are a sharp look which are ideal for everything from rehearsal dinners to engagement parties, they can even be considered for civil ceremonies or courthouse weddings.
Collections where it featured: Carolina Herrera, Naeem Khan, Viktor & Rolf, Jenny Packham, Alexandra Grecco, Lela Rose, Francesca Miranda, Galia Lahav, Tadashi Shoji.
Although white is the colour most commonly associated with wedding dresses, don’t feel obligated to adhere to the age-old tradition. Designers have introduced a myriad of colours through a wonderful mix of tulles and embroideries for the start of next year.
Who should wear it: Brides with that rebellious side who want to shed the pure or virginal connotations associated with the white gown.
How to wear it: Whether you choose to go all out in one of Vera Wang’s vibrant creations or simply prefer a slight nod to the trend such as the delicate purple sleeves on Carolina Herrera’s take on this look, there is plenty of options on offer.
Collections where it featured: Vera Wang, Inbal Dror, Alice Temperley, Jenny Packham, Carolina Herrera, Tadashi Shoji.
Taking it back to basics, the minimalist look is making a comeback in 2019. Forgo the heavily embellished, adorned gowns and opt for pared-back elegance.
Who should wear it: The minimalist look is ideal for brides who shun the idea of wedding hashtags and the circus which a wedding can bring or simply, those who prefer the more pared back look.
How to wear it: Whether you choose to keep the overall look simple and sophisticated or you allow your accessories to do the talking, these modest designs are a refreshing offering in bridal design.
Collections where it featured: Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, Jenny Packham, Theia, Viktor & Rolf, Reem Acra.
Veils aren’t for everyone so if you want to add a little drama to your look, forgo the veil for a statement cape instead.
Who should wear it: This is a great option for the fashion forward bride, if you’re not sold on veils then a cape is the perfect way to make a statement. It adds movement to your dress and offers something a little out of the ordinary.
How to wear it: Depending on the style, some of the capes feature heavy embellishment and so require little to no jewellery. The cape also ties in with the two looks mentioned earlier, by taking off your cape you can instantly transform your look.
Collections where it featured: Lela Rose, Elie Saab, Viktor & Rolf, Reem Acra, Berta, Jenny Packham, Romona Keveza, Naeem Khan, Anne Barge.
Florals remain at the forefront of design once again for 2019 with this year seeing them take the form of 3-D, adding texture and shape to gowns. From all-over designs to sporadic delicate appliqués, flower power is strong for the coming season.
Who should wear it: Florals are pretty and feminine so are best suited to the bride looking to embrace her girlish tendencies.
How to wear it: If your dress is embellished with 3-D florals, keep your floral arrangements simple and avoid floral crowns at all costs.
Collections where it featured: Pronovias, Viktor & Rolf, Reem Acra, Lela Rose, Naeem Khan.
Tiers are no longer restricted just to the cake; different styles of tiered wedding gowns are appearing in collections like never before. From lace tiers to fringe embroidery, this layered design is adding volume and movement, creating beautiful, whimsical styles.
Who should wear it: The bride who wants a dress with a little flair but not the big ball gown or dramatic train.
How to wear it: The tiers add drama to the overall look so avoid overkill when it comes to your accessories and keep them pared back and simple.
Collections where it featured: Pronovias, Theia, Lela Rose, Tadashi Shoji, Mira Zwillinger.
Designers are embracing metallic in all its gilded glory with an array of dresses on offer from heavily embellishment creations to edgy golden gowns.
Who should wear it: These opulent designs will ensure any bride wearing one of them is centre stage for this special occasion.
How to wear it: Match your metals, try to select jewellery to match the detailing on the dress. As always, less is more. If the dress is heavily embellished, keep accessories minimal.
Collections where it featured: Theia, Mira Zwillinger, Jenny Packham, Rivini, Galia Lahav, Elizabeth Fillmore.