2015's Top Wedding Dress Trends
By Lydia Martin

10 June 2015

Fashion-forward brides are in for a treat this year! Change and inspirational trends are emerging in every corner, from exciting new colours to an array of new dress cuts. The Mermaid or Trumpet form-fitting dress is gracing the runway and inspiring brides to walk down the aisle in striking silhouettes. If you’re drawn to high-end vintage styles that blossomed in 2014, rest assured they’re not going anywhere--in fact, they are getting bolder. For more traditional brides, there is a renaissance of intricately tailored ballroom dresses with sweeping and full skirts. Read on to discover 2015's most beautiful wedding dress trends.

Every bride should be able to find elements of her perfect wedding dress on the runway this year. All in all, a very exciting time to be wedding dress hunting!

The Mermaid Dress

A prominent 2015 trend is the Mermaid Dress (or as I like to call it, the Modern Day Goddess-- it boasts an intrinsic hourglass shape that channels a goddess-like disposition). The Mermaid silhouette is a beautiful and bold way to highlight one’s femininity and form. It evokes sophistication, elegance and is utterly captivating.

The Mermaid style contours the body, tracing the shoulders down to a plunging back, which is nipped in tightly at the waist. 2015 is the year of the trumpet skirt that flares from above the knee to the hem. There are two styles of skirt to choose from. One look is a soft flowing skirt, which is graceful and moves lightly and sinuously. The other is a more tailored and full skirt which encapsulates beauty and drama.

The Mermaid dress is a highly adaptable style. It can effortlessly host a plethora of sleeve lengths or necklines to reveal or conceal as much as you like. It can be soft or highly constructed depending on the mood you want to convey. Light silks and satins yield a flowing slip that lightly hugs your body. Stiff fabrics are sculpted to create distinct profiles and add a flair of theatricality. With endless customization options, the Mermaid will flatter most body types.

{Image by Carolyn Haslett}

Ball Gown Style

Another trend is the comeback of the big ball gown dress with petticoats and sheer overskirts. While fine layering is traditionally used in wedding dresses, it is being revamped in a surprising way: detachable skirts. From an economic standpoint you are getting a two-for-one. Your flowing and capacious skirt is your ballroom-appropriate piece that envelops a mini dress- perhaps a more manoeuvrable reception dress?

“Detachable” aside, there is nostalgia for ball gowns with voluminous and sweeping skirts made of airy fabrics. These soft-hoop skirts are becoming increasingly weightless. Brides can have their princess moment and have the ability to move with ease.

Vintage Bride

Fine-quality vintage styles have staying power and are beloved by so many brides. To freshen up this darling genre designers are experimenting with bold caplets. Capes are novel and can create a demure chic look.

Vintage 2015 has embraced the nude bases overlaid with distinct laces that we saw at the end of last year. The combination is a perfect amalgam of honesty, sexiness and delicacy. Sheer netting, lace and overlays give the impression of showing skin whilst being wedding appropriate.

Off-the-shoulder necklines are rebelling against last year’s dominating trend of the illusion, cap and one-shoulder sleeve. The romantically draped neckline had a strong presence in the 2015 Bridal Fashion Week. Interestingly it was shown on many styles of dress, ornamenting bohemian, classic, Grecian, big A-line and ball gown dresses. Needless to say it’s a neckline that is not confined to a genre. It's a soft and romantic option for brides who want a sleeve, but don't want to look too covered.

Bridal Colours & Special Fabrics

Today's brides are exploring non-traditional colours and designers are taking note. While white is a timeless colour, metallic and cream hues have made an unexpected arrival at Bridal Fashion Week 2015.

Distinguished textile houses are thrilled to introduce 2015 brides to the colour Ecru. Ecru is innovative take on the traditional cream shade and wedding dress designers are vying to incorporate it into their 2015 collection. Shades will vary between dark ivory and cream.

Many hear ‘metallic’ and are dubious. Granted, at first thought the colour could be construed as loud, however don’t be put off – metallics are proving to be angelic and surprising features when artfully employed. For subtle effects consider adding metallic to your shoes or perhaps in delicate beading or embroidery. If you’re courageous go on and wear a statement piece with saturated shades of gold, silver, copper or metallic creams. Your gown will catch light and photograph beautifully.

Before Christmas Anna flew to Paris to scout and select the finest new fabrics the European market has to offer. She is delighted with this year’s supply and would love to share her special findings with you. To discuss your personal dream wedding dress book a complimentary consultation with Anna.

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