The 2018 Bridal collections have been displayed this week, and wow are we all in luck! The beautiful wedding gowns took a trip down the runway throughout this week, and I’m pretty sure with all the high praise of feedback that every newlywed wants a redo because damn those outfits were show stoppers.This season the designers specifically listened to former women’s pleas of creating garments that can be worn throughout every event on their special day from the pre-wedding drinks to the ceremony, the reception as well as being fully functional on the dance floor, without looking out of place. Saying all that, designers did take different approaches in expressing this new vision, with some daring a pantsuit and others going for a detachable compartment of the dress. All garments broke the wow factor and provided many viewers with daydreams, and goals for the future.
Let’s have a look at a few of my faves.
Viktor and Rolf-
Their playful bows have been signature across their fragrances, evening gowns, and even their couture, however, the bows decided to make their debut in the 2018 bridal collection, and they looked amazing! The designs included long sloped ivory gowns, with a cinched waist, adorned with oversized signature bows. With the power couple almost mimicking the beauty of a fairytale and the dresses that come with that. They also introduced short, more of a casual outfit. With dresses inspired by the sixties of high necklines, long sleeve, little bow belts and almost angelic in nature. The favourite was the sleek, almost minimal detail design, with the enlarged bows, creating a contrast I totally would get on board of.
Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia-
This season, they created a pair of white sequinned wide-leg trousers. Yes, they totally did. Further through the collection they also displayed some pretty outgoing puffy sleeves, a few princess-y ball gowns, a take on some traditional dresses with intricate thread work and a slinky, sequinned slip dress. Tulle engulfed one of the dresses, a gentle look compared to the sequinned top half of the dress. But my favourite by far would have had to have been the simplicity of some, that stood out without any embellishments, including the sequins.
This collection looked like a variety of past all-time favourite gowns but then reworked in Lela Rose fashion to become down to earth casual gowns, yet iconic in a way. The lace trimming on some of the dresses and the care to detail was stunning, incorporating the long, oversized floral earrings added another level of feminine beauty.
Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig-
This collection embodied ones desire to be able to look regal at the altar, yet nimble on the dance floor, with some metamorphic properties, Marchesa understood brides need way more than one look for the day. Some items in their collection had add-ons to the dress that could be later removed for the reception, with lace and delicate embroidery being the attention to such fine detail, and intricacy of some is something so sought after. The collection also featured a short puffed sleeve dress, that dared to be different yet oh so chic! Oh, and those shoes.
Get ready to see these stunning outfits displayed in many magazines, film and in real-life weddings. Because with these multifunctional beautiful gowns, they should be paraded as well as commended.
By Rhianne Cottam-Starkey