When it comes to spotting the top bridal trends, there’s no better place to look than the Couture Fashion Weeks. Always at the forefront of innovative fashion and modern style, the couturiers know what it takes to design and create an incredible gown. This year, those masterful fashion houses, such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Elie Saab, Francesco Scognamiglio, Zuhair Murad, Giambattista Valli, and Schiaparelli, have shown us that both minimalist and maximalist designs will be sashaying down the aisle.
From clean cut lines and simple designs to supreme layering and intricate embellishments, wedding dresses will undoubtedly complement both ends of the spectrum in 2017. So, get ready to be inspired because you’re sure to find the perfect style of dress for your special day amongst these looks. Whether your tastes lie with sharp and sophisticated designs or glamorous and jaw-dropping gowns, these couturiers have come up with unique designs to inspire you.
The minimalist trend, which has now entered all aspects of our wardrobes including bridal wear, has been a favourite for many years and is continuing to dominate the fashion world. Of course, its consistent reign in popularity isn’t without a good reason. Understated, elegant, and contemporary, minimalist designs are attractive to countless modern women including brides. The clean lines and simple yet beautiful designs of minimalist gowns make them an excellent choice for the ladies who are about to walk down the aisle. When it comes to making this look work, the couture fashion houses prove that it’s all about the details. Without heavy embellishments and exaggerated silhouettes, details such as the fabric and its drape and texture, become more noticeable, so be sure to select a high-quality garment if you plan to wear this trend on your special day.
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While minimalism allows the fabric’s qualities to take centre stage, layering is all about how the material is used. From incredible ruffles sitting intricately on top of one another to plissé scallops, this trend is a thing of beauty. Light and soft, the best of these designs utilise thin fabrics, like tulle, organza, chiffon or sheer lace, and create volume and density through layering, such as the Chanel dress worn by Lily-Rose Depp. Although the soft pink, ruffle design may be too much for some brides, the general style can be toned down without compromising its aesthetic. Instead of numerous layers of fabric, opt for just a few to create the right volume. Alternatively, try concentrating layers on just the skirt of your gown while keeping the bodice relatively understated. Doing so will create a lovely balance with all the focus on your lower half.
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This year, the floral motif is being embraced by bridalwear and dialled up to a new level. Although the typically delicate style associated with florals is still present, the intensity is higher than ever. Whether it’s lace, applique, or even beading, florals are becoming bolder and more eye-catching for 2017. Perfect for the bride who loves a feminine look but also desires something unique that’ll draw gasps from her guests, the modern floral gown is both ladylike and daring. To wear this trend yourself, forego understated designs and choose maximum details instead. Larger flowers and blooms, contrasting colours, and florals that climb around entire dresses are all on the menu for 2017 and are all divine. Just think, the more intense your florals are, the more memorable your wedding dress will be.
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Embellishing bridal gowns with beads has long been a popular way to create a distinctive style for a special day. Intricately adorned with complicated patterns and designs, beaded dresses scream glamour and style. For 2017 brides, a beaded wedding dress can make a chic and stylish choice. The extra sparkle and glitter provided by the beads will undoubtedly make your walk down the aisle a shining success. While the most on-trend versions of this look feature all-over embellishments, classical brides can keep the style more traditional with just a small section of beading. Likewise, coloured beads, such as those in silver and black, will create an eye-catching contrast on pastel-hued gowns while clear and white embellishments will blend with your dress for a more subtle take on the trend.
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Although tribal designs often reoccur in casual wear, they aren’t often spotted in the world of weddings and bridal gowns. This year, that’s changing. The haute couture houses have decreed that tribal is the chicest new trend for 2017 weddings. Ideal for the fashion-forward bride who enjoys throwing out the rule book, a tribal dress is unique and defiant of traditional designs and wedding dress norms. Fringing, beading and graphic patterns are all key ways to pull off this look but don’t forget about the rest of your outfit. Unlike other bridal trends, nailing this style is about more than just the dress. Accessories, such as shoes, jewellery, and even headbands, can all be used to give your tribal wedding look a little more edge. Just be sure that you don’t go overboard with extras or your accessories will end up competing with your dress rather than complementing it.
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