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Runway Report Spring 2017

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  • Erin Clare Couture

The top 7 bridal trends for 2017

Words by Tara Eglington

The world’s top Bridal designers debuted their most recent collections in April during the spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Week. Throughout six days of shows, designers unveiled breathtaking floral inspired creations, innovative alternatives to the traditional veil, playful off-the-shoulder styles, and sophisticated takes on sexy, meaning that Australian brides marrying in 2017 will be absolutely spoilt for choice when shopping for their gown.

Straight from New York, we bring you the top seven trends that will make appearances in Australian bridal boutiques from 2017.

1 |  Exposed shoulders/ off the shoulder

The exposed shoulder – Image by Studio Impressions

The off-the-shoulder style was one of the biggest trends during the recent ready-to-wear fashion collections, and now this look has crossed over into the bridal world.

2017’s off-the-shoulder is sophisticated, with sleeves on display in all forms across New York Bridal Fashion Week – from billowing blouson shapes and waterfall styles (Francesca Miranda), to playful ruffles (Houghton) delicate flutter sleeves and wisps of tulle (Marchesa) to little bows ornamenting off-the-shoulder cuffs (Sachin and Babi).

There’s an alluring yet elegant sensuality to a bare shoulder, and this silhouette is the perfect choice for a bride who’s looking for something romantic and statement making.

2 |  Capes and Capelets

The capelet – Image by Karen Buckle Photography

This season’s focus on sleeves doesn’t stop with the off-the-shoulder gown – separates such as detachable flutter sleeve capes, or embellished capelets also draw attention to the shoulder and décolletage regions. Delicacy was the common theme across collections, with these additional layers frequently transparent, floaty, or embellished with quivering silk flowers and beads that seemed to dance as models made their way down the catwalk.

A full length cape or capelet is a creative and unique option for brides who may not like the idea of a veil, but still want to make impact. Naeem Khan’s long silk organza cape was a breathtaking spin on the veil, as was Marchesa’s mid length detachable version featuring 3D organza flowers. Alvina Valenta’s fringed lace accented poncho was spot-on for boho-luxe brides looking for something truly unique.

Another advantage of bridal separates is that you essentially have two outfits in one – wear one for the ceremony to guarantee all eyes on you, and then remove it for the reception to surprise your guests with a new look.

3 |  Bows

Bows of all different types were on display on the catwalk for Spring 2017, from delicate silk-satin ribbons drawing together illusion panels, to Carolina Herrera’s fun, frothy transparent feature bows showcasing the lower back, to highly structured versions positioned from the nape of the neck (Oscar de la Renta).

When contemplating bows, brides should consider what purpose they want the embellishment to play. Smaller sized bows amp up the pretty-factor of a gown. Wider ribbons tied at the midpoint of a gown accentuate a beautiful slim waist, whereas bigger bolder bows positioned at the back of the neck or base of the spine, add show stopping wow to an otherwise simple silhouette.

4 |  V-Neck Gowns

The v-neck gown – Image by Calli B Photography

The low-back dress has been on-trend for several years now, but in 2017, it’s all about the plunging neckline. New York Bridal Fashion Week amped up the sexy factor as designers sent dozens of v-neck dresses down the runway, some slashed almost to the waist.

Brides who want to feel glamorous and alluring on their big day will love this look, and will have no end of options available to choose from, as even this year’s traditional ballroom gowns have bold necklines, creating a very modern bridal look that is simultaneously daring and demure.

If you’ve never considered a v-neck gown, give it a second thought – this type of neckline is incredibly flattering to the upper body, as it elongates your silhouette. It’s also a perfect choice for brides with smaller busts.

Remember, a v-neck doesn’t have to be plunging. More subtle interpretations of the trend were seen at the shows of Maggie Sottero, Reem Acra, Oscar de la Renta, and Anne Barge. If you’re toying with the idea of a v-neck gown, but aren’t sure if you’re bold enough to carry it off, look for shorter v-shaped bodices that incorporate details such as scalloped lace, ruffles, illusion panelling or floral appliqué, as these elements lend sweetness to sexy. A lower neckline or full length sleeves is another sophisticated take on this style – covering one area and baring another tends to balance the overall look.

5 |  Victorian

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the v-neckline was the Victorian trend, which has made its way over from mainstream fashion (you may recall the popularity of Zimmerman’s recent Seven Little Australians inspired collection, featuring lace, full sleeves and high collars). High necklines have a high fashion feel, and evoke the romance and regality of the past.

One of the best examples of the trend is Vera Wang’s 2017 collection, launched via a beautiful short film directed by Gordon von Steiner (www.verawang.com.au). Described as ‘Courtly Love, Modern Grandeur, Sheer Seduction, Secret Rendezvous, Silent Signals, Day for Night, Gardens of Regal Delights,’ Wang’s inspiration came from the majesty and opulence of monarchy. Bygone eras meet modernity in her latest collection, with high necklines, neck ruffs, corset bodices, boning and lace all key features of the breathtaking gowns.

Victorian-inspired gowns are a perfect ft for brides seeking a modest yet beautiful dress for a church ceremony, but they are sure to whisper to the hearts of true romantics and the fashion forward bride-to-be as well.

6 |  Secret Garden

The secret garden – Image by Calli B Photography

Imagine walking through an enchanted garden just as the sun rises. Blossoms of every type emerge, from delicate buds to blowsy garden roses. Petals lie scattered across the ground, morning dew drops glimmering from their surface.

This was the vision behind Marchesa’s new collection, which celebrated the beauty of flowers in every form. Full skirts were dotted with 3D organza roses, or silk petal appliques. Pearl and crystal detailing on dresses mimicked morning mist. Real flowers were even threaded through ornate drop earrings prior to the showings to further echo the ‘Eternal, cascading blossom’ theme dreamt up by designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.

Marchesa wasn’t the only designer to hero flowers for 2017 – Mira Zwillinger also embraced botanical opulence this season in the Whisper of Blossom collection. The pieces were envisioned as echoing the first hint of spring, the fleeting moment when tiny buds appear on naked branches, before the chill of winter completely disappears. The dresses are light as air, with embellished icy branches traced over white and nude sheaths. Silvery-white blossoms appear half frozen, twinkling like snowflakes on the gowns – the overall feel is utterly ethereal.

If you’re marrying in winter or spring, or simply adore flowers of any type, you’ll be in Heaven in 2017, with floral inspired wedding gowns due to find their way into Australian collections from early 2017.

7 |  Pink and Blue

Brides who are looking for an on-trend alternative to the standard white wedding dress should turn to Pantone for guidance – Rose Quartz and Serenity were the recent colours of the year, and not surprisingly, gowns in pink and blue were seen across most designer Spring showings.

Pink hues ranged from subtle blush (Ines di Santo) to rosy gowns (Naeem Khan and Marchesa). The most dramatic display of the colour was Christian Siriano’s bright-pink tulle ombre skirt, which sent Instagram into a furry when it stepped out on the runway.

Brides looking for ‘something blue’ could make this good luck shade their signature, as powder blue gowns appeared on the catwalks of Monique Lhuillier, Angel Sanchez, Hailey Paige, and Jenny Packham. These show stopping creations all proved that blue can indeed be very bridal.

Image credits:

The exposed shoulder:
Location: Spicers Clovelly Estate  |  Photography: Studio Impressions  |  Gown & Accessories: Paddington Weddings  |  Hair: Evalyn Parsons Hair  |  Makeup: Dot & Birdie  |  Florals: Mondo Floral Designs

The capelet:
Location: Noosa Heads Beach  |  Photography: Karen Buckle Photography  | Gown: Elizabeth de Varga Exclusive Fashions  |  Accessories: Stephanie Browne Australia  |  Hair: Hunt + Hair  |  Makeup: Makeup by Jess  |  Florals: Ginger Lily & Rose

The v-neck gown:
Location: Noosa Heads Beach  |  Photography: Calli B Photography  |  Gown & Accessories: Erin Clare Couture  |  Hair: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing  |  Makeup: The Ballerina Bride  |  Florals: Heavenly Blooms

The secret garden:
Location: Noosa Heads Beach  |  Photography: Calli B Photography  |  Gown & Accessories: Erin Clare Couture  |  Hair: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing  |  Makeup: The Ballerina Bride  |  Florals: Heavenly Blooms

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