As another summer draws to a close, so too does the busiest wedding season. Many brides traditionally seek the sunnier climate of the summer months, however, other prefer to plan their big day for spring instead.
Rumours about the predicted trends for the SS15 season are already rife. As early as last April, the New York Bridal Week was showcasing designs.
Gong dotty for detail
Patterns are making a splash, with small polka dots coming to the fore. This is a look that will translate easily to the bridesmaids and main wedding party too – most significantly for mother of the bride dresses and wedding outfits. They are ideal when teamed with lace, for a sophisticated, yet fun appeal.
Wedding guest outfitters, including British designer brand, John Charles has a wide range of dresses to choose from with exactly this kind of attention to detail in the pattern, or one of their plain dressed can be accessorised by a polka-dot scarf or patterned belt.
A pocket or two
Other signs that SS15 fashion is paying attention to detail include a greater focus on pocket design. Practical and lovely, pockets are being adorned with lace or beading and integrated into the main design of the dress. Then, they are closed with pretty, silk covered buttons and loops.
Several dresses seen on the catwalks have been made out of faille – a soft, lightly woven fabric with a slightly raised, ribbed texture. It comes from silk and is luxuriously soft to the touch. Designers who have featured faille include Caroline Herrera and Oscar de la Renta.
Many designers are turning away from gold to produce cooler lines in silver. Again, Carolien Herrera has used the metallic shade in embroidery detailing, while other designers like Monique Lhuillier have used it as the prominent colour in selected bridal designs. Again, this is a trend that can be easily echoed in key wedding guest outfits and chosen for mother of the bride dresses.
Taking the plunge
Bolder brides might be pleased to see the arrival of deeper necklines to rival the traditional sweetheart lines that have dominated for so long. V-necks can look elegant and achingly feminine. They look best added to slimline dresses that cling closer to the figure, showing off a fit, toned physique.
Another fashion trend that’s predicted to sweep the stores in 2015 is the return of the cape, and bridal fashion is showing signs of following suit, with beautifully embellished bridal capes designed to match the dresses underneath. A softly draping cape really is the perfect addition to a bridal outfit on a cooler, early spring day.
Finally, jewellery seen on the bridal catwalk has remained big and beautiful, almost to balance out the change towards attention to smaller details on the dresses. Long, statement necklaces and earrings, and even headbands can look stunning when teamed with the right dress and worn in the season’s shade of silver.