When it comes to bridal fashion, trends are something that most people planning a wedding try to avoid. This being said, bridalwear beats to its own drum of microtrends – key looks that you can still look back on and love just as much as the day you first wore it. Sometimes wedding dress options can be a little overwhelming, so we’re here to show you how to break down the sheer volume of dresses and styles on offer. We enlisted the help of Alera Kingham, the creative director behind White Lily Couture – Brisbane’s premier bridal boutique – to walk us through this season’s top trends and what’s coming up on the horizon.
The Sheer Bodice
This is one look we will be seeing for quite a while. There are so many ways this has manifested – with a sheer unstructured fit for a more boho style, to sheer corsetry and beaded overlays for something leaning further towards the glamorous black-tie look. We are particularly loving Gigi with its sheer criss-cross detailing and McKinley with its stand out appliqué lace.
By far one of the most pinned looks we have seen in the last twelve months is the plunging V-neck! This neckline works so well for so many different body shapes in all its forms. From the higher cut look for the more conservative wedding to the low cut shape for those who like something a little edgier, this neckline is one of the most universally flattering. Masha is a testament to this trend’s potential with its ultra-chic illusion straps as is Gigi in all her bohemian beauty.
An interesting microtrend we’ve seen hitting our shores from European catwalks is the mixing and matching of lace styles. Once a very distinct taboo in the world of bridalwear, multi-dimensional laces are now a must-have from the 2018 offerings. One of the most-loved combinations is bold appliqué lace placed over the top of finer sheet lace fabrics such as the classic French Chantilly. Our personal favourites in this style are the Mila and Maddie gowns – the resulting aesthetic is much stronger than traditional lace looks we’ve seen in the past.
Standout beading is one gorgeous trend we simply cannot get enough of at the moment. If you want to feel like an absolute princess on your big day, an intricately beaded wedding gown is the way to do it! Whether it be a fine trim for just a touch of sparkle as seen on the Drabea and McKinley gowns or an unapologetically fabulous statement in Ramir – you just can’t go wrong. With other brides who aren’t so beading-inclined, we are also seeing a rise in the addition of subtle sparkle through hair accessories and veils.
Alera is the Creative Director and visionary behind White Lily Couture. After taking over the business in 2013 with husband Quinton, her innovation and passion has taken the brand to new heights. She believes in creating that Say Yes to The Dress experience for every bride and one that they will always remember for the right reasons.
She Loves: Champagne, colourful kaftans and her fur babies Leo, Neko and Oscar (…meow)
Her Favourite Gown: Aria by Erin Clare