20 looks we love for 2020 from Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

20 looks we love for 2020 from Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week
Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week offered fabulous looks for every style of celebration. Image: Runway show finale at Inmaculada Garcia

As the most hotly anticipated show of the wedding season, Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week always has the wow factor, and its preview of 2020 bridal trends offered a dazzling range of choices for the fashion-forward bride. Here are 20 looks that give a flavour of 2020 fashion trends

Words: Libby Norman

Images: Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week (VBBFW) is always hotly anticipated, bringing together the world’s designers and buyers in what is arguably the capital of bridal fashion. You’ll find a who’s who of top designers alongside new and exciting names. With hundreds of gowns and separates premiering on the runways, there is plenty of choice for the 2020 bride. But clear trends are also evident across the designer collections. Glitter and metallics are big news for 2020 – in some cases with a Deco twist while other designs are pure Hollywood red carpet. We are also seeing a return of the big sleeve, ranging from puffed and Victorian-style leg-of-mutton to 1980s Dynasty-style statement. Tailored elements are creeping into many collections, with tuxedos in the mix alongside neat jackets, glamorous long coats and more relaxed gowns with shirt-collar details. The belt is part of this tailored trend – it ranges from neat to chunky, but often with a distinctive buckle. And finally, all hail the ballgown – many designs that caught our eye are super-glam and distinctly regal.

It’s always hard to choose just 20 designs, but here’s our shortlist of looks set to be big news in bridal in 2020 and beyond.

1. Fely Campo – Silver chic

Fely Campo’s chic silver skirt and beautiful embellished topcoat are the last word in bridal chic

Metallics are one of the strongest fashion stories to emerge from Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week – sunglasses were useful at some of the shows. We love all things glitz, but one of our favourite looks from the whole week was this gorgeous Fely Campo ensemble. With slimline silver skirt and gorgeous embellished topcoat buttoned to the waist, it’s a chic and flattering combination for grown-up brides. felycampo.com

2. María Salas – Boho romantic

Maria Salas give us this romantic off-the-shoulder gown with retro and boho detailing

María Salas showcased a fabulous collection for 2020, with lovely tailoring and fabrics. This gown caught our eye – a refined boho look with lovely lace frills on the skirt. Perfect for the destination bride, it also has an off-shoulder neckline – one of the key trends spotted across the collections at this year’s VBBFW. mariasalas.es

3. Pronovias – Star quality

You can always rely on Pronovias to showcase a spectacular collection, and this year was all about celebrating the female form (notably, it had beautiful plus-size and mature models on its runway). This plunge gown carries off a best in show crown for us, thanks to its spectacular cut and extraordinary beading – in tune with the 2020 trend for rich textures. We love the amazing beaded crossover effect defining waist and hip. pronovias.com

4. Aire Barcelona – Regal elegance

Airie Barcelona included this glorious formal gown in its 2020 collection

There is an almost 1950s regal quality to some of the full gowns created for 2020 collections, and this design by Aire Barcelona would not be out of place in The Crown. A neat tailored bodice with modest neckline, bracelet length sleeves and cummerbund-style waist is paired to a full skirt. The textured silk is sumptuous and we love the split in the skirt to reveal a tulle underlayer – a fairytale element in a refined formal gown. airebarcelona.com

5. Cymbeline – Beach flower

Cymbeline’s frothy number with bandeau top and flower trim is perfect for destination brides

The destination bride is never far from designers’ thoughts and we saw lots of less formal options in the mix at this year’s runway shows. Cymbeline’s gorgeous beach-bride number comprises a bandeau top and flowing skirt, both with tulle overlayers. The oversized appliqué blooms introduce both fun and movement to the look. cymbeline.com

6. Isabel Sanchís – Sculptural edge

Isabel Sanchis gave us this stunning sculptural gown with dramatic black belt detail

Valencia designer Isabel Sanchís presented a fantastic and ultra feminine collection, marked out by its sculptural lines and bold use of black elements and rich colour. This strapless full gown has a flower-petal effect on the skirt created using layers of tulle. Completed with a dramatic black waist-cinching belt detail it’s a stunning and meticulously crafted design. isabelsanchis.com

7. Flora – Light touch

Flora’s soft and flowing gown puts all focus on shoulders

Flora designer Rinat Asher has a distinctive contemporary approach to bridal dressing and her 2020 collection has a lovely lightness of touch. This gown has a subtle textured bodice with fitted long sleeves paired to a floaty skirt, creating a flattering and simple silhouette. All focus is on the shoulders – definitely one of the biggest trends in bridal dressing in 2020. flora-bride.com

8. Marchesa – Deco delight

Marchesa delivered a dreamy bridal collection full of fairytale textures

Marchesa made a welcome appearance at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, showcasing a beautiful bridal collection rich in detail and whimsical elements. This ravishing gown is a good example – lots of flow and interest in the flapper-style tiers and lavishly embellished with metallic and sparkling elements. marchesa.com

9. Marylise & Rembo Styling – Crisp twist

Rembo Styling gave us crisp white lace and a relaxed silhouette

Crisp white featuring bold floral lace remains a strong bridal fashion story. This relaxed and boho bridal take at the Marylise & Rembo Styling fashion show has an almost shirtwaister style to the bodice, with elbow-length sleeves and v neck. The flower-bedecked skirt has a flower-dressed transparent overlayer, tapering from front to back to create a soft train effect. rembo-styling.com

10. Randy Fenoli – Blush beauty

Randy Fenoli’s blush to pink gown is perfect for day-to-evening glamour

Pink is cropping up in many designer collections, with some bold options in the mix. We love this Randy Fenoli design for offering a blush-to-pink colourway that doesn’t stray too far from tradition but still feels fresh. The fabric is lovely and, with a tailored sweetheart bodice, jewel detail at the waist and lightweight skirt, it’s a great look for a summer celebration. randyfenoli.com

11. Beba’s – Smooth dressing

Beba’s offers this alternative and chic take on bridal dressing

Madrid label Beba’s is on a mission to offer alternative wedding-day looks and we think it has succeeded with this outfit – one of our favourite 2020 designs for the pared-back bride. Beautifully simple, it consists of a flowing slim skirt and soft sheer chequer-patterned blouse with tie back. Subtle lace embroidery on the waist of the skirt and shoulders of the blouse is the only embellishment. It’s a perfect look for the city wedding, and with exceptional cut and fabric. bebascloset.com

12. Isabel Zapardiez – Bow tied

Isabel Zapardiez owns the runway with this fabulous bow tied shirt and frothy feathered skirt

Mixing tailored and frivolous elements is definitely one of the strongest bridal fashion stories for 2020 and Isabel Zapardiez’ shirt and skirt combination was a standout runway piecefrom this year’s VBBFW. Bow details are big news, as are long sleeves, and the shirt-like bodice has both, while the frothy tulle skirt is pure fantasy. isabelzapardiez.com

13. Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra – Grecian line

Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra went for floaty Grecian styling with a sexy front split

Appearing at VBBFW for the first time, Tenerife designer Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra has a light and sensual design aesthetic, with lots of fine embellishment and sharp tailoring in the mix. We love this Grecian-style one-shoulder gown with front split. On-trend bridal details include the buckle belt and oversized flower embellishment. sedomirrodriguezdelasierra.com

14. Sophie et Voilà – Cream puff

Sophie et Voilà showed this chic textured mini with oversized puffed sleeves and train

We admire Sophie et Voilà designer Sofía Arribas’ collections for their bold and edgy lines – evidence of her training as an architect. She was one of several designers at this year’s VBBFW to major on dramatic statement sleeves – exaggerated leg-of-mutton for this mini. We love the train and bubbled, almost 3D, texture of the fabric. sophieetvoila.com

15. The Atelier by Jimmy Choo – Blue shadow

This stunning ombre-effect gown from The Atelier is pure fantasy bride

Tones of blue, from marine to midnight appeared at this year’s VBBFW, and we also saw some unusual ombre effects. This gown was a showstopping example. Designed by The Atelier by Jimmy Choo – the iconic shoe designer joined The Atelier as design and creative director three years ago – it features layers of ethereal tulle in shades ranging from white and dove to soft sky. We love the delicate crystal belt and glitzy corsage. theateliercouture.com

16. Jesús Peiró – Tailored luxe

Jesús Peiró gave us slick tailoring with these bridal pants and lavish topcoat

Sharp tailoring is a key theme for 2020, and with some lovely long coats and luxe jackets in the mix. This versatile combination from Jesús Peiró stood out for cool elegance. The slimline pants finish above the ankle and the collarless coat has a nipped-in waist, covered buttons and a train. It’s super-chic for a city bride and shows the ways in which leading designers are adapting bridal traditions to suit the modern celebration. jesuspeiro.com

17. Marco & Maria – Diamond dazzle

Marco & Maria put on the glitz with this superb diamond-effect slim gown

Celebrated Tenerife duo Marco Marrero and Maria Diaz have always specialised in ethereal and lightweight gowns – often featuring colour alongside fine embellishment. This new-season collection has all the elements we’ve come to expect, and with some more Deco-style gowns in the mix. We love this silver grey slimline gown for its dazzling diamond-effect embellishment and soft neckline. There’s a cape effect at the back of the sleeves and low back for added drama. marcoymaria.com

18. Demetrios – Debutante dream

Demetrios delivered this delicious ballgown with classic debutante styling

Demetrios has always specialised in showstopping gowns and this design ticks all boxes for debutante glamour. There’s a flattering shawl-effect shoulders, nipped in bodice and lavish jewel detailing – metallic elements are an on trend element in a classic gown that is perfect for the grandest ballroom wedding. demetrios.com

19. Rosa Clará – Texture fest

Rosa Clará’s refined high-neck gown combines bold jewel textures with a plain flowing skirt

High necks continue to be a key trend, and Rosa Clará incorporates them into her new collection with the lightness of touch and eye for a flattering silhouette that are hallmarks of her design aesthetic. This gown balances bold jewel texture on the bodice with a soft-pleat plain flowing skirt. We love the combination of high neckline and soft cap sleeves, emphasising shoulders and waist. rosaclara.es

20. Yolancris – Cut above

Yolancris always brings excitement to Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week and this year’s show was full of bold designs – appropriate for the theme of the 2020 collection No Fear (in honour of the Nina Simone ‘freedom is no fear’ interview). We love this edgy plunge gown with chunky belt and leg-revealing layers. The on-trend puff sleeves are elegant, and the cutaway at the waist is a lovely contemporary detail. yolancris.com

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