From bold embellishment and rich colour to elegant high-neck gowns, Clare Thompson of The Wedding Club picks out key bridal fashion trends for 2019 from new-season designer collections
With leading international designers on its books, the buying team at The Wedding Club is well-placed to spot key fashion trends in bridal. In 2019 it’s all about fine detail, and Claire Thompson picks out the five key trends across major bridal collections shown in London, New York and Barcelona.
“The trend for intricate textures and 3D effects remains key for 2019,” says Clare Thompson. “And for the season ahead things are going even bolder, with strong botanical and floral designs.” These feature particularly strongly in collections by Naeem Khan and Muse by Berta. Iconic New York designer Carolina Herrera includes a romantic strapless gown with intricate cut-out flower effects in her collection, while Australian designer Steven Khalil – who specialises in classic formal styles with a contemporary edge – has a gown with amazingly intricate 3D trails at neckline and sleeves to create an off-the-shoulder effect.
Clare says that colour remains a strong element in many designer collections, and with richer hues in the mix in 2019. Alongside soft blues, pinks and latte/caramel shades, Marco & Maria includes a gown embellished with sunshine yellow flowers, while Naeem Khan and Reem Acra both feature a rich and almost burnished yellow gold. Temperley London’s new bridal collections include both rich Bohemian-style floral motifs and softer pastel appliqué blooms.
The sparkling embellishments that have become such a feature across bridal gowns and accessories in recent seasons are taking on a Deco flavour for 2019 collections, says Clare: “The Deco element features especially strongly in Zuhair Murad’s new collection, which has intricate graphic beading and crystals, as well as feathered trims”. The Deco effect is also in the line of some dresses – for instance Naeem Khan has a slimline strapless gown with chevron beading and fringing.
Sheer gowns have always been a signature for Berta and Muse by Berta, but are also a key feature in many other designer collections, notably Costarellos and J’Aton. Reem Acra uses sheers with delicate silver appliqué to create ethereal effects on gowns. The collection also has a lovely sheer cape with flower motif and silver detail at the neckline.
Long sleeves and high necklines
While sheers and plunge necks remain popular, Clare and her buying team have noticed an increasing number of ‘covered up’ styles across the designer collections. “Long sleeves – plain, sheer or textured – are popular, alongside high necklines and decorative effects at the neckline. Costarellos’ collection has some lovely examples, while Muse by Berta’s new collection includes an elegant lace high-neck gown with textured sheer bodice and sleeves. Savannah Miller includes a slimline gown with floral lace overlayer to create a boho style with an almost Edwardian-style neckline.
About The Wedding Club
The Wedding Club offers more than 20 UK and international labels across its three stores and is exclusive UK stockist of Berta, Carolina Herrera, Naeem Khan and Zuhair Murad. London branches are at 10 Yeomans Row, SW3 and 32 Thurloe Street, SW7. The Birmingham branch is at The Mailbox, B1. For appointments, bridal events and trunk shows, visit thewedding-club.co.uk