Bridal trend: Lavish trims for wedding-day elegance

Bridal trend: Lavish trims for wedding-day elegance
From lavish jewel neck details to oversized brooches, bridal designers are experimenting with bold trims at shoulders and neckline. Pictured Morilee (left) and Jesus Peiro

Be it oversized brooches, intricate neck details or lavish embellishment on shoulders and sleeves, the 2019 bridal trend for bold trims adds a sassy edge to wedding-day dressing

Words: Libby Norman

Photographs: Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week and London Bridal Week

The bridal trend for bold trims has taken a fresh turn for 2019, with designers at both Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week and London Bridal Week showcasing gowns with ornate gilded and brooch details. It’s a really interesting take on bridal – putting focus on neck and shoulders and adding individuality to even the most classic style. Among our favourites are designs that channel a 1930s cocktail gown look, although we also love the bold 1960s-style flowers used by designers such as Marco & Maria and the strong neckline details on flowing and understated dresses by designers such as YolanCris. Here are 12 runway looks that show the versatility of this bridal trend.

1. Isabel Sanchis

Isabel Sanchis dressed a simple and flowing gown with a bold flower detail

In a collection notable for its sculptural and flowing lines, Isabel Sanchis gave an edge to this plain gown with inbuilt train with the addition of bold floral choker detail at the neckline.

2. YolanCris

YolanCris added drama to an ultra-simple gown with a silver trim

Another gown that caught our eye was this simple and flowing design by YolanCris. Again, it features an inbuilt train and here the neckline has a dramatic silver choker-style detail.

3. Eternity Bridal

Eternity Bridal’s embellished cutaway neckline creates a point of focus

Eternity Bridal channelled the bridal trend for intricate trims in a very different way at London Bridal Week. This slimline plunge gown has a dramatic cutaway necklace effect, placing focus firmly on the shoulders.

4. Marco & Maria

Marco & Maria added the wow factor with oversized flowers

Tenerife design house Marco & Maria always offers a fresh take on bridal and is known for its intricate embellishments on fairytale dresses. But for this Grecian-cut gown the look was dramatic rather than ethereal – putting us in mind of glamorous 1960s eveningwear. The same gown was also shown in pink at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week.

5. Savin London

This Savin London gown featured a gilded brooch detail

One of the standout gowns at the Savin London runway show was this elegant strapless number. There’s an almost 1930s cocktail flavour to the gown thanks to the dramatic gilded brooch-effect detail that begins at the shoulder and drapes down to the plunge neckline.


6. Pronovias

Pronovias worked the off-the-shoulder look by adding a flower trim

Pronovias added a flourish to this figure-hugging Carla gown with a lavish floral trim, working the off-the-shoulder look brilliantly. This is a look that would be perfect for a destination wedding.

7. Isabel Zapardiez

This Isabel Zapardiez cocktail-style gown used lush flower draping

Spanish couturier Isabel Zapardiez showed a 2019 collection inspired by the noble sport of fencing, with some fabulous textures and trims on gowns. This design stood out for its vintage cocktail glamour. Featuring lavish embellished flowers draped from shoulder to below the waist, it also had an interesting knitted texture and angled skirt to reveal the legs.


8. Cymbeline

Cymbeline’s showstopping cape featured bold flowers at neckline and hem

Capes remain a key bridal trend for 2019 – and with multiple ways to wear this alternative to the traditional bridal veil. Cymbeline cleverly combined two trends with this flowing transparent number. Worn over a simple slimline gown with plunge neck, the cape features oversized blooms and with a bold flower choker at the neckline.


9. Alan Hannah

Alan Hannah’s edgy mini-cum-full length style featured a flower-trimmed capelet

At London Bridal Week, the British design house of Alan Hannah showed this unusual mini-cum-full length gown. The body of the gown is strapless and closely fitted, while the skirt continues as a translucent flower-trimmed layer. We loved the addition of a neat flower-trimmed capelet, emphasising neckline and shoulders.

10. Inmaculada Garcia

Inmaculada Garcia opted for a bold floral choker with this off-the-shoulder dress

There was an almost fin-de-siècle flavour to this elegant off-the-shoulder gown shown by Inmaculada Garcia at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week. With a fitted bodice and ornate floral embellishment, it was worn with a large choker that picked up the floral theme. We just loved the addition of oversized pearls in the bride’s loose up-do – indeed, pearls were a hair detail of this whole runway show.


11. Maggie Sottero

Maggie Sottero added a glittering detail to a timeless strapless gown

Even the most classic style is being finished with a bold trim. Here,  Maggie Sottero combined a silk mermaid gown with a lovely crystal detail extending from the neck and encircling upper arms. Not quite a capelet, it adds a dressed-up flourish to a timeless design.


12. Jesús Peiró

This lovely gown by Jesús Peiró featured two large blooms at the shoulder


Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, the Barcelona label of Jesús Peiró showed a stellar collection at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week. We particularly love this elegant gown with on-trend high neckline, soft cap sleeves and lovely wide cummerbund-effect waistline. As with many other star gowns shown at London and Barcelona, there was a flavour of 1930s Hollywood glamour to the design. The finishing touch here was a bold twin flower brooch decoration worn at the shoulder.


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