Bridal trend: Colour wash

Bridal trend: Colour wash
Rue de Seine's romantic and boho gown features a soft floral design for a hint of bridal colour

Here’s our pick of eight romantic gowns to give you a subtle hint of colour on your wedding day

Colour wash effects are big news, as bridal designers continue to play with tradition. Blush, champagne and other variations on the theme of off white have long been in favour, while florals and botanic patterns have been cropping up across collections for several seasons now. But what we love most about this season’s variations on colour are the subtle washed effects. Pattern plays its part, as does texture and layering, to create a bridal look that is both romantic and flattering. Here are eight favourite designs.

Hermione de Paula – Rose romance

Bridal trend: Colour wash
Hermione de Paula’s lovely rose-washed gown is pure romance

This romantic ombre-effect and rose-hued wedding dress is by brilliant London designer Hermione de Paula. It features textured flowers scattered across the skirt.

Jenny Packham – Dove delight

Bridal trend: Colour wash
In flattering dove grey, this gown and tulle topcoat are by Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham’s Indigo gown and Acacia tulle topcoat offer a hint of dove grey – a dreamy ensemble for floating up the aisle.

Charlie Brear – Pastel power

Bridal trend: Colour wash
Charlie Brear’s pastel gown is a gorgeous choice for the destination bride

In a lovely pastel pink, Charlie Brear’s Carenne dress offers a soft-focus alternative to white for the summer or destination bride. We love the combination of simple cut and lavish fabric.

Modeca Le Papillon – Drama queen

Bridal trend: Colour wash
Modeca Le Papillon shows the rich drama of mixing white and grey

Esmee by Modeca Le Papillon is a strapless gown with an overlay of flower-embellished tulle. While the cut may be classic, the combination of rich smoky grey with white is stunning for the bride who wants a touch of modern drama.

Ellis Bridals – Blush bride

Bridal trend: Colour wash
With longline bodice, this Ellis Bridals gown is in a soft blush pink

With a bustier-style longline bodice dressed with white flowers and dramatic mermaid skirt, this Ellis Bridals gown is in a soft rose pink.

Savin London – Shades of pale

Bridal trend: Colour wash
Savin London’s romantic white gown has a delicate floral pattern

If you want to stick closer to white, this Savin London gown is a happy compromise. It features subtle pastel flowers on a white background, and with lots of texture to create interest. The plunge bodice and simple bootlace straps are flattering and contemporary design details.

Temperley London – Flower garden

Bridal trend: Colour wash
Temperley London’s rose-dressed gown is perfect for the summer bride

Aubrey is a romantic summer wedding gown by Temperley London. Dressed with garden roses, it’s the perfect choice if you are looking for a design with more coverage but also want colour in the mix.

Rue de Seine – Boho bright

Bridal trend: Colour wash
Rue de Seine’s soft floral gown has a generous dash of boho glamour

A fabulous choice for a festival bride, Nahla by hip New Zealand label Rue de Seine features a pattern of cabbage roses. London stockist is The Wedding Club.


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