How to work it: Black magic

How to work it: Black magic
Yolancris showed a pure white gown with Western-style black tie at the shirt collar at Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

Black and white is the ultimate colour contrast, a perfect pairing for bold brides in the season ahead

Runway images: Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

We all know about the magical properties of an LBD for go-anywhere glamour and, in the coming season, this most sophisticated statement shade is appearing alongside classic white to add drama and style to wedding gowns. At Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, we spotted stripes, bold jewel details, even black on white florals. We love this stark contrast for playing with conventions – for a more subtle play just add black magic using luxurious accessories.

1. Isabel Sanchis – Butterfly ball

Isabel Sanchis goes for dramatic draping and a sculptural black butterfly

Isabel Sanchis’ elegant draped white gown shown at Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week features a sculptural black butterfly-wing effect.

2. Ann Marie Faulkner – Pin perfection

Ann-Marie Faulkner’s Willow pins add a glamorous edge to a bridal up-do

Part of a fabulous collection of edgy and glamorous accessories for the modern bride, Ann-Marie Faulkner’s Willow Pins combine Czech crystals, bugle beads and sequins. £120 for three;

3. Sophie et Voilà – Sharp line

Sophie et Voilà plays with bridal convention by layering black on white with this short number

Sophie et Voilà is known for an edgy and sculptural take on bridal and occasion wear. Here, the designer layers angular black over a white chiffon base for a bold short ensemble.

4. Georg Jensen – Diamond white

Black diamonds and white gold make perfect partners for this modern ring by Georg Jensen

We’re big fans of alternative colours for diamond bands, especially when they add a dash of sultry style. This Magic black diamond and white gold ring is by renowned Danish design house Georg Jensen. From £1,625;

5. Maggie Sottero – Black rose

Maggie Sottero’s alternative look for brides has a rich floral flavour

Drawing inspiration from Victorian fashion, Maggie Sottero’s mermaid Ally gown with spaghetti straps is patterned with lush black flowers and topped with a sequinned tulle black capelet.

6. Sophia Webster – Pearl elegance

Sophia Webster’s black heels studded with pearls are perfect wear-again bridal heels

Bridal shoes never have to be neutral white or ivory – and if you want investment heels black is a great choice. These Amelie Black & Pearl strappy sandals are by Sophia Webster. £495;

7. Cristina Tamborero – Velvet edge

Cristina Tamborero goes for classic white silk with a black velvet accent

Cristina Tamborero’s silk Mikado Esther gown is a classic convertible dress, featuring a neat overtop with black velvet ties.

8. St Erasmus – Disco chic

St Erasmus long drop earrings feature black ‘disco balls’

Even small touches can introduce a touch of drama. We love these Disco Ball earrings hand-made by costume jeweller St Erasmus. £126;

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