How to work it: New Deco

How to work it: New Deco
The Deco trend is all around us this season, offering brides the opportunity to ramp up the glamour with rich embellishment and glittering jewels. Gown by Eliza Jane Howell (photo: Jacqulyn Hamilton; hair & make-up Cara McDaniel; floral decoration Lydie Dalton)

Art Deco has always been a key influence in bridal design, but this season there’s a renewed focus on elegant lines and jewelled embellishment to add glamour and glitz to wedding-day dressing

Words Libby Norman

Art Deco is a perennial influence in bridal design, but this season it has a fresh twist with bold embellishment, metallic hues, sleek or flapper-style skirts and all manner of beautiful accessories. It’s a glamour injection for any style of wedding and, whether you choose to add Deco elements in shoes and jewels or shimmy down the aisle in a flapper gown, you will be both timeless and perfectly on trend

1. Plunge drama – Mar Rodriguez

Mar Rodriguez’ glittering plunge gown is a thoroughly modern take on the Deco trend

Exciting new designer Mar Rodriguez showed a standout plunge-neck gown with intricate detailing at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, offering an updated take on classic Art Deco lines.

2. Dream heels – Emmy London

Emmy London’s Cinderella heels are the perfect classic heel, and with her signature Deco embellishment

Emmy London has always been a go-to for fabulous fairytale shoes with a Deco twist and this crystal embellished Cinderella Point shoe is a classic for wedding-day elegance. £765;

3. Flapper glamour – Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan’s fabulous flapper-style gown is an alternative look for the modern bride

Red-carpet favourite Naeem Khan is always ahead of the curve when it comes to bridal trends. We love his eye for a cool short party dress and this season he has has some fabulous flapper-style gowns in his bridal collection, including this shimmering mini.

4. Cocktail star – Sweet Pea Fine Jewellery

Sweet Pea Fine Jewellery’s Tahitian pearl ring is a chic wedding-day accessory

Pearls were a particular fashion favourite during the 1920s and ’30s and we adore Sweet Pea’s modern celebration of their glamour in multiple fine pieces featuring classic and coloured pearls. This white gold cocktail ring with a stunning Tahitian balloon pearl is a stunning example. It makes a chic accessory on your wedding day, and will be treasured for years to come. £3,065;

5. Fringe fantasy – Isabel Sanchis

Isabel Sanchis showed a glittering gold gown with fringed skirt at Barcelona

Valencia designer Isabel Sanchis included this glittering metallic gown in her 2019 collection, complete with golden-fringe skirt and richly detailed golden plunge bodice.

6. Green goddess – Susannah Lovis

These original Deco earrings are inset with stunning Colombian emeralds, part of a treasure-house collection by fine jewellery specialist Susannah Lovis

Burlington Arcade jeweller Susannah Lovis specialises in the real thing, with fabulous heirloom pieces that are true one offs. These original Art Deco earrings are inset with superb Colombian emeralds. £24,500;

7. Romantic bride – Eliza Jane Howell

Eliza Jane Howell is the place to find a sumptuous modern take on Art Deco glamour

Eliza Jane Howell has long been a go-to for sophisticated brides who love the after-dark elegance and fine embellishment of the 1920s look. This pure white beaded Nancy gown and Mars bracelet from her collection are the perfect Deco pairing.


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