How to work it: Vintage allure

How to work it: Vintage allure
Plunge necks, feature sleeves and period detailing are all included in a crop of vintage-inspired gowns. Dress by Pronovias

Vintage chic is always in style, and there’s a distinctly yesteryear flavour to these new season bridal looks, with Edwardian-style gowns featuring fitted cut, fine lace and lavish details

Runway images: Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

Vintage can be so refined – especially when it comes to fashion. But this season after-dark glamour and old-fashioned elegance come guaranteed with a new crop of bridal gowns that take their inspiration from the ballrooms and salons of yesteryear. With elegant high collars, scooped and plunging necklines, fitted bodices, flowing feature sleeves and more than a dash of Edwardian flair in some of the finer details, these are looks for brides who want to capture timeless wedding style. Accessorise with lace and ribbon-dressed shoes, a smattering of diamonds or a sprinkling of pearls.

1. The Atelier Couture – Hourglass elegance

The Atelier’s gown is beautifully cut for an hourglass silhouette

Creating an hourglass silhouette with a clever cutaway panel, this gown from The Atelier Couture has sheer feature sleeves and fine bodice detailing. We love the neat slimline shape with dramatic train behind.

2. Jesus Peiro – Buttoned up style

Jesus Peiro’s refined gown has neat buttons and fine lace

Beautifully buttoned up with a high collar, Jesus Peiro’s design shown on the runway of Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week is the last word in refinement with its neat cuffs and fine lace.

3. Diane Hassall – Perfect pumps

Diane Hassall’s Fleur suede heels have fine lace detailing

Di Hassall’s Fleur lace-trimmed dusky pink suede shoes have neat heels and a flattering ankle strap – so the perfect pumps for dancing till dawn. You’ll find lots of options in her collection with a period flavour and with options to customise your look. £290;

4. Pronovias – Vintage sweetheart

Pronovias’ gown has a sweetheart neckline and lace collar

Creating a strong silhouette and with lots of fine details, Pronovias’ slimline dress has a sweetheart neckline with flattering lace collar and floaty sleeves with lace cuff.

5. Emmy London – Heavenly halo

A halo is a classic vintage detail and Emmy London’s elegant style has sparkle

A bridal halo or tiara is the perfect finishing touch for adding timeless vintage style and Emmy London’s Portia silver crown halo has plenty of added sparkle. It’s also a perfect heirloom piece for your wedding. £350;

6. Isabel Sanchis – Short glamour

Isabel Sanchis’ shorter length dress has an amazing flowerhead detail

We can always rely on Isabel Sanchis to highlight upcoming trends and this ballet-length gown shown on the VBBFW runway was a scene stealer. It’s dressed to impress with a dramatic flowerhead at the shoulder – a bold detail on a perfectly structured high-necked gown in fine lace .

7. Amelia Casablanca – Take a bow

Amelia Casablanca’s ballgown features a bold bow detail

Italian designer Amelia Casablanca’s latest collection is full of fantasy pieces, but this ballgown caught our eye for upping the ante on ballroom glamour. It has a decadent fin de siècle  flavour with its puffed sleeves and bow waist.

8. Amy Henley – Red velvet

Amy Henley’s decadent bootees combine velvet and lace with a super-high heel

Perfect for adding a vintage flavour with a flash of modern decadence, Amy Henley’s burgundy red lace and velvet bootees feature vertiginous heels and an ankle tie. These bootees also come in hot pink and black. £475;

9. Pronovias – Sparkle on

Pronovias’ plunge gown has lots of vintage allure

One of the standout gowns of Pronovias’ new collection, this super-glamorous number includes refined details such as the high collar and fine beading, but there’s a distinctly glam rock vibe in the pocket detail, plunge front and feature wide belt. Definitely a scene stealer for the bride who wants to make an entrance.


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