From sharp tailoring to short glamour, crystal detailing and lavish silk gowns, here are six runway looks we love for the season to come
Photographs: Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week
Picking six runway looks for the season was a delight after two years when runway shows have been virtual affairs. Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week’s designers were out in force and they did not disappoint, with a superb crop of glamorous gowns for every style of bride and celebration. The big names were there, alongside a new crop of exciting designers showcasing everything from sharp tailoring to romantic princess gowns. This is the first sight of the trends that will be shaping bridal over the seasons to come, and these collections will be appearing in bridal stores from the autumn – so if you’re on the hunt for your dream dress, here are some styles to put in the mix.
We’re delighted to see a new crop of sharp separates in the mix for the season ahead – perfect for less formal or two-event celebrations and for brides who prefer to stride down the aisle in… strides. Isabel Sanchis, as ever, gets the look spot on with this long-line white blazer and form-flattering trousers. We love the edgy safety-pin fastening, a discreet nod to the punk-bride spirit. isabelsanchis.com
There are plenty of ballgown and regal styles in the mix for the season to come, and some of our favourites have a 1950s vibe. This Hollywood-worthy number from Pronovias taps into that trend. It channels this season’s focus on big sleeves – many, like these, are detachable for a quick change of style. It also introduces a welcome pop of glitter on the bodice and is created from rich silk in soft pastel pink. pronovias.com
There are plenty of cool bridal looks for the resort or high-summer celebrations among the new season designer collections, but this cool shift dress from Jesús Peiró caught our eye for its wearability and throw-on elegance. With a subtle hi-low hemline to show off your wedding heels, it has a gorgeous cutout lace panel to add interest and highlight that tan. Pockets add a laidback vibe to a dress that would earn its keep on honeymoon too. jesuspeiro.com
The Barcelona Bridal Week runway glittered during couturier Vestal’s runway show, with some deliciously detailed gowns in the mix. This one tapped into an ongoing trend for regal gowns. The elegant high-neck, half-sleeve bodice studded with flower embellishment is paired to a shimmering full skirt with more trailing flowers to emphasise the waist. The soft silvery hue of the gown adds to the showstopping effect – definitely a gown fit for a princess. vestal-k.com
Lush high-shine silks are a strong fashion story for new-season bridal, and Rosa Clará’s new collection features some beautiful gowns cut to show off the potential of this wonderful fabric. This gown channels an almost 1930s film-star vibe with its long sleeves and neat cuffs. But the plunge neck and on-trend cutaway detail around the midriff are relaxed elements that make it a great choice for glamorous destination brides. rosaclara.es
A new name on the runway at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, Nicolas Montenegro is one to watch. Trained in Milan, he worked at a top design house (dressing Beyoncé and Kylie Minogue among others) and started his eponymous brand in his home village outside Seville in 2020. We just love his collection shown at BBFW, with its hallmarks of superb tailoring, clever details and form-flattering lines. This go-anywhere gown was one of favourites from all the shows for its flattering sleek cut, refined three-quarter sleeves and lovely feature buttons on the bodice. nicolasmontenegro.com
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