A first glimpse at the 2018 trends
Bridalwear designers from across the globe will be at Battersea Evolution this May to showcase their 2018 collections at world-renowned trade show, White Gallery London. This is where the bridal trends are set, and buyers and the press will attend to get a glimpse of what’s to come. We take a look at some of the trends you can expect to see this year…
Since Kate Middleton took to the aisle in a long-sleeve dress, the trend has never truly gone out of style. For 2018 however, sleeves take on a new meaning with intricate detailing, feminine shapes, bell cuffs and three-quarter cuts. Gemy Maalouf, Savannah Miller, Raishma and Saiid Kobeisy incorporate a fresh take on sleeves into their collections, offering brides seemingly endless options.
Plunging necklines continue to make an appearance as brides dare to bare their décolletage, but for 2018 the neck gets extra attention. Expect everything from capes (to cover those off-the-shoulder numbers for the ceremony), lace additions and feathers.
The tulle trend grows up for 2018, taking this timeless fabric to new levels through structure and volume. The look is adapted for the 21st century bride with figure-hugging features that show off the contours of the body, while retaining a touch of princess glamour. Savin London, Lusan Mandongus, Anne Barge and Jesus Peiro all include tulle in their collections.
Exposed shoulders is the look of the moment. Bridal designers have adapted this look for the modern-day bride, with Karen Willis Holmes, Alan Hannah, Charlotte Balbier and Lusan Mandongus all set to showcase gowns with a lowered neckline that remains effortless and utterly wearable.
All-over texture is a must have for 2018; from floral 3D applique to layered lace, and hand-finished embroidery with crystals, pearls and beading. Bridal artisans labour over these designs for hours to complete the looks, which contain multiple dimensions with inlaid fabrics. Raishma, Adam Zohar, Savin London and Brain Chen are just a few of the designers at White Gallery London to offer textured gowns.
And the texture trend doesn’t stop at the dress; the edgy bride will turn to Florence, the bridal shoe brand that includes everything from traditional white satin courts to sporty flats finished in floral applique.
From the big names in the business to the emerging talents, this show has it covered. Want to attend? Click here to register.