Last month the UK welcomed the biggest commercial fayre in the bridal sector: The Harrogate Bridal Show… For us, this was a date with destiny that we just could not miss.
The most recent bridal trends were flaunted down the catwalks, along with all things wedding related: accessories, shoes, and groom wear, making sure that there was nothing left out to inspire your big day.
More than 3,000 providers from the sector attended a host of events from beginning to end, of more than 350 collections showcased, offering a wide selection of designers, fabrics and prices. Ideal bridal dresses in which lace played a big part, necklines, sleeves and incredible silhouettes. Groom suits, accessories and clothes for little ones.
Le Papillon de Modeca, Casablanca Bridal and Demetrios were some of the main brands showcasing their designs, but what seemed to take the limelight was the 3D embroidery, bohemian styles and floral pearl prints.
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Pastel colours were popular, along with greys and dusty pinks for evening dresses. And, of course, not forgetting the classic champagne and ivory white tones. Light lace, tulle and crepe with a lot of fall, as well as powerful designs made with highly decorated fabrics were amongst the popular styles.
Tattoo-effect necklines were seen in Ezoani and Eternity Group collections, amongst others. Another popular trend was cascading flowers, embroidered appliqués and silver adornments, like those seen with Eliza Jane Howell and Morilee. For Maggie Sottero illusion necklines and adorned sleeves.
For accessories, platform style bridal shoes, satin cord and metallic fabrics, headdresses with floral decoration and the most beautiful jewellery were seen walking down the aisle for all to see.
And for grooms, tweed is still a trend, as well as asian silks for waistcoats and ties.
After the initial exposition days at The Harrogate Bridal Show, the annual bridal sector awards took place with almost 600 guests, organised by Anna Morris.
Among the winners were House of Snow for New Supplier of The Year in The Bridal Sector, Ian Stuart for The Best Manufacturer, Tony Mentel of Justin Alexander for Designer of The Year, as well as Essense of Australia winning Best Wedding Dress.
The Harrogate Bridal Show has shown, once again, that it is an essential part of the industrial bridal calendar, both for designers that showcase their recent collections as well as the retailers that buy them.