Designers from all over the world debuted next year’s styles at White Gallery London and London Bridal Week – here’s what we loved
To have and to gold
With every new batch of collections there’s always a stand-out shade. Some will trickle down to boutiques and aisles, sticking around for years – like blush – and others never quite get going (sorry, pastel blue). This time round, peach was everywhere, but it remains to be seen if your average bride will take the risk with this historically derided shade. Our money’s on the red carpet-ready gold numbers instead.
This trend will attract a certain kind of bride – one who knows how to make a statement and wants all eyes on her. These labour-intensive styles will likely have a price tag to reflect the work that goes into them and any Scottish boutiques that add feather-tinged creations to their fashion roster will make a big flap over them with a prime position in their window displays when the new styles drop at the end of the year.
Separates remain a cornerstone of many collections, with the ease of transforming your gown without pricey alterations making too much sense not to carry over. Plunging backs and necklines were here to stay too, so the influx of capes brings a fashion-led take on a more demure look for the ceremony and formal pictures.
O-M-G (oh my gowns!)
It’s no exaggeration to say that across the two exhibition halls that housed White Gallery and London Bridal Week there must have been tens of thousands of dresses all jostling for attention from prospective boutique owners as they made their selection for 2019. Some gowns shouted louder than others, stopped you in your tracks and begged for a closer inspection.