As part of my visit, the Brides The Show catwalk is a definite personal highlight. I mean who wouldn’t like to sit ‘frow’ and look at pretty dresses swirling by? On the Friday night preview, there was an exclusive Jenny Packham catwalk showcasing her 2016 collection that was shown in NYC, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the characters in the play. Beaded beauties, floral fantasies and floaty romantic fabrics for an ethereal theme along with tousled locks and floral crowns a la Titania.
Here is just a snippet from the show, don’t forget you can see more over on the London Bride Instagram! I adore the beautiful floral gown for the finale dress but a close second is the incredibly elegant Hippolyth.
I then hopped upstairs to hear Jenny Packham On The Sofa which was so lovely to hear more about her inspirations for the collection. A very inspiring lady (was too star-struck to say hello!).
During the weekend there was of course the ‘Secret Garden’ themed catwalk styled to perfection by Bryony Toogood Fashion Director at Brides Magazine, which was so exciting to see. A plethora of bridal designers showcasing designs from their latest collections or exclusives and the ladies surrounding me were snapping away more than I was, with their booklet circling their favourites. It was so lovely to see the buzz of finding ones they just fell for and also how different the styles were which was so refreshing.
Walking around the stands of the bridal designers I was in absolute heaven (as were the bride’s to be looking!). It’s great to attend a show so you can easily wander from one stand to another to browse the designs and dress styles to get a feel for what you may like or where you may then want to attend a fitting, not to mention the opportunity to meet the designers themselves!
2016 Bridal Trends
There were many trends that I spotted that I think we’ll be seeing brides adopt in the coming year, here’s a little low-down.
The TWO PIECE
The two piece is an ever increasing popular choice for a very fashion forward statement. Tops are cropped, with short or long sleeves and with full romantic skirts they remain feminine but with a hint of midriff or top tucked in they are ever so alluring. Designers who showcased such beautiful separates were Halfpenny London, who had striking lasercut and 3D floral pattern skirts, CHARLIE BREAR with embellished tops and wearable tulle skirt overlays, CATHERINE DEANE with beaded detailing and ethical brand Sanyukta Shreshta with stunning lace (I’m a huge fan, as you can definitely re-wear a top and or skirt again!).
CHARLIE BREAR Two-Piece
More than a hint of flower power across the stands and the catwalk, from floral print dresses, like the Sassi Holford rose print dress, or the Maids To Measure floral print bridesmaid dress, to the heavily floral embellished designs from Ian Stuart and the oh so romantic Two Birds Bridesmaid rosette dress with a skirt of roses.
Now more than ever, for brides looking for cleaner, sleeker, sophisticated designs have such choice. Just some of the dresses that caught my eye that were both minimalist but with exceptional fit and small but perfect details were from designers Andrea Hawkes, AMANDA WAKELEY and Charlotte Simpson.
You can see more of the official images from the catwalk over on Brides Magazine website and I hope this helps with the dress inspiration!
If you did miss out this year and the post has given you a taster, then do pencil your diaries for next year’s event which will take place the weekend of 30th September-2nd October 2016 – or keep in mind for any friends who may be newly engaged in the coming months and you can show them the ropes! Visit www.bridestheshow.co.uk for more information!
This post is in collaboration with Brides The Show, London Bride is the Official Show Blogger!