10 (Ten), Wedding Dress, Bridal Gown Trend Predictions
Bridal Stylists give their exciting predictions for 2019…
Congratulations to those who have just got engaged and those somewhere along their path of preparation, read on with excitement to enjoy one of the most exciting times of your life! If you're already dress shopping, we know you will want to be right on trend but what trends are predicted that we haven’t seen yet? We are giving 2019 brides a sneak peek at the styles that haven't even seen the runway yet. Since we still have a few months to wait until Bridal Fashion Week (and the actual dresses 2019 brides will be wearing), we have found Bridal predictions from some of the best Bridal Stylists in the industry and cannot wait to share them with you…
No longer are white or ivory the only two choices a bride has to choose from. Lori Conley, divisional merchandise manager at David’s Bridal says “With the growing desire to be unique and expressive, brides are embracing coloured gowns, for more conservative brides, we love to suggest tones of champagne or blush—and for more fashion-forward brides looking to make a splash, tones of blue, lavender, silver and gold promise to ensure you stand out.”
Colburn says “We see traditional materials such as rhinestones and pearls in Bridal Accessory Design being accented with more natural components. Crystals, elliptic keshi pearls, and raw opals are just some of the materials that will help create avant-garde headpieces and jewellery for brides. Fluidity of bridal accessories will offer brides the utmost personalization that brides want.” Imagine all the possibilities, hand-wired vines worn as headbands or halos, woven into a braid or a plait, wrapped around a bun, or even used as jewellery. So many possibilities!
In the style of Carrie Bradshaw ideas of a chic and short business suit that’s courthouse-approved or a menswear-influenced trouser suit spin minds with the true thought of thinking ‘out of the box’, brides will now begin to look far beyond traditional floor-length wedding gowns in 2019. Conley says “While some brides are opting for these alternative looks for their main style choice, many are also opting to switch up their style at their reception so they can kick up their heels with comfort!”
When it comes to the bridal fashion of 2019 perfect symmetry will be seen to be an idea of the past. Alluringly eclectic designs will shine out and will be highly influential in both bridal gowns and bridal accessories. Conley says, “The silhouette begs to be paired with a killer pair of heels and ensures the bride can navigate any venue with ease (especially outdoors!),”. Mullet wedding gowns featuring a high-low look are already marking the runways and will soon begin to infiltrate bridal fashion as well.
It’s official! Gowns that bare the shoulders have had their moment. Amber Silva who is co-owner of Kinsley James, a couture bridal salon with locations in the San Francisco Bay area and West Hollywood, advises to be on the lookout for straps. “The influences of the 90s made its way onto the 2018 runways with spaghetti straps (think Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ralph Lauren Oscar gown) and we predict that they’ll be there to stay. Spaghetti straps in particular are great for brides who want a little more security on top without having to go for a full coverage look” she says.
Malinda Macari, owner of Your Dream Bridal in Boston says, “We see a welcome move towards sustainability and social consciousness, where the conceptualization, design, and manufacturing processes happen under one roof. Whether here in the U.S. or in the UK or in Canada, we will see an increase of limited-label designs as they give brides the opportunity to wear something that truly reflects their individuality without seeing it being worn on others.” By 2019, she anticipates that brides will seek out these designers online or in Bridal Boutiques that support local designers.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement photos were full of love and glamour (and paparazzi shots we can’t seem to get enough of) all give us an indication of what is to come, all eyes will be on Meghan’s gown as well as the Bridal party. Brian Worley, director of design at Atlanta’s premier events company, Bold Catering & Design says, “The minute Meghan walks down the aisle, designers will be knocking off her dress, much like Kate’s a few years ago,”. Designers like Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, and Carolina Herrera will be taking notes for their 2019 collection.
The traditional veil is still import to some brides however it’s no longer the be-all and end-all accessory. Brides are now looking for more stylish attributes to cover their head and shoulders. Lindsey Bennett, lead designer at Azazie says, “Whether it is for a church ceremony or just for personal comfort or style, many brides will turn to capelets similar to our Azazie Phoenix style. Many brides will also choose higher necklines rather than the super plunging necklines of the past, similar to Azazie Paulette.”
The runways have a splash of metallic all over them, we see metallic used in athleisure to evening gowns, makeup, and accessories. It doesn’t look like this trend is going anywhere. Dareth Colburn, CEO and founder of USA Bride and the Dareth Colburn Bridal Collection says, “Mixed metals of gold, rose gold, and silver are increasingly popular in fashion and will help brides make a statement in 2019. From mixed metal jewellery to hair accessories, bridal belts, and more, these go-to accessories will offer more dimension than ever before.”
Loser bohemian styles have been loved by Brides but Dawn Silva Rigney, co-owner of Kinsley James predicts that due to the 2018 bustier trend we are going to see structured designs take over in 2019. She says, “Brides want to feel confident going down the aisle, and gowns with boning can help create a dramatic hourglass silhouette that looks beautiful on film and in real life. We’re also anticipating designers will use structure to give gowns a sexy edge, regardless of how little skin is actually showing.”
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*Information correct at time of going to Press.
*Quotes derived from Bride.com