Earlier this month the UK’s largest and longest-running bridal trade show welcomed over 3000 bridal retailers, with the halls buzzing from the opening day of the event, until doors closed three days later. Over 350 collections featured, from a mix of long-established brands and new, independent designers, offering retailers a vast choice of silhouettes, fabrics and price points. All members of the bridal party were covered, from suits and dresses to shoes and accessories, as well as childrenswear, evening and prom attire and bridal lingerie.
Many bridal fashion trends were spotted at the Harrogate Bridal Show, here are the top ones:
Colored Wedding Dresses: Color featured heavily, with pastel blue, grey and pink tones dominating eveningwear - seen prominently in the new collections from Angel Forever by Elegancia UK and Veromia. The trend continued through to bridalwear, with pale rose gold, champagne and light blonde tones featuring heavily in the collections from The Stor by Jason Jennings and Jack Sullivan Bridal.
Unique Fabrics: Light-weight, heavily patterned lace and intricately decorative fabrics were the stand out styles from many designers. Le Papillon by Modeca, Besides Couture by Gemy and Bianco Evento all featured inspiring gowns with complex lace detailing, some with a boho-style simplicity. Laser-cut 3D embroidery remained prominent with floral detailing seen in Casablanca Bridals and Demetrios’ collections.
Tattoo Effect Backs: Tattoo-effect backs were everywhere, with Donna Salado, Enzoani, Dando London and Eternity Group taking the lead.
Beads and Embellishments: Beaded embroidered appliques, silver and pearl embellishments, cascading floral designs and satin and crystal buttons dominated many designs, particularly those of Eliza Jane Howell, Morilee and Alexia Bridal.
Sleeves: Sleeves remained in focus - everything from illusion, seen in Mark Lesley’s 2018 collection, to full length and statement. Embellished cap sleeves were a big part of Sottero & Midgley’s collection, while shoulder-baring, boho-style sleeves were a prominent part of Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan’s 2018 offering. Crepe long sleeves were significant for Justin Alexander and Pollardi.