In April, Bisou was front row in New York City for the premiere of the Spring 2016 bridal collections. Since then we’ve had time to study each and every look and there’s no doubt- we’ve got some of the most spectacular gowns on order! As we count down to their arrival, we thought we’d share the top 5 trends (and some of the looks you’ll be seeing in-store this fall!) for Spring 2016 brides. So without further ado….
1. The Long & Short (Sleeves) of it!
While a strapless sweetheart continues to be the “go-to” neckline for brides, there’s no doubt that more and more are moving away from this classic. And clearly the designer’s are listening! Last year we saw an array of strap and sleeve options- from modern halters, to delicate spaghetti straps, draped off-the-shoulder, and long illusions. But this season there was more focus. Straps were predominantly short and sweet, or long and embellished. Whether a bride needs more coverage or simply doesn’t want the standard bare shoulder, 2016 will offer something for everyone!
2. Skirts, Capes & Trains: Take ‘Em or Leave ‘Em!
There’s been a trend in recent years of brides wearing more than one dress on their wedding day. And who can blame them- with so many styles out there, it’s hard to pick just one! But let’s face it- all these dresses add up!! Now brides can get multiple looks in just one dress! This season, designers presented a host of detachable options. There were overskirts for a dramatic walk down the aisle but hid a sleek reception dress underneath, grand trains that became more manageable for mingling, and capes for sophisticated coverage during the day but the option to reveal more skin in the evening. Whether brides are torn between something slim or full, conservative or sexy, chances are- this season, they can get both looks in one!
3. Well, Colour Me Pretty!
White and ivory- nothing is more “bridal”. But designers continue to challenge our most traditional of ideals by sending colour down the runway. This season was no different.
Blue: We’ve seen this colour for bridal before. And while we love the sentiment of “something blue”, we’ve yet to see West Coast brides embrace it for their wedding dress. Personally, we’re hoping shades of pale blue from Monique Lhuillier and Ines Di Santo will convince them!
Blush: Is there anything more sweet and feminine than blush? Brides and designers alike, are loving this colour- and we are right there with them! For Spring 2016, designers played with more muted tones- from shell pink to dusty rose. Whatever shade may be your preference, there’s no doubt this colour is here to stay!
Nude: In the past, designers raised their glass to champagne- from bright bruts, to pale proseccos. But this season was all about neutrals! Gone were those yellow undertones, and in their place were various shades of nude. From sandy alabaster to sultry cinnamon, warm barley and creamy vanilla, to antique gold and muted almond. By far the biggest colour trend for 2016, we suspect brides will embrace these sexy, subtle and sophisticated shades!
4. Flower Power!
What’s a wedding without flowers? If what we saw on the runway was any indication, Spring 2016 brides wont just be carrying flowers- they’ll be wearing them! The biggest application came in the form of 3D florals. Gowns became gardens as designers like Jenny Packham, Romona Keveza and Monique Lhuillier scattered their frocks with delicate blossoms. When flowers weren’t textural, they were whimsically painted- as we saw in styles from Romona Keveza and Theia. And let’s not forget the smallest of details: Romona Keveza featured enamel floral broaches by Maria Elena at the natural waistline of several ballgowns. As flowers bloomed in each and every collection, this was clearly one of the biggest trends for next season!
5. The Little (and Big) Dipper: V-Necks
Last year we saw necklines plunge dangerously low. And while brides with an A or B cup rejoiced, those with a fuller bust had major concerns- most of all, what mom, dad and the grandparents might think. But those fears are now a thing of the past! The V continues to be the trend in necklines but for Spring 2016, designer’s approached the shape with a more modest hand. Most are still deep enough to be considered “low” but we saw fewer and fewer that were cut clear down to the navel. Our favourite were actually those that dipped- curving in before reaching their final depth. We suspect this softer, dipped v-neckline will be a major trend going forward!
While they weren’t prevalent amongst all the designers, we did see some “baby” trends for Spring 2016. Perhaps this is a sign of where things are headed….
Cut-Outs: In the past few years, there has been a major movement towards the illusion of bare shoulders, backs, and even full bodices. But this season we saw designers like Ines Di Santo and Monique Lhuillier play with a new illusion: the side cut-out. Love it or hate it- personally, we’re on the fence.
Ruffles & Waves: Textured and tiered skirts have definitely been a major trend the past several years, and this season we saw designers explore the look in new ways. Always the dramatist, Lazaro played with layers of fluffy ruffles, while vintage Jenny Packham went a very modern with flat ruffles laid out in wave-like rows. And Ines Di Santo took a more structural approach to ruffles by pleating layer after layer for an oh-so fun high-low gown! We may not have loved every application, but it was certainly nice to see something new.
Victorian Touches: Designers are always drawing influence from past fashion moments, and this time we saw a nod to the Victoria era. Channeling a subdued and formal air of romance, Theia played with high lace collars while Ines Di Santo draped strands of pearls off the shoulder and down the back. Without a doubt, these are details we’d like to see more of!