From the runway to rails: Scottish bridalwear experts reveal 2017’s dress trends

We caught up with the country’s top boutiques to find out what will be trending for the year ahead

Sassi Holford’s 2017 collection on the catwalk at White Gallery London

Helen Walker, Anne Priscilla Bridal
“Bridal separates are everything for 2017. So many designers have taken on this trend! On the list of must-tries for separates are without a doubt Watters & Watters, Willowby by Watters and Wtoo. This hugely successful American bridal house is becoming increasingly popular with our brides. Their collection of luxurious designs deliver a whimsical look with the use of layer-upon-layer of the softest of tulles. The pieces are perfect for the romantic, playful bride.”

Anna Cirignaco, Eleganza Sposa
“We predict coloured gowns will have their moment, inspired by the 2017 couture catwalk trends. From shades of pink and striking red, through to soft tones of gold – expect it all! We have just introduced a red bridal gown and are adding a few styles in pink very soon. Basket-weave embroidery and sparkles will also be big in 2017.”

Jo Heinemeier, Kudos Bridal Boutiques
“This year it’s all about stand-out style. Both brides and designers are moving further away from traditional lace details that have dominated the bridal catwalks in past years and are beginning to focus on high couture styles. Think vibrant floral prints, as seen on Charlotte Balbier’s Untamed Love and Bloom gowns, Art-Deco beading at True Bride (on styles W225 and W239 especially), and plain fabrics in dynamic cuts, as demonstrated on Cabotine’s Granada and Grosella gowns.”

Eva textured made-to-measure ballgown from the Dolce Vita collection, from £3,000, Eleganza Sposa

Lisa Bell, Melle Cloche
“One of the key trends I’m seeing for 2017 is the deep plunge neckline which can be alluring yet sophisticated. It is a feature that works well with a sexy, open back – another trend that isn’t going anywhere – if you get the right dress. We’re aware that the plunging neckline isn’t for everyone and can be a little too risqué for some brides. However, there are ways to make it work without going for the full plunge. A lace overlay or sheer panel, for example, can give you the look without making your grandmother blush!”

Jennifer Gilbert, Bridal Courtyard
“We predict satin and fabrics with clean lines will do well this year. We are also seeing a lot of brides keen to have a detailed back on their wedding gown.”

Jolene Taylor, Apple Blossom Time
“Our recent search for new trends and styles for 2017 saw a lot of designers really raising the bar. The styles that stood out for us contrasted simple fabrics and minimal detailing with elegant and beautifully cut silhouettes. Brides will see a lot of crepe, silk chiffon and Chantilly laces, whether it’s a relaxed bohemian style or a fit-and-flare classic. The simplicity of these dresses is what makes them stand out from the crowd – less is more and accessories are key.

Untamed Love gown, £POA, Charlotte Balbier

Stephanie Sykes, Diane Honeyman
“We are really excited about our 2017 collection, from elegant satin fabrics to vintage lace with intricate detailed backs. Our collection has everything from sexy silhouettes to full romantic ballgowns!”

Sheila Cunningham, Isabella Bridal
The bridal market is the most diverse it’s ever been, with a wide range of dresses meaning there’s something for everyone. We’re predicting big things for gorgeous ’50s-style tea length dresses for next year, as they are a great way to showcase another trend: a pair of statement shoes.”

Alexis Saunders, La Novia
“As a lace lover I’m delighted designers have stuck with this trend for another season but have re-vamped it with a modern twist. 3D appliqué will give gowns unique texture, and bold embroidered, beaded lace will dazzle guests. For brides looking for something more subtle I predict chiffon will be their fabric of choice. Brides looking to add a daring edge to their wedding style are also in luck – think plunging necklines and shoulder baring straps. This statement trend has been previewed on bridal catwalks and is sure to trickle down. Another trend to look out for is alternative bridalwear. Separates were popular in 2016, but 2017 will see them taken to a whole new chic level. Think full pleated skirts with pockets, wide-leg trousers and sleek jumpsuits, with the option of detachable tulle trains and capes. This is the trend I’m most excited about!”

 

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