Six bridalwear trends that should be on your radar

Feathers

Must be talking to an angel: a flurry of plumes transforms skirts into tiers of texture and shoulders into would-be wings (if the shoe fits…). To avoid the feather-boa effect, use sparingly and combine with decadent crystal embellishments and appliqué.

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Pleats

Once a permanent fixture of your school uniform, these flirty folds take on a whole new personality when applied to a couture gown. Gone are the stiff ridges – in their place, you’ll find a gentle, breezy concertina, adding movement and extra dimension to fragile fabrics.

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Floaty

Swish, swish, swish. Get used to the heavenly sound of fluid silks and airy tulles sweeping around your feet as these will be the ethereal fabrics your fairytale-deprived, over-worked soul will be lusting after this year. The insouciance, the playfulness – it’s all too irresistible.

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Statement sleeves

Banish trailing magicians’ robes in tacky velour from memory: arms are the focus this season, but with a distinctly more couture, indulgent feel. From ‘70s bell sleeves in delicate Chantilly lace, to Halfpenny London’s removable, flouncy tulle numbers, we’re spellbound.

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Florals

No matter the season, our obsession with blooms will never wilt. In 2018, the aim is impact. Look out for fields of flourishing 3D floral appliqué which densely blossoms across skirts and bodices, or lively prints resembling freshly plucked petals and foliage.

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Sheer

Not for the shy and retiring, this revealing take on bridal allure leaves significantly less to the imagination – but just enough to spare your grandmother a heart attack. The trick is to experiment with frothy layers, dainty florals and sweet polka dots to keep it pretty, rather than racy.

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