Trend report: the gowns we love from the 2016 collections

White Gallery

From left: gowns from Eliza Jane Howell, Wendy Makin, Sanuykta Shrestha

Team BSW hit London’s bustling streets last month to check out the 2016 collections at White Gallery and London Bridal Fashion Week. We had front row seats for catwalk shows from the leading names in the bridal fashion industry, as well as the chance to chat to some of the designers – major fan-girl moments were involved!

We’ll be dishing all the dirt in our upcoming July issue, but we know how much you love a sneak peek, so here’s a little taste of what’s to come:

Bye bye blush: colours we spotted on the catwalk included red, black, holographic blue, gold, and candy pink, but the pastel explosion of previous years had noticeably dimmed. We’re excited to see the coloured dress trend is still going strong and taking a step up into bolder tones.

Daring floral details: with stunning hand-painted flowers on gowns on the Alan Hannah catwalk, a jaw-dropping black veil with scattered petals over the finale gown from Ian Stuart, printed floral fabric at Wendy Makin, exquisite roses at Sassi Holford and bright blue embroidered blooms on a gorgeous laid-back gown by Anna Kara. It’s a high-fashion look first seen on wedding dresses by Valentino and Oscar de la Renta, so it’s great news that this gorgeous trend is filtering down to more accessible collections.

Separates: if you’re naturally indecisive or would love a custom dress without the bespoke price tag, you’re going to love the wave of separates that’ll hit Scottish stores later this year. We spotted multi-wear gowns from big names including Madeline Isaac-James, Ellis Bridals, Charlie Brear and Caroline Castigliano. Not only can you create your dream dress with minimal fuss, you can opt for the full-on drama of a tulle ballgown skirt for your ceremony and slip into something more foxtrot-friendly for hitting the dancefloor later.

To find out more be sure to pick up our next issue when it hits shelves on 10th July!