Hello lovely readers, it’s most definitely wedding season right now and after my years as a wedding planner, I still can’t get enough of beautiful wedding dresses. I also know that I’m not alone in my adoration, so today I’m taking a look back at Barcelona Bridal Week (which I featured back in May) and showcasing some more designs for 2016 specifically for those of you are looking for your dream dress for next year.
Yolan Cris (above and below) is a name you might not know but should absolutely be on your bridal radar. Whilst I might not recommend a super-sheer gown for a traditional wedding (like above), the design of the gown really is something special and I love that such daring gowns appeared on the catwalk. To me, this is a sign of how far bridal fashion has come of late and how innovative designers are becoming. However, there are plenty of wearable gowns in this collection from hi-low hemmed designs to fabulous separates and amazing halter-necked gowns with pleated skirts. It’s such a treat to see unusual fabrics and patterns gracing the shows and Yolan Cris does this better than anyone.
The always-elegant Pronovias label took things up a notch with their new collection. Yes, the sophistication is still there in abundance but there’s also a bit of an edge to these new designs that make them perfect for the modern, fashion conscious bride. Bridal capes and from-the-waist trains were very much in evidence and I predict these will be incredibly popular over the coming months. There were also plenty of designer touches that also caught my eye in this collection from pocketed skirts and low, jeweled backed gowns to asymmetric sleeves and three-dimensional, botanically inspired necklines.
Justin Alexander has long been known for his Princess Bride style gowns but the new collection dropped a little bit of the sugary sweetness and brought more than a touch of confident sex appeal to the Barcelona catwalk. Those deep, dramatic necklines and illusion backs are so current whilst the column gowns and those with patterned layered skirts also make me sigh with happiness. Of course, the traditional ballgown styles and cute tea length dresses are still in the collection but it’s the new designs that step away from the traditional Justin Alexander look.
Finally, Jesus Peiro is a brand that has become increasingly popular in recent years and with good reason. The newest collection, which debuted in Barcelona, is sure to win this Spanish label even more fans around the world. Richly textured fabrics, full skirts, innovative necklines and stunning detailing were all on show and I loved the delicate, laces that overlaid skirts and bodices. Jesus Peiro isn’t afraid to be a bit different and, in the sometimes cookie-cutter world of bridal, that should be celebrated. Feather-covered bodices, separates in clashing fabrics, sequined covered gowns and some fierce monochrome designs all put Jesus Peiro’s latest collection on a whole new level.
So which one of these are your favourites from Barcelona? I’d love to hear from you!