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These are going to be the biggest bridal wedding gown trends of 2019


by Jennifer McShane
09th Feb 2019
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When it comes to fashion and for the purpose of this piece, bridal wear, it always means looking ahead to the next thing. Trends are unavoidable when it comes to weddings, and when it comes to the gowns, this is equally true. Though yes, in the world of weddings as Vogue reports, dramatic changes from season-to-season are slow enough; enormous skirts, sweeping, cathedral veils always seem to be in demand while there’s certainly an element of ‘fantasy’ reflected in bridal wear, a playfulness that you can get away with on your big day.

According to the runway reports after the recent Bridal Fashion Week, designers paid homage to this in introducing things like statement sleeves and feathered embellishments, and there were more than a few nods to the royal weddings (no one can doubt their influence when it comes to all-things bridal). We’re still seeing long-sleeved, classic lace gowns like Kate Middleton’s choice in 2011 and for the bride who wants a more modern twist, there were more than a few nods to Meghan Markle’s minimalist Givenchy gown. A few designers opted for subtle colour as well; for the bride who wants to break away from strict tradition.

Here are the other trends set to be big for 2019:

Statement sleeves

 

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It’s all about a statement sleeve for 2019. Zuhair Murad, Viktor and Rolf and Vera wang seen updating an otherwise predictable off-the-shoulder trend using volume in puffed and tulle sleeves. If you’re brave enough to opt for the sleeves as your focal feature, pare the rest of the look back and leave it without a veil.

Bateau necklines 

 

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Inspired by the Duchess of Sussex’s elegant Givenchy gown, the flattering, boat-shaped neckline is now back with it featured from Anne Barge and Cushnie.

Capes

 

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Capes continued to be a strong trend – both full length and shorter variations featured.

Colour

 

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It’s not all about white anymore, with blush pastels and elegant, eye-catching segments jewel tone details having their moment from Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang.

The Meghan Markle effect

 

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It seems no one got the sleek, bonded-satin Givenchy number Meghan wore on her big day fully on point prior to seeing her walk up the steps of St George’s Chapel a few months ago, but now the Duchess of Sussex will, no doubt, heavily influence the styling of next season. We’ll likely have to wait until 2020 to see the designers’ interpretations of her gown, as the bridal market operates a full year in advance, but until then, designers like Carolina Herrera have their gowns on point.