20 October 2010

Bunny Ears! Mini Skirts! 3D Florals! Can it really be BRIDAL FASHION WEEK?

There’s nothing that works an office full of women into a frenzy quite like a parade of frothy wedding dresses. Although half of us Graziaettes haven’t got a big day planned, let alone *ahem* a groom, we’ve spent hooours drooling over the confections that have just arrived from Bridal Fashion Week (yes, there really is such a thing!). Quite frankly, we blame Grazia’s Siobhan Mallen, aka our Bride on a Deadline, for giving us the bridal bug (check out her first ever blog). So seeing as she’s on The Dress Hunt and getting hitched in less than two months (yeekz!), Grazia Daily has been our typically helpful selves by rallying up the top looks from the aisles catwalks. Purely for research purposes only, of course...   

First up, like a cute cherry a-top the frosted cake, we noticed a LOT of quirky headgear at Reem Acra’s show. Forget veils, it seems that the trend for animal headbands - that began on Louis Vuitton’s A/W ’09 catwalk and has since been championed by Lady Gaga, Lily Allen and the Olsen twins, courtesy of Maison Michel’s creations - has filtered down to bridal wear. So with rumours flying that Katy Perry’s wedding gown is by the Lebanese seamstress, can we expect to see the popstrel sporting one of these lacey numbers? We must say that although they're mighty adorable, we’ve got an inkling our man would run a mile if we hopped down the aisle wearing Bugs Bunny ears... Next!

Well, wonders will never cease! According to Monique Lhuillier, ‘minis are back!’ No, really. The designer explained that brides ‘have been requesting more and more short dresses’ because well, girls just wanna have fun, and that includes on their wedding day. Lhuillier accommodated their wishes with bouncy thigh-skimming frocks that flicked out at the hemline for a flirty effect. Shorter numbers were also presented at Badgley Mischka and Kevan Hall but remained at a modest knee length. Baby steps, people...

And onto to a more traditional wedding theme. You won’t be surprised to hear feminine florals were all the rage at Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhuillier and Kevan Hall but when they come in cascades of appliqué accents and raised rosettes, the trend is given a modern spin. We’ve fallen head over heels for Lhuillier’s skirts, which were decorated with what looked like scrunched up tissue paper in peachy tones, while Hall’s whimsical blooms add texture and dimension to the floatiness. Yes, this is one sure fire way to stand out, ladies (K.Pez, we’re talking to you).

And of course, Bridal Fashion Week wouldn’t be Bridal Fashion Week without fairytale frou-frou galore. Brace yourselves, brides-to-be, because these gorgeous ball gowns are guaranteed to get your heart a-racing. Need we say more? We think not.

Right, that’s done it – groom or no groom, Grazia Daily is off to try on these little beauties. Race you there!

by Jessica Vince


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